TABOR - The Fremont-Mills girls basketball team used a 17-5 run over the final 4:12 of the first half to run away from Hamburg in a 57-39 victory on Friday.
The Knights used its pressure defense to force 18 turnovers and confuse the Wildcat offense.
“We ran a little bit of a zone defense tonight,” said Fremont-Mills coach Rod Williams after the game. “We mixed things up a little bit and I think that gave them some problems on offense.”
Those problems and the resulting turnovers led to a steady diet of fast break points for the Knights.
“I’ve always thought our asset was running the ball, but that was sort of questionable to start the season,” said Williams. “We about gave up on it (running the ball) but we’re doing pretty well with it now and we’ll keep hammering away.”
The Knights led 33-14 at the half but allowed the Wildcats to cut that lead to 42-31 with 5:58 to go on Marissa Robinson’s putback. But they would get no closer despite Fremont-Mills going nearly four minutes without a field goal to open the final quarter.
Williams said that’s been standard operating procedure for his team this season: build a lead, relax a little too much and let a team back into the game.
“I was worried about it. I knew they’d make a run,” Williams said.
Lauren Alley led the Knights with 18 points and Amy Carlson added 11. Lynde Madison and Jessica Donahue each pitched in with 10 points.