5A girls' basketball: Fremont tops Brighton 59-52 in semifinal
Taylorsville • Lisa Dalebout pounded on the locker room inside Salt Lake Community College waiting for the door to swing open and partake in the celebration. The Fremont girls' basketball coach waited as the Silver Wolves hollered in elation following their 59-52 win over Brighton to advance to Saturday's Class 5A state title game.
The door eventually opened and Dalebout let out a "Heck yes, we did it!"
Fremont did. A year after losing in overtime in the 5A semifinals to the eventual 2013 champions Riverton, the Silver Wolves are now four quarters away from their own crown. Junior guard Shelbee Molen busted out of her mini-slump, scoring a game-high 26 points including hitting four 3-pointers and stretching the Brighton defense with her timely shots.
"I don't know another girl on the planet that has shot more than that girl," Dalebout said of her star. "She was due. You're not going to keep that girl down long. I was really proud about how she came out with some savvy and resilience the way she did."
"I went out there with my whole heart and played for my team," Molen said.
With the help of Amanda Wayment (11 points, six rebounds) and Harley Hansen (nine points, five rebounds and five steals), Fremont kept the Bengals at a distance for most of the game with its defense forcing 16 Brighton turnovers and stealing the ball 11 times.
"I think they're very determined to finish," Dalebout said. "I feel like they're not satisfied. It's awesome to get to the final four because you've worked really long to get to this point â¦ every team's excellent, the atmosphere is cool, but we've gone through this and they're really hungry and determined to finish."
Up next for the Silver Wolves are the Cinderella story American Fork Lady Cavemen in Saturday's Class 5A championship at 1 p.m. in Taylorsville.
"You've got to play to your advantages," Dalebout said of facing a hot team like American Fork. "They're playing amazing."