RED OAK — The Fremont-Mills girls basketball team lost its season-opener on the road last Tuesday with a 49-34 loss to Red Oak.
Red Oak outscored the Knights in the second half 26-16, including 14-4 in the third quarter, as they pulled away for their first win over the Class 1A Knights since 2010.
“What a relief. Getting the goose egg off the win column is always good,” Red Oak Head Girls Basketball Coach Dan Martinez said.
The Tigers had gone into halftime with a 23-18 lead. Fremont-Mills was
able to make a free throw early in the quarter, but Red Oak scored eight straight points to take a 31-19 lead three minutes into the quarter.
Fremont-Mills scored three more points in the last four minutes of the quarter.
The Knights attempted shots and even had second chance opportunities, but
were held in check by Red Oak’s defense, which also forced Fremont-Mills to turn over the ball.
The third quarter was a big quarter for both Kate Walker and Grace Blomstedt, who combined to score 10 of Red Oak’s 14 points during the stretch. Red Oak led 37-22 at the end of the quarter. ‘We upped the defensive intensity a little bit and were able to get some turnovers and lay-ups,” Martinez said.
Fremont-Mills Coach Ron Williams agrees. The Tigers extended their zone in the quarter and forced the Knights out of their comfort zone and it showed.
“I thought we played well in the first half,” Williams said. “But we made some silly mistakes. When they extended, they picked up (point guard) Macy (Williams) a little quicker and we didn’t do a good job of flashing to the open spots or hitting shots.”
Fremont-Mills didn’t go away quietly as they chipped away at the Tigers
lead. The Knights were able to get Red Oak’s lead down to six points. Red
Oak kept the Knights at bay and made free throws down the stretch to
maintain the lead.
The first quarter had been close as both teams exchanged the lead several
times. Blake Bergren got Red Oak running as she scored a lay-up on the
tip-off to give the Tigers the 2-0 lead. Bergren however ran into foul
trouble and had to sit for most of the second and third quarters.
Bergren finished with five points and four rebounds as she fouled out.
“I felt for her, because she has worked so hard for so long for that
game,” Martinez said about Bergren. “Just some bad luck.”
Bergren missed most of last season recovering from surgery she had done
during the 2011 volleyball season.
Red Oak began to pull away in the second quarter thanks to the efforts of
Walker, who scored five of her nine first half points in the second.
Both Walker and Blomstedt finished the night with double-doubles. Walker
led the team in scoring with 16 points, including 7-of-10 from the free
throw line. The sophomore point guard also had a career high 18 rebounds,
including 10 that were offensive boards. Walker was one assist shy of
recording a triple-double.
“They were in a long time, but Kate never showed any fatigue,” Martinez said.
Blomstedt finished with 12 points, including 10 in the second half, on
6-for-17 shooting. She added 11 rebounds and three steals.
Macy Williams led the Knights with 14 points. Taryn Williams chipped in with eight.