Swanson scores career-high 40 as Barrington topples Fremd
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."
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."