South Fremont fell to 54-46 Teton in their second meeting in the 3A district VI tournament Friday in what was perhaps the closest game the Lady Cougars have played in their district this season.
The teams were tied after the first quarter then Teon went on a run in the second quarter to take a six-point lead going into the half. South also won the third quarter 13-12 but lost the final quarter 15-12.
“It was a pretty close game throughout,” said South Fremont head coach Ryan Campbell. “It was kind of a game of runs. They had a couple of times where they kind of pulled away and our girls kept fighting to the end. It was within a few points with a couple minutes to go. We just couldn’t ever make that big play to put us over the top.”
Teton offensive rebounds and putbacks plagued the Cougars throughout the game and Rylie Neville fouling out in the fourth took the Cougars’ leading scorer out of the game.
“We couldn’t quite do enough but the girls, I thought, played really well and there’s certainly nothing for them to hang their heads over.”
South played Teton close for a while in their last meeting but the final score was inflated in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve had some close games with them that just didn’t look close on the ending score,” Campbell said. “The last time we played them tight into the fourth quarter. A couple of times. This time, I think our girls were just a little bit more resilient. We obviously scored points. In the first tournament game we obviously couldn’t hit anything. We attacked and we just continued to attack the basket toward the end of the game.”
Rylie Neville led South Fremont with 20 points, Karlee Thueson added 11 points in her final game as a Lady Cougar and Jossee Angell scored seven points.
“We just got to the line and shot pretty well from the free throw line, which kept us close throughout.”
Campbell said he and his girls learned much in their first season together but that their is still much to learn.
“There’s a lot of learning going on,” Campbell said. “We’re a young team. We have a lot of sophomores and juniors. It’s my first year as a coach — I learned a lot. I just think we have a good core of girls that are going to do some really good things over the next few years. We had a great freshmen and JV group this year. Varsity’s just young and the key is to keep them progressing the not losing confidence. With the mentality of these young girls they’ll work really hard and make some changes to the coaching staff to try to put them in a position to be successful.”