DANVILLE — The Danville Blue Devils girls basketball team racked up 39 points in the first half to lead Fredericktown by 19 at intermission, and the home team ended up lighting up the scoreboard for 72 points in a 72-47 win over the Freddies Monday.
“Last game, we came out flat so it was important,” Danville coach Matt Proper said. “We just challenged them to win the first quarter. The bench was excited. Everybody was excited. It was good to see and everyone was flying around. In basketball, really the battle is hustle plays and I felt we did that for the whole first half, not just the first quarter.”
It was a healthy dose of CeCe Newbold and Ally Bower in the first quarter for the Blue Devils. Newbold notched eight points in the quarter and Bower tacked on another six. Danville amassed 20 points in the first, compared to only seven from the Freddies, who had five from Jacklyn Nussbaum.
The Blue Devils continued their hot streak in the second quarter with six players all notching at least two points in the quarter, and Newbold’s six points led the team to 19 points. Nussbaum had another six points, but Fredericktown was bested 19-13 in the second quarter to head into the locker room with the score at 39-20.
“Danville does a good job playing full-court, aggressive, in your face man-to-man,” Fredericktown coach Tim Maceyko said. “They were overplaying a lot of things and we weren’t countering.”
Danville did not have a letdown in the third quarter, with five players scoring and racking up 16 in the period, with Erin Mickley getting in on the scoring with five points. The Freddies were limited to their lowest quarter, notching only six points to head into the final quarter behind 55-26.
Fredericktown got to the line early and often in the fourth quarter on its way to 21 points in the fourth. The Freddies went 11 of 18 in the period, with Sophie Lester notching 10 points in the final frame. Danville still put up 17 points from six different scorers to close out the contest. Seven of Danville’s points in the fourth came from the stripe in a game that saw 45 total fouls.
Newbold had a standout game with a double-double, recording 22 points and 11 rebounds.
“Diving after basketballs, being physical in the post. She had a good all-around game,” Proper said. “A physical all-around game, which is kind of what we want out of Danville basketball players and she rose up and gave that to us tonight.”
Bobbi Berger scored in all four quarters for the Blue Devils, racking up 15 points and four boards. She also led the team with five assists and three steals. Before Bower left the game due to injury in the third, she notched 10 points, three rebounds, a dime and a block. Brooklyn Hess had eight points, four rebounds, three assists and a block, while Mickley had seven points. Alenah Boeshart, Hannah Duncan and Amelia Baldridge combined for the remaining 10 points.
Lester paced the Freddies with 17 points, which she paired with five boards and two steals. Nussbaum was not far off, finishing the night with 15 points and a team-high seven grabs off the glass.
“Jacklyn Nussbaum played well last game at East Knox and then tonight,” Maceyko said. “She’s hitting the boards harder and I think she’s finding her groove a little bit here towards the end of the season.”
Tayler Overholt had six points, all in the fourth quarter, while Summer Weller had all four of her points come in the third. Olivia Mast and Gabby Daniels combined for the final five points.
The Freddies dropped to 0-14 on the year with a 0-11 record in the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference. Fredericktown’s next chance at garnering a win is Saturday at home against Fredericktown, starting with JV action at 1 p.m. Danville moved its mark to 7-9 and 6-5 in the league. The Blue Devils return to action for a varsity only match Wednesday at home against KIPP Columbus, tipping off at 6 p.m.
“Just tie up loose ends,” Proper said of his team’s mindset moving forward. “We’ll examine what we need to get better at and try to implement those skills in practice. That’s really all you can do at this point.”