Last week’s third meeting between Salisbury and Southern Lehigh was the game that determined which would have the last word in this year’s rivalry.
Salisbury ended the regular season with a 10-point victory over Southern Lehigh. However, it was that same Spartan team who gave the Falcons arguably their worst loss of the season back in mid-January—a 67-53 Southern Lehigh win.
Salisbury was the final team to qualify for the Colonial League girls’ basketball tournament. But the No. 6 seeded Lady Falcons nearly pulled off the unforeseen upset over the weekend.
With only minutes remaining in the game, Salisbury took a four-point lead on No. 3 Bangor when Sarah McGee hit two of three free throws. The Lady Slaters, however, had an answer to avoid the upset. Bangor quickly evened the game at 33-33 and hit its free throws down the stretch to advance to the Colonial League semifinals with a 39-38 victory on Saturday afternoon
The District 11 swimming and diving championships are only a few of weeks away. And while that meet is quickly approaching, there is still some regular season swimming left for the Salisbury boys and girls.
February kicked off with the Falcons’ most recent meet against Stroudsburg, one in which the boys (48-45) and girls (57-37) both came up short. But Salisbury will have one more regular season meet—Wednesday against Southern Lehigh—and a trip to Emmaus’ Last Chance Meet on February 18, just over a week to qualify for districts.
One of the most demoralizing things is to know what is about to happen while feeling unable to stop it.
After witnessing Catasauqua’s Isaiah Graves erupt for 27 points in their first meeting, Salisbury knew the Rough Rider junior would have the ball in his hands often in their second meeting, which took place last week. They knew that was especially true late in the game with the two teams trading leads in the fourth quarter.
A win last Wednesday against Moravian Academy would have put the Salisbury girls basketball team in prime position for a Colonial League playoff spot. Instead, however, a loss put the Lady Falcons behind the eight ball a little bit more than they had been at the start of the day.
Numbers certainly weren’t in Salisbury’s favor at the start of the wrestling season. And now, unfortunately, things have become a little more difficult with a decrease in wrestlers due to injuries, some participants stepping leaving the team and other issues.
But that hasn’t deterred some of the Falcon grapplers from having noteworthy seasons despite the team’s 0-12 record.
Things certainly didn’t look optimistic for Salisbury early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s league game against Palmerton.
The Blue Bombers opened the final frame with a 7-0 spurt to take a 52-39 lead. Salisbury had struggled to score after putting up 31 points in the first half, but more importantly had no answers for Palmerton defensively.
A number of area teams have already qualified for the district playoffs even though that tournament is still a month down the road. The Allen and Emmaus boys basketball teams, both who are ranked in the state Class 6A rankings, have already cemented a spot.
But when those district tournaments tip off on Feb. 21, the scene will look slightly different than in years past. The biggest change fans will notice is the increase from four PIAA classifications to six based on student enrollment numbers.
Last week’s rivalry game against Southern Lehigh would prove to be a solid measuring stick for how Salisbury stacked up against the league’s top competition. But once over, no other game this season left Jason Weaver as disappointed as last Wednesday.
After Salisbury took a six-point lead through eight minutes, Southern Lehigh outscored Salisbury 26-13 in the second quarter to gain full control. The Spartans did not let off the gas pedal, defeating the Falcons on their home court by a 67-53 final score.
Salisbury head coach Jason Weaver has had plenty of gifted shooters during his career at the helm of the Falcons. But no group may be more talented than this year’s team.
And when opponents are running a zone defense, it plays right into Salisbury’s hands. Take last week’s pivotal Colonial League meeting with Moravian Academy for example.
Moravian’s zone defense couldn’t slow down Salisbury’s red-hot shooting. The Falcons (4-1) hit nine 3-pointers, had scored 40 points by halftime, and downed the Lions 74-58, last Thursday at Salisbury High School.