FREDERICKTOWN — Rust? What rust?
Because the football team advanced quite a distance into the state playoffs, the Fredericktown boys basketball team started its season a couple of weeks behind everyone else. So, in Friday’s opener, it was understandable if the Freddies were a bit concerned how things would go.
It took just a couple of minutes before everyone realized there was no reason for concern.
The Freddies used a smothering defense to kick-start its offense and roll to a 65-26 Mid-Buckeye Conference victory over visiting Danville on Friday.
“I’m real pleased and real proud of the kids,” said Fredericktown coach Kirk Manns. “We’ve had limited practice time and a limited time to learn each other. We were fortunate to get off to a good start and we were able to sustain it tonight.
“I think we made some good defensive plays early on. We got some good runouts because of it and we got some easy baskets in transition. Once we were able to score in transition a few times, everything else just got a little easier offensively.”
“They’ve got athletes. We do too, but when a coach has been here as long as he (Kirk Manns) has, he develops a program. Kirk definitely has his program in place. Hopefully, after 12 years here, we’ll have the same opportunity,” said Danville coach Doug Selvey. “They are very well disciplined and they execute. They defend extremely well; jump to the ball very well; knock down cutters very well.”