FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Freddies took a commanding lead early in their Mid-Buckeye Conference showdown with the Danville Blue Devils on Monday.
The Freddies then held off a late Danville run with some good shooting from the foul line to preserve a 59-46 win in girls basketball action.
The Blue Devils trailed, 47-28, early in the fourth period when they scored three points on each of six straight possessions.
Fredericktown (12-7, 6-7 MBC) countered with aggressive play in the paint, allowing Courtney Jackson to get to the line. Jackson converted 10 out of 10 free-throw opportunities in the fourth (13-for-13 for the game) to keep the Freddies ahead of the pace.
“That really took the pressure off,” said Fredericktown head coach Wes Elifritz. “We tried to get the ball inside all year, and Courtney has just blossomed as an offensive threat this year as someone who can beat her man off the dribble, go in and make the play.”
Fredericktown’s Lyndsay Briegel had a career-high eight assists, including three in the critical final period.
“I knew they would be on me, because I’ve played with them for four years, and they’ve played with me for four years,” said Briegel. “They were up tight, so I drove around them and passed to my open teammates.
“I love doing that. I love passing the ball. For me, I feel selfish whenever I score, so I like letting other people score.”
“She has come so far with her court vision,” said Elifritz. “She knows not to put everything on her shoulders. She trusts her teammates. She builds them up as well as any captain I’ve ever had.”