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LINCOLN — Lincoln East fought off a fourth-quarter comeback by Fremont High School to down the Tigers 52-46 on Friday night in the Heartland Athletic Conference semifinals.

The win advances the Spartans to the championship game at 7 Saturday night at Lincoln Northeast against Lincoln Southwest. Lincoln High will play the Tigers at 5:30 in the third-place game.

The Spartans shot 59 percent from the field in the opening half while building a 33-18 halftime advantage. East boasts a frontline that includes a trio of players 6-foot or taller in seniors Regan Sankey, Alli Roh and Rachel Weber.

“They are a tough matchup,” Fremont coach Tony Weinandt said. “Quite frankly we didn’t play real well early. We knew what to expect, but their length causes problems. That is something we don’t see a lot. As well as we thought we were prepared for it, (the height) still causes problems.”

The Tigers closed the deficit to 42-30 entering the final period. To open the fourth, they went on a 14-2 run to tie the game with about 2 minutes remaining.

Senior Mira Patel, however, broke the tie for East with a 3-point field goal with 1:52 left. The Spartans secured the win by hitting free throws down the stretch.

“Mira hit a huge shot and then we made some free throws to win it, but I thought we softened up a bit and buckled to the pressure,” East coach Dennis Prichard said. “We have to get mentally tougher and work on that in practice.”

East beat the Tigers 56-34 on Nov. 30 at the Early Bird Classic in Fremont, but the Tigers didn’t go away quietly in the second meeting. Fremont’s defense limited the Spartans to 4 of 16 shooting (25 percent) from the field in the second half.

“We attacked more and got in a rhythm,” Weinandt said. “We played good defense and didn’t turn it over so they could get layups and then get in their press. We just handled things much better in the second half against a good team.”

Midland University recruit Samantha Shepard led the Tigers with 18 points and five rebounds. Sophomores Emma Shepard and Sydney Golladay added 11 points. The latter also contributed three assists and five steals.

Sankey led East with 20 points while Patel had nine — all on a trio of 3-point field goals

Weinandt said the Tigers showed some grit in the second half.

“The team showed a lot of heart and grew more confident as the game wore on,” he said.

Box Score

Fremont 11 7 12 16 — 46

East 17 16 9 10 — 52

East — Delaney Roberts 1-6 3-4, 3, 5, Olivia Kugler 0-0 0-0 2 0, Charlotte Boviard 1-3 0-2 2 2, Taylor Searcey 1-2 0-0 2 2, Mira Patel 3-4 0-0 2 9, Skylar Kreifels 1-1 0-0 0 2, Mackenzie Toomey 0-1 0-0 1 0, Regan Sankey 7-11 3-6 4 20, Alli Roh 1-4 5-8 2 7, Rachel Weber 2-5 1-2 4 5. Totals — 17-38 12-22 22 52.

Fremont — Sydney Golladay 4-8 2-2 1 11, Logan Voss 0-3 2-4 2 2, Riley Hoerath 0-0 0-0 3 0, Lexi Glosser 0-1 0-0 0 0, Camerin Inselman 2-5 0-0 4 4, Emma Shepard 3-7 4-10 3 11, Sam Shepard 5-14 5-6 3 18, Jaylee Cone 0-0 0-0 2 0. Totals — 14-38 14-23 18 46.

3-point field goals — Patel 3, Sankey 3, Golladay, S. Shepard 3. Rebounds: LE 26 (Roh 5, Weber 5), FHS 21 (S. Shepard 5). Turnovers: LE 18, FHS 18.

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