Fremont High School showcased its seniors and also gave a glimpse to the future during Saturday night’s game against Lincoln Southeast.
Seniors Riley Harms and Zach Woehrer combined for 50 points and freshman Triston Keeney came up with two key fourth-quarter steals to lift the Tigers to a 72-53 win in the Al Bahe Gymnasium.
The win gave the Tigers a sweep over Southeast (the FHS girls also won) on a night that the school inducted its latest athletic Hall of Fame class.
“It was important to get this one,” Fremont coach Mark Williams said. “If we hadn’t, we would’ve limped into the last week of the regular season. With the Hall of Fame tonight, there were a lot of people here that care a great deal about Fremont High and Fremont athletics. We wanted to put on a good show for them and I thought we did.”
Fremont hit 26 of 40 shots from the field (65 percent) while stopping a six-game losing skid. Harms led the way with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Woehrer had 24 points and six rebounds. The two and Gio Cortave played in their final home game.
“I really appreciate how hard all of the kids played for those guys,” Williams said. “Riley was a monster tonight and Zach had a huge game. I was so happy Gio got to contribute as much as he did. He really did some good things for us as well.”
Harms had 10 points in the opening quarter to help the Tigers to a 17-13 lead. Southeast fought back, however, and went up 27-25 on junior Michael Anderson’s 3-point basket with 4:00 left until halftime.
Keeney converted a traditional three-point play to help FHS regain the lead at 30-27. The Tigers led 32-29 at the break.
Fremont maintained its lead in the third quarter. Anderson hit two free throws to pull Southeast to within 37-32, but Woehrer’s field goal started an 11-2 FHS run that also included a Harms dunk.
“Zach did a great job,” Williams said. “He is an awesome story. He has just outworked kids and willed himself to be a good basketball player. I’m so proud of him.”
Southeast wasn’t done, though. Sophomore Gage Johnson converted a three-point play to cut the Tigers’ lead to 53-50 with 5:31 left, but the Tigers scored the next nine. Keeney finished the surge with back-to-back baskets following steals.
“I think that kind of put the nail in the coffin for them,” Williams said. “Triston looked very poised tonight.”
Anderson had 17 points, five rebounds and two assists for the Knights, who fall to 4-18 and lost for the second time to the Tigers. Fremont beat LSE 43-36 on Dec. 29 in the Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament.
In the junior varsity game, Southeast won 52-46. Rey Lopez led Fremont with 24 points. Aidan Queen added seven while Payton Johnson and Edvin Cortave had six apiece.
The Tigers, 5-16, will close the regular season with roads games Thursday (Millard North) and Friday (Lincoln North Star).
Southeast 13 16 13 11 — 53
Fremont 17 15 18 22 — 72
Lincoln Southeast — Michael Anderson 17, Beau Panzer 2, McGinness Schneider 8, Isaac Gifford 9, Jack Strong 9, Gage Johnson 8.
Fremont High — Riley Harms 26, Zach Woehrer 24, Edvin Cortave 2, Triston Keeney 11, Jake Heineman 2, Dillon Dix 2, Payton Johnson 5.