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Women’s High School Basketball: Fremont defeats Westlake in Semifinal 6A

Women's High School Basketball: Fremont defeats Westlake in Semifinal 6A

The score of the box

Defense and rebound. That’s what every coach preaches, and for Fremont it made all the difference in Thursday’s 49-40 semifinal win over Westlake.

Fremont didn’t shoot particularly well – just 37% to Westlake’s 50% – but the Silverwolves took 13 more shots because of rebounds and steals and it’s now one win away from a 6A state championship. say again.

“I felt like they (were) competitive and they were great in the big moments, they hit big shots when they needed it,” Fremont coach Lisa Dalebout said of his team.

Westlake’s hard shooting – 8 of 9 in the first quarter – helped him take first place at the University of Utah, which he still held halfway through the second quarter with a 24-18 lead .

But in the blink of an eye he was gone as Fremont closed the first half on a 16-0 run to open a double-digit halftime lead.

“Our defensive energy and our rebounds generated, I think, better shots. And they had some turnovers and (are) a little frustrated, but man, they were tough. They really struggled to get out of their game. They played very smart,” Dalebout said.

Westlake regrouped at halftime and cut the lead to four once in the third quarter and then to five late in the fourth, but Maggie Mendelson converted some big layups late to help Fremont finish things off. .

Mendelson finished the game with 14 points while Aly Coombs also added 14 points taking advantage of Westlake’s defensive focus on Mendelson and Timea Gardiner.

“I think she’s always ready and willing to take open shots and they were doing a really good job of grabbing the big two really well, so she was a bit more open,” Dalebout said of Coombs hitting scores at two digits.

Coombs also added two offensive rebounds and two steals and that’s where the game was realistically won. Fremont enjoyed a 12-5 advantage in offensive rebounds, then forced Westlake to 21 turnovers. The combination led to extra possessions, and that was enough to offset Westlake’s strong shooting night. Late, however, the Thunder only shot 25% in the fourth quarter and Dalebout believes that has something to do with his unconventional early back-up patterns.

“I’ve never been in a peloton, and never expected to be, but I felt like Westlake was weaving and they needed some pressure. , and to be honest, we were trying to wear down some of their shooters, so at the end of the game, hopefully they had no legs,” Dalebout said.

Fremont, on the other hand, had its best quarter offensively in the fourth shooting 57% after shooting just 1 of 13 in the third.

With the win, No. 2 seed Fremont advances to Saturday’s 6A State Championship at BYU where she will face No. 1 seed Lone Peak, who defeated Herriman on a buzzer Thursday.

Both teams have been on a collision course all year and Saturday’s final will be a great game of contrasting styles.

“They’re great. Their ball skills and their shooting make them really tough. They’re kind of opposites to us in a lot of ways, just in their size and their game. I think it’s going to be a really good game,” said Dalebout.

The two programs last met in a 5A quarterfinal matchup in 2015 which Fremont won 55-54.