With Evanston's girls basketball team leading Fremd 32-31 early in the final quarter, it looked like game on.
But all of a sudden the Wildkits' shooting touch was on, and away they went to a 46-36 triumph in Thursday's consolation contest of the Montini Christmas Tournament.
Back-to-back baseline 3-pointers within 30 seconds by sophomore SyAnn Holmes and senior Allysah Boothe made it 38-31, and before you knew it the lead was extended to 40-31 on a layup by Holmes.
"We had been very successful in our zone, and then they hit those back-to-back 3s, and that hurt," said Fremd coach Dave Yates, whose team (10-4) will face Proviso East (8-3) in Friday's seventh-place game 1:15 p.m. "They (Evanston) are a hard team for us to match up with."
Harvard-bound Grace Tworek was a tough matchup for Evanston as the senior tossed home 17 points, including 11 of 14 free throws. She also had 10 rebounds.
Classmate Missy Adrian chipped in 7 points while teammates Angie Zara and Midori Williams both had 4.
The Vikings did not have a 3-pointer for the first time this season.
"And we've been a really good 3-point shooting team," Yates said.
Both teams were coming off tough losses in Wednesday's quarterfinals. Evanston had suffered its first loss of the season to Rolling Meadows after leading by as many as 7 points, while Fremd fell to Benet by 2 points after holding a 17-point lead late in the third quarter.
"After the physical and mental emotions of Wednesday's game, we knew this game (vs. Evanston) would be a tough one," Yates said. "But we handled it well. We needed to hold them in the 30s to compete with a team of their caliber."
Boothe led Evanston with 16 points while freshman Kayla Henning chipped in 9.
"I thought Fremd was really well coached," said Western Michigan-bound Evanston senior Leighah Amori-Wool. "They knew how to use their post players and they have good shooting guards. We are really excited about the win. We feel like we really have a good chance to go downstate this season."
First-year coach Brittany Johnson, a former Fenwick all-American, called it a huge win for her squad.
"You could tell at the start that both teams were kind of down from the tough losses the day before," she said. "I am so proud of my team what they were able to respond after losing a tough one the day before."