Jaelyn Batts scored 26 points and added eight rebounds as Freedom-South Riding (13-1, 20-3) clinched a share of the Potomac District regular season crown with a 60-19 victory over visiting Champe Friday night.
The win was the Eagles’ fourteenth straight. They overwhelmed Champe from the start, flustering the Knights with an aggressive zone press and forcing turnover after turnover. After one quarter it was 21-2 and while the Knights adjusted and played much better the rest of the game, they were no match for powerful Freedom.
The junior Batts continues to display a improved shooting touch to go with dominant athleticism. The Eagles do have a lot of young talent in addition to Batts, however. Sophomore Brenna Haley contributed 12 points and 14 rebounds and six other Eagles scored. Freedom starts no seniors and has only two on the roster but is still able to often physically overwhelm opponents. The Eagles did just that Friday, getting numerous offensive rebounds en route to out-rebounding Champe 38-21.
Sophomore Reagan Moore scored nine points for Champe (2-12, 4-18), which also only has two seniors on its roster. The teams will meet again next week in the first round of the Potomac District Tournament.
all stats are unofficial
|Threes: Moore 1-1, Ali 2-8, Porter 0-2, S.Kelley 0-2, A.Kelley 0-2, Anumolu 0-3, Yi 0-4|
|Threes: Scales 2-3, Batts 2-3, Wolin 1-4, Koeneke 0-1, Strother 0-1|