FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Freddies went into the locker room at halftime in full control of Saturday’s girls basketball game.
By the end of the third quarter, everything had fallen apart.
The Clear Fork Colts outscored the Freddies, 22-1, over a 12-minute stretch to turn famine into fortune and claim a 45-31 victory at Fredericktown High School.
“Third quarter has been our nemesis all year,” said Fredericktown head coach Jim Lester. “We tried to change that. We came out and scored one point. I don’t know what I need to do to fix that, but that needs to be fixed.”
Fredericktown (10-4) led, 25-15, with three minutes to play in the first half. After that, the Freddies missed their next nine shots and turned the ball over eight times before hitting another basket. By that point, the Colts were leading, 41-29, with just 5:02 left to mount any comeback.
No comeback happened.
The Freddies jumped out to a big lead early and gave fans the impression that they would decide it quickly. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Macy Earnest and Katie Ruhl put Fredericktown ahead, 10-4. Later, Ruhl tossed a perfect pass to Emily Williams under the basket. Williams’ score gave the Freddies a 19-11 lead. The lead grew to 10 on another Williams bucket.
Williams finished with a game-high 14 points and 15 rebounds.
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