Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom’s girls’ basketball teams hung together for almost two quarters before the Hawks pulled away to score a 52-29 victory over the Patriots last Friday at Freedom.
At the end of the first quarter, Patriot forward, Hailey Silfies, made a difficult pass while in motion to Kaitlyn Swint who was underneath. Carissa Norder got Swint’s rebound, scored, and Freedom trailed by only two points.
Silfies, who had 11 points, then began the second quarter with a huge three point shot, but Becahi’s Natalie Rhine responded in kind.
It took until the fourth quarter for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team to defend enough and drive enough for a 65-53 victory over Allen last Tuesday at Becahi.
“We made a bunch of really critical adjustments at halftime to stop their drives. Neila [Luma] stepped up in that second half and helped us stop those,” said Becahi junior, Morgan Orloski. “I don’t think [we took Allen lightly]. I believe we came out slower defensively.”
The Freedom Patriots split their swim meet with Pocono Mountain East last month when the Patriot boys won 107-56, and the Patriot girls lost 91-78.
First place winners for Freedom in individual events were Colin Burnette in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.38, Reilly Ward in the 200 IM with a time of 2:22.68, and Tyler Higgins in the same event with a time of 2:13.25.
Brian Seitz won the 50 free in 23.83. Ward won the 100 fly with a time of 1:08.31, as did Burnette with a time of 58.42.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team remained undefeated after its 98-76 victory over Southern Lehigh last week.
“We knew they were going to come out pretty good,” said Liberty captain, Paige McCloskey.
The Hurricanes opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay won by McCloskey, Julia McCarthy, Samantha Taylor, and Abby Mack with a time of 1:58.40.
“I’m always nervous but knew I needed to get a good lead, and I got a pretty good lead, and Julia carried it, and everyone else, and it was awesome,” said McCloskey. “We’re hoping to continue that.”
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team bounced back from a 61-31 loss to Easton last Tuesday to score a 52-34 victory over Whitehall last Friday night at Freedom.
A self-admitted slow start, something the Patriots have been trying to change, was short-lived against the Zephyrs. The combined height of Hailey Silfies, Kaitlyn Swint, Carissa Norder, and Jennifer Kokolus was instrumental in snapping their slow-start streak, taking an 18-6 lead against Whitehall by the end of the first quarter.
Liberty’s boys’ swim team understood full well that Southern Lehigh could easily beat them last week, but when the Spartans actually did top the Hurricanes 92-88, it created the potential to go down as the toughest loss of the season.
“It was hard,” said Liberty captain, Anthony Delcorso. “We had to win the 400 free relay, and we were up by two points at that point. Afterward, we did a lot of talking and brought ourselves back to our core, and talked about how to move forward from this and be more prepared for our next big meets.”
Liberty’s consistency in maintaining a six-point lead over Dieruff throughout four quarters led to the Hurricanes’ 48-42 victory over the Huskies last Friday night.
“We just knew we couldn’t let them get the easy shot, and we couldn’t let up on defense,” said Liberty forward, Kristina Polak.
Dieruff’s Mackenzie Rupp created the most problem for the Hurricanes, scoring a game high total of 22 points.
Liberty’s boys’ swim team won its second meet of the season against East Stroudsburg South, 91-68, on Dec. 15 at Liberty.
“I’m incredibly excited [about the boys’ team this year],” said Liberty captain, Chase Ledger. “We all have extreme potential now and across the board, sprints, distance, and we’re starting undefeated.”
Jake Evert, Chris Chambers, Ledger, and Robert Negron started the boys’ events with a victory in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:41.08.
In its second swim meet of the season, Liberty’s girls defeated East Stroudsburg South, 90-58, on Dec. 15 at Liberty.
Paige McCloskey, Natalie Richardson, Sabrina Krotzer, and Kendra Smith won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:41.08.
Kay Wetmore won the 200 free with a time of 2:06.22 and placed second in the 100 fly with a time of 1:03.11. Teammate, Julia McCarthy took first in the fly in 1:02.29.
Krotzer won the 200 IM in 2:28.24, and McCloskey was second in 2:28.51.
Freedom’s swim team competed in its season opener against Nazareth but lost 113-70 in girls’ results and 112-64 in boys’ results on Dec. 13 at Freedom.
The Patriots’ 400 relay teams outraced the Blue Eagles to win for both the boys’ and girls’ teams, and the Patriots’ 200 free relay teams just missed first place finishes, also for the boys’ and the girls’ teams.