Freedom’s girls’ basketball team came out strong in the first quarter, and Nazareth came out strong in the second, but it was the Patriots who prevailed in the end, 55-44, over the Blue Eagles last Friday at Freedom.
“We needed this win because of the league standing, so this is a good one for us,” said Patriot forward Jennifer Kokolus.
Freedom, Easton, Bethlehem Catholic, and Allen are fighting for the top spots in the Steel Division of the East Penn Conference.
“It’s been fun, and it’s exciting. We’re all fighting, and we need to win Easton and Allen,” Kokolus said.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team changed things up in their rematch against Freedom last week, using a zone defense instead of man-to-man, making shots when the Patriots gained some momentum, and coming up with a 54-43 victory last Tuesday night at Becahi.
“The main difference was our defense. We kept them out from driving because that was a big thing last time. All their points were in the paint, and this time we tried to make them shoot outside shots. It changed the game,” said Becahi senior Morgan Orloski.
A big third quarter for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team led to a 52-45 victory over Central Bucks West in a nonconference game on Saturday at Bethlehem Catholic High School.
“We get six out-of-conference games a year ... it really gets us ready for playoffs and state competition,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “This was our third game in a row, which is unprecedented, but we’ve got a deep bench, and the girls have great resolve.”
Freedom’s girls’ swim team came back from a 29-31 deficit at the diving event to score a 96-83 over Stroudsburg last Thursday at Freedom.
“It’s a very different dynamic than some of the larger teams because recently we’ve been going against some of the bigger teams in the league like Nazareth and Parkland, so going against a team that was basically at our level made it a lot more competitive, and pushed us, I feel, as a team to cheer for each other and work our hardest to pull out the win, and we did it,” said Freedom junior Alex Koehl.
With their boys’ swim team intact, the Liberty Hurricanes scored a 93-65 victory over Northampton on Jan. 11.
Robert Negron and Jake Evert returned to the pool after missing one or more meets due to illness, and both were double individual event winners in the win over the Konkrete Kids.
Negron took first place in the 50 free with a time of 21.44, and the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.87.
Evert took first place in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.14, and the 100 free with a time of 48.62.
Teammate Jase Smith won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.75.
Freedom’s boys’ swim team got off to a strong start in their meet against Stroudsburg, winning the 200 medley relay and ultimately securing a 98-68 victory over the Mountaineers last Thursday at Freedom.
Colin Burnette, Grayden Hogan, Spencer Smith, and Al Bell took first place in the relay with a time of 1:45.55.
Freedom’s girls’ swim team took a tough loss to Pocono Mountain East 94-86 last Tuesday at Freedom.
The Patriots were behind at the diving event, went ahead, but came up short in the end.
Pocono Mountain East scored 12 major points by taking first and second place in the 200 free relay.
Freedom’s Linda Mao and Abby Burnette won the 100 backstroke in 1:15.51 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.99, respectively, but the Cardinals’ first and third place finishes in the 400 free relay sealed the win for Pocono Mountain East.
Freedom did Freedom last Friday night, and they did it just fine.
That was the plan, going into their home girls’ basketball game against Bethlehem Catholic, where the Patriots came up with a 66-59 victory over the Hawks.
“I’m a senior, and I know I can speak for all the seniors when I say this was a very good win, and I’m so happy we got this, and I’m overwhelmed with how great I feel right now,” said Kyra Jefferson. “Yes, doing Freedom. This is definitely one of our high points in the season, and I’m excited to see more.”
How do the Freedom Patriots keep up their intensity when they have a 30-point lead by halftime?
“You just have to run your stuff, and play them like you would play Beca or Easton,” said Freedom senior Kyra Jefferson. “You want to improve with every game.”
The Patriots hosted Emmaus on Jan. 9 and scored a 53-15 victory over the Hornets.
Freedom divers Leigha Evans, Fallon Tatlow, and Sarah Gill scored 13 important points for the Patriots in their swim meet against Pocono Mountain East last week at Freedom.
Gill had the highest score of the day with 186.45 points.
“I think my best one was my reverse two because I just got it about a week ago, and I got a higher score than I thought I would,” Gill said. “With diving it’s hard to tell where you land when you go into the water, so you don’t know if it’s really good or kind of good.”