The writer is a senior at Bethlehem Central High School.
The Bethlehem girls basketball team has a lot in common with the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics.
Like the Celtics, the Lady Eagles have a big three, a solid bench and play as a team. That has helped them finish second in the Suburban Council South Division and earn the league's No. 2 seed for the Section II, Class AA playoffs, which begin Wednesday.
"The bottom line is that we have to play well together on the court," said head coach Mark Nealon. "Everyone has their identified role, (and) teamwork is very important."
Megan Olsen can easily be compared to Ray Allen because she knows her role on the team " not only to be a co-captain, but also to be there when the big shot needs to be taken.
"She knows when it is time for a big shot, or she knows that there needs to be a defensive stop," said Nealon. "She takes on that role."
Olsen can burn an opponent at the offensive end two ways " by driving into the paint for layups and shooting three-pointers. She leads Bethlehem in both points per game and three-pointers made. According to Olsen, the best part of her game is "taking it to the basket and driving."
If Olsen is Bethlehem's version of Ray Allen, center Alex McCullough is Kevin Garnett. McCullough is averaging 11.9 points per game this season, mostly because of her ability to stretch opposing defenses with her perimeter shooting.
"Having her go out and be able to hit threes and being able to take a girl off the dribble has helped us tremendously," remarked Nealon. "There have been a number of games this year where she has just presented an unbelievable mismatch for the other team.