Freedom seniors, Jaiden Coyne, Meckenzie Herman, Giselle Sanchez, and Kaitlyn Swint, along with the rest of the Lady Pates basketball team celebrated Senior Night with a 51-20 victory over Pleasant Valley on Monday night at Freedom.
“The other girls stayed after school and decorated the gym, and we weren’t allowed in,” said Coyne, visibly pleased with the evening.
The Patriots led 27-11 at the half and discussed keeping up their momentum before the start of the third quarter.
The basketball regular season will wrap up on Wednesday night, so here’s a look of how things stand for boys’ teams heading into the final date on the calendar.
Listed below is a breakdown of each class. In order to qualify for the postseason, teams must compile a .500 record in their overall record or a .500 record in their league record.
However, the opportunity for below .500 teams to qualify for districts is there if the minimum number of playoff spots in a class is not reached.
* Indicates teams that have already clinched playoff berths.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ 57-17 victory over Liberty last Tuesday began with an unsettling 7-5 first quarter score for the Hawks.
“We definitely were getting beat on defense,” said Becahi junior, Natalie Rhine. “We knew our feet needed to be quicker, and we needed to get more stops on defense.”
The Hawks turned the tables quickly and took a 22-6 halftime lead.
“They were man-to-man, and we were zone,” Rhine said. “We came out strong in the second half, and everything was fine.”
To say that Freedom players were excited after knocking off Liberty last Friday would be an understatement.
The Patriots came back from a five-point halftime deficit to outscore the Hurricanes by 13 points in the second half to push Freedom to a 56-48 victory.
Knocking off your rival was only one part of the equation for Freedom’s euphoria, but the other aspect was how big the victory meant in the playoff landscape.
As Liberty’s boys’ swim team was fighting for every point against Nazareth last week, Hurricane diving coach Jeff Zettlemoyer was stressing to both his male and female divers how much every point counts, including points for diving.
Liberty sophomore, Cara Kuykens, and junior, Alicia Valladares, did their parts with a first and second place finish against the Blue Eagles, as the Hurricane girls’ team pulled out a 100-77 victory.
Kuykens scored 141.05 points, and Valladares scored 128.00.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team planned to come out “full fire,” and expected Easton to do the same in the Hawks’ 56-37 victory last Friday on the Red Rovers’ Senior Night at Shawnee Middle School in Easton.
Although Becahi took an 8-0 lead to start, Easton narrowed the lead 13-10 by the end of the first quarter.
“In the first quarter, we expected back and forth,” said Becahi forward, Hope Brown. “We were playing well, but there were definitely things we could have improved on.”
Below are the power rankings for the upcoming girls basketball district tournaments. Standings are through Sunday, Feb. 5.
This is the final week of regular season games with league tournaments beginning this weekend and the District 11 tournament beginning Feb. 21.
Freedom is among eight teams that has wrapped up a berth in the 6A bracket. In the 4A bracket, the Bethlehem Catholic girls look like they have earned the top seed.
For the second time this season, Freedom’s girls’ basketball team defeated Liberty, 49-36, last Friday at Freedom.
“Finally. Oh my goodness. I’m really proud,” said Patriot guard, Giselle Sanchez. “We’ve been fighting with Liberty for the longest time.”
Sanchez broke a tie near the end of the first quarter with a three-point shot.
“I was ready. It was my first shot in the game, and it got my momentum going,” she said.
Soon after, the Hurricanes tied the game again with a three by Bridget MacDonald to end the first half.
Liberty’s boys’ swim meet against Nazareth turned into a battle of lineup changes for Hurricane coach Reik Foust and Blue Eagle coach Seth Urffer when Liberty was faced with injury and illness minutes before game time.
Foust expressed his concern during the diving event, as his top sprinter, Robert Negron, sat on the pool deck with a sprained ankle. In addition, other strong swimmers were falling ill. It was unclear exactly what Urffer knew at the time, but something caused him to visit the scorer’s table frequently.
The Canaries remained undefeated with a 62-55 win over Parkland.
Talik Williams scored a team-high 18 points for Allen, while Sam Iorio had a game-high 29 points for Parkland.
The Hornets beat Nazareth 88-64.
Emmaus got 50 points from the Kachelries twins as David poured in a game-high 36 points and Matt added 24 points. Zach Sabol chipped in with 10 points.
Bethlehem Catholic beat the Huskies 50-48.