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Fast start: Freeman's first quarter fuels opening win

HURON--Freeman felt right at home in a new setting. Playing in its first State B girls basketball tournament since 2010, the Flyers rode some early momentum and held off Warner 53-46 in the first round of the state tournament on Thursday at the H...

Freeman's Josie Fuhrmann, right, dribbles the ball up the court against Warner's Sydney Leidholt during the State B girls basketball tournament on Thursday at the Huron Arena. (Ryan Deal / Republic)
Freeman's Josie Fuhrmann, right, dribbles the ball up the court against Warner's Sydney Leidholt during the State B girls basketball tournament on Thursday at the Huron Arena. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

HURON-Freeman felt right at home in a new setting.

Playing in its first State B girls basketball tournament since 2010, the Flyers rode some early momentum and held off Warner 53-46 in the first round of the state tournament on Thursday at the Huron Arena. The Flyers (20-4) will now play No. 1 Ethan (23-0) at 6 p.m. on Friday in the championship semifinals.

On Thursday, Freeman bolted out to an early 18-8 first-quarter advantage and weathered a second-quarter storm by the Monarchs.

"We came in really confident and like we have nothing to lose," Freeman senior Josie Fuhrmann said. "So we might as well play our hearts out and it gave us a lot of confidence going into the second half."

Freeman led by as many as 13 points early in the second quarter, but Warner got within 24-20 at halftime. The Flyers seized back the momentum in the third quarter with a 10-0 surge, with two Fuhrmann 3-pointers and a Hannah Erberts triple highlighting the run.

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"We always try to focus on the third quarter and just really come out harder than they do," said Fuhrmann, who finished with 12 points. "It was probably was one of the key moments, was really just coming out hard in the third quarter."

Warner and all-state center Laurie Rogers kept on coming, though. The 6-foot-1 senior post finished with 17 points and seven boards.

"We don't have anybody her size, physically, and she's a really good player," said Sage, who praised Eberts for battling with Rogers in the paint. "... She (Eberts) did an excellent job and our backside help was there."

Eberts finished with 17 points and four steals. Emily Miller and Dayna Roth both scored nine points apiece.

Warner got within 41-38 with 6:50 left, but Roth and Miller hit back-to-back field goals for a seven-point advantage. The Flyers closed it out from the free-throw line, while also wearing down the Monarchs. Warner played just five players and Fuhrmann could feel the Monarchs wearing down late in the game. Freeman recorded 14 steals, while Warner committed 18 turnovers.

"It was probably the key factor of the game," Fuhrmann said. "Defensively, that's what our main focus is for Freeman and we definitely showed that today."

Up next, Freeman will gear up for Ethan. The Rustlers defeated the Flyers 51-30 on Feb. 12.

"We are excited to play," Sage said. "We will make some adjustments the second time around playing them and I guarantee we are going to play hard."

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Freeman 53, Warner 46

Freeman (20-4): Emily Miller 3-11 3-4 9, Hannah Eberts 7-13 0-0 17, Josie Fuhrmann 4-10 0-0 12, Jaimie Glanzer 0-5 2-2 2, Dayna Roth 3-9 2-4 9, Rijjy Peterson 1-1 0-0 2, Isabel Sayler 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-50 7-10 53.

Warner (21-3): Laurie Rogers 7-11 3-4 17, Laura Ochsner 1-2 1-3 4, Sydney Leidholt 2-4 1-2 5, Keeley Fischbach 5-11 1-2 15. Totals 17-34 6-11 46.

F 18 24 41 53

W 8 20 32 46

3-point field goals: F 8-21 (Eberts 3-5, Fuhrmann 4-6, Roth 1-4); W 6-13 (Ochsner 1-1, K. Fischbach 1-3, A. Fischbach 4-9). Rebounds: F 23 (Miller 7); W 29 (Leidholt 8). Steals: F 14 (Eberts 4); W 3 (Leidholt 2). Blocked shots: F 0; W 1 (A. Fischbach 1). Turnovers: F 5; W 18. Total fouls: F 16; W 11.

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