Marching through the playoffs

Girls Basketball returns to WPIAL championship, PIAA state playoffs


As playoffs continue to be held across the conference, the girls basketball team had an impressive run as a whole. The team fought hard throughout the season, ending the year with a 16-4 regular season record. As the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (WPIAL) playoffs were occurring, the Bulldogs went 20-4 before losing a close game in the WPIAL championship to Shenango on March 2, by a score of 34-44. In this game, senior captain Julia Mohrbacher scored 15 points and sophomore Olivia Henderson scored 12 respectively. 

In the first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state playoffs, the Bulldogs went up against the Bishop McCort Crushers on March 10 at home. The gymnasium was packed, and mostly composed of Freedom fans. Everyone in attendance was asked to wear white in order to show support for the team. The girls fought hard for the entirety of the match. The game ended up going into overtime after a three-point shot made by Henderson. After five long minutes, the final score ended up as an unfortunate loss of 58-64. In this game, Mohrbacher scored 28 points and Henderson scored 12 points respectively. 

“Getting to spend each day with my best friends has been one of my favorite memories,” junior Cassidy Harris said. “It didn’t matter if we were at practice, a game, or even a team bonding dinner, we were with each other everyday, and we had so many laughs no matter what.”  

Another couple notable games from this season were against the New Brighton Lions on Jan. 17 and against the Aliquippa Quips on Feb. 6. During the New Brighton game, Mohrbacher achieved her 1000th point, and during the Aliquippa game, junior captain Shaye Bailey achieved her 1000th point as well. Bailey also broke the school record for single game points, as the previous record was 45; Bailey scored 51. 

Another notable game this season was against the Central Valley Warriors on Feb. 13 at home. During this match, Bailey unfortunately fractured her collarbone. This was a major setback for the team, but they showed incredible strength and grit to continue to play at a high level. The team rallied in the end, winning the game by a final score of 51-45. 

In this game, Mohrbacher scored 12 points respectively. 

After a long season, the girls accomplished many milestones and impressed lots of people. They fought hard and did not give up, no matter how difficult the situation was. The Bulldogs were section champions this year, which is an incredible achievement and is yet again making history. As the seniors graduate, the underclassmen have a lot of work to do in order to fill in their places for the next season.