Ashburn, VA (January 15, 2019) – Intensity is defined as an extreme degree of strength, force, energy, or feeling. It's what the Freedom Eagles have demonstrated in abundance all season, and what the underdog Rock Ridge Phoenix would need to find to even have a chance to win tonight.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
To say the first quarter of this game was stunning would be somewhat of an understatement. In an unusual--almost extraordinary--turn of events, Freedom actually had to call time out with 2:24 left in the period. Rock Ridge, led by Nyah Hall, had flown out to a 12-5 lead.
Yes, that's right, the Eagles were the ones calling timeout, and the Eagles were the ones being thoroughly out-hustled and outplayed. At a minimum, Rock Ridge could claim a small victory when the buzzer sounded to end the quarter with the Phoenix still leading, 12-8.
And that was about it for the home team.
As soon as the second quarter opened, you could just see it in Freedom guard Jaelyn Batts' face. The intensity was there--and then some--as the senior led her team back into the game. Midway through the period the lead was completely erased and at halftime a four-point deficit was now a five-point lead.
The stifling Eagle defense had held Rock Ridge to just two second quarter points while scoring eleven of their own. The Phoenix was still within striking distance, but the momentum was completely reversed.
And the surge continued for the full duration of the second half. This was the Freedom team that everyone was accustomed to seeing, displaying unrelenting defense and shared, consistent offense. Amazingly, the Eagles outscored the Phoenix 34-5 in the final two quarters for a resounding win. What initially looked like a potential upset turned out to be another dominating victory for the Eagles.
Final score: Freedom 61 - Rock Ridge 19
|Players who could be clearly identified by jersey number are listed in the links below. Additional photos of these and other players may be viewed and purchased in the full gallery.|