Kutz­town’s sea­son ended by Berks cham­pion Read­ing

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The Kutz­town High School boys bas­ket­ball team saw its sea­son come to a close against even­tual Berks Con­fer­ence cham­pion Read­ing High School on Mon­day, Feb. 13 in the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the Berks County In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (BCIAA) play­offs.

Bol­stered by 17 points from Ty­rone Nesby IV and an­other 15 from Miami Univer­sity com­mit Lon­nie Walker, the top-ranked Red Knights hand­ily beat the No. 8 ranked Cougars 90-35.

Sopho­more Lorencz Jean-Bap­tiste paced Kutz­town (8-2 Berks Con­fer­ence III, 1310) with 17 points while se­nior Bray­den Eck fol­lowed with ten, but the elu­sive Read­ing (10-0 Berks Con­fer­ence III, 23-2 over­all) of­fense proved to be too much. The Red Knights jumped out to a 51-22 lead at the half, sparked by a 30-8 ad­van­tage dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter and outscor­ing Kutz­town in all four quar­ters.

Read­ing, the No. 1 seed out of its con­fer­ence, even­tu­ally went on to claim the Berks Con­fer­ence crown on Fri­day, Feb. 17 with a 61-39 win over Berks Catholic.

For the sea­son, Kutz­town, the sec­ond-ranked team out of Berks Con­fer­ence III, was led by Jean-Bap­tiste who av­er­aged 16.1 points per game. The two-year var­sity starter scored dou­ble dig­its in all but four of Kutz­town’s 19 games, in­clud­ing a sea­son­high 36 points (five 3-point­ers) against Schuylkill Val­ley ear­lier this month.

Eck av­er­aged 11.3 points per game, which in­cluded 16 games in dou­ble fig­ures. He scored a sea­son-high 25 points against Schuylkill Val­ley dur­ing a game in mid-Jan­uary.

Matthew Angstadt av­er­aged just a shade un­der 10 points per game.

Kutz­town ended its sea-

son win­ning one of its fi­nal four games, that af­ter win­ning four con­sec­u­tive late last month. De­spite a for­get­table fin­ish, the Cougars’ sea­son was one of the most mem­o­rable to date. Kutz­town posted its first above-.500 sea­son since 2002.

Girls bas­ket­ball

The Fleet­wood girls bas­ket­ball team’s fell to even­tual cham­pion Berks Catholic dur­ing the quar­ter­fi­nal round the BCIAA play­offs on Tues­day, Feb. 14.

De­spite a game-high 13 points from Lau­ren Lis­ter, the Tigers were put in a first-half deficit they could never quite dig out of, fall­ing 45-41.

Be­hind Lis­ter, Gabrielle Downs (three 3-point­ers) and Alexis Noro­tarski (two 3-balls) each posted 10 points in the loss. No. 3 seeded Fleet­wood trailed 25-16 at the break and de­spite an eight-point ad­van­tage in the third frame, was outscored 14-11 dur­ing the clos­ing quar­ter.

Tay­lor Blunt and De­jah Ter­rell scored 10 point apiece for No. 7 seeded Berks Catholic while Meghan Leininger and Abi­gail Gaffney each added seven.

No. 10 seeded Fleet­wood opens up its run in the Dis­trict 3 5A play­offs with an open­ing-round matchup against No. 7-ranked Dover on Tues­day, Feb. 21.

DEN­NIS KRUMANOCKER FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kutz­town’s Lorencz JeanBap­tiste, left, tries to drib­ble away from the de­fen­sive pres­sure of Read­ing’s Wes­ley But­ler dur­ing their Berks quar­ter­fi­nal on Feb. 13.

DEN­NIS KRUMANOCKER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kutz­town’s Dane Fe­g­ley drives for two against Read­ing dur­ing their Berks play­off quar­ter­fi­nal on Feb. 13.

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