Ath­lete of the Week Sa­janna Bethea, Penns­bury bas­ket­ball

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Vince Par­avec­chia

As has been the norm dur­ing the post­sea­son, Sa­janna Bethea car­ried Penns­bury from a scor­ing stand­point in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA tour­na­ment on March 8. Against Nazareth, the aistrict 11 cham­pi­ons, the ju­nior guard/for­ward and co­cap­tain scored a team-high 15 points and helped the Fal­cons stay in the game be­fore fall­ing, 41-28.

Even so, Penns­bury made a re­mark­able run this post­sea­son, start­ing as a 20th seed in dis­tricts and fin­ish­ing a state-bid clinch­ing eighth thanks to up­sets of Coun­cil Rock South and Ne­shaminy. Bethea scored 30 and 22 points, re­spec­tively, to lead all scor­ers in both con­tests. Those wins got the Fal­cons to the district quar­ter­fi­nals, where they fell to West Ch­ester Rustin de­spite her 11-point ef­fort.

Penns­bury also lost its two play­back games to Cen­tral Bucks West and Boy­er­town, but Bethea av­er­aged 18 points in those two set­backs. She’ll be one of two starters and sev­eral other play­ers with de­cent to sig­nif­i­cant play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence back to head­line what should be a po­tent Fal­cons squad next sea­son.

Se­janna Bethea

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