BENSON - Practice makes perfect became a literal adage on Dec. 18 for Benson junior Abby Fragodt.
The 5-11 forward went 14-for-14 at the free-throw line against Minnewaska Area in a West Central South Conference girls basketball game and became only the 14th girl all-time in Minnesota girls basketball to finish a game 100 percent from the line with a minimum of 14 attempts.
Fragodt had only four points in the first half as Benson led the Lakers 25-13 at Glenwood. But she camped out at the charity stripe in the second half, cashing all 12 of her free-throw attempts. Officially, she didn't have a shot attempt from the field in the second half against the Lakers. She was fouled on all five of the shots she did take from the floor and also made both free throws on a one-and-one.
"I really felt in a rhythm that night," she said recently. "I didn't know how many I had made until the next day when my coach told me."
Fragodt finished with 16 points, 16 rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists.
The all-time girls Minnesota record is 18 free throws without a miss in a game, set by three players. Fragodt is tied with three others for 10th place with her 14-for-14 performance.
"I've stayed after practice this year to work on my free-throw shooting," said the soft-spoken Fragodt. "A friend and I stay until we make ten in a row. Sometimes it take a long time."
For the season, Fragodt has made 86 percent of her free throws (31 of 36). The four-year starter is shooting 66 percent from the line in her career. She is averaging 13.7 points and 14 rebounds per game this season for the Braves (4-4).
"Abby works hard at the things she needs to," said Benson coach Mark Grussing. "And when she does well, she is very humble. A great kid to have on the team."
Fragodt also broke the Benson record, boys or girls, for free throws made in a game without a miss. The former record was held by Curt Butala with 13 in the 1970-71 season.
The next night after her 14-for-14 performance, Fragodt made 9-of-10 free throws against Wheaton.
She had missed her last free throw against Lac qui Parle Valley before the Minnewaska game and then made her first five against Wheaton, giving her 19 straight without a miss.
"The most I've ever made in a row in practice was 15," she said.
Fragodt made 17 free throws in a varsity game as an eighth-grader, but did miss twice in that game against Ortonville and finished with 25 points.