Big 2nd half helps Catty run past WV


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OREFIELD - Williams Valley ran as hard as it could in its 84-56 loss to Catasauqua in the February 27 District 11 Class AA boys' basketball semifinal at Parkland High School.

In fact, it was probably the most winded workout the Vikings had during a season of success that included earning a Schuylkill League Division II championship.

The team's campaign came to an end at the hands of a Rough Riders team that ran the floor from beginning to finish, leaving head coach Denny Kasper with nothing to say but compliments to the victor.

Catasauqua (17-6) advanced to the District 11 Class AA championship game against Notre Dame-Green Pond, a 63-50 winner over North Schuylkill.

Williams Valley (17-8) is eliminated from further competition.

"When you're playing catch up, it's tough," Kasper said. "They were just impressive. This is the first year we've been in Double-A in a while. The third quarter was our demise."

The Rough Riders were running out of the gate and broke out to a 23-12, first-quarter lead. The Vikings, however, were able to stay within striking distance as Stephen Sedesse hit two of his three 3-pointers in the frame. Sedesse led the Vikings with 14 points.

Catasauqua was able to exploit Williams Valley's 3-2 zone in the first quarter, which allowed the Rough Riders to score points inside the paint on back-door passes.

The Vikings changed up their defense to a man-to-man look in the second quarter to prevent the inside scoring. On offense, they continued to hit treys, eventually cutting the lead to 35-31 at halftime.

Sedesse, Dennis Jansen, Owen Daniel and Brendan Miller each hit a 3-pointer in the second quarter, as Williams Valley finished with eight in the game.

"That was our best chance to stay in the game,'' Kasper said of the switch to man-to-man. "We started with a 3-2 because we felt that they wouldn't be effective outside, but they started hitting baskets down low. We started hitting outside shots because that's what they were giving us."

The third quarter started with Sedesse driving the lane for a field goal to cut Catasauqua's lead to 35-33.

The Rough Riders responded with a 16-0 run to up their lead to 51-33 halfway through the period with a running game that included long, cross-court outlet passes and easy baskets off the fast break. This trend continued in a second half in which the Vikings were outscored 49-25.

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