ADAMS – The top-ranked Falls City Sacred Heart girls basketball team proved to be too much for Freeman Friday night.
The Irish, who are unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in Class D2, defeated the Lady Falcons 30-18 in the Freeman Holiday Tournament.
Sacred Heart’s Abby Fiegener opened the game with a fast break lay-up, but Freeman’s Addi Dorn came right back with back-to-back jumpers to give the Falcons a 4-2 lead. Macy Holland then extended the lead with a free throw.
Sacred Heart’s Randee Witt finished the first quarter with three straight jumpers to give the Irish an 8-5 lead after one.
The Irish controlled the second quarter. Lauren Parrish opened the quarter with a basket and Randee Witt followed that up with another jumper. Sara Wertenberger then scored three straight points to make it 15-5.
Freeman’s Addi Dorn finally ended the run with a three pointer, but that would be the Falcons’ only points of the quarter. One more free throw by the Irish made it 16-8 at half time.
The Falcons would have to play without Abby Mason in the second half. She was injured in the first half and never returned to the game.
The two teams traded baskets for most of the third quarter. Sacred Heart’s Ahren Ebel hit a jumper to start the scoring, but Holland came back with a jumper of her own to make it 18-10.
Parrish hit a jump shot for the Irish and Ashley Oltman answered with a jumper for Freeman to make it 20-12. The Irish’s Wertenberger knocked down a jumper, but Freeman answered again when RaeAnn Hartwig knocked down a jump shot.
The Irish finally was able to string some points together when Wertenberger scored in the post and Randee Witt hit a three pointer to make it 27-14.
Freeman’s Brylie Hartwig answered with a take to the basket. After a Sacred Heart free throw, Freeman’s RaeAnn Hartwig finished the third quarter scoring with a jumper, making the score 28-18.
Only two points were scored in the fourth quarter, a fast break lay-up by Sacred Heart’s Ahren Ebel, making the final score 30-18.
Freeman was led by Dorn, who finished with seven points while RaeAnn Hartwig h ad four points, Holland had three points and Ashley Oltman and Brylie Hartwig finished with two points each.
Parrish led the Irish in scoring with 11 points.
With the loss, the Lady Falcons fall to 3-5 on the season and will be in action again on Saturday when they play in the consolation game at 2 p.m. against the loser of Syracuse and Lourdes Central Catholic.
Sacred Heart improves to 9-0 and will play in the championship game on Saturday, which is also at 2 p.m.
Freeman and Sacred Heart will see each other again soon. The Irish will be the No. 1 seed in the MUDECAS Tournament, which starts in Beatrice on Jan. 8. They will open against eighth-seeded Freeman at 6:30 p.m. at the Beatrice City Auditorium.