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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Pates get by NHS

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Last week, Stroudsburg scored 27 points in the fourth quarter and rallied from a 10 point deficit to defeat Freedom, 56-52, which hit the Patriots so hard they wouldn’t let that happen again when they defeated Northampton, 45-37, last Saturday.

“We lost our minds at the end of that game, so we needed to stay focused and disciplined during this one,” said Freedom guard Corrin Gill. “We knew who could get hot for them, so we had to force others to shoot. We had to dictate what they did.”

Also challenging for the Patriots would be the Konkrete Kids’ defense.

“Northampton’s defense is very disciplined so it’s hard to get shots and make things happen in the beginning of possession, so it forces us to continue to move the ball. That was the challenge,” said Freedom guard Brenna Ortwein. “For our defense today, we did a really good job of helping each other out, talking, and getting through screens.”

The K-Kids led at the end of the first two quarters, but Ortwein changed that after halftime with a three pointer after a turnover. Teammate Kailey Turpening closed out the quarter with a three pointer, but that was only the beginning for the Freedom.

“We focused really heavily on taking care of the ball and looking only for the shots we wanted to shoot, and not forcing shots we don’t want to take,” Ortwein said. “Guaranteed buckets is what we needed, and that’s what we were looking for, so when we were putting up shots, we also had to rebound.”

Jewel Levy hit a three early in the fourth quarter, prompting a timeout by Northampton with 5:36 remaining, but with Turpening making two more threes, the K-Kids couldn’t recover with two pointers made by Morgan Sterner and Kylie Gilliard.

“Every time they scored, we had that satisfaction that we were staying ahead, so we were in good shape,” said Ortwein.

Gill and Turpening closed out the game, both 4 for 4 from the foul line.

This Friday, the Patriots will host Northwestern Lehigh before traveling to William Allen on Saturday.