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Fredericktown’s Emily Williams (35) and Amber Riley (33) and Highland’s Addie Franklin (20) reach for a rebound in the second quarter of Thursday’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. Highland’s Nicole Carter (21) looks on.
Fredericktown’s Emily Williams (35) and Amber Riley (33) and Highland’s Addie Franklin (20) reach for a rebound in the second quarter of Thursday’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game. Highland’s Nicole Carter (21) looks on. (Photo by Bill Davis) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
January 17, 2014 11:56 am EST

 

SPARTA — It hasn’t translated to wins, but no one outworks the Highland Scots.

The girls basketball team hosted Fredericktown, one of the top teams in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference on Thursday. The Freddies won, 46-16, but they had to fight for every point.

Even Fredericktown head coach Tim Lester had to concede that point.

“Highland’s kids compete,” said Lester. “You don’t want to take a step back, because they can play. They’re getting there. And they’re coached well. Those kids play extremely hard.”

Fredericktown’s Emily Williams added another double-double to her career with 20 points and 13 rebounds. She sat for most of the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.

Katie Ruhl had 13 points for the Freddies. Macy Earnest finished with nine points, three assists and six steals.

Once they had established a 13-2 lead late in the first, Fredericktown (10-3, 7-1 MOAC) struggled to score for a nearly seven-minute stretch before launching a 15-4 run before the break.

“To be honest, I think we’ve kind of crescendoed,” said Lester. “We’re trying to work to go forward and not stay at that plateau where we are. ... It just looked like we weren’t focused. We just didn’t have enough energy and effort.”

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