CENTERBURG — The Fredericktown girls basketball team is finding ways to win — even when the roster is missing someone who is arguably their best player. The visiting Freddies were led by senior Haylee Hulse, who stepped up to knock down 11 points, lifting her team to a 55-41 win over Centerburg in KMAC action on Wednesday.
Hulse, a senior, is just one of the players who is picking up the slack for injured fellow senior Olivia Mast.
“I can see other girls stepping up,” said Fredericktown coach Tim Maceyko. “Haylee came alive and shot the heck out of the ball. Summer Weller was shooting the ball really well from the outside and I said that we have to have another shooter. Haylee has been working hard and tonight, it paid off. She had some confidence out there and it showed.”
With the Freddies (8-11, 3-10) on top 15-11 early in the second quarter, Fredericktown’s Grace Sipes hit Weller with a pass underneath. Weller scored and then, Sipes hit a free throw, followed by a Weller 3-pointer, giving the Freddies a 21-11 advantage. Weller landed a pair of 3-pointers in the game. Hulse made three 3-pointers, including one that kept her team on top at the half, 28-20.
“We came into this game, really excited and we really just wanted to give it our all,” Hulse said. “Confidence was the key for us and we all played really well together and I had a lot of fun.”
Hulse’s final 3-pointer came about halfway through the game’s final quarter and stretched the Freddies’ lead into a a commanding 23 points, 55-32.
The Freddies are getting contributions from the inside as well.
“The post play with Jacklyn Nussbaum (nine points, seven rebounds, four assists) and Gabby Daniels (10 points) inside have been much stronger,” Maceyko said. “They did a phenomenal job and really proud of them, tonight.”
“We’re in the same boat this year that they were last year.” said Centerburg coach Bo Glenn. “Our schedule is absolutely brutal.”
Grace Mulpas had nine points for Centerburg and so did teammate Chloe Goulter. Amelia Smith added seven more for the Trojans (1-18, 0-14).
Earlier in the evening, the Centerburg jayvee team edged the Freddies, 12-10, in a game that was only scheduled two quarters.
The Trojans will travel to Grandview Heights for a non-league match on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Freddies will host Delaware Christian – also a non-league clash — on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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