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Girls basketball dominates in Senior Night blowout against Barrington

Nikhil Sriram, Staff Writer

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Considering this game was Senior Night, it makes sense that the six Viking seniors led the girls basketball team to an easy 68-29 win against Barrington on Feb. 3. Fremd was in control most of the game as their efforts on both ends of the floor showed throughout the contest.

Head coach David Yates details the team’s mindset coming into the game.

“It was Senior Night, so I think our kids were really excited to play their last home game of the year,” Yates said.

The game started with a quick three-pointer from senior guard/forward Grace Tworek after the Vikings won the tip. Fremd seemed to be in control during the first quarter, but a few key baskets and defensive stops by Barrington allowed them to hang in the game. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 14-9.

Once the second quarter began, it was obvious that Fremd was putting their foot on the gas as they began to pull away. Continued effort on the defensive end caused turnovers which allowed for the Vikings to get easy baskets. The Vikings ended up scoring 17 points in the second quarter while limiting Barrington to just five, making the score 31-14.

Senior guard Hayley Williams says that at moments like that, the team’s focus needed to be putting the game away.

“It’s easy to start to play down to your opponent’s level when you have such a big lead,” Williams said. “We focused on still executing our plays and still playing at a high level of play.”

The second half was marked by much of the same play by Fremd as their defensive pressure led to a larger and larger margin of victory for them. Barrington had no response to the Vikings’ onslaught, and Fremd ran away with the win after adding another 37 points to the scoreboard.

Yates explains how the team’s great passing helped them succeed on offense.

“I thought we really shared the ball,” Yates said. “We had a ton of assists, and the ball found the open person.”

Tworek led all scorers with 21 points while senior Midori Williams had 11 and Hayley had 12. Senior forward Missy Adrian added 10, and seniors Natalie Connors and Anna LaValle each finished with two. Freshman guard Emily Klaczek was the only non-senior to score as she put up ten points. Barrington’s leading scorer was senior Tori Meyer who contributed eight.

This being the team’s final home game of the season, Hayley reflects on her past three years on the varsity team.  

“Being a senior, I will miss the amazing coaches I’ve had and the legacy we’ve created these past years.” Hayley said. “It has been a pleasure to have been a part of such an amazing, respected program these past three years, and it’s sad that it’s almost over.”
The team improved to 23-5 after this win. The Vikings hope to continue their success as they prepare for the MSL championship game at Hersey on Feb. 8. The team appears poised for another state championship run this year.

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