LINCOLN — Emma Shepard’s perimeter shooting eye has earned her a spot in the Fremont High School record book.
Shepard, a 5-foot-10 senior, scored 24 points, including a school-record seven 3-point field goals, to lead the Tigers to a 73-46 win over Lincoln Southeast on Saturday afternoon.
“Anytime somebody can get their name in the record book, it is great for the individual, but also for the team,” Fremont coach Kelly Flynn said. “I think it is a reflection of the whole team when someone breaks a record. Her teammates were working to set screens and got her the ball when she was open.”
The Tigers, ranked eighth in Class A by the Omaha World-Herald, shot 55 percent from the field (26 of 47), including 13 of 22 from 3-point land (59 percent). Shepard was 7 of 8 from beyond the arc. Her seven treys break the record of six that was held by current teammate Taylor McCabe and Rylie Cascio Jensen, now playing for South Dakota State.
“Emma gave us a spark and Taylor was facing a box-and-one,” Flynn said. “She is getting that almost every game now and she still got 15 points.”
McCabe hit both of her two-point field goal attempts and was 3 of 6 on 3-point tries. She was also perfect on two free throws and added four assists. Fellow freshman Mya Larson added 10 points, including 2 of 3 on treys, while sophomore Charli Earth added eight points and five rebounds.
The loss snaps a three-game losing skid for the Tigers, 16-6. All three of those losses, however, came at the hands of teams ranked in the Class A top-10 and were by a combined seven points.
“I was happy with the way we played Friday night, even though we lost (55-52 in overtime to Lincoln Pius),” Flynn said. “Even though Southeast is below .500 (8-12), they have had a few good wins this season and have had their share of close games. I was happy with our performance. A lot of different girls gave us a lift.”
Cassie Nash led the Lady Knights with 18 points and five steals. Claire Strong chipped in nine points and four rebounds.
The Tigers will face another challenge at 5:15 Thursday night when top-ranked Millard North visits the Al Bahe Gymnasium. On Friday night, FHS will host Lincoln North Star.
“The big thing for us is to play with confidence like we did Saturday and play with a lot of energy,” Flynn said. “We have tough games with Millard North and North Star this week. They are winnable games if we do the things we are capable of. They are not district games so if there is something we can learn from, we will.”
Fremont 18 20 17 18 — 73
Southeast 14 8 15 9 — 46
Fremont — Mya Larson 10, Madi Moore 2, Taylor McCabe 15, Tessa Chicoine 6, Lexie Glosser 3, Bella Keaton 1, Emma Shepard 24, Charlie Earth 8, Macy Bryant 4.
Southeast — Kennedy Kirkendall 7, Claire Strong 9, Mackenzie Toomey 5, Cassie Nash 18, Meg Hatfield 5, Brittany Wulf 2.