FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Freddies won an upset victory against the Centerburg Trojans on Friday night, 54-44.
The Trojans came into the game riding a nine-game winning streak, including six victories in the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference. But, the Freddies used a balanced attack, with four players in double figures to knock off the league leaders.
“You have to give Fredericktown credit,” said Centerburg coach Skyler Brusco. “I thought they played really hard. I thought they beat us on the offensive glass. I thought that hurt us. We missed some shots and I didn’t think that we played like we normally play tonight.”
Defense played a key part in the Freddies’ upset, as they held the normally offensive minded Trojans (9-2 overall, 6-1 KMAC) to just 44 points.
The teams traded blows in the first quarter, each scoring 11. The Freddies (5-5, 3-3) then stymied Centerburg’s offense the next two quarters, holding it to just nine points per quarter.
“I’m really proud of the guys and their resilience,” said Fredericktown coach Derek Dibling. “They were able to execute, score, play together, and they played with a lot of heart and pride tonight. It’s a rivalry game and those guys are amped all week. We had a good week of practice coming in. I’m proud of the way they executed and did it together. For this game we put emphasis on defense especially.”
That defensive effort helped Fredericktown take an eight-point lead into the final frame.
The Trojans also thought that they could have handled the ball a bit differently in order to give themselves a better chance to win the game in the fourth quarter.
“We always try to get the ball inside. That’s where we want to live. I thought that we didn’t do that tonight. We have to own that and we have to get better for that. We also have to understand where our identity is and get back to that,” Brusco said.
Any chance the Trojans had of mounting a comeback ended at the Fredericktown free-throw line. The Freddies sank 8 of 10 attempts from the charity stripe to stretch the final lead to 10 points.
Terry Fearn led the Freddies with 17 points. Ty Hatfield checked in with 12 points, while Lincoln Cunningham and Caleb Sheriff both added 10 points.
Centerburg was led by Carter Jones’ 16 points, Hayden Hankinson came with 11 points, while Mick Mead had 6.
Fredericktown returns to KMAC action tonight, traveling to East Knox at 6 p.m. Centerburg’s next contest is Tuesday when the Trojans host Pleasant at 6 p.m.
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