FIRTH – The Freeman Lady Falcons had little trouble advancing past Palmyra in the semifinals of the C2-1 Subdistrict at Norris High School.
Freeman, the top seed in the subdistrict, defeated fourth-seeded Palmyra 66-16.
With the win, Freeman moves on to play the winner of Tuesday night’s late game between second-seeded HTRS and third-seeded Southern. That final will be played on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Norris High School.
Freeman Coach Ryan White said Tuesday night was a good win to get under their belt after they had been struggling in previous weeks.
“We’ve been struggling against zone defense and part of the problem has been we’ve been so stagnant and not moving the ball,” White said. “We really stressed that in practice and our girls game out and attacked and made things happen.”
Freeman got off to a hot start by controlling the offensive glass. Lauren Parde and Katie Unvert scored points off of offensive rebounds to give Freeman a 4-0 lead early. Two free throws by Megan Timms, a putback basket by Macy Holland and a three pointer by Emily Lenners extended the lead to 11-0.
Palmyra finally scored its first points late in the first quarter, but Parde finished the quarter with a free throw to make it 12-2 after one quarter.
Unvert opened the second quarter with a three pointer. Palmyra answered with a three pointer, but that would be their last points of the first half.
Alexis Holland came back with two free throws and Kayla Haynes then scored the next seven points , which were mostly lay-ups off Falcon steals. A post move by Macy Holand and a lay-up by Lenners made it 28-5 at half time.
Freeman continued to pile on in the second half, leading 48-9 after three quarters before going on to win 66-16.
“I still feel like we left way too many points on the board,” White said. “We missed a lot of easy s hots inside and some free throws, but it’s a first round subdistrict game and we’ll take it.”
Lenners led the Lady Falcons with 17 points while Alexis Holland had 10, Macy Holland had eight, Katie Unvert had nine, Megan Timms and Kayla Haynes had seven each, Lauren Parde had six and Lyndsey Ehmen had two.
The recent struggles have put Freeman in a position in which they have to win districts to advance to state, but during the season, they’ve defeated every team they could possibly seem in the coming week during districts.
“It’s doable because it’s a road we’ve traveled and conquered already,” White said. “Some of the other teams are starting to play well, though, and we just have to focus on winning Thursday. We’re not in a position where we can take a night off and expect to get in. We have to take it one night at a time and hopefully we can play well on Thursday.”
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