Minersville awaits Lady Falcons in districts
When the start of the District 11 2A girls basketball tournament begins, the Salisbury girls basketball team will not have played a game in over two weeks. The Falcons last faced Southern Lehigh back on February 7, a 64-37 loss which concluded the regular season in the Colonial League.
But despite the lengthy layoff, the team has continued its preparation toward Friday's opening round game against Minersville (16-5) and head coach Joe Mladosich is pleased with how the team is looking in the days heading up to their biggest game of the season.
"We scrimmaged Northampton on Thursday, and we're going to scrimmage Palmerton tomorrow [Tuesday]," said Mladosich. "We want to be game-ready so we're getting some work in and scrimmaging and things like that to try to keep them ready."
Out of the Schuykill League, one of Minersville's greatest strengths is the perimeter play of its guards. With senior guard Megan Hrebik leading the Falcons' backcourt, Salisbury (13-9) will look to match Minersville's guard play along the wings.
"They have good guards," said Mladosich. "They're probably quicker than most of the teams up there and they can shoot the ball. They're more of a perimeter team than an inside team."
Meanwhile, one of the biggest advantages the Falcons seem to possess is height; both Meagan Eripret and Kelly Garrigan should see plenty of opportunities around the rim for the Falcons.
"I don't know how they'll play us for sure," said Mladosich. "We're doing a lot of things to be ready for them."
After falling to Northern Lehigh in last season's district tournament, the Falcons will look to improve on last season's run and add a few wins in postseason play. And as has been the case all season, Hrebik and Eripret will have a large hand in how far this team advances.
"We've followed the two Megans to the point where we're at now," said Mladosich. "Sometimes it's not a big deal for young kids to play in big games like this. But obviously the leadership of those two kids should help us."
Tipoff will come directly before the boys game at 6 p.m. at Catasauqua High School.