The good news for Frederick Fraize High School’s Lady Aces is that Jan 6 would be the last time they have to face the high-powered offense of the Meade County High School’s Ladywave basketball team this season. For the Fredrick Fraize to actually put a varsity squad on the floor to compete is a challenge in itself due to only having about 125 total students in the high school to choose from, which means that their team competes mostly comprised of underclassmen with seventh and eighth graders mixed in. The one thing that is traditional with this group of young ladies is their grit, determination, attitude and especially their heart. In the face of overwhelming talent against them, they never lose their passion for playing, no matter what the score, and in this game was another good example of their sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game. Even when it became obvious that Meade was an overwhelming opponent that they knew they had now-way of stopping, they played hard throughout the entire game, never getting down, with an obvious love for the game. Meade jumped out in the first half to a 31-point lead by the half and would cruise to an easy win over the Lady Aces by a score of 85-21.
But the real story of this game began to take shape in the first period of the game as senior Kendall Wingler found her marks and began to knock down three-pointers one right after another. Wingler finished the first half of the game with seven three-pointers. The Meade County High School record for the most three-pointers in a single game was set by Josh Durbin back on Jan 29, 2016 in a home game against rival Breck County. With an entire second half left in the game, and the way Wingler was shooting there was a good chance that record was going to go down, and Wingler would once again add her name to Meade’s record book.
“Kendall is a great kid that puts in a lot of extra time working on her game. She practices with us here every day, then goes out on her own afterwards and works on things that she knows that need extra work. So, this was a great night for her, she shot a high percentage to achieve those shots,” Head Coach Dina Hackert said of her senior player, “To have her come out tonight and do this during her senior year, with only a few games left in the season, is very special for her. It’s always great to see a player reach those goals they set for them selves and set records that are going to take some time to be broken is a great achievement for her.”
After the half it Wingler would tie Durbin’s record in the third period by hitting three more three-pointers, then at the beginning of the fourth she hit her 11th Three -point shot from the corner in front of the MCHS Student section to set the new record for MCHS. After the shot Hackert had to call a timeout as her bench unloaded on to the court to congratulate Wingler on her accomplishment.
“Once I hit that three, and saw the bench erupt, I was like this is a really special moment that I get to share with my team,” Wingler said after hitting her 11th three-pointer of the game. Wingler’s name will be placed alongside other Ladywaves began these records, Names like Dina Hackert, Romana Johnston, and Morgan Turner, but there are still goals that she wants to accomplish before she graduates.
“Since I’ve been here, we haven’t won a district championship, so that’s our next focus, and I think this year we are playing well enough to do so. So that is another goal I would like to have, I also believe that we are able to play really well at Regionals. Of course, I would like for us to win that, and go on to play at State.”
Box Score 1 2 3 4 F
Fredrick Fraize 5 10 2 4 21
Meade County 32 19 21 13 85