CHANDLER, Arizona — Shyla Latone got her points, but Fremont High School got the win on Friday at the Nike Tournament of Champions.
The Tigers rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat Bonita Vista High of Chula Vista, California, 69-65. The Tigers compiled a 3-1 record in the tournament.
“It was a nice way to end the tournament,” Fremont coach Tony Weinandt said. “The girls never gave up.”
Latone, a 5-foot-3 guard, entered the game averaging 36 points per game. She finished with 43, but the Tigers countered with three players in double figures.
Camerin Inselman recorded her second double-double of the tournament by recording team highs in points (23) and rebounds (20).
“It was a nice tournament for her on both ends of the floor,” Weinandt said.
Sophomore Emma Shepard added 22 points, four assists and seven rebounds. Another 10th-grader, Sydney Golladay, contributed 12 points, six assists and nine rebounds. She also hit key free throws in the fourth quarter.
The Barons broke to a 20-13 lead in the first quarter. The Tigers opened the second with an Inselman basket off a Logan Voss assist, but Latone accounted for all of the Barons’ points during an 11-2 run.
The lead grew to 44-28 at halftime, but Weinandt said the Tigers weren’t discouraged.
“The halftime and quarter breaks were very positive,” he said. “They just talked about that they could do it and to keep playing, and keep playing together.”
Latone’s two free throws made it 49-33 before the Tigers mounted their rally.
Emma Shepard, Sam Shepard and Inselman had points during a 13-2 FHS run. Inselman’s free throw with 1:39 left in the third quarter pulled the Tigers to within 51-46.
Latone hit a 3 near halfcourt to end the third quarter and put the Barons up 56-46, but Bonita Vista’s momentum didn’t last long.
Inselman’s basket capped a 12-1 FHS run that put the Tigers up 58-57 with 5:10 left. It was Fremont’s first lead since a 3-2 advantage.
Julia Cosalan hit a 3 and Latone made a layup to help the Barons go up 62-58, but Inselman answered with a basket. Sam Shepard’s 3 put the Tigers ahead for good.
Golladay and Inselman combined to go 6 of 8 from the foul line in the final :35.
“As coaches, we are so proud of this group,” Weinandt said. “It wasn’t a matter of changing a bunch of stuff. It was just a matter of us doing our stuff better.”
After shooting 30 percent from the field in the first half, the Tigers hit 12 of 26 shots (46 percent) in the second. The Barons shot 53 percent in the first half, but were limited to 6 of 25 (24 percent) in the second.
Sam Shepard added nine points for the Tigers, who improve to 5-3. They will take on Lincoln Southeast at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 28 at Lincoln Northeast in the Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament.
“Our team wants to thank the Fremont community for their support,” Weinandt said about the Nike event. “It was a great experience for our girls and we all very much appreciate it.”
Bonita Vista 20 24 12 9 — 65
Fremont High 13 15 18 23 — 69
Fremont — Sydney Golladay 12, Lexi Glosser 3, Camerin Inselman 23, Emma Shepard 22, Samantha Shepard 9.