North Fremont topped Firth 50-41 in the Nuclear conference semifinals Friday in one of the tougher battles the Huskies have fought this year.
Despite a 23-17 lead at halftime, North Fremont head coach Shannon Hill felt like his team needed to step up.
“(Firth) had a good game plan coming in and they executed it well,” Hill said. “More importantly, they outhustled us and outworked us in the first half. Even though we were ahead at half, I felt like they had more energy than us. We had to overcome that.”
Firth continued to fight in the second half and North Fremont locked in.
“We matched their intensity, we executed pretty well defensively,” Hill said. “We overcame a lot of big shots that they made. They made a lot of three-point shots today and we were able to overcome that and we only hit one three pointer.”
Salmon and Firth play Monday for a shot at North Fremont in Wednesday’s district final. Despite some fanfare surrounding the Huskies’ undefeated record, Hill said winning that game is his team’s focus.
“A lot of people are making a big deal about us being undefeated and we know that we are, but it’s not something that we’re putting pressure on ourselves to keep. We just take every game the same and just try to be focused on the game at hand. We’re not going to look past Firth or Salmon the next game because I think that’s going to be a dog fight.”
If North Fremont loses that game they’ll play one last game against the same team to determine the district champion.
Hill said the team will work hard to fix the mistakes he saw against Firth. He believes team’s are extra motivated to be the team to break their undefeated streak.
“There’s no question about that,” Hill said. “I think that teams use it as motivation to come in and (try) and beat us. We’re undefeated and they want to ruin our record. We’re not about our record. We want to win our district championship. And we’re one game away from that. We’re going to do all we can to get that done. That’s what we’re about — conference championship not undefeated; that’s secondary to what we’re trying to do.”
NORTH FREMONT 50, FIRTH 41
North Fremont: 15 8 9 18—50
Firth: 7 8 8 16—41
North Fremont: Jordan Lenz 25, Luke Hill 6, Max Palmer 4, AJ Hill 9, Bronson Childs 6
Firth: K. Jacobsen 6, Arriaga 5, Park 2, Leslie 6, Holley 5, T. Jacobsen 6, Blonquist 11