FIRTH â€” Behind a 30 point night from senior guard Mitch Orme the Firth Cougars picked up a regular season split with Nuclear Conference rival North Fremont with a 72-52 victory on Friday evening.
Following a pre game ceremony honoring the five seniors on the squad, Braden Boyer, Luis Avila, Kent Jolley, Quinn Alvey and the aforementioned Mitch Orme exploded out of the gates as they outscored the visiting Huskies 31-11 in the first quarter.
"That's how we wanted to start. That's how we wanted to play in the second, third and fourth quarters and that's how we wanted to finish it," Firth head coach Scott Adams said. "Human nature is when you get up big early like that you kind of have a let down a little bit. Like I told them we didn't have a lot of long shots from the outside. We can't say that we were on fire. We just played the way that we expect to play and executed."
Key to the opening frame was the full court pressure defense that the Cougars employed as they forced turn over after turnover. Orme was the main cog in the onslaught as the lightening quick guard had 4 steals and 17 points in the opening frame of play.
"Mitch is a great leader for us and game plan wise we wanted to attack them," Coach Adams said. "I don't think that there is anyone out there that does a better job of attacking the rim than Mitch does. We try to put him in positions where he can do that with press and traps and then put him in places on the floor where he can move and get into those passing lanes and he was able to get quite a few steals right off the bat and that helped us get started right."
Also factoring into the big win was a very efficient 7 of 13 night from behind the arc. Braydon Adams was the ring leader from deep as the sophomore dialed long distance on three different occasions for 9 of his 13 point night.
Jordan Chapman knocked down 2 as the junior tallied 8 points in the winning effort.
Up big the Cougars played steady for the remainder of the contest as they withstood a third quarter run by the Huskies which eventually closed the game to within 11 points.
"It was a good win," Coach Adams said. "We let North Fremont go on a run and making our free throws and some of the easy baskets we missed would have stopped that a little bit earlier but you can be perfect I guess. I'd like to be."
A strong finish down the stretch pushed the lead back out to 20 however as Firth avenged their only conference loss on the season with the regular season closing victory.
Firth (13-7, 7-1) will open the 2A Nuclear Conference Tournament on Tuesday night when they square off with Ririe at 6 p.m. The entire tournament will be held at South Fremont High School in St. Anthony.
FIRTH 72, NORTH FREMONT 52
North Fremont 11 14 14 13 - 52
Firth 31 12 12 17 - 72
North Fremont (52) - Tyler Hess 12, Caden Hyde 3, Nate Toenjes 4, Tagg Jeppesen 14, Taylor Hansen 3, Josh Smith 6, Dalton Leatham 10. FG: 15. FT: 16-26. 3-pointers: 4-14 (Dalton Leatham 3, Taylor Hansen 1). Fouls: 17. Fouled out: (Caden Hyde).
Firth (72) - Braden Boyer 4, Jordan Chapman 8, Luis Avila 9, Kent Jolley 5, Braydon Adams 13, Quinn Alvey 1, Dallan Bingham 2, Mitch Orme 30. FG: 25. FT: 13-20. 3-pointers: 7-13 (Jordan Chapman 2, Kent Jolley 1, Mitch Orme 1, Braydon Adams 3). Fouls: 21. Fouled out: none.