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Press photo by Rob MerchantFreedom’s Brenna Ortwein, left and Jennifer Kokolus battle with Liberty’s Alondra Cruz during last week’s game which the Pates won 58-40. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA Press photo by Rob MerchantFreedom’s Brenna Ortwein, left and Jennifer Kokolus battle with Liberty’s Alondra Cruz during last week’s game which the Pates won 58-40. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA

Freedom girls knock off Wilson West Lawn

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ basketball team hosted Wilson West Lawn in a nonconference game last week when the Patriots pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Bulldogs, 52-28.

The two teams tied 14-14 after one quarter and 20-20 after two.

“In the first half we definitely weren’t expecting the aggressiveness,” said Freedom sophomore Kailey Turpening.

Also in the first half, Wilson West Lawn’s Kaya Burkhart put up 10 points.

“In the first half, she put up a lot of points, but she’s predominantly left-handed so I knew if I could push her right…,” said Freedom junior Brenna Ortwein. “We were in a zone in the first half and it wasn’t really working for us. We gave up 20 points, which is more than we normally do. But when we started talking and getting our rhythm, we held them to eight points and [Burkhart] didn’t have any of them.”

The Patriots went on a 13-0 run in the third quarter before Turpening topped it off with a final three pointer.

“I think once the guards started looking in more and passing to Jenn Kokolus, once it got into her, she had good kick outs,” Turpening said. “The defense started crashing in on her and then she had good looks to the outside.”

That gave Turpening, Corrin Gill, and Jewel Levy the opportunity to hit threes that gave the Lady Pates a lead the Bulldogs couldn’t overcome.

“I’m really excited for the rest of the season because I think we’ll do really well. The teams we’ve played are competitive teams and I think we gave a good chance in districts and leagues,” said Turpening. “I think it will be really competitive so I’m excited.”

The East Penn Conference playoffs are scheduled to begin this Friday at times and places to be determined.