Freedom girls reach Cedar Beach finals
The Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase gave fans a sneak peek of what they can look for this winter on the hardwood and for the Freedom girls, that appears to be another district run after reaching the finals on Sunday.
The Patriots fell to University City (N.J.) 51-40 in the championship game, as their New Jersey counterparts were the only team to beat Freedom in the tournament.
Freedom was paced by junior Hailey Silfies 19 points in the finals, but couldn’t find the answers to top University City during the weekend, as they lost to them 51-44 earlier in the tournament before coming back through the winners bracket by knocking off Parkland 33-25 and Boyertown 51-37 to set up their second meeting with University City.
Freedom went 14-10 last season, reaching the EPC tournament and making their first District 11 appearance since 2011.
Silfies, who made the all-tournament team over the weekend, figures to step into a major role for the Pates heading into next season.
On the boys side, Freedom had the most action in the tournament, playing in five games before being eliminated by Governor Mifflin.
The Pates defeated Salisbury in their opener, but lost to Bangor 37-34 on a buzzer beater in their second contest.
That led to victories over Lincoln Leadership and Salem Christian in the consolation bracket before eventually falling to Gov. Mifflin.
“I thought we competed well even though we didn’t have our full team,” said head coach Joe Stellato. “The biggest thing is that we competed, because that’s what we’ve been struggling with this summer. I’m really excited for SportsFest because that’ll be the first time we’ll have our full team.”
Bethlehem Catholic was without star center Ryan Young over the weekend, as the Hawks went 1-2 at Cedar Beach, beating Exeter in their opener before losing to Emmaus and Lancaster Catholic.
Liberty finished 2-2, picking up wins over Boyertown and Panther Valley, but losing to Allen and Lancaster Catholic.