Girls basketball team closes out regular season, prepares for playoffs


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Dribbling down the court, sophomore Shaye Bailey looks to score against North Catholic at home on Jan. 20.

With the regular season ending, the girls basketball team is anticipating the playoffs. The team has worked hard and practiced all year to earn their spot, which was the number three overall seed. The regular season was ended with a 16-4 winning record. 

One of the team’s most important games occurred on Jan. 20 at North Catholic, against their team The girls had previously traveled to play North Catholic at their home gym on Dec. 16, and the score ended up being 64-49. In the match between the teams, the final score was 52-47, favoring North Catholic. During the home match, sophomore Shaye Bailey scored a total of 17 points. Senior Renae Mohrbacher scored 13 points and junior Julia Mohrbacher scored 11. The Trojans ended up placing first overall in the conference and are number one playoff seed for their division. In both of these games, the scores were very close and the girls almost achieved wins. 

Another notable game was a home game against New Brighton on Jan. 25. The final score ended up being 63-26 in favor of the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs showed off their abilities and dominated this game. Renae Mohrbacher and Bailey scored 20 points each in this game. 

For the last home game of the regular season, the Bulldogs squared off against the Ellwood City Wolverines. The score of this match ended up being 47-37, with Freedom coming out on top. Bailey scored 19 points in this game. Julia Mohrbacher and Renae Mohrbacher had 12 points each. 

Many key wins like these games enabled the team to enter the playoffs. Since the team placed so highly in their section, they received a first round bye for the first week of playoff matches. 

“After a few early in the season I feel that we have hit our stride and been building momentum to our winning season. I am hopeful that we can carry this far into the playoffs,” sophomore Morgan Keller said.

After the regular season was over, Bailey led the team with 271 total points. Right behind her was senior Renae Mohrbacher with 251 total points, along with Julia Mohrbacher with 166 points. 

Out of my four years of playing, this is definitely the strongest team we have had, as we have had a great season with very few losses. I think heading into the playoffs we have a good chance to go a long way. We got seeded just where we wanted to in the bracket. Our team is just ready to go all the way,” senior Grace White said. 

Moving forward into the playoffs, the team put together a strong winning season and looks to continue their winning campaign moving forward. While having their ups and downs during the regular season, they will be focused and ready to take their game to another level in order to win. Since the team placed at the third overall, they have another week to prepare for the big upcoming game. The match is scheduled to take place on Feb. 20.