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Pecuch grows into role

Northampton’s Isabella Pecuch can appreciate a learning curve not only in the classroom but also on the basketball court.

The sophomore center stepped into a starting role this season for the Konkrete Kids, as the team embarked on a rebuilding year without East Penn Conference MVP Grace Lesko as well as her supporting cast that was lost from the previous year.

Pecuch knew it would be a process. The Kids finished with an overall 6-16 record.

“Varsity was a huge transition this year,” offered Pecuch. “The game is played at a much faster pace. For me, it definitely was a learning year.

“I have learned a lot especially from the other starters on our team and our competitors.”

Head coach Jeff Jacksits has been well aware of her progress.

“Isabella is one player who made significant progress since the beginning of the year,” noted Jacksits. “She became more and more acclimated to the speed of varsity basketball. During a game against Allentown Central Catholic, she was able to hold their center to zero points, which kept us in the game.

“As the year went on, Isabella really grew as a player. She began to understand the nuances of the position and learned the techniques that helped her become a better post player.

“We look forward to her further development over the next two years.”

Pecuch was a late bloomer, as she began playing in middle school. She is grateful to parents, Melissa and John, both of whom helped paved the way.

“My parents have been my biggest supporters,” she beamed. “They always push me to be the best, and they are always there cheering me on in the stands.”

Pecuch saw the growth in her game as well as her teammates’ development.

“As a team, we grew as the season went on and learned to put trust in each other,” she stressed. “It really helped me to have talented and experienced teammates guide and support me throughout the season. Coach Jacksits and coach (Rick) Worman gave me the opportunity to grow and gain confidence. They also helped me with my offensive skills.

“This past season was tough because we came close against a lot of very talented and experienced teams. We are still growing and developing, especially me. I became more comfortable from the first few games, but I realize that I have a long way to go to contribute more to the team.

“I am excited to grow and learn with this team in the future.”

Press photo by Mark Kirlin Isabella Pecuch found herself as the Kids starting center this year.