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2018 Fremont GBB Team
2017-18 California School for the Deaf, Fremont Girls Basketball
(Photo courtesy of CSD Athletics)

The 2017-18 California School for the Deaf, Fremont Eagles Girls Basketball team had a successful record-setting season to remember. The team finished with a 24-8 record, breaking the old school record of 21 wins set by the 2013-14 and 2015-16 teams.

Highlights of the season: 15th place in the Nike Central Valley Showdown in Fresno while facing Division 1 & 2 level competition, winning the 2nd annual CSD Classic Basketball Tournament Championship, defeating CSD Riverside 47-24 at the annual Battle of California game, placing 4th place at Clerc Classic in Washington D.C., winning the Bay Counties League Regular Season and Playoff Championships, Final Four in the North Coast Section Division VI Playoffs and First Round of NorCal State Playoffs. One of the greatest game this season was at Holy Names, where we were down 35-15 at halftime and won 66-64 with a 22-point comeback!

Senior Hannah Wetzel broke a 17-year old school record for most Assists in a season held by Nicole Lanning ('01) who had 77 assists. Wetzel now holds the school record with 117 Assists. (Contributed by Head Coach Joshua Weinstock)

Season Statistics Leaders
Points - Malia Zornoza, 417
Rebounds - Malia Zornoza, 210
Assists - Hannah Wetzel, 117
Blocks - Jade Dawson, 24
Steals - Esther Biser, 120

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

fremontRedding Christian 44 Fremont 39 - OT - NorCal Division 6 Quarterfinals

It was another long three and half hour drive from CSD to lovely Palo Cedro where we could see the snowcapped mountains of Shasta-Trinity and Lassen, only in California! We were the #7 seed traveling to play #2 Redding Christian who was the runner-up in the North Section which is one of the three sections that make up the NorCal (North Coast Section, North Section and San-Joaquin Section).

We were not afraid of their #2 seed status and started the game well with our defensive pressure and surprised them by grabbing the early 7-2 lead before they regained their composure and tied it up at 7.

After the timeout, our team went on a 8-0 run to lead 15-7 before they put together a small 4-0 run to make the score 15-11 with 4:15 remaining in the second quarter.

From that point, we did not allow another score in the quarter as we entered halftime feeling great with a 22-11 lead.

The third quarter was a ugly quarter with a bunch of turnovers and missed free throws from both teams. Two of our players picked up their fourth fouls in the quarter. We were tied 4-4 making the score 26-15 before Redding Christian went on a 4-0 run in the last 1:08 to make it 26-19 entering the fourth quarter.

We opened the quarter with a basket then the Lions caught fire on a 8-0 run to cut our lead into one point at 29-28. Our first player fouled out and they had the opportunity to tie it up at 30-30 with 4:09 remaining in the fourth quarter. Redding Christian finally got their first lead of the game 32-30 with 3:35 to go.

At 2:18, our second player fouled out with 2:18 on the clock and their free throw made it 33-31 which put us in a difficult position with only six eligible players remaining for the game.

Later on, we fouled them with six seconds left in the game and they made 1 out of 2 to make the score 35-33 in their favor. We had time to draw up one full-court game to tie it up, and the players executed it to perfection as Malia Zornoza made the shot to send the game into overtime at 35 for four more minutes of basketball!

The overtime did not start well as our third player fouled out with 3:08 remaining, and just like that, we ran out of bench players. They made a free throw and we responded with a basket to make it 38-37 with 2:40 left then we traded two straight baskets with 1:41 to go.

Our fourth player fouled out at 1:11 and that was the beginning of the end for our team as we had to play with four on the floor up 39-38. Redding Christian took advantage of that, and went on a 6-0 run to finish the game as we were outnumbered on both offense and defense.

It was a disappointing finish to the game because we knew that we beat ourselves as we were the better team that night. 29 turnovers, silly fouls and missed free throws ruined our chances to pull off the upset. #2 Redding Christian will play #6 Laytonville, the team that beat us in the North Coast Section Semifinals. We would have liked to play them again.

However, the team is still proud to make school history for most wins in a season ending with a 24-8 record. We will miss our lone Senior player Hannah Wetzel and Senior manager Melissa Potapova.

Overall, CSD had 39 points on 35% shooting, 32 rebounds, 10 assists, and 11 steals. (Contributed by Head Coach Joshua Weinstock)

CSD 11-11-4--9-4 = 39
RCS   7--4-8-16-9 = 44

Halftime - Fremont led 22-10.

Top Players
Jada Dawson: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
Malia Zornoza: 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Jade Dawson: 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals
Hannah Wetzel: 8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist

CIF NorCal Division 6 State Basketball Bracket