NEW YORK — The Fremont Silver Wolves got to fulfill a basketball player's dream Saturday, playing in the championship game of the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Girls’ National Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
The Silver Wolves, who won the 5A title last month, defeated No. 20 Miami Senior High 43-33 in the semifinals on Friday at Christ the King High School’s Father John Savage Memorial Gymnasium.
BYU-bound Amanda Wayment led Fremont with 12 points and seven rebounds in the semifinal win while Shelbee Molen (9 points) and Kealani Sagapolu (9 rebounds) pitched in to help the Silver Wolves punch their ticket to New York City's famed basketball arena.
However, it took a while for Fremont to get going on the same court that Minnesota Golden Gophers won the NIT on Thursday. No. 10-ranked Riverdale Baptist (Md.) sprinted out to a 15-0 lead and the Crusaders cruised to their second National Tournament title in three years.
Molen led Fremont with 13 points in the 60-35 loss Saturday.
"It was a little overwhelming in the beginning; this is Madison Square Garden,” Wayment said in the tournament press release.