Pates rally to top Allen
William Allen’s girls’ basketball team had a 40-39 lead over Freedom with possession and less than 30 seconds left in the game, but two forced turnovers by Patriot forward Kailey Turpening resulted in four quick points for Freedom and secured a 45-40 victory over the Canaries on Monday night at Freedom.
“I wasn’t right up on my girl because our coach told us to deny certain people, but then I didn’t realize I had to deny that girl and he started yelling ‘deny deny deny’ so I ran and somehow the ball landed in my hands,” Turpening said. “I thought they were going to go long, but they didn’t.”
The first time, Turpening passed the ball to Brenna Ortwein who scored. The second time, Turpening passed to Rachel Sanchez.
“Kailey got another steal, passed it to me, I went to go up, but they fouled me,” said Sanchez. “Our coach told us we needed to get to the basket more, especially in a zone. That’s the most important thing, getting to the basket. They have bigger girls which shouldn’t stop us.”
The Canaries made multiple stops in the third quarter, holding the Patriots to three points all on free throws.
“We definitely were having difficulty getting the ball inside today, so we had to work on outside shots,” Turpening said. “When the first one went down, it set a good pace.”
Turpening, a freshman, had two threes in the first half and one in the second.
While the Canaries held the Patriots to the perimeter in the third quarter, Freedom’s first points came with 3:22 left in the period.
“In the first half we were really aggressive, and then we stopped and that gave them momentum,” said Sanchez.
Allen freshman T’Nyah Riggins poured on the defensive heat while senior Asha Talib scored 14 points for the Canaries. Jakayla Wise had 11 points for Allen before fouling out with 2:40 remaining.
“I just think we needed to stay calm and do what we did in the first half, but going to the basket, we knew we could come back,” Sanchez said. “Rebounding was a big factor because we’re a smaller team.”