Thomas Hinkle scored 15 points, all in the second half, to lead the Fredericktown High School boys basketball team past Northridge 44-27 on Tuesday in the opening round of the Division III district tournament at Mount Vernon.

Thomas Hinkle scored 15 points, all in the second half, to lead the Fredericktown High School boys basketball team past Northridge 44-27 on Tuesday in the opening round of the Division III district tournament at Mount Vernon.

The Freddies improved to 9-12 and advanced to play Heath at 8 p.m. Friday at Gahanna. Northridge finished the season at 8-13.

The Vikings led 9-6 after one period, but shot 2-for-9 from the floor in both the second and third periods as Fredericktown built a 32-18 lead. Northridge had a stretch of 7 minutes, 38 seconds running in the middle quarters during which it did not score a point.

"We got behind and went to a 1-3-1 zone and Hinkle was able to get the ball down low," Northridge coach John Wheeler said. "He scored 29 points (last Saturday) against Cardington and we came in wanting to keep the ball out of his hands. He didn't score in the first half, but they did a good job of getting it through our zone in the second half."

The teams split when they played during the regular season in the MBC. The Freddies won 38-31 on Dec. 12 and Northridge won 43-39 on Jan. 23.

"This was the third time we had played them this season, so we knew them and they knew us," Fredericktown coach Kirk Manns said. "They took away a lot of what we wanted to do in the first half and we showed a lot more patience in the second half to work the ball inside."

Curtis Ruhl added 11 points for the Freddies, who shot 18 of 32 (56.3 percent) from the floor. Andrew Newell added nine points.

Derek Hull led the Vikings with seven points as Northridge was 11 of 42 shooting (26.2 percent). The Vikings were missing 6-foot-2 post player Brett VanDervort (strep throat) and guard Justin Dague (knee injury).