Coach Rashida Suber talks with SV Sports postgame.
Rashida Suber knows what it takes to be a successful high school basketball team. Suber led Reading to Berks League championships in 2002 and 2003. The flashy guard racked up 2,111 career points, the fourth-highest total in Berks County history. She went on to become the all-time leading scorer at Coppin State with 1,865 points. Suber is in her third year as the head coach of the Red Knights. They went (6-10) during her first season. “It’s an emotional roller coaster. I wear many hats. I’m not just a coach. I’m a mentor, I’m a role model…I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” she said. Reading lost both meetings with Division 1 champion Berks Catholic this year. The Saints rolled to a 56-36 victory on January 31st. They squared off again on Tuesday at Santander Arena in the Berks League semifinals. The Red Knights trailed 13-10 after the first quarter and 18-15 at halftime. A three-point play by Madison Langdon gave top-seeded Berks Catholic a 25-17 advantage midway through the third period. “Our girls could’ve folded when we were down eight, and I told them to stick to the game plan. My little engine, Ashanti Chapman, keeps us going,” remarked Suber. Reading held the Saints scoreless for six and a-half minutes in the final quarter. Junior guard Bianca Seabury hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game with six minutes remaining. Laysha Pimentel, who averages 3 points per game, splashed a top of the key trey to put the Red Knights in front 31-28 with 3:40 to go. That was her only field goal of the night. Sophomore forward Zaniaya Bradley added a pair of free throws, and Chapman went 3-4 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. She had a team-high nine points as Reading stunned Berks Catholic 39-33. The (14-10) Red Knights outscored the (18-6) Saints 17-to-5 over the last eight minutes. Reading forced 21 turnovers. The Red Knights will face #2 seed Wyomissing for the championship on Friday at 6pm at Santander Arena. Reading hasn’t won a county title since 2010. “It’s about rewriting history. Her story, that’s our motto. Her story continues,” Suber told SV Sports’ Paul Roberts.