"I think we knew we couldn't back down at all," said Shelbee Molen, the Silver Wolves' star guard who scored 19 points. "We had to come together as a team and play hard the full 32 minutes. We did a better job of that in the second half. We talked about defending better at half."
The trouble the Silver Wolves appeared to be in at the end of the first half turned out to be a mirage. They played with fire in the third quarter, re-establishing the gameplan that had built a large first-quarter lead. It started with defense. After allowing 21 points in the second quarter, the Wolves allowed just 11 in the third and seven in the fourth.
"We did a good job in the halftime talk," Fremont coach Lisa Dalebout said. "We went in at halftime and reasserted ourselves. I thought there were times when we were allowing them to dictate how we were playing in the second quarter."
Fremont had spent much time in the week leading up to the game preparing for Larsen and Katie Toole, a duo who average nearly 35 points a game for Viewmont. The goal was simple: Don't let them beat us. Larsen finished with a game-high 25, but the Silver Wolves held Toole to just 7. Only three other Vikings scored.
"We had this whole week to practice, which was nice, and we focused on what we'd have to do to defend them," Molen said. "I think we did a real good job."
Fremont 67, Viewmont 47
O Fremont's Shelbee Molen scores 19 for the Silver Wolves, who run away from the Vikings in the second half.
• Viewmont star guard Caitlyn Larsen scores 25 points in the loss, three of which came on a buzzer-beater before the half.