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PATRIOTS SHOCK TITANS

Freedom, which had lost twice to TBT this season, holds on for an upset win.

For Freedom senior Kelley Maronic, she "couldn't have asked for a better finish."

The sharp-shooting guard bear-hugged teammates and pumped her fist Saturday, celebrating what could be one of the biggest upsets this postseason.

And Maronic (17 points), who has gone from top scorer to a "do-everything" player the past two years, played the biggest role.

Freedom's slow, deliberate pace stifled Tampa Bay Tech, holding it to a season-low point total as the Patriots shocked the state-ranked Titans 41-35 for their second district title in four years.

"We forced them to play our game," said Freedom coach Jason Herring, whose Patriots host Land O'Lakes Thursday in a region quarterfinal. "TBT scores off turnovers and offensive rebounds. If you stop them from doing that, you beat TBT."

Freedom, which had lost to TBT twice this season by an average of 14, led most of the game. Maronic's 3-pointer put the Patriots up five with 90 seconds left. TBT (25-2) pulled to within one twice, but two potential tying 3-pointers clanked off the rim.

The Titans, who averaged 59 points this season, created plenty of good looks - "We just couldn't finish," TBT coach Heather Glezen said.

TBT sophomore ReRe Jenrette, who had a triple double Friday night, was held to four points. Senior Andrea Bridges led TBT with 13.

Said Bridges: "We can see (Freedom) again."

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