FREDERICKTOWN — On paper, the Fredericktown Freddies and Danville Blue Devils match up well.
Get them on a court, and Fredericktown’s size and experience takes over.
The Freddies garnered 17 offensive rebounds and turned many of them into second-chance points, defeating the Blue Devils, 52-34, in Thursday’s key Mid-Buckeye Conference game.
“We definitely caught some breaks tonight, especially on those loose balls,” said Fredericktown head coach Wes Elifritz. “Our goal is always to get many chances. If we miss that initial shot, we get in there.”
Both teams have similar strengths — an offense centered around two solid post players and a persistent man-on-man defense — but it was the Freddies who had their way for most of Thursday’s contest. Emily Williams hit 11 baskets — matching Danville’s total as a team — to total 22 points and 10 rebounds. Hope Huvler chipped in nine points and seven boards.
“Emily has come so far as far as using her body and winning position,” said Elifritz. “She once didn’t like a whole lot of contact. Now, when she has the ball and someone’s on her, she’ll turn and score. And she and Hope have a nose for the offensive glass.”
Danville’s Madison Banbury managed a team-high 14 points in response, but the Freddies (10-2, 4-2 MBC) became too strong in the paint, allowing Banbury just one rebound in the second half.
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