Friday , January 19, 2018 - 8:42 PM
PLAIN CITY — At a basketball camp one summer, Emma Calvert couldn’t sleep. Her friend Haylee Doxey was keeping her awake until 1 a.m. by making chicken clucking noises.
The Fremont girls basketball freshman and sophomore, respectively, have known each other since kindergarten. The chicken clucking noise is their kind of inside joke. It’s one of many examples of how close the Silver Wolves team is this year, a blend of the two underclassmen plus three seniors in the starting lineup.
There’s the cerebral experience the seniors bring combined with the young talent. The result so far is a 13-2 record and Fremont is one of the best teams in 6A — and the current first-place team in Region 1 at 6-0 after a 62-44 win over Davis on Friday.
“Out of all the years I’ve ever coached, I usually have a pretty good sense of what we’re going to be,” Fremont coach Lisa Dalebout said of her expectations before the season. “But because of the youth and because of the senior group, I kind of had no idea. I’m like, we could be real bad, I have no idea what we’re going to be.”
On the other hand, some players say they knew they’d be good this year.
One of the reasons is the 6-foot-3 Calvert, the Silver Wolves’ starting post player and leading scorer at 15.7 points per game. Against the Darts she scored a season-high 26 points.
Dalebout said Calvert is one of the players Fremont looks for, along with senior guard Abby Broadbent, when the team needs a basket. Doxey says Calvert has taken the responsibility of being a central focus of the team well.
“It’s a little bit of a weight on my shoulders, but mostly, I was really a lot taller than a lot of the other posts that were guarding me so it was easy to see that inside,” Calvert said, as Doxey made chicken clucking noises in her direction from the locker room door.
Case in point: when Davis took a 21-19 lead in the second quarter after a 7-0 run Friday.
The Silver Wolves went inside to Calvert for an easy bucket. They went back to her on the next possession and she went to the foul line. Fremont went to her again the next possession for another bucket.
“She has a really nice game for her age and she’s put a lot of time into it,” Dalebout said.
After the game, Dalebout ran into Calvert’s parents in the hallway and asked if they noticed a difference in strategy in the second half. They said yes. It was hard not to miss what happened.
Calvert scored 10 of the Silver Wolves’ first 13 points of the third quarter as well as their first six points in the fourth quarter and that was more than Davis (and quite frankly, a lot of teams this year) could handle.
“We knew when she came up she was going to do really well,” Doxey said. “It’s no surprise to us. She’s 6-3, our tallest player for awhile. So right when she stepped in, we just knew that she was going to be something great.”
It’s not just Calvert. Doxey is a talented, attacking forward. Broadbent is the team’s second-leading scorer and a captain. Mazzie Melaney and Berkley Larsen are also seniors who played a lot last year.
“We’ve got height, we’ve got shooters, we’ve got speed and I think our defense has been key. Good defense leads to good offense,” Broadbent said. “We work well together.”
Broadbent and Dalebout said the team learned a lot about how good it would be in the first game of the year against Copper Hills. Dalebout said she thought the Grizzlies would be very good this year, but the Silver Wolves didn’t play afraid despite losing by seven.
The team is a unique blend in terms of the seniors’ experience and the younger players’ talent that Dalebout says she’s never had before in her 15 years of coaching. Halfway through the region season anyway, it looks like a good one.
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