5A girls' basketball: Fremont wins first title in school history in dominant fashion
Taylorsville • Some time during the Christmas break, the Fremont Silver Wolves decided to choreograph a flash mob to surprise their head coach.
And everyone was in on it: The players, the assistant coaches, even coach Lisa Dalebout's sister, who is a dance teacher herself.
So on Saturday afternoon at Salt Lake Community College, the Silver Wolves stood at center court and went through their routine again as Dalebout, a championship net around her neck and flowers in her hand, looked on.
The routine and the moment were a microcosm of Fremont's season. The Silver Wolves won the Class 5A title by zipping by American Fork 60-27 in the title game, so their flash mob was again on display, this time after they were crowned champions, the first girls' basketball title won in the program's 20 years.
"We just wanted to win the moment, and if this moment came," said guard McKenzie Burrows, "we wanted to conquer it."
The dance in salute of their coach, community and one another was just icing on the cake. The Silver Wolves conquered the 5A title game by outrebounding American Fork 46-21 and holding the Lady Cavemen to 14 percent shooting. Offensively, Fremont drilled seven 3-pointers, and was led by Sydnee Ward (13 points), Shelbee Molen (11 points) and hustling sophomore Harley Hansen (14 points).
"They never were rattled," Dalebout said. "I was amazed by it. They literally played like women and it was the neatest thing to watch, actually. To have them be little tiny 16-year-olds and just absolutely dominate a game against very good athletes and really good players was great."
It was described as the team's best and most complete effort of the season.
On the program's biggest stage and 32 minutes from the school's first girls' basketball title, the Silver Wolves dominated the glass, shared the basketball and drained open jumpers.
How does one describe that feeling?
"Like I'm in a dream," said Amanda Wayment, who finished with nine points and nine rebounds. "It's just awesome how well we played together today."
"It's almost like they knew where everybody was going to be on the floor all the same time," Dalebout added.
Certainly looked like it.
Despite being up by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter, the Silver Wolves kept running their sets and disrupting the passing lanes. That is, until Dalebout called for the bench to be cleared and the starting five walked off the court to embrace their emotional coach.
"We never focus on the end," Burrows said. "We only focus on what is in front of us, so we knew we were ahead, but we weren't going to have that lead let us play any less hard."
So after the their screams rang loudly around the gym at SLCC, after they'd raised their sought-after trophy, cut down the net and posed for pictures with family and friends, they took to center court to surprise their coach like they did a few months prior.
Then the music played.
"I would have liked them to have maybe have practiced their free throws instead," Dalebout joked, "but that's OK."