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.”
Freedom’s boys’ swim team scored two victories last week, one against Pocono Mountain East 106-63, and another against Pocono Mountain West 107-62.
In the meet against Pocono Mountain East, Colin Burnette, Grayden Hogan, Spencer Smith, and Jack Rosen won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.05.
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.