TAYLORSVILLE -- A year ago, the Silver Wolves were state 5-A semifinalists with only one senior on the team.
Fast forward to 2014, where Region 1 co-champion Fremont is back in the final four with a veteran and polished team that has already won 21 games.
"I'm excited and ready to play again," said Fremont sophomore small forward Harley Hansen, who scored a career-high 14 points on 3-of-6 shooting -- she also went 8 of 10 at the free-throw line -- in the Silver Wolves' 54-41 quarterfinal-round victory Thursday over Bingham at Salt Lake Community College.
Today's 5-A semifinal game at 4:10 p.m. in Bruin Arena is a rematch between Region 3 champion Brighton (16-7 overall) and Fremont (21-2).
The Silver Wolves, on a four-game winning streak and 19-1 in their last 20 games, beat the Bengals 72-57 on Dec. 13, 2013, in a non-league game at Plain City.
"I hope we're good enough to win two more games," said the 16-year-old Hansen. "We'll play like it's another game and just have fun. Everyone is just better this season. We're playing better as a team and doing our best."
Hansen had two rebounds, three assists, eight steals and one turnover in 24 minutes.
"We needed to play as a team and keep intense," Hansen said. "I'm not nervous because I was here last year. My role is to step it up on defense and hustle with my team."
The Miners cut a 15-point, third-quarter deficit to four points with 2:38 remaining by draining a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
"Bingham stepped up and hit three big 3s. We were in man-to-man, they screened hard and we lost our assignments," said Fremont coach Lisa Dalebout. "It was big for us to hit some key three throws."
The Silver Wolves, who converted 22 of 30 foul shots, held Bingham scoreless over the game's final 2:38. The Miners turned the ball over with 2:08 remaining and again with 1:08 left.
Fremont splashed in 12 of 18 fourth-quarter free throws with Hansen hitting 5 of 6 from the foul line.
"I thought the game might come down to making free throws," Hansen said.
The Silver Wolves shot 33.3 percent (15 of 45) -- 25.0 percent (2 of 8) from beyond the arc -- and outrebounded Bingham 42-30.
"It was so early when we played Brighton that I don't think either team has an advantage," Dalebout said. "We'll rest up and go over some scouting information. The big think is to recover and play hard tomorrow.
"We try not to look ahead and we don't talk that way, but this team has the resolve to win two more games," she said. "They believe and trust in each other, and they trust me. We have a nice, healthy team atmosphere. Now we have to have the guts to go after it."
Fremont senior center Amanda Wayment, a BYU signee, had her second straight 5-A tournament double-double with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. She hit 6 of 17 shots, including 5 of 6 free throws, with four steals and four turnovers in 26 minutes.
Steady senior power forward Kealani Sagapolu went scoreless, but grabbed 10 boards with one steal, a block and three turnovers in 30 minutes.
Senior point guard McKenzie Burrows had seven points, six rebounds and two turnovers for the Silver Wolves, who had seven assists, 14 steals, two blocks and 16 turnovers leading to 14 Bingham points.
Junior combo guard Shelbee Molen, a BYU commit, scored eight points on 2-of-7 shooting -- 1 of 5 on 3-point attempts -- with four boards and three turnovers in 18 minutes. She hasn't reached double digits in two state 5-A games with just two triples.
"I'm surprised that Shelbee is not performing like she can," Dalebout said. "I'm proud of how everybody has responded so far, and Shelbee will fight through this. She is not selfish. I have no doubts Shelbee will get through this."
Madison Loftus and Sheradyn Parker each had 12 points for the Miners (13-9), who went 4-7 in their last 11. Bingham, making its fourth consecutive 5-A quarterfinal-round appearance, shot 25.5 percent (12 of 47) -- 21.1 percent (4 of 19) from deep -- with 18 turnovers leading to 12 Fremont points.
"I never feel comfortable, even with a 15-point lead," Dalebout said.
"Every team here is good, and momentum is such a fickle thing. We're going to have to play our best to beat a good Brighton team."
* brighton 61, davis 41: The Bengals had four double-digit scorers in a 20-point romp over the Darts to advance to today's state 5-A semifinals for the first time since 2006.
Brighton (16-7) extended its winning streak to nine after defeating Davis for the second time this season. The Bengals won 49-32 on Nov. 26, 2013, in a non-league game at Cottonwood Heights.
"Brighton is a bunch of really great, athletic players and good basketball players besides that, so it was kind of tough for us today," said Davis coach Anne Jones. "I think we came out a little bit flat (and) I'm not sure why, but Brighton just came out and put pressure on us and made their shots when they needed to."
Maddie Chin and Dani Barton combined for 31 points for Brighton, which outscored the Darts 32-12 in the paint and 15-2 on second-chance points. The Bengals, who shot 51.9 percent (27 of 52), also scored 20 points off 16 Davis turnovers.
Sarah Beecher, the lone Davis senior, had a game-high 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 5 of 6 from the free-throw line. She also had one rebound, two assists, two steals and four turnovers in 32 minutes.
The Darts (11-12) had their three-game winning streak snapped while going 7-5 in their last 12.
Davis shot 38.9 percent (14 of 36) -- 33.3 percent (4 of 12) from 3-point range -- and got outrebounded 31-22.
Standard-Examiner correspondent Ryan Comer contributed to this article.