Roy • Shelby Molen was breathless after the buzzer blared through the chilly gym. Fremont had secured a come-from-behind victory, and it had been Molen, in one of the best games of her short career, who had dragged the Silver Wolves across the finish line.
Molen used an assortment of long-range 3-pointers and dazzling drives to the hoop to drop 32 points to bring Fremont a 62-48 win over Roy on Friday in a game in which the Silver Wolves girls' basketball team never led until the fourth quarter.
"It just shows we can dig from a hole and play as a team," said Molen, a sophomore guard. "It feels really good because they're cross-town, kind of our rivals. It shows how much heart my teammates have."
Trailing by three heading into the fourth, it was not Molen, but rather teammate Amanda Wayment who sparked the decisive dominant stretch from the Silver Wolves. Wayment opened the quarter with points in the paint on four consecutive Fremont possessions and finished with 20 points.
"She's so good. I love having her as a teammate," Molen said about Wayment. "She's just so strong, a big body in there that helps so much. Her rebounding and her shooting is just great."
The Fremont defense took it from there. After switching from a man defense to a zone, the Silver Wolves were able to limit quality looks for the Royals, who had seven points in the fourth.
Without Molen's contributions, the Silver Wolves may never have been in position to overtake the Royals. The Royals threatened multiple times to open a wide lead, but Molen almost single-handedly kept the Silver Wolves close, at one point hitting three 3s in the span of two minutes in the third.
"I just had to tell myself not to be afraid and just take it at them," said Molen, who had a 31-point game earlier in the season. "We had nothing to lose, so I thought I'd change it up a bit between the shots outside and driving, and it worked."