TAYLORSVILLE — Emma Calvert and Haylee Doxey both played big for Fremont, in its 54-50 overtime win over Westlake on Friday, but perhaps saved their best efforts for the first moments of the overtime period. The result lifts Fremont just one game from the ultimate goal of a 6A state championship.
Tied 44-44 heading into extra minutes, Calvert jump-started her team with a lay-up and then a blocked shot at the other end. Doxey wouldn't be outdone by her frontcourt teammate, making a lay-up on the next possession and then blocking a shot of her own, which eventually gave the Silverwolves a 50-44 lead, after two made free throws by Mazzie Melaney.
“It was huge,” said Fremont coach Lisa Dalebout of two lay-ups and blocked shots. “I think when you can score first in overtime it’s a huge advantage…When they got those stops on the defensive end, and got the ball back, it obviously swung in our favor — the momentum swung in our favor.”
Westlake didn't just go away, with Samantha Hester hitting a 3-pointer right after, but it did force the Thunder into an eventual foul situation to make up the gap, something Dalebout is comfortable with. Fittingly, it was Karlie Valdez hitting the team's final four foul shots, one night after her driving lay-up vaulted Fremont into the semifinal round.
“The guards have really done a nice job at the line this year,” Dalebout said. “That’s why I feel really comfortable pulling out the ball and making (the opposing team) have to make a decision…in the past I haven’t had that…I feel very comfortable with the ball in the hand of all of them, at the end of the game.”
Dalebout also credited her backcourt with making things run smoothly in the paint — crediting the entry passes for much of Calvert and Doxey's success. Calvert finished with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds, with Doxey contributing 16 points on 7-9 shooting and nine rebounds.
Doxey also contributed in other ways, in keeping a positive attitude entering the overtime period. Although the Silverwolves squandered a late lead, Doxey expressed excitement for the extra playing time, stating, "I love overtime...I would have loved a second one."
“She was uplifting to her teammates and she did a great job,” Dalebout said.
Both Fremont players started a bit slow, but really turned things on in the second half, as their team fought back-and-forth with a dogged Thunder team.
A big stretch for Fremont came at the end of the third quarter, which ended with a 9-0 run, turning a 33-26 deficit into a 35-33 lead entering the fourth quarter. Abby Broadbent hit two big shots during the run, which ended with Doxey just beating the buzzer with a put-back effort after a missed shot.
Neither team enjoyed more than a 3-point lead throughout the fourth quarter, which ended fittingly with a tie.
Leading the way for Westlake was Hester, who scored a team-high 16 points and Ashley Parry, who added 13 points and four steals.
With the win Fremont advances to the 6A state championship on Saturday, when it will take on the winner of Bingham versus Copper Hills.