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Press photos by Linda RothrockWhitehall’s Grace Clary looks to come away with the ball vs. Emmaus. Press photos by Linda RothrockWhitehall’s Grace Clary looks to come away with the ball vs. Emmaus.
Amaya Alvarez goes up for a shot as she tries to avoid a Hornet defender during a recent game. Amaya Alvarez goes up for a shot as she tries to avoid a Hornet defender during a recent game.

Girls fall to Allen, BC

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

Life inside the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference for most girls basketball teams is difficult, and for Whitehall, this season has been one where they’re trying to establish some consistency among their league rivals.

After three wins in the first four games to open the new year, the Zephyrs lost consecutive games last week. They dropped last Tuesday’s game against William Allen and then succumbed to Bethlehem Catholic on Friday.

The game against the Canaries was close throughout the first half with Allen taking a 6-point lead into the break. But the Canaries (11-5), took command in the final two quarters, outscoring Whitehall 32-20 to get the 61-43 win.

Against the Golden Hawks, who were 12-2 heading into Friday’s game, the Zephs got into an early hole as Bethlehem Catholic built a 12-3 advantage in the first period. From that point, the Hawks continued to roll, winning every quarter en route to the 51-30 victory.

In Tuesday’s game against Allen, Whitehall frontcourt pairing of Grace Clay and Olivia Hines combined for 26 points as Clary dropped 14 and Hines 12. Katie Kelly had six points, while Ella Laky netted four.

Against the Hawks, Clary was tops with nine points, while Taryn Sayre added six and Brianna Smith finished with four. Additionally, Hines, Kelly and Cassie Due all chipped in with three.

Head coach Josh Madas said that both games were tough.

“Allen and Bethlehem Catholic are two aggressive teams and tough places to play on the road,” said Madas.

Madas said that the team fight hard and whittled Allen’s lead to two points toward the end if the first half. He also said that they got within nine points of the Hawks during the second half in Friday’s game.

“In the end, we didn’t have enough to outplay both team’s hot shooting and physical inside play,” said Madas. “I am proud of the way they fought, though, in both efforts.”

Whitehall has continued to play well, and remain competitive while looking to stay consistent and string four solid quarters together like they did agency Stroudsburg earlier this year.

With those two losses, the Zephyrs are currently 4-11.

This week features games against Emmaus and Nazareth who represent the bookends of the Skyline Division of the EPC. The Green Hornets have managed just two wins, while the Blue Eagles have just two losses.