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Freedom has been dominant this season

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Freedom has been impressive this season. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

FREEDOM (WLUK) -- The Freedom girls basketball team is off to one of those starts that makes you raise your eyebrows. Minus a one-point loss at Hortonville the dominating Irish has 11 victories, including eight by at least 20 points.

Freedom knew it would be good this season with seniors Callie Genke and Gabby Johnson, who are Division I recruits, leading the way.

However, here are some of the scores the Irish has won by: 88-21, 101-43, 64-15, 77-13, 91-24, 73-14 and 74-29. It has been domination much of the time.

"We just focus on what we want to work on," Johnson said. "We set things before the game and say what we want to get done, what we want to focus on and we stick to those. We don't worry about the points.

"We want to be pushing up the average, but that's not the main focus, we want to work on things we want to get better at."

Freedom's start has the Irish thinking big. The Irish has been to the state tournament twice, the last time in 2019. At 11-1 entering Tuesday's game against Luxemburg-Casco, Freedom has that look of a team likely to make a deep postseason run.

"That state championship has been elusive, so they're thinking about it," coach Mike Vander Loop. "They want to do the best they can, they want to get over the top as we all are, so yeah, I think there's a little outside pressure.

"There is some outside pressure, but they put pressure on themselves but there is also others who are interested in what we can achieve as well."

Genke and Johnson started on the 2019 state tournament team that lost in a semifinal. Knowing that, is this the best Freedom team Genke has been on?

"I think each team has been different," she said. "I've had different components each year. This team has a great chance and if we play together and keep going how we are.

"It would be really cool if we can get all the way and I think the team knows that we have an opportunity to do so so we need to give our all every day."

And so far, that effort has been tough to deal with.

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