After picking up their first win of the Waterloo Thanksgiving Tournament, Litchfield would be back on the hardwood on Saturday evening, Nov. 27, against the Freeburg Midgets.
Litchfield would enter the contest with a 1-1 record, while the Midgets would be entering the second contest of the season with a 1-0 mark.
Freeburg would find some weaknesses in the Purple Panthers as they grabbed their second win of the season with a 55-35 victory.
The Panthers, who competed at Waterloo High school the first two nights, would switch venues on Saturday as the tournament shifted to the co-host, Waterloo Gibault.
Litchfield would not enter the contest on shy terms as they would attack the Freeburg defense throughout the opening quarter. After the Midgets put the first points on the board, the Panthers would answer with the next two baskets.
After exchanging baskets, Freeburg would begin to attack the Panthers’ weakness in the contest, the weak side of their zone. Freeburg would be able to find many options on the opposite side of the zone and exploded for a 10-0 run that would put them ahead 14-6 with over two minutes to play in the opening quarter.
During the Midget run, the Panthers would struggle to keep their paws off their opponents, which would send Freeburg to the charity stripe for the remainder of the opening half.
The foul trouble would not necessarily hurt Litchfield throughout the first half as Freeburg would struggle from the free-throw line, connecting only on a pair of free throws.
Litchfield would not allow the Midget run to dampen their spirits as they would continue to plug away in an attempt to regain their lead.
The Panthers would be able to bring the deficit to six points as Victor McGill put down his fifth point of the quarter with a late three-point basket, as Freeburg would hold an 18-12 lead after one quarter.
After putting up 13 field goal attempts in the first half Litchfield’s offense would slow down in the second frame. The Panthers would only put up seven field goal attempts in the second quarter, but again a Litchfield struggle would not hurt them on the scoreboard.
Freeburg would help the Panthers as they would go away from what was working in the first quarter. The Midgets put up 15 first quarter shots, but did not shoot one from being the arc. In the second quarter Freeburg would only put up five shots inside the arc but would fire six shots from behind the line, connecting on two of those attempts.
Litchfield would continue to get success from McGill as he added four of the eight Litchfield points in the quarter. As the buzzer sounded to end the first half, the Panthers would find themselves on a the tail end of a 28-20 score. Victor McGill would lead both teams in the scoring column with nine points in the first half.
In both of the Panthers’ losses the third quarter would be their lowest scoring quarter, with 10 points in their first loss and only five in this contest. Litchfield would get the five points from Tate Dobrinich and AJ Odle.
The struggle for Litchfield in the quarter would not be due to the lack of shot attempts but instead would be the difficulty of holding onto possessions as the Purple Panthers committed six turnovers in the quarter.
Freeburg would take advantage of the Litchfield miscues and would put up 17 points in the quarter as they would turn the single digit lead into a 20-point advantage, 45-25, after three quarters of action.
In the final quarter, the Panthers’ offense would rekindle as they would outscore Freeburg 10-2 in the first half of the fourth quarter. The run would allow Litchfield to narrow the Freeburg lead to 12 points.
That would be as close as the Panthers would come to the Midget lead as Freeburg would hold Litchfield scoreless in the final four minutes of regulation. Freeburg would add eight points during Litchfield’s scoreless streak securing a 55-35 win.
Throughout the contest, Litchfield would claim 21 fouls and send Freeburg to the charity stripe 21 times. Freeburg, though, would struggle at the free shots as they would only connect on eight of those attempts. Litchfield on the other hand would shoot 100 percent from the line, going 4-for-4.
Even though the Panthers would find some self struggles in the loss, they would continue to fight throughout the contest. Litchfield would be lead in the scoring column by Victor McGill’s 15 points, but it would be Freeburg junior Lane Otten who would lead all scorers with 22 points, 14 coming in the second half.
Litchfield will continue action in the tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Waterloo high school against Waterloo Gibault.
Nov. 27 at Waterloo
Litchfield 12 8 5 10 35
Freeburg 18 10 17 10 55
Litchfield (35) - Victor McGill 15 (2-2), AJ Odle 6, Tate Dobrinich 4, Keenan Powell 4, Clayton Bishop 2 (2-2) Carson Saathoff 2, Bryce Hires 2. Totals: 14 4-4 35.
Freeburg (55) - Lane Otten 22, Brett Holomb 12, Cole Stuart 8, Caleb Weber 7, Jase Brueggemann 6. Totals: 22-41 8-21 55.
Three-point field goals: Litchfield 3 (Odle 2, McGill 1); Freeburg 3 (Stuart 2, Weber 1).
Records: Litchfield (1-2); Freeburg (2-0).
Waterloo Boys Basketball
November 23-December 2
Tuesday, November 23
at Waterloo High School
• Freeburg 78, Valmeyer 32
• Waterloo 73, Litchfield 52
Friday, November 26
at Waterloo High Schoo
• Litchfield 84, Valmeyer 55
• Waterloo Gibault 52, Waterloo 41
Saturday, November 27
at Waterloo Gibault Catholic
• Waterloo Gibault 78, Valmeyer 35
• Freeburg 55, Litchfield 35
Tuesday, November 30
at Waterloo Gibault Catholic
6 p.m. - Litchfield vs. Waterloo Gibault
7:30 p.m. - Freeburg vs. Waterloo
Thursday, December 2
at Waterloo Gibault Catholic
6 p.m. - Waterloo vs. Valmeyer
7:30 p.m. - Freeburg vs. Waterloo Gibault
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