FREDERICKTOWN — Sometimes, a game comes down to a simple fundamental.
In the case of the game on Saturday, the East Knox girls basketball team hit its free throws when it mattered. The team’s success on the line helped lift it to a 41-30 victory at Fredericktown.
Down the stretch, the Bulldogs hit 12 of 14 free throws late in the game, including a perfect 10 for 10 from the combination of junior Kristen Boyd and senior Maggie Douglas.
Fredericktown, by contrast, hit only 33 percent of its foul shots the entire game. Three times, the Freddies had opportunities for three point plays on foul shots. All three times, they missed.
“You’ve got to be able to put those extra points on the board,” Fredericktown head coach Wes Elifritz said. “We’re still a very inconsistent team right now.”
Initially, it looked like a mismatch in the paint. The Bulldogs were reluctant to challenge the size of the Freddies inside, kicking the ball back out at every opportunity. Fredericktown’s Hope Huvler (6-foot-1) and Emily Williams (5-foot-11) stayed inside and blocked any drives into the lane.