Tuesday , January 16, 2018 - 9:08 PM
In a game that lived up to its hype, Fremont girls took over sole possession of first place in Region 1 with a frenetic 42-39 road victory over Layton.
“You come into it telling the girls it doesn’t really matter, but you know it matters because it puts you in a situation that you can be successful in the future,” Fremont coach Lisa Dalebout said. “It’s a nice game to win early in region and kind of establishes yourself at the top of region, but it’s so far away from being over.”
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Fremont (12-2, 5-0 Region 1) took a 33-24 lead into the fourth quarter, but Layton (10-3, 4-1) rallied back and twice got within three points midway in the stanza.
“We knew it was never going to be over; that they were going to get back in it,” Dalebout said. “In the fourth quarter ... We didn’t take care of the ball the way we should have, but I was really proud that the girls didn’t get rattled completely.”
The Lancers closed the gap to 35-32 on a rebound basket by Kamryn Black and again at 37-34 on her two free throws with 3:38 left, but Fremont countered with a pair of inside layups from sophomore forward Haylee Doxey to maintain a minimal margin.
“All I saw was that I was open, so it’s like ‘I’ll just take it to the hoop and start scoring,’” Doxey said. “I just went for it.”
Doxey finished with 11 points, while Abby Broadbent used a trio of 3-pointers and a three-point play for a team-high 15 points. Freshman center Emma Calvert checked in with nine points.
“Layton is good on the boards, so we emphasized that and my posts (Doxey and Calvert) did a really good job tonight,” Dalebout said. “My two little younger posts--they’re really smart. They don’t play like they’re a sophomore and freshman.”
The Silver Wolves held Layton to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters to build the nine-point lead heading into a wild final frame.
Daisy Barker led the Lancers with 10 points, while Brenda Gallegos and Black both came off the bench to score 10 and nine, respectively, helping fuel the Layton comeback in a 15-9 fourth quarter.
“In Region 1, you have a battle every single night. You’re always going to have a dogfight. It’s just taking one game at a time,” Dalebout said.
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