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Freemen Take One from Rebels
Providence and Red River switch home court victories in weekend action
The Lady Freemen went into the weekend home-and-home matchup against the Red River Rebels hoping to steal at least one game from their MCAC opponents. They gave an inspired team effort Friday night en route to a tight 56-53 victory and were beat 60-46 in a somewhat less competitive game Saturday afternoon, but left the weekend achieving their goal and set themselves up for a possible upset come time for playoffs.
Providence played host to the Rebels in Friday night’s match-up. After a slow start to the game, the two sides started to pick up their play and ended the first quarter with the Rebels holding a slight 13-12 advantage. The competitiveness then picked up in the second quarter, and both sides battled to a 26-26 deadlock at the half.
Providence then gave an inspired effort out of the break and, led by enthused senior Jill Reimer (9 pts, 7 rbs) playing in her last home game of the season, outscored the Rebels 16-7 to take a 42-33 lead. However, Rebels post Megan Robinson (12 pts) started to pour it on, and led her team on a 11-0 run to start the fourth and bring her team within three. However, Providence coach Patti Parker called a well-timed timeout to calm her frazzled Lady Freemen side, and the squad came out of the huddle and returned to their smooth and patient swing offense. Providence went on a 9-0 run of their own where freshman Sonia Radi collected 7 points and an assist to factor in on all baskets in the run. The Rebels then countered with another 7-0 run to pull within three with time running out.
Then, with less than a minute on the clock and with the Lady Freemen holding onto a slim 3-point lead, Reimer earned a foul on a fake-out post move. Reimer then capitalized on the opportunity to play the hero in the final home-court game of her career as she made both free throws to put her side out of reach, and Providence won the game 56-53.
Coach Parker left the game optimistic as she saw her team “finally play together and as a team for all four quarters, utilizing everyone and putting forth a solid team effort”.
The two squads then faced off in a re-match Saturday afternoon at Red River. Coach Parker commented after the game that her side “still passed the ball well”, citing the team’s main issue in the game being their “foul trouble early in the fourth”. Sophomore Amanda Franz had a huge game on the boards as she collected 12 rebounds to go along with her 9 points and 3 assists and freshman Melanie Warkentine added 10 points, but the Rebels were able to pull away late when Providence fell to the foul count, and Red River went on to win the game 60-46.
Notes: Freshman Ruth Maddever (7 pts, 7 rbs) and sophomore Kendra Froese (7 rbs) also had noteworthy performances on Friday night while Radi (12 pts, 8 rbs, 3 assts, 3 stls) and Reimer (6 pts, 5 rbs, 5 stls, 3 blks) gave outstandings performances Saturday afternoon…freshman Adrienne Rempel received a huge roar from her bench and the crowd alike after scoring her first basket in her debut game off of a turn-around post-up move… the Lady Freemen head south of the border this weekend for their NCCAA regional tournament.
Article written by Kaiten Critchlow
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