If head coach Rod Williams and his Fremont-Mills girls basketball team could have skipped all third quarters this season, they just might have.
That third frame proved troublesome once again for the Knights as Bedford used a 14-2 third quarter run to pull away in a 50-27 Class 1A, Region 7 semifinal victory on Friday.
The Bulldogs’ third quarter play took the game from a 16-16 tie to a 30-18 lead for Bedford and all but put the Knights away.
“We didn’t fix that all year,” Williams said of his team’s yearlong struggles to start quick in the second half. “I’ve asked several good coaches about what I can do so I have some good ideas for next year.”
The Knights (17-7 overall, 11-1 in the Corner Conference) were actually ahead after a quarter and the game was tied at 16 heading into halftime.
“I thought we did a super job the first half and that was due in part to our defense. We had some turnovers but both teams played extremely hard,” Williams said.
In the third quarter, however, the state top 10 ranked Bulldogs, extended their press and the defensive adjustment completely took the Knights out of rhythm.
“They overplayed us and it worked,” Williams said. “It was a good move for them even though it was a gamble on his (Bedford coach Kenny Weed) part with both teams’ foul troubles. It paid off for them even with all the fouls called.”
The two teams combined for 35 fouls as Bedford’s pressure wore the Knights down. They out-scored Fremont-Mills 34-11 in the second half.
“They came out, got some layups right out of the chute,” Williams said. We tried to run and it would look like we hard girls open and they’d close on the ball and pick off passes. We didn’t do a good job working back to our passes strong. I think we lost some confidence. Macy (Williams) did a terrific job breaking down the press on the dribble but I think it took its toll on the offensive end.”
Macy Williams and Taryn Williams each scored seven points to lead the Knights. Kelsey Hurley chipped in with six points.
Kayla Lindenmeyer and Savanna Thornton led Bedford with 13 points each.