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Emery, Freedom get payback


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WESLEY CHAPEL — The last time the Freedom and Wiregrass Ranch girls basketball teams met, on Dec. 6, the Bulls walked out of the Patriots’ gymnasium with a 12-point victory.

Freedom repaid the favor Wednesday.

The Patriots forced 16 turnovers and received a game-high 24 points from forward Taylor Emery in a dominant 61-44 win in a Class 7A-District 8 matchup.

“(Freedom) outplayed us in every category — rebounding, shooting, defense,” Wiregrass Ranch coach John Gant said. “We just stunk tonight. ... They deserved to win.”

Driving to the rim and getting to the free-throw line seemed to be a recurring scene, and Freedom converted on 18 of 31 attempts from the charity stripe.

Wiregrass Ranch went to the line 12 times, but made only four.

The Patriots put a lot of bodies in the paint area to bother Bulls forward Amanda Melosky, and the strategy worked. Melosky made three of 17 shots from the field and was held to 10 points overall, six below her average.

After taking a 26-17 halftime lead, Freedom turned up the energy in the third quarter and outscored Wiregrass Ranch 19-13, with Emery doing most of her damage during that stretch.

Teammates Nari Garner and Bianca Igwe chipped in 12 points each.

Wiregrass Ranch’s Stephanie Brower finished with eight points, eight assists and six rebounds. Andy Rodriguez led the Bulls with 14 points.

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