PERKINS As the old saying goes, records are made to be broken. But at this pace, Vanessa Freberg is going to shatter the Superior Central girls' all-time scoring record by the time she's done.
Freberg led her Cougars team to a flawless 13-0 on the season Monday night as they defeated the Mid Peninsula Wolverines 57-32, and broke Jennifer Verbrigghe's scoring record of 852 points in the process. However, Freberg came into the game the same way she would any other; playing as a team comes first, and records are more of an afterthought.
"I had an idea that I was close, but I wasn't sure how close," she said. "I just want our whole team to be good."
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Superior Central’s Vanessa Freberg goes up for a third quarter layup attempt as Hunter Branstrom of Mid Peninsula defends Monday night at Perkins. Freberg broke the girls career scoring record previously held by Jennifer Verbrigghe in Superior Central’s 57-32 victory.
Freberg needed 14 points coming into Monday night's game to break the record. She racked up 12 points in the first half, so all she needed was one bucket in the second half to break it.
Ironically, she found the ball in her hands during one of the first plays in the third quarter, and she was underneath the basket. But rather than pull up and shoot, she found an open teammate who hit a jump shot.
"That's how she is; she's unselfish," said Cougars coach Greg Trowbridge. "She makes things happen for my guards. When we're pressing, she gets the steals. She does a very good job."
Superior Central 17 13 8 19 57
Mid Peninsula 5 7 10 10 32
Superior Central: Pasanen 15, Barrows 5, Coleman 4, Richmond 6, Freberg 14, Tyner 11, Trowbridge 2; FT: 9-13; F: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Pasanen, Richmond, Freberg, Tyner.
Mid Peninsula: Westlund 7, Shope 6, Nummilien 5, Lancour 4, Kayser 2, Branstrom 8; FT: 9-14; F: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Westlund, Shope 2.
Although the record is a big deal for the team and the school, Trowbridge didn't seem overly surprised that Freberg was able to accomplish it.
"She's a pretty special ball player," he said. "She's been a hard worker since I got her in the gym around eighth grade. You could see what she was going to accomplish. Her work ethic, what she's willing to do."
Just a few minutes into the third quarter, Freberg was fouled on a shot and went to the line. She would make both of her free throws, and become an all-time girls scoring leader in the process.
Teslyn Tyner, one of Freberg's teammates, got a huge smile on her face and came over to give her a high-five as the achievement was announced to the crowd.
"I'm just really proud of her," Tyner said. "I'm glad to be her friend."
In regards to breaking the record, Freberg still thought about her team. She said, "It feels good. It hasn't really clicked yet, I but it makes me feel productive."
She was very productive to her team Monday, finishing with a double-double. She had 10 rebounds to go along with her 14 points.
The Cougars (13-0) began the game with a 10-0 run, and maintained a comfortable advantage for the entire contest. The Wolverines (4-7) played well overall, but Superior Central's ball movement led to easy opportunities and their full court press got to Mid Pen early and often.
"We played a lot better than the first time we met them," said Wolverines coach Ryan Lyle. "We played as a team this time, and we were a little more aggressive. But they're a good team, there's no doubt about it. They forced us into a lot of bad situations, and we fell prey to that. But we fought back, and I'm proud of my girls."
Lyle added that it is an impressive feat for Freberg, a junior, to do everything she has in her high school career.
"She's a heck of a player," he said. "It's impressive, and she's very talented. She scores well, and she's a great all-around player.
Mid Pen's jayvees won 29-15. Both teams resume Thursday; Mid Pen is at Bark River-Harris, while Superior Central hosts North Central.