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Patriots fall to Allen

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

William Allen’s girls’ basketball coach Stan Broyles reminded his team, “No foul,” during the last timeout of the Canaries’ game against Freedom last Thursday night, but a foul was given and worked in Allen’s favor in its 51-46 victory over the Patriots at Freedom.

“Not what I wanted, and I don’t know if they wanted to do that, but it was a smart play,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. “That’s what I would do in that situation.”

The Patriots were looking to avenge an earlier-season loss to the Canaries but were held to four points in the second quarter while Allen scored 11.

“We turned the ball over twice with a minute left in the game, and it’s seniors who are turning it over,” Reiman said. “Not mentally tough or making free throws in a tight game, and executing, and our rebounding was really bad tonight. All the toughness things you need to win, of course a contested divisional game, we didn’t have tonight.”

Freedom senior Hailey Silfies gave the Patriots a 16-13 lead with a three pointer at the end of the first quarter, but it would be their only lead until later in the third quarter.

Patriot guard Rachel Sanchez hit a three, followed by two points from Silfies on a pass from Corrin Gill, and another three by Sanchez and Brenna Ortwein.

But it was Allen’s Kion Andrews who couldn’t be stopped with 24 points, having an answer for every attempt the Patriots made to get something going.

“The things they did in that game [earlier in the season], they did the same things tonight, so in regards to Andrews getting the ball and going the length of the court, she did that again as well tonight, and that was a lack of awareness,” Coach Reiman said.

Sanchez opened the fourth quarter with a three pointer, but Andrews scored six straight points after that. Carissa Norder hit a three, and Ortwein scored two points to tie the game with 3:00 remaining after Silfies came up with a turnover.

Andrews was fouled and made one free throw to give Allen a one-point lead, and Jakayla Wise sank four free throws in the last 15 seconds for the Allen win.

Freedom will play its last regular season game on Wednesday at Easton.