LAYTON — Fremont never trailed in Tuesday’s Region 1 showdown at Layton, but it was an extremely stressful game nonetheless.
Fremont survived a frantic fourth quarter and a late push from Layton to prevail 42-39 in the battle of 4-0 teams from Region 1.
“It’s a nice game to win obviously early on in region and kind of establish yourself at the top of region, but it’s so far away from being over, and we know Layton is just gonna get better and we know other teams in the region are getting better too,” said Fremont coach Lisa Dalebout.
The ’Wolves opened the door for a potential comeback with poor free-throw shooting in the final minute, but dodged a bullet when Layton missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Layton’s bench thought Brenda Gallegos was fouled on the final shot, but the ref disagreed.
Eight seconds earlier on a similar sequence, a foul was called and Gallegos made all three free throws to cut the deficit to 42-39.
Fremont had a chance to ice the game after Layton’s quick foul, but missed the front of its second straight one-and-one, which gave the home team just enough time to race up court for a potential tying bucket. It never materialized though.
It was fitting that Fremont’s guards didn’t let Layton get a good shot off, because Dalebout thought their tenacious defense all game was key.
“I liked how my guards played really great together, and thought they did good on really good offensive guards to keep them out of the key,” said Dalebout.
Fremont’s Abby Broadbent led all scorers with 15 points on three 3-pointers, while Haylee Doxey added 11 points.
“We were obviously nervous, but we come into every game wanting to give it our all, and that’s what we did,” said Broadbent, who said Monday’s long practice really helped the team prepare for Layton’s different schemes.
Fremont was a bit sloppy in the first quarter with eight turnovers, but settled down in the second quarter to extend its lead to 23-15 by halftime.
Doxey and Halle Duft drained 3-pointers in the third quarter, and then Emma Calvert converted a 3-point play as Fremont maintained a 33-24 lead after the third.
Layton upped the tempo in the fourth quarter and trimmed the lead to 37-34 with 3:38 after scoring on its first five possessions of the quarter.
“Layton does a really good job of speeding you up in the full court, we at times kind of hurt ourselves by letting them make mistakes and turn it over in the fourth quarter,” said Dalebout. “We didn’t do enough to get ourselves open, we didn’t take care of the ball like we should’ve.”
Fremont’s Mazzie Melaney scored a key bucket with 3:15 remaining to push the lead to 39-34, and then Doxey followed with a layup to make it a 41-34 game with 1:40 remaining.
Fremont didn’t help its cause over that final 100 seconds by going 1 of 4 from the foul line, but it played great defense down the stretch just like it did the entire game.