Freedom’s girls’ basketball team was ready for everything Easton threw at them in the East Penn Conference quarterfinal on Monday night when the Patriots defeated the top-seeded Red Rovers 55-51 at Easton Middle School.
“It feels so good,” said Freedom guard Kyra Jefferson. “The last seconds of the game, it was definitely like, we just beat them. They played great basketball. It was fun to compete with them, and I was really excited we got that win, and it feels really good to be a part of it.”
The East Penn Conference announced the schedule for its boys and girls basketball tournaments.
Both tournaments start today, Monday, Feb. 12.
In the boys bracket, Bethlehem Catholic is the top seed and will host Parkland, the eighth seed. Central earned the second seed and will host seven-seed Northampton.
Pocono Mountain West is the fourth seed and will host Allen, the fifth seed and Eastburg South took the third seed and hosts Easton, the sixth seed. All games start at 7 p.m.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team was victorious over Nazareth last week, defeating the Blue Eagles 126-60, and Liberty’s boys lost to the Blue Eagles 95-91 last week at Nazareth.
In girls’ results, Anna Lehr, Natalie Richardson, Kay Wetmore, and Kendra Smith won the 200 medley relay in 1:56.44.
Lehr also won the 200 free in 2:04.02 and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.40.
Samantha Taylor took first place in the 200 IM in 2:17.12, Wetmore won the 100 butterfly in 1:01.84 and the 500 free in 5:31.83, and Richardson came in first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.21.
To say that revenge wasn’t on the mind of Bethlehem Catholic wrestlers heading into last weekend’s District 11 3A finals would be an understatement.
The Hawks were out to take back the district crown that has reigned in their trophy case for much of the duration of their stay in the 3A bracket following last year’s defeat to Nazareth.
Last Saturday at Freedom, Becahi took back their crown in a dominating 43-12 victory.
The Hawks won 12 of 14 bouts and controlled the match from the start with Kenny Herrmann’s 4-3 win over Sean Pierson at 126.
Suburban Dart League
Salem Luth 39 12 .765
Christ UCC 33 18 .647
St. Paul’s 31 23 .574
Bath Luth 26 22 .542
Dryland 27 24 .529
Emmanuel 23 28 .451
St. Stephen’s 23 28 .451
Salem UCC 20 28 .417
Messiah 20 31 .392
Ebenezer 18 30 .375
Farmersville 19 35 .352
St. Paul’s (4-2, 4-0, 7-1)
SP - Rich Kern 8-12, Amber Gross 5-11, Kevin Gross 5-12.
Em - Jim Hill 5-11, Jeff Hoffert, Joel Dalryple 4-11.
Messiah at Dryland (6-0, 3-2, 7-6)
After a week of celebrations, including Hope Brown’s 1,000th career point, senior night, and youth night, Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team struggled against Easton and lost to the Red Rovers 53-42 on Friday at Becahi.
“It was a battle of two great teams, and credit to them, it was their night tonight,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “They knocked down shots, and in basketball, that’s what it comes down to.”
It’s down to the final week of the basketball regular season and Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic both have something to play for with one game left on the docket before the EPC playoffs get underway.
Liberty (10-11, 6-9) needs to defeat Dieruff on Wednesday night to secure a spot in the postseason, while Bethlehem Catholic (18-3, 14-1) would secure the top seed for the EPC playoffs this weekend with a win over Allen.
With plenty at stake on both sides of the coin, both coaches are fully aware of their scenarios after coming away with league wins on Monday night.
Freedom’s girls’ swim team won one and lost one last week, losing to Southern Lehigh 128-55 on Tuesday and defeating East Stroudsburg South on Thursday 109-59.
Individual Patriot winners in the meet against Southern Lehigh were Emily Justice in the 200 free in 2:23.42, and Abby Burnette in the 200 IM in 2:27.57 and in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.83.
William Allen’s girls’ basketball coach Stan Broyles reminded his team, “No foul,” during the last timeout of the Canaries’ game against Freedom last Thursday night, but a foul was given and worked in Allen’s favor in its 51-46 victory over the Patriots at Freedom.
“Not what I wanted, and I don’t know if they wanted to do that, but it was a smart play,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. “That’s what I would do in that situation.”
The Patriots were looking to avenge an earlier-season loss to the Canaries but were held to four points in the second quarter while Allen scored 11.
You know that Monday morning feeling when you head into work and it takes you a while to get going? Especially if you had a few extra days off. The Phantoms had that look to them Friday night when they returned from the All-Star Break to face the Charlotte Checkers at the PPL Center. To be honest, both teams had that look as the game started off with a myriad of missed passes and turnovers. The Checkers even got a penalty for too many men on the ice in the opening minutes of the game.