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Berks Catholic defeats Twin Valley behind stellar defense in girls basketball [updated]

In a clash of division leaders, Berks Catholic orchestrated one of its best defensive performances of the season.

The Saints held Twin Valley to a season-low 22 points and defeated the Raiders 37-22 in a Berks Girls Basketball League Division I-II game on Thursday night at Twin Valley.

With the win, Berks Catholic (5-0 Berks I, 10-2) remains undefeated in league play and has held its opponents to fewer than 40 points in each of its last five games. The 22 points allowed on Thursday are the second-fewest the Saints have given up this season, and fewest they have allowed against a conference opponent this season.

“Defensively, I’ve been happy all year,” Berks Catholic coach Bob Birmingham said. “We’re in the right position on things (and) we’ve been rebounding really well.”

In their first loss in a league game this season, the Raiders (4-1, Berks II, 8-4) never settled into a rhythm on offense. The lone bright spot was senior Natali Foster, who led all scorers with 11 points.

The Saints took the lead early in the first quarter and remained in front the rest of the way. They played tight, physical defense and generated a slew of turnovers throughout the game.

Berks Catholic led 20-8 at halftime. The Saints held Twin Valley to eight or fewer points in each quarter.

“Pressure and communication (are) key,” Berks Catholic senior Aaliyah Dabney said about her team’s defense. “We definitely have that connection to help (one another on) defense.”

Dabney led the Saints with nine points, including seven in the second quarter. She has scored at least eight points in five of her last six games.

“She is so quick to the basket off (of) the dribble and so strong,” Birmingham said. “She just adds a nice dimension to us because of the way she plays.”

Despite the victory, Berks Catholic was held to fewer than 40 points for the second consecutive game. The Saints beat Wilson 35-32 on Monday.

“Our offense right now, it’s a little stagnant,” Birmingham said. “We’re not moving the ball like we did earlier in the year.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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