TAYLORSVILLE — Walking into her team's locker room at halftime, Fremont girls basketball coach Lisa Dalebout was not very pleased.
Her team was getting outshot, outrebounded, and was trailing a lower seed.
“We couldn’t really find the hoop — in the first quarter especially,” she said. “Really kind of a frustrating first half for us.”
During the break, the Silver Wolves talked about their defensive game plan — the one they had put into place but forgot to run in the opening half — and instantly saw a change in their scoring output in the second half. After the adjustments were made, Fremont ultimately pulled away with the win, 55-36, over Lehi at Salt Lake Community College Tuesday afternoon.
“We did the defense that we had planned on doing,” Dalebout said. “I felt like we did a better job at executing our game plan in the second half, like we were much more relaxed. We were finding the basket a little bit better and finishing better at the basket — that helped out.”
The Silver Wolves’ turnaround was spearheaded by senior center Amanda Wayment, who planted herself on the low block on both ends of the floor. She altered Lehi shots on defense and hit a string of buckets on offense, ultimately totaling 23 points.
Junior guard Shelbee Molen, a top scorer on most nights who finished with seven Tuesday, impacted the game by attacking the basket and stretching the defense with her 3-point shooting ability.
“We usually have two big scorers (in Wayment and Molen), but everybody did a great job,” Dalebout said. “One of our scorers kind of struggled tonight and I felt like the rest of the team stepped up really nicely, especially defensively.”
The coach then added that she was particularly pleased with the play of her younger players, who could have stepped onto the court with nerves.
“Some of the younger kids came in a played really good minutes for us, gave us good energy,” Dalebout said. “I thought our posts did a great job on the board, and Lehi has two of some of the best rebounders we’ve seen all year.”
Dalebout was impressed by the Pioneers’ disruptive first half, which culminated in a 24-21 lead at the half.
“They played great D and they hit huge shots,” she said. “They were hitting a lot of outside looks and they were breaking us down the dribble. I felt like they had a good game plan against us, but I felt like we responded really nice in the second half.”
As part of that response, the Silver Wolves capped the game with a 14-0 run to open the final quarter before both teams turned to their benches.
“Everybody contributed tonight,” Dalebout said. “I felt like even our bench carried really good energy and they did a great job at being intense for us and cheering on their teammates.”
The Silver Wolves will meet Bingham in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 4:10 p.m.
Sarah Thomas earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MBA at Westminster College. She has been covering sports for the Deseret News since 2008.