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Pate girls beat BC

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ basketball game against Bethlehem Catholic could have gone either way, but with the Patriots’ scrappy play and having fouls to give in the fourth quarter, Freedom came up victorious, 49-44, last Thursday night at Freedom.

“The game’s never really over until it’s over, so we couldn’t think for a second we won,” said Freedom guard Corrin Gill. “It helps when my teammates are really aggressive also, and putting pressure on the ball, and it helps me with reading where they’re going to pass, and then I take away passing lanes and the steals are there.”

The Hawks won the first time the two teams faced off this season with the game at Becahi.

“I think we prepared better for them this time,” said Patriot guard Yasmine Herrera. “We knew who their shooters were, we knew we needed to get rebounds, and we couldn’t be tentative. I kind of just read their eyes, and I anticipated a lot of the time, and I felt really competitive today. It was an important game, so I was fired up.”

While the Hawks were successful at shooting threes, three by Isabelle Rosario, two by Kourtney Wilson, and one apiece by Abby Brown and Keyara Walters, the Patriots were successful at creating turnovers and staying out of foul trouble.

“When we play like we did halfway through the third quarter, attacking the zone and getting to the free throw line, that’s how we play,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. We have to be attacking the rim and sharing the ball against the zone or man, it doesn’t matter. I think good things happen for us and then we can press and speed teams up, and that’s the way we have to play.”

Herrera wasted no time creating turnovers early in the game, and Gill, along with Brenna Ortwein had consecutive buckets on steals in that all-important third quarter.

The score remained close throughout the game, however, and when the Hawks scored six unanswered points in the fourth, Freedom called a timeout. The Patriots took the lead for good with 1:40 remaining in the game on an inbounds play when Ortwein scored.

“They’re smart players. I have confidence in them. Sometimes they just need to be reminded and then go ahead and execute,” Reiman said. “When it was winning time, they had a good of understanding of how they were to attack.”