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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

FHS girls win two

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s full schedule of girls’ basketball this week actually began this past Saturday with a 64-61 overtime victory for the Patriots over Mahanoy Area.

The Patriots then proceeded to defeat East Stroudsburg South, 65-21, on Monday night.

“We talked about keep moving the ball, keep running our offense, and just do what we do,” said Freedom senior Kyra Jefferson.

Defensively, the Patriots wanted to make a statement and pressed early in the game.

“We want to put pressure up with pressing and showing our aggression toward the ball, so the offensive team doesn’t set up their defense. We want to startle them,” said Patriot forward Hailey Silfies.

The Patriots led the Cavaliers 37-15 at halftime.

“We’re a lot smaller than we were last year, so we have a lot more guards than bigs, but honestly, I don’t think there’s much of a difference. I think we’re a lot faster this year than last year, so we’re looking at pushing the ball a lot more,” Silfies said.

Yasmine Herrera had three three pointers in the game for the Patriots on Monday night.

Freedom’s first league game of the season resulted in a 52-48 loss to William Allen on Dec. 12 at Allen.

“We each had our own runs, but then we had to foul toward the end and they were making their free throws,” said Silfies.

Jefferson also noted the Canaries’ aggressiveness and the size of the home crowd as not helping in the Patriots’ pursuit of a victory.

Both Jefferson and Silfies scored in double digits in that game. Allen’s Kion Andrews had a game high of 25 points.

This Thursday, Freedom will host Wilson West Lawn, and on Friday, the Patriots will host Liberty.

“I always do [look forward to the Liberty game],” Jefferson said. “It’s always great energy.”