FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Freddies survived an early assault of outside shooting, but found their tempo in the second half, to defeat the visiting Northmor Knights, 56-53, in non-league action on Wednesday.
The Knights bombed the Freddies from the outside, landing five 3-pointers in the first half. The Knights grabbed an early 11-2 lead and looked like they might run away with a win.
“Northmor can get a lead really quick the way they play and the way their shooters can shoot those 3s,” said Fredericktown coach Mark DeLaney. “We got a little frustrated when they were making those shots. There was a sense of urgency that we did not have.”
Soon, however, Ryan Logan (26 points, eight rebounds) started to find the range, getting things going for the Freddies with a bucket off a steal by teammate Michael Miller. Logan landed another shot, at the end of the first period, and another to start the second, tying the score at 13. From that point, onward, it was a dogfight.
Northmor’s Taylor Butler converted on his own steal. The ensuing foul shot put the Knights on top, 26-20, with 2 1/2 minutes left in the half. Fredericktown freshman Austin Hathaway hit a 3-pointer to bring the Freddies to within three again. Hathaway made his true presence felt on defense, grabbing some key rebounds and loose balls in the backcourt.