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Billies continue to thrive in league play with 88-60 win

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The Fredonia Hillbillies (13-3, 9-0) got out to a 29-10 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in defeating Maple Grove, 88-60, Monday in CCAA West I boys high school basketball.

For the second time in three games, the Hillbillies came out on fire from beyond the arc as they connected on six 3-pointers in the first quarter.

“We broke press and found the open guy early on,” Fredonia coach Greg Lauer said. “We take a lot of 3-pointers every game. Dylan Meyer and John Piper can hit it. It’s really good for us.”

The first time the two teams met, Fredonia won by just two points.

“We wanted to come out and respond better,” Lauer said. “We did that in the first quarter. They picked it up in second, but we responded and pushed the lead after the third quarter.”

Fredonia pushed the lead to 49-27 at halftime.

In the second half, Maple Grove’s Graham Soffel found his groove as he scored 16 of his team-high 25 points. Meanwhile, Corey Wefing added 17 points for the winners.

“Wefing is a fantastic player,” Lauer said “He keeps going and going. It was a good battle between him and Nick Johnston. Soffel did a nice job getting to the basket.”

Meyer led Fredonia with 25 points and seven rebounds while Cam Voss scored 15 points, pulled down seven rebounds and blocked four shots. Pat Moore and John Piper contributed in the win as they combined for 29 points.

What impressed Lauer the most was how well his team played, even after clinching the division last week.

“I was concerned about a let up,” Lauer said. “The guys realize how big these games are for playoff seeding. We want the No. 1 seed and this is the next step to getting it.”

The Hillbillies return to action Friday at Silver Creek.