High school basketball: Whitney Wallace helps lead Fremont past Davis

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 8 2011 10:23 p.m. MST

KAYSVILLE — Whitney Wallace wasn't sure if she would ever find her shooting touch again.

"When you're in a slump, it feels like you're never going to make it out," said the Fremont guard after leading her team to a 65-48 victory over Davis Tuesday.

When she first started to miss those long-range jumpers, she worried. She wondered if she should continue to put them up, wondered if she'd lost her touch permanently.

"At first it was (difficult to continue shooting)," she said. "But then I thought, 'This is my last year. I need to keep shooting.'"

It did not hurt that her coach and teammates were encouraging her to fire away.

"She's shooting the ball, not thinking about it," said Fremont coach Lisa Dalebout. "She's struggled all year. I told her what helped me when I was in a shooting slump. It's not hoping it will go in; it's confidence."

With her coach and teammates support, Wallace began to break out of the slump last game. Tuesday night she officially shed that slump by hitting five 3-point shots that helped give her team momentum in key moments of the game.

"All of a sudden, I just came out of it," she said grinning and waving her arms. "My coach told me to think 'Boom!' I do it, and it goes in. It's amazing, a huge relief."

Senior Kelsie Bell led all scorers with 23 points. Senior Haley Sturdevant and Mikkell Minnoch added eight points each.

The Darts were led by Courtney Hurst, a junior, who scored 13 points. Krysta Eskelson came off the bench and scored nine points. She was key in getting some offensive rebounds as well. Jessica Richardson rebounded well, especially in the first half, and finished with nine points.

Despite the loss, Davis head coach Amy Wright was pleased with her team's effort.

"I'm proud of them because of how they handled the full-court press," she said. "They did a good job of handling it."

She praised Eskelson's effort off the bench.

"That gave us a huge lift," she said.

The one thing The Silver Wolves learned after a loss to Layton is that every game requires their best effort.

"I think it was good for us," said Dalebout. "I think we learned from it. It brought us back to reality."

Both coaches acknowledge that playing in Region 1 means no easy games.

"You know every single game it's going to be a battle no matter what," Dalebout said.

On Tuesday, Dalebout said her team struggled with energy and rebounding in the first half, which allowed Davis to play with the Silver Wolves. Fremont only led 30-27 at the half.

"I was super bugged," said Dalebout. "We came out flat and we just weren't playing with energy. At halftime I challenged them to come out with guts, with fire and do a way better job of rebounding. We're an aggressive team. When we play aggressively, we play pretty well. When we sit back on our heels, we struggle."

She said the effort from all the players was significantly better in the second half.

"And it doesn't hurt to have a senior hit five threes," she said grinning.

e-mail: adonaldson@desnews.com

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