March 13, 2019
By: Erica Rose
Bethlehem Freedom’s girls’ basketball head coach, Dean Reiman, hopes that his team learned a valuable lesson last night after falling to the number 1 team in the state in 6A. The Patriots fell behind 13-6 early in the first to a tall, talented, athletic squad. Garnet Valley, from District 1, who also moves the ball very well. Eighteen of the Jaguars 29 made field goals were assisted. The Jaguars used their size advantage going down low early and often, especially to senior Emily McAteer who finished with 24 points on the night. The Patriots first field goal in the second quarter came with 21.4 seconds on the clock. The biggest disappointment Reiman feels is that his team did not play to their potential in the first half. The Jaguars took the game to them, and the Patriots were intimidated by their size. The Patriots didn’t shoot a free throw in the first half.
However, there is a lot of positive to build off of. The Patriots do not roster one senior, and while nothing is guaranteed this has to be a positive sign for the future. This is a determined team with a great work ethic. They will be back in the gym in no time working to get back to the state tournament. “We’ve got a young group. If that puts us back in this spot next year and we get over the hump, it’s a valuable lesson,” said Reiman.