The Freedom girls basketball team played host to its Super Saturday scrimmage event for the 15th year on Saturday, going 2-1 in three sessions of 16-minute, running-clock halves.
The Lady Patriots ended the day with their toughest test, falling 37-36 to Science Hill (Tenn.). SHHS hit a free throw with 6 seconds remaining to break the stalemate after Blaikley Crooks’ basket had tied it up with 40 ticks left on the clock.
Crooks (five rebounds) and Christena Rhone (three assists) paced the FHS effort with 10 points apiece against the Hilltoppers. Adair Garrison (four boards) added eight points and Jayda Glass put up six for the hosts. Josie Hise had five steals.
“I loved our toughness and our intensity today,” said Freedom coach Amber Reddick. “We scrimmaged last weekend, too, after the first week of practice, and I thought we improved so much in how we ran the floor and our rebounding. I know we got out-rebounded (by Science Hill), but they were a pretty big team. We rebounded the ball, as a whole, better this week than last week.
“So, we made a big jump and improvement. That was kind of our goal, to come in and play some tough teams and continue to work on things. I was really happy with our intensity and how hard we played. We shared the ball really well.”
Earlier in the afternoon against Myers Park, the Lady Patriots came away with a 57-21 victory. Rhone (three steals) and Hise (three steals, three assists) topped that effort with 10 points each. Crooks (two assists) and Glass (two steals) added nine apiece and Garrison (three rebounds) scored eight.
Freedom also defeated North Iredell in early-morning action, 62-18.
Justin Epley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-432-8943.