This tournament, I haven't been making a lot of 3s, and just making that felt so good. It's what I do, and I love it. —Abby Broadbent
TAYLORSVILLE — Fremont received contributions from many throughout the 6A girls basketball tournament, but it was entirely fitting the last big contribution came from guard Abby Broadbent. As the senior was subbed out of Saturday's championship game versus Bingham late, she let her emotions go, jumping up and down while making certain to slap hands with everyone on the Silver Wolves' bench.
And who could blame her?
The final buzzer sounded several seconds after Broadbent left the floor, with the Silver Wolves securing a 61-47 win over the Miners for the state championship.
"That was kind of crazy. I was just so overwhelmed because we've worked so hard from day one until now, and it's just unreal. I can't believe this," Broadbent told the throng of reporters surrounding her after the championship trophy was presented. "I just love my team, and I'm so sad that I have to leave them."
Minutes before Broadbent took to the bench, she threw a dagger that all but finished off the Miners. With Fremont leading 51-47, just under three minutes remaining, she found herself open for a corner 3-pointer. She dialed in the range, threw it up, and the ball hit nothing but net, giving her team a 54-47 lead with 2:38 left.
"This tournament, I haven't been making a lot of 3s, and just making that felt so good," Broadbent said. "It's what I do, and I love it."
Broadbent also contributed four made free throws after her 3-pointer, en route to scoring 13 points.
For Fremont coach Lisa Dalebout, she felt it was absolutely appropriate that it was her senior captain coming up big in the clutch. "For her to end on something like that was really poetic and beautiful for her, because she absolutely has put in the time and deserved that moment," Dalebout said.
Another senior, Karlie Valdez, helped jump-start Fremont's final push toward the end of the third quarter. With Bingham taking charge at the start of the second half, the 5-foot-3 guard stripped the ball clean at midcourt and raced down to convert a 3-point play, which put her team up 36-33 with 1:51 left in the quarter.
Fremont finished out the third quarter up 40-35 and did enough to keep the Miners at bay throughout the fourth, never allowing them to cut the lead to more than three points.
"The seniors — they really are so much of the heart and soul," Dalebout said. "They've played together since they were little. And though they're limited somewhat with size and athleticism at some of the positions, they really care about each other."
A player who isn't limited at all by her size was 6-foot-3 freshman and tournament MVP Emma Calvert, who again led the way for Fremont — scoring 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field while pulling down 10 rebounds and blocking four shots.
"She's so good. She's amazing," Broadbent said of Calvert. "She's already an outstanding player as a freshman. Her senior year — she's going to be outstanding. I can't wait to see what she accomplishes."
Fremont forward Haylee Doxey also played a big role for her team, scoring eight points, pulling down seven rebounds, and adding four steals and two blocked shots.
"She's unbelievable. She plays really fearless," Dalebout said.
Other notable contributions were made by senior Mazzie Melaney, who had a big steal late and scored six points, and freshman guard Halle Duft, who made just one shot on the afternoon, but that shot was a big 3-pointer in the fourth that stretched Fremont's lead to 47-41 midway through.
"It was a beautiful blend," Dalebout said. "The seniors really calmed us, and then the contributions from the younger players was awesome. It was a really cool blend, and I've never had it before."
"Bingham just plays really hard. They really make things really difficult," Dalebout said. "Props to Bingham. They were really well-prepared and they're going to be awesome for years."