PLAIN CITY — Haylee Doxey shoots with her right arm, but couldn’t shoot with her right arm pain-free in practice Thursday after suffering a deep bruise against Northridge on Tuesday. Fremont head coach Lisa Dalebout told Doxey if she couldn’t play with both arms, she wouldn’t play Friday.
That quickly changed Doxey’s pain tolerance. One wouldn’t have known of her ailment had she not put an ice pack on her shoulder after Friday’s game against Davis.
And one would’ve been even more surprised to learn about the shoulder after she shot 5 of 6 from 3-point range and led Fremont with 22 points in a 67-35 win over Davis High (13-5, 7-2 Region 1) that clinched at least a share of the region championship, but mathematically clinched the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with two games to spare.
“That was awesome, and when Haylee shoots the ball from the outside it makes us all feel really good and it just seems like it’s contagious after that,” Dalebout said.
It just gives teams another aspect of Fremont (17-1, 10-0 Region 1) they have to stop — not like the task is daunting enough when you’re lining up against Emma Calvert and Timea Gardiner. Doxey typically isn’t a 3-point specialist and neither is anyone on the roster, generally.
But the shots were open, she took them and they kept falling. Leading 10-7 in the first quarter, she made her first three long balls as the Silver Wolves closed the quarter on a 14-3 run.
Doxey didn’t miss a field goal until the middle of the second quarter and didn’t miss a 3 until the fourth quarter.
“It depends on the day,” she said with a shrug. “I think I’ve had two games where I’ve made three (3s), but nothing like this,”
It was 43-24 at halftime and, about 70 seconds after the the break, it was 50-24. Fremont’s starters hardly played in the fourth quarter. Davis’ best stretch came in the first half with Callie Tolman and Hannah Loveland on the floor.
Tolman led the Darts with 11 points (six in the first half) and Loveland had all of her 10 points in the first half. It wasn’t enough, but the loss didn’t change a whole lot about their outlook.
Davis is still in second place and one game ahead of Weber, who had a bye on Friday and still has to play Fremont again.
As usual, center Calvert out-positioned any defender who came near her and dominated inside to the tune of 18 points, seven rebounds, one blocked shot, several more altered shots and two steals.
Apart from a comeback requiring a game-winner at Layton — a place that is as close to Fremont’s kryptonite as anything — and being tied through three quarters with Northridge before an eventual 10-point win, most of Fremont’s region games have looked like Friday’s.
But the Layton and Northridge games, the most recent two, gave the Silver Wolves a reminder of the merits of good practice.
“We had a really good practice yesterday and we went over a lot of situations and stuff, and tonight we were really good at passing the ball,” Calvert said.
Calvert, Doxey and Dalebout all thought the ball movement was excellent. Eleven assists on 18 made baskets in the first half would certainly seem like it. Gardiner was one rebound and four assists away from a triple double, finishing with 12 points, nine boards and six assists.
Not only was Fremont rewarded for the win with a top seed in the playoffs, but the Silver Wolves got something else.
Standing outside the locker room, one could hear a big roar shortly after the Fremont coaches entered. That was because Dalebout told the team they had finally earned the themed T-shirts she’s been holding on to this season.