FREDERICK — Coming off a six-win season, it can be expected that the Frederick girls basketball team might struggle to hold leads late in games, particularly against teams they haven't had a great recent history against.
Facing Roosevelt on Friday night at the FHS gym, the Warriors put their collective foot down at the precise time of play, and with a 65-59 win halted the RoughRiders' three-game series win streak and more importantly gained a game in the Tri-Valley League.
The final two minutes of regulation time proved to be frantic once Frederick gained a 61-53 lead — its biggest of the evening — but some key shots from Tori Dufour, Mylie Tarnowski and Danielle Hemelstrand helped pave the way for Frederick's second league win.
"Coming into this game we knew we had to beat this team, and they had beat us twice last year so we were really looking for revenge," said Dufour, who finished with a team-most 16 points and had all but three of those after halftime. "We came close to a couple of our (league opponents), and I think we feel we should definitely be able to win more against some of the teams we lost to."
"It's a learning curve for these girls right now, and yeah, they're going to be saying things like, we're not used to being (ahead)," said Frederick head coach Brett Andersen, his team 8-6 overall. "But the reality is this team is so much more competitive than last year. There's so much more to come.
"We talk about possession a lot and about how, when you're winning you don't have to shoot the ball. We had a couple times tonight where we shot when we didn't need to, and a couple of them did go in. Those are big buckets — just know if you're going to take it they've got to go in."
On Frederick's 'Swat out Cancer' night, it was Frederick's inside play that made a major difference in the outcome. Aspen Dufour and Shea Chavez were huge in both scoring and rebounding, and the Warriors were cognizant of their advantage in the paint throughout the night.
For Roosevelt, it was a matter of changing up their game to more of a dribble-drive offense after hitting six 3-pointers in the first half — five of those coming from senior Michaela Wood (23 points).
Frederick switched to a man defense coming out of the break with the score just 27-26 FHS at half, and Roosevelt only made two more 3-pointers in the second half.
Still, the visitors proved to be tough even after Frederick had gained a 41-34 lead in the third quarter. They went on a 10-3 run spilling into the fourth, and with 6:32 left it was 44-44.
Over the next 2:30, Frederick got ahead again by a 53-46 count using an inside make from Aspen Dufour (14 points) and then getting transition baskets from Adelina DeSantis and Hemelstrand.
Roosevelt (7-7) would not relent — it was 55-52 with 3:12 to go — but Tori Dufour scored six points in the final 3:39 and Hemelstrand hit a jumper with 55 seconds left that seemed to put Frederick at ease with the score 65-57.
"Coming out of halftime and changing defenses really helped us to get motivated again because we came out slow," Tori Dufour said. "We wanted to go out and fight and push. The last couple minutes were probably the best part just because it was so much fun."
The Warriors will look to get a winning streak going next Tuesday against Skyline before the league play flips over to the second half of its schedule.
Frederick 65, Roosevelt 59
At Frederick HS
ROOSEVELT (7-7, 1-4)
K. Keller 0 1-3 1, Corke 4 3-4 12, Reese 0 0-0 0, Archuleta 2 3-4 8, S. Keller 0 1-2 1, Wood 7 3-4 23, Gutierrez 3 1-1 7, Eickleberry 2 1-2 5, Davis 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 13-20.
FREDERICK (8-6, 2-4)
DeSantis 3 3-4 10, A. Dufour 7 0-3 14, Teller 0 0-0 0, Tarnowksi 1 2-2 4, Hemelstrand 2 2-2 6, Chavez 4 2-6 10, T. Dufour 5 3-4 16, Hurtado 2 0-0 5, Elkins 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 12-21 65.
Score by quarters:Roosevelt 12 14 14 19 — 59
3-point field goals — Roosevelt (8): Wood 6, Corke, Archuleta; Frederick (5): T. Dufour 3, DeSantis, Hurtado. Fouled out — Corke. Technical fouls — Chavez.