Freedom High School hosted the annual Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic girls’ basketball games this past Saturday when Bethlehem Catholic won the day’s first game against Stroudsburg 55-34, Bangor won the second game against Liberty 33-31, and Freedom won the third over Phillipsburg 67-50.
Phillipsburg took the early lead against Freedom, but all that changed when Patriot guard Corrin Gill came up with a turnover and scored.
“Our coach [Dean Reiman] always talks about anticipation, so I kind of anticipate when they’re going to pass it,” Gill said.
By halftime, Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team had its game against Allen well in hand with a 14-point lead, but there was still plenty to go over in the locker room.
“We knew they were quick. We knew they were going to be physical so we knew we had to beat them on the defensive end and then beat them on the floor,” said Becahi senior Hope Brown. “We just talked about who we needed to lock down on, our zone, and how to execute that.”
Brown had 13 points in the Hawks’ 66-45 victory over the Canaries last Tuesday night at Becahi.
Liberty’s top male divers, Kellen Rogers and Sergio Alvarez, placed second and third in the Hurricanes’ swim meet against Southern Lehigh, and third and fourth in their meet against Easton before the Christmas break.
Rogers’s scores were in the 173 to 175 range.
“Everyone said they saw improvement from last year, so I’m just trying to not be afraid to do higher dds,” Rogers said. “I think I figured out where I was. I got to my feet more. I think my tucks and pikes were tighter. Even though, some of them I wasn’t prepared for, I still did it anyway.”
It was another scramble for Liberty’s boys’ swim team when Coach Reik Foust had to make lineup changes because two of the Hurricanes’ top swimmers were sick for Liberty’s meet against Easton on Dec. 21.
Halfway through the meet, the score was tied at 31, but without Robert Negron and Jake Evert, things had the potential to get tough, and they did. The Red Rovers ultimately defeated the Hurricanes, 97-88.
For Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team, December is becoming that time of year when there’s not only Christmas to look forward to, but the Becahi-Easton game, this year on Dec. 22 at Easton.
With the intensity of a Freedom-Liberty rivalry, the Hawks held on in the fourth quarter to defeat the Red Rovers 49-43.
“It’s great competition every time we play them. They always bring their best, and we always bring our best, and we all play hard,” said Becahi guard Natalie Rhine, who scored the first points of the game and totaled 11.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team went into the Christmas break with a 99-85 victory over Easton on Dec. 21 at Liberty.
“I know we’re expected to beat Easton, but we really need to get our heads in the game because, as you saw in the medley, they won, so we were like, OK, this isn’t an easy swim. We really need to give it our all,” said Kay Wetmore halfway through the swim meet.
Wetmore went on to win the 200 free in 2:04.97, and Abby Mack won both the 50 free in 26.22, and the 100 free in 56.85.
Freedom’s full schedule of girls’ basketball this week actually began this past Saturday with a 64-61 overtime victory for the Patriots over Mahanoy Area.
The Patriots then proceeded to defeat East Stroudsburg South, 65-21, on Monday night.
“We talked about keep moving the ball, keep running our offense, and just do what we do,” said Freedom senior Kyra Jefferson.
Defensively, the Patriots wanted to make a statement and pressed early in the game.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team scored a 103-77 victory over Allentown Central Catholic in its first meet of the new season last Tuesday at Liberty.
The Hurricanes had a large share of first place finishes in individual events after Anna Lehr, Natalie Richardson, Samantha Taylor, and Greta Stuckey opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:58.68.
Lehr then won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:04.83, as well as the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:03.52.
Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland’s girls’ basketball teams stayed within reach of each other for the first half of their EPC season opener, but everything changed in the third quarter as the Hawks scored 11 unanswered points leading to their 57-43 victory over the Trojans last Tuesday night at Becahi.
“It was a slow first half. We needed to close out on shooters more because they were killing us on shots,” said Becahi guard Taliyah Medina.
Liberty’s boys’ swim team hosted Allentown Central Catholic last Tuesday and defeated the Vikings 99-78 in their first meet of the season.
Jase Smith, Chris Chambers, Robert Negron, and Grant Smith swam to a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.73.
Jake Evert won the boys’ teams first individual event, the 200 freestyle, with a time of 1:50.21.
Yousef Ismail placed first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.93.
Negron won the 50 free with a time of 21.16 and the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.62.