March 09, 2018
By: Erica Rose
Freedom girl’s basketball head coach Dean Reiman has been anxiously awaiting his upcoming talent. Reiman knew what he had coming from the junior high squad and this year we all had the opportunity to witness why he was so excited. With 2 freshmen, a sophomore and 2 seniors in the starting lineup, most probably would not have expected Freedom to leave a mark in the EPC this year. But the Patriots had other plans. Their first achievement was stunning the defending state champs, in Bethlehem Catholic. It was the first loss the Golden Hawks suffered to an EPC team since 2016. Unfortunately their run would end short in the EPC playoffs, but the Patriots would bounce back with an exciting OT thriller; to win their first District XI Title in 12 years.
Now, the Patriots are preparing for the first round of states, which begins tonight. The Patriots will go up against Perkiomen Valley, the 10th place team out of District 1. While they have never faced the Vikings, the team has watched plenty of film and knows what needs to be done for the win. Rebounding and speed will be a point of emphasis for the Patriots.
The Patriots are very fortunate with the location of their first state game as well. They only have to travel to Easton Middle School, a gym they’ve played in many times before (as the Red Rovers are in their division). Having that familiarity and home court advantage feeling is definitely comforting for the young squad. Tip off is set for 6pm tonight.