Swanson scores career-high 40 as Barrington topples Fremd

  • Barrington's Sophie Swanson, right, hits one of her 3-point baskets to the delight of teammate Laura Hahlum (25) during Tuesday's girls basketball game in Barrington. Swanson scored a career-high 40 points as the Fillies won 62-47.

      Barrington's Sophie Swanson, right, hits one of her 3-point baskets to the delight of teammate Laura Hahlum (25) during Tuesday's girls basketball game in Barrington. Swanson scored a career-high 40 points as the Fillies won 62-47. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Molly O'Riordan (54) tries to take a shot guarded by Fremd's Kace Urlacher (44) and Brianna Wooldridge during Tuesday's girls basketball game in Barrington.

      Barrington's Molly O'Riordan (54) tries to take a shot guarded by Fremd's Kace Urlacher (44) and Brianna Wooldridge during Tuesday's girls basketball game in Barrington. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Fremd's Kace Urlacher is pressured by Barrington's Allison Funk and Laura Mahlum, right, during Tuesday's girls basketball game in Barrington.

      Fremd's Kace Urlacher is pressured by Barrington's Allison Funk and Laura Mahlum, right, during Tuesday's girls basketball game in Barrington. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Fremd's Maddy Fay drives to the basket during Tuesday's girls basketball game in Barrington.

      Fremd's Maddy Fay drives to the basket during Tuesday's girls basketball game in Barrington. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Fremd's Maddy Fay, left, and Barrington's Gwen Adler hit the deck after a loose ball during Tuesday's girls basketball game in Barrington.

      Fremd's Maddy Fay, left, and Barrington's Gwen Adler hit the deck after a loose ball during Tuesday's girls basketball game in Barrington. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 1/18/2022 10:19 PM

What a game Sophie Swanson picked to break her own single-game school record of 37 points.

With the Barrington student section shouting "MVP, MVP," the Fillies' junior scooped home a left-handed shot with 1:15 left to give her 40 points and seal the deal in Barrington's 62-47 triumph over visiting Fremd on Tuesday night.

 

The win moved the Fillies (17-5, 4-1) to within a half-game of first place in the Mid-Suburban West behind Fremd (17-5, 5-1), which defeated Barrington 40-39 last month in Palatine.

"If there is a verb that could be created called 'getting Swansoned' we got 'Swansoned'," said Fremd coach Dave Yates. "I've been doing this a long time and to see that kid drop 40 points on us, I can't recall seeing somebody score like that against us. She's a special kid and she made a ton of shots. So hats off to her."

Swanson's big night included 6 3-pointers, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

"Sophie had a real special performance," said Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro. "She was just dynamite. Obviously she is a special player and I'm thrilled for her. I was particularly happy with our defense in the first half."

"It's even more awesome because it was such a big game," Swanson said. "I wasn't even aware of how many points I had. My only goal was just to get a team win at the end and we did. I could not have done this without my teammates."

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Barrington senior Laura Mahlum added 10 points with 9 rebounds and 2 steals while sophomore Gwen Adler chipped in 6 points with 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots.

Fremd raced to an 8-0 lead, getting three layups from Maddy Fay and a steal and layup by Kace Urlacher in the first 3:45.

Barrington got to within 10-6 after one quarter, thanks to a rebound layup by Mahlum and 2 baskets by Swanson, including a 17-footer from near the arc with 12 seconds left.

Swanson came out with the hot hand to start the second period, Her back-to-back 18-footer and 3-pointer gave the Fillies their first lead at 15-12 with 5:49 left. A 3-pointer by Mahlum pushed the lead 18-14 with 3:08 left.

"It was nice to have Laura back (from concussion protocol) on the floor," Barreiro said. "She was a big difference maker."

Swanson came back with back-to-back 3-pointers, the second with 1:05 left in the half to extend the lead to 25-16.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Adler's driving bank shot with 15.4 seconds left made it 27-18 at intermission.

Swanson's 3-pointer to start the second half gave the Fillies their biggest lead in the third quarter at 30-18.

Fremd got to within 39-33 on a 10-foot bank shot by Brianna Wooldridge before Barrington took a 46-33 lead on Swanson's step-back 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the period.

"I thought Brianna Wooldridge played a good game, particularly in the second half (scored 11 of her 15 points)," said Barreiro, who also got offensive points from Gracie Stagnito and Molly O'Riordan.

The Fillies hit 3 3-pointers (two by Swanson and one by Adler) in the first two minutes of the final quarter to take a 52-36 advantage with 6:02 left.

Fremd, which was led by Maddy Fay's 16 points, never got closer than 8 points.

"We did some good things to possibly get ourselves back into the game so it was nice to see our kids dig in," Yates said. "But we missed a few too many free throws. We had an opportunity to make it a tighter game and we just couldn't."

"Credit Fremd," Barreiro said. "They came out like gangbusters in the second half. I was really proud of our kids down the stretch."

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