UTICA — The Utica Redskin girls’ basketball team certainly displayed their dominance against the Fredericktown girls (2-5) in a non-conference game on Wednesday night. The Redskin girls won the game 52 to 32.
Utica (5-2) outscored the Freddies 27-15 in the first half and 25-17 in the second half. The Freddies were never quite able to make any sort of comeback against a Utica team that played a very consistent game on both sides of the ball.
The Redskins had a specific style of defense that they implemented that worked really well for them. There were also some key players who really stepped things up and helped the team win the game.
“We played more zone than we normally do tonight,” said Utica head coach Terry Logue. “We went into zone and tried to contest their outside shots. We were hot there for awhile. I think Scarlett Elliott had a great game rebounding tonight. We played some good defense. Emily Londot scored well for us. We looked for each other tonight in passing the ball, which was a big thing when the other team was in the zone too. We were able to get some shots and get the ball inside. Those were the keys to tonight’s game. Our team did a great job tonight. We accomplished our goal, which was to win the game.”
Even the opposing team’s coach could not deny how much talent and athletic ability Londot brought to the court against the Freddies.
“Obviously Londot is just a phenomenal player,” said Fredericktown head coach Timothy Maceyko. “Her height was hard for us to handle. I thought we had a decent game plan. There were moments where we did well. I thought Olivia Mast shot the ball well for us. Summer Weller did well for us early. I thought as a team we started moving the ball better. I told the girls in the locker room that I was actually not upset even though we lost. We were there, we just couldn’t quite close that gap in terms of the score. So, I think that was a positive for us. Our team is going to continue to work hard.”
Many of Londot’s game-high 24 points came off of rebounds. Teammate Taylor Heckman had nine points, and Shawna Blake scored seven points. Sydney Hoover made a pair of 3-pointers for six points. Utica made 20 shots overall, with five treys.
Seven of the Freddies’ 11 field goals were from behind the arc. Mast made four threes in tallying 14 points, and Weller sank three in also reaching double digits with 11 points.
The Utica girls will host Watkins Memorial on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Fredericktown will be on the road for a KMAC game against Northmor on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
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