GIRlS BASKETBAll: Fremont crowned state champions

Friday , March 28, 2014 - 1:09 PM

Ryan Comer, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

TAYLORSVILLE – Sophomore Harley Hansen scored 14 points and three Silver Wolves scored in double figures as Fremont defeated American Fork 60-27 in the 5-A girls basketball championship Saturday at Salt Lake Community College.

Senior Sydnee Ward and junior BYU commit Shelbee Molen added 13 and 11 points, respectively, for Fremont, which earned its first state title in the school’s 20-year history.

American Fork led 4-3 in the early minutes, but Hansen started a 9-0 run and Fremont was never seriously challenged afterward. The Silver Wolves led 12-4 after the first quarter and 32-15 at halftime. Just to make sure the Lady Cavemen never felt like they had a shot at coming back, Fremont scored the first nine points of the third quarter and opened the period on a 15-1 run.

Fremont shot 47.8 percent from the field and made 7 of 16 (43.8 percent) from 3-point range, while American Fork shot just 14.0 percent from the field and made 1 of 14 (7.1 percent) from 3-point range.

The Silver Wolves also dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Lady Cavemen 46-21. Senior Kaelani Sagapolu pulled down 10 rebounds for Fremont.

“They never were rattled. I was amazed,” Fremont coach Lisa Dalebout said. “They literally played like women, and it was the neatest thing to watch, actually, to have them be little teeny 16 year olds and just absolutely dominate a game against very good athletes – really good players.”

Sophomore Jenna Shepherd, who advanced American Fork to the championship game after hitting a game-winning 3 against Alta in the state semifinals on Friday and was averaging 17.3 points per game in the tournament, was held to three points on 1-of-10 shooting. Freshman Taylor Moeaki led the Lady Cavemen with five points.

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