Freshmen shine for Yale, Port Huron Northern in girls hoops opener

For two girls basketball teams in the Blue Water Area, Wednesday was a glimpse of what the future might hold.

A pair of freshmen stole the show as Yale slipped past Port Huron Northern, 41-37, on the road in the season opener for both teams.

Yale’s Sadie Dykstra (11 points) and Northern’s Jadelynn Freeman (12 points) shined in their high school debuts.

“At the beginning, I was very nervous,” Dykstra said. “I’ve played with a travel team, but I feel like it’s different when I’m in school ball. I have a lot more people that I know watching me (in the stands) … so it was just a different feel to the game.”

“It was a little nerve-wracking at first,” Freeman said. “After the second (quarter), I was getting into my groove. For the first half, it was a little bumpy. I didn’t make any shots. But in the second half, I felt like I was improving.”

Neither player was hesitant, as they aggressively pushed the ball and attacked the basket. Both took turns running their respective offenses and looked comfortable doing so.

Port Huron Northern's Jadelynn Freeman dribbles at half court during the Huskies' 41-37 loss to Yale at home on Wednesday. She finished with a team-high 12 points.

“Sadie is great at driving and passing,” Yale coach Bryan Goulding said. “So when she gets going that way she can either drive and finish or pass it out to somebody to score.”

“(Freeman) is different,” Northern coach Ryan Rossi said. “You can see the skill, the time and the effort that she has put in over the years. She plays travel ball, is in the gym always and doesn’t miss (any workout or practice).”

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