After East Mills scored 11 points in the opening quarter, the Fremont-Mills girls basketball team tightened its defense and allowed just five points over the final three quarters of a 48-16 Corner Conference victory last Tuesday.
“Our defense played pretty well,” said Fremont-Mills coach Rod Williams. “The officiating, and this is nothing against the officiating, didn’t allow us to play a lot of ‘in your shorts’ type of defensive basketball like we like to do so that first quarter, we pulled back a little bit and adjusted pretty well.”
The two teams traded baskets the first eight minutes of the game in what looked to have the makings of a see-saw affair when Devin Laughlin’s three-pointer knotted the score at 11. But the Knights (3-2) raced down in the final seconds of the quarter for Kayln Madison’s runner to go up 13-11 at the end of the frame.
Laughlin’s three, as it would turn out, would be the Wolverines last field goal until just 1:01 remained in the first half.
The Knights led 26-13 at the half before a 9-1 run to open the second half put the game out of reach for the Wolverines.
“Offensively, we played a great first quarter, and then followed that up with 3 sub-par quarters. We have to find some consistency, and we must play with more confidence on the offensive end,” said East Mills coach Jeff Laughlin.
Defensively, Laughlin thought his team played well, rotating to the Knights’ shooters but just couldn’t keep up the pressure.
“We are not known for being consistent on offense,” said Williams of his team’s offensive struggles on the night. “We go from one extreme to the other. Sometimes we can shoot lights out and the other night we shot 10 percent in the first half. Tonight was kind of in the middle, we rush a lot of things but we’re working on it.”
The Knights’ Lynde Madison out-scored the Wolverines all on her own with 19 points.
“She did a really good job for us tonight,” said Williams. “She had a tough time against Underwood and so did Amy (Carlson) for that fact, but if they’re both scoring, we’re doing well.
Carlson added five points. Brandi Menicucci pitched in with nine and Mindy Lorimor six.
Katie Sowers and Devin Laughlin led East Mills with five points each.
East Mills drops to 0-7 on the season and 0-4 in the Corner Conference.