Fremont High School snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday night by defeating Lincoln Southeast for the second time this season.
Senior Sam Shepard scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to spark the Tigers to a 40-42 win in the Al Bahe Gymnasium. The victory improves FHS to 15-8 overall, including 12-7 against Nebraska competition, entering the final week of the regular season.
“It is always tough the second time you play someone,” Fremont coach Tony Weinandt said. “It just is, but I was happy with the way we responded. Each time they made a run, we made a run.”
The Tigers beat Southeast 66-40 on Dec. 28 in Lincoln in the opening round of the Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament. The Lady Knights were in contention throughout the game this time thanks to the play of Cassie Nash. The 5-foot-10 junior scored a game-high 28 points, including 14 in both halves.
“She is a really good player,” Weinandt said. “They use her well. She is a big, strong girl that can do a lot of different things. She is a tough matchup.”
Junior Madison Moore gave the Tigers a spark in the second half. Fremont led 24-22 at the break, but fell behind 25-24 on a Nash drive with 6:00 left in the third quarter.
Moore had two 3-point baskets and Shepard added one during a 12-5 run. Moore’s second trey put the Tigers up 36-30 with 2:40 left in the period.
Nash hit the final two field goals of the quarter to cut Fremont’s advantage to 36-34, but the Tigers opened the final period on a 7-2 run.
Southeast did close to 43-38 on two foul shots by Nash with 3:41 left, but Sam Shepard hit four consecutive free throws to protect the lead.
The Tigers had 16 turnovers, compared to seven for Southeast. Fremont, though, won the rebounding battle 34-24. Senior Camerin Inselman had a game-high 12.
Fremont also hit 8 of 22 3-point field goals while Southeast failed to connect on five tries.
Moore came off the bench to scored nine points while Emma Shepard had eight. Inselman also had a team-best five assists.
Weinandt, who will retire at the end of the school year, was honored after the game. FHS also had its “Pink Out” game for breast cancer awareness and the latest FHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were introduced prior to the boys’ game.
“It was a good crowd tonight with a lot of things going on,” Weinandt said. “It was nice to get the win tonight.”
Southeast falls to 9-13 with the loss.
The Fremont junior varsity split a pair of games during the weekend. Lincoln Pius downed the Tigers 38-28 on Friday. Moore led the Tigers with 14 points and Riley Hoerath added six.
The Tigers beat Southeast 45-35 behind Moore’s 12 points. Lexi Glosser added 11.
Fremont will play Thursday night at Millard North.
Southeast 10 12 12 8 — 42
Fremont 8 16 12 14 — 50
Southeast — Maddie Renn 4, Kennedy Kirkendall 1, Claire Strong 4, Cassie Nash 28, Meg Hatfield 2, Murphy Grealish 2, Brittany Wulf 1.
Fremont — Sydney Golladay 6, Madison Moore 9, Camerin Inselman 4, Emma Shepard 8, Sam Shepard 23.