Stanton rode a 22-9 second quarter run to a 40-19 halftime lead and cruised into the finals of the Corner Conference Girls Basketball Tournament with a 71-48 victory over Fremont-Mills on Thursday.
“That put the nail in the coffin,” Fremont-Mills coach Rod William said of the Vikings big second quarter run. “We dug ourselves a hole, that was mainly due to Stanton shooting lights out. We didn’t step up defensively. We changed some things up on defense on the fly to keep them on edge and it didn’t work out well.
“We didn’t communicate well on defense the first two periods and with the combination of them shooting so well, they hit shots when they needed to.”
The Vikings, who dropped a 49-44 decision to the Knights on Dec. 20, came out on fire on Thursday. Ragen Anderson and Carmen Subbert both went for more than 20 points and Vikings shot a blistering 26-of-49 (53 percent) from the field, including 8-of-13 behind the arc.
Meanwhile, the Knights, winners of five of their last six games, struggled to find their touch. The finished just 16-of-68 from the field (23.5 percent) and 11-of-20 at the line.
Fremont-Mills finally got on track in the third quarter but it was a case of too little, too late against a red-hot opponent.
“We were more comfortable the second half and I thought we played with them pretty evenly that half,” Williams said. “I was happy with how we came out in the fourth quarter and didn’t give up. We just can’t dig ourselves a hole against a good team like that and expect to come back.”
The Knights cut the lead to 16 points in the fourth quarter but that was as close as they would get.
“Stanton played probably their best game and we played below our average,” Williams said. “To compete with Stanton at their best we pretty much would have to play flawless. I think beating them two in a row like we had, we weren’t overconfident but we weren’t ready for their first wave. And I think they came in with a chip on the shoulder and we didn’t respond well.”
Subbert finished with 21 points and Anderson 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Vikings.
Knight leading scorer Macy Williams had a game-high 22 points on 6-of-21 shooting. Senior Kendal Fichter scored nine points on 4-of-17 shooting.
East Mills 26
Macy Williams hit 7-of-13 shots, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc to score 22 points and lead Fremont-Mills to a 51-26 Corner Conference girls basketball tournament quarterfinal win over East Mills last Monday.
The Knights (10-3 overall, 8-0 in the conference) advanced to the conference semifinals with the win.
“We struggled offensively most of the night, and seemed to have trouble finding any rhythm,” said East Mills coach Jeff Laughlin.
Laughlin said when Joni Laughlin was knocked from the game following a violent collision that resulted in a concussion, the Wolverines never to recover their offensive spark.
“We went through a tough stretch late in the second and early in the third quarter before finally settling back in and just playing basketball,” Coach Laughlin said. “I thought that we did a good job on the boards again. We have been rebounding much better the last week or so.”
The Wolverines went into halftime down 23-9 and were out-scored 20-9 over the second and third quarters. Fremont-Mills also held a 34-29 rebounding edge.
Williams had four assists and three steals to go with her 22 points. Teammate Emily Smith finished a rebound short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
“Defensively, we were just a little too aggressive sometimes and defended some of their post players too far away from the basket, and that kept us from being able to help on their guards when they drove to the basket,” Coach Laughlin said.
Devin Laughlin and Katie Sowers scored eight points each to lead the Wolverines.