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Breaking Class 3A championship
teams have a strong following and are rich in tradition. Their fans
are out in rare form today, each with the hopes of showing that they are
louder in order to play a role in being the best sixth man on the court.
The teams had split four meetings the past two
seasons, including the Pretzels' two-point supersectional victory on a
last-second basket on their way to a Class 3A runner-up trophy last season.
Richwoods comes into the
championship game with a record of 33-3 while Freeport has won their last 21
of last 22 games. The Pretzels have a record of 31-3.
The Lady Knights jump out front with a close score of 9 - 5 at the end
the first quarter, but in the second quarter, they found their 'mojo' and
totally dominated on both sides of the ball. They held Freeport to just 3
points in the 8 minutes of play which served to be the spark in order for
them to go one to one of the largest victories in IHSA history, 56 - 19.
Katie Murphy (junior) nearly outscored the entire Freeport team with 17
points. "We've all been playing together for a few years now, so we know our
positions in our defense," Murphy said. "Everyone did their part. That's the
one thing about our defense is that if someone is not doing their part, not
defending their spot, it all breaks down. We all stayed together."
The Pretzels made just 6 field goals and shot 16 percent from the field in
the contest. Their point total trumped the previous low of 20 scored by
Augusta Southeastern in Class A in 2002.
|Peoria Richwood's allowed the fewest points and fewest field goals in
title-game history, routing Freeport 56-19 for the program's third state
Mariah Smith finished the game
with 7 points, 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. "Right now, I'm just taking it
all in," said the 6-foot sophomore. " We worked so hard this year and to see
our work pay off like this is great."
Freeport's' senior forward Courtney Shiffer scored 12 points but no other
player had more than three points for a Freeport team which has four
1,000-point scorers. "It's just kind of hard to believe that we were at
eight points for that long," Shiffer said. "I don't know why we had so much
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