Fremont-Mills’ Cinderella run through the Class 1A, Region 1 bracket has come to an end.
Marie Palmer scored 20 points and pulled down 20 rebounds for Corning in a 58-39 semifinal victory over the Knights on Friday.
The Knights (12-11), who finished the regular-season with a record of 10-10, reached the regional semifinals for the first time since 1967 before falling to the Red Raiders.
“Our effort was good. I’m extremely proud of the girls,” said Fremont-Mills coach Rod Williams. “We’re very disappointed we didn’t give them more of a game for four quarters but overall, I’m pretty happy with our season.”
The Knights got down 13-2 early before battling back to tie the game at 16-16 heading into the second quarter. But the Knights’ cold shooting and foul trouble caught up with them and the Red Raiders slowly pulled away, out-scoring Fremont-Mills 42-23 over the final three quarters, including 16-8 in the fourth quarter.
“I think a lot of that was our cold shooting, but they had a couple of really good post players and we hadn’t seen that much this year,” Williams said. “We wanted to pack it in and make it tough for them inside but their guards shot it too well, so when we had to come out on them, their posts went to work and we couldn’t stop them.”
Macy Williams led the Knights with 11 points while Taryn Williams added 10 and Andrea McClary six.
The fact the Fremont-Mills girls basketball team had lost its previous two meetings with Stanton by an average of 15 points didn’t deter coach Rod Williams one bit when it came to his team’s Class 1A, Region 8 quarterfinal match up with the Viqueens.
Williams, in fact, was confident his team could pull out the win.
“Now, I may have been the only coach in Iowa who thought that but I knew if we played to our ability and with the game plan we had, we could get the win,” the coach said.
Go ahead and call Williams a prophet.
Macy Williams’ three-pointer from 30 feet out gave the Knights a 59-56 upset victory to advance to the regional semifinals against Corning.
“If we ever get all cylinders going on the same night, we can do really well,” Williams said. “And we hope we can continue that into the next game.”
The Knights (12-10) started slow on both ends of the court, trailing 13-2 after a quarter. But a discussion between Williams and his team sparked the Knights.
“I told them their emotions we’re getting out of control and we’re not going to get it all back in one play,” said the coach.
Macy Williams swiped the in-bounds pass, scored on a layup and was fouled on the play. After hitting the free throw, Williams hit a three-pointer on the next possession to get the Knights back in the game.
Fremont-Mills out-scored the Viqueens 21-3 in the second quarter to go up 23-16 at the half.
The Knights’ put up 18 point in the third frame and looked in control with a 41-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But the Viqueens wouldn’t go away so easily.
With Macy Williams in foul trouble, Stanton caught fire and rallied, cutting the Knights lead to three points with a minute to go and knotting the score at 56-56 with just under 15 seconds to go in the game.
“We had to back out of our defense a little bit and the aggressiveness and they made a run, like I knew they would, all good teams do,” said Coach Williams. “It was one of those times it felt like everything they threw up went in, including a three pointer to tie it.”
The Knights quickly in-bounded the ball to Macy Williams and the freshman guard raced up the court, pulling up just inside the half court line where she calmly swished her seventh three pointer of the game with :2.1 on the clock.
“I was trying to get a timeout but I saw her take off with the ball and I let it go,” Coach Williams said. “I thought she pulled up way too early and she needed another dribble but then it went down and the gym went crazy. I was standing up, getting ready for overtime.”
Williams finished with a career high 37 points on 12-of-19 shooting, including 7-of-10 from behind the arc and 6-of-9 at the line.
Taryn Williams and Emily Smith added seven points each. Andrea McClary grabbed seven rebounds and scored six points.
Stanton (15-8) was led by Carmen Subbert’s 19 points and 17 rebounds.