The No. 6 Fremont girls basketball team went for the knockout punch in the second quarter, but No. 8 Lincoln Pius X countered with constant pressure for a 53-42 win Friday evening in a clash of top-10 teams at Lincoln Pius X High School.
The Tigers started the second quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 20-12 lead, but Pius X ended the run with a pair of Lindsay Nottlemann free throws that ended a scoring drought just under the four-minute mark.
The Thunderbolts responded with a run of their own with Nottlemann scoring five points in the quarter as Pius X finished the half on a 9-0 run and a 21-20 halftime lead.
“Well we missed some shots,” Fremont coach Tony Weinandt said. “We kind of got on a roll there a little bit, but their high-low stuff is tough for us. We are undersized and (Pius X) really took good advantage of that situation.”
Pius X’s response was calm and collected, and came exactly from what head coach Bill Rice and the Bolts talked about before the game.
After the Shepard sisters, Emma and Samantha, hit a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter, and Camerin Inselman and Sydney Golladay added a pair of buckets, the Bolts weren’t phased.
“Before the game we talked about strong body language showing strength and reacting positively to tough situations,” Rice said.
“That’s exactly what they did. We got down by eight (points) in the second quarter and it didn’t bother them too much. We came back and took the lead at halftime and played a really strong third quarter and kind of took the game over at that point.”
Bolts junior Kloee Sander scored 10 of her 17 points in the third quarter, converting two and-ones and a total of four free throws in the period that really put Fremont in foul trouble.
“Their posts do a great job of sealing and are very aggressive,” Weinarndt said. “Sprinkle in one or two three’s off that when you try and help down so much.
“I thought a long time we did a really good job with it, but they kind of wear you down. We got into foul trouble and it made us pay.”
The Bolts went 5-for-5 from the charity stripe in the first half, including another and-one from Sander.
“I think when (Pius X) are 19-of-28 and (Fremont) 7-of-9 and lose by 11, there is pretty big diffence in free throws there and they knocked theirs down,” Weinandt added.
It was really the cold spell Fremont ran into after the 10-0 run that the Tigesr coach felt changed the game.
“When the ball goes in it is all good,” Weinandt said. “Then you hit a cold streak against a team like that and they make you pay.
“They are so deliberite, and you starting running out of possessions if you are not making shots, because they take care of the ball really well and, like I said, it makes you pay.”
LINCOLN PIUS X 53, FREMONT 42
Fremont 10 10 10 12 — 42
Pius 12 9 14 18 — 53
Fremont — Golladay 4, Moore 2, Inselman 9, E. Shepard 15, S. Shepard 12.
Pius — Lewandowski 4, Nottelmann 11, Taubenheim 9, Greisen 12, Sander 17