Lady Falcons race out to 54-16 win over Panthers
By Matt Jurgens for The Voice News - December 7, 2017
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Matt Jurgens, For The Voice News
Freeman’s Abby Mason and Palmyra’s Briley Luff fight for the ball last Thursday.
ADAMS – The Freeman Lady Falcons started their 2017-18 campaign by putting on a clinic on both sides of the ball in front of their home crowd Thursday night, when they took down the Lady Panthers of Palmyra 54-16.
Freeman sophomore RaeAnn Hartwig set the tone early for the Lady Falcons, scoring the game’s first four points, early in the first quarter.
Palmyra responded with a bucket of its own but would not be able to secure another point for the remainder of the quarter.
By the end of the quarter, Freeman had jumped out to a 17-2 lead with five players tallying scores for the Lady Falcons.
The Freeman offense continued to thrive in the second quarter, extending its lead to 22-2 before the Lady Panthers were able to convert their first points of the quarter.
Those would be the last points Palmyra would see for a while as the Lady Falcons took off on an 8-0 run, that pushed their lead to 30-4 midway through the second quarter.
Palmyra responded with a pair of baskets from sophomore Madelyn Sweney and freshman Jami Gabriel, narrowing the Freeman lead to 30-8.
Another nine-point scoring surge saw the Lady Falcons’ lead swell to 39-8 before the buzzer sounded to end the first half.
Freeman did not take its foot off the gas in the third quarter as the Lady Falcons outscored Palmyra 12-6.
Both teams put three points on the board in the fourth quarter, polishing off a 54-16 Freeman victory.
The Lady Falcons’ scoring attack was highlighted by a trio of double-digit performances with senior Sadie Meyer and junior Macy Holland leading the way with 12 points apiece while senior Abby Mason contributed 10 points of her own.
Palmyra was led offensively by Sweney who finished the game with six points.
A loss on Saturday made it two in a row for the Lady Panthers when they lost to Wymore Southern at home by a score of 58-11.
Freeman’s offense was not as effective in its second game of the season either when the team fell on the road to Lincoln Christian 60-23 on Saturday.
The Lady Falcon offense came out cold and trailed the Lady Crusaders 11-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Freeman was able to put more points on the board in the second quarter but still trailed Lincoln Christian 25-11 at the half.
A 35-point second half by Lincoln Christian proved too much for Freeman to overcome as it suffered its first loss of the season.
Palmyra (0-3) was looking for its first win of the season Tuesday when the Lady Panthers took on Johnson-Brock on the road.
Freeman (1-1) will be back in action Friday when they travel to Yutan.
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