SPARTA — The Highland Scots boys basketball team defeated the Fredericktown Freddies, 38-31, in a battle between two very tired teams on Thursday.
The Freddies were playing their fourth game in seven days. The Scots were playing for the second straight night. So they can be excused if they appeared gassed throughout Thursday’s game.
“You could say (we’re fatigued),” Fredericktown head coach Kirk Manns said, “but at the same time, we don’t make excuses.”
The game was filled with poor shooting and sudden spurts of energy. Throughout the night, both teams struggled to score during play and on the free-throw line. What either team needed, was someone to step up and hit the shots when it mattered most.
That role was filled by Highland’s Matt Stooksbury.
The senior Scot scored nine points in the fourth period, including going 5-for-6 from the free-throw line, and gathered an incredible eight rebounds.
By the end of the night, Stooksbury had racked up a double-double –– 12 points, 10 boards.
“We ran an out-of-bounds play which got Stooksbury an easy look,” Highland head coach Mike Hoyng said. “We got an easy bucket out of it. That gave us some momentum going into that last stretch.”