Fremont High School ended the 2017 calendar year on a winning note Saturday in the Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament at Lincoln Northeast.
The fifth-seeded Tigers seized control in the first quarter and went on to defeat second-seeded Lincoln High 50-35 in the HAC’s third-place game.
“I thought our team defense really controlled the game, especially early,” Fremont coach Tony Weinandt said. “This was another team (like semifinal opponent Lincoln East) that goes 6-foot-3, 6-2 and 6-0, but we battled in the post and pressure a lot of entry passes.”
The Tigers broke to a 14-4 first-quarter lead and increased the deficit to 27-11 at halftime.
While Fremont shot 46 percent from the field, including 55 percent (10 of 18) in the second half, the Links struggled. Lincoln High connected on just 13 of 43 shots (30 percent), including 4 of 17 (23 percent) in the opening half.
“Offensively, we played in spurts and did a nice job in transition,” Weinandt said. “The girls shared the ball well.”
Seniors Samantha Shepard and Camerin Inselman recorded double-doubles. Shepard had 18 points and 10 rebounds while Inselman finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Tigers outrebounded the Links 32-24.
“Overall it was a really good game for us on the boards,” Weinandt said. “We had good blockouts and we went after the ball.”
Natayah Wilson led the Links with 12 points. Ngayongah Gony, a 6-2 sophomore, had 11 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
The game wrapped up a hectic December for the Tigers. They finished a combined 5-2 in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona and the HAC event.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m proud of their efforts and attitudes,” Weinandt said.
The Tigers, 7-4 overall and 4-3 against Nebraska competition, host Columbus on Friday night.
Fremont 14 13 14 9 — 50
Lincoln High 4 7 13 11 — 35
Fremont — Sydney Golladay 2, Logan Voss 2, Riley Hoerath 2, Camerin Inselman 17, Emma Shepard 9, Samantha Shepard 18.
Lincoln High — Dontaysha Luter 2, Sirila Herrera 3, Nyayongah Gony 11, Natayah Wilson 12, Nyagoa Gony 4, Samirah Muhammad 3.