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Some positives in loss for Panthers

Published 9:51 am Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Frankfort High Panthers fell 72-38 to Covington Holy Cross at F.D. Wilkinson Gymnasium Wednesday night.

It wasnt the final score Frankfort High coach Matthew Yates wanted to see, but he said his teams effort kept him positive.

I thought we played hard, Yates said. I just think our youth allows for too many plays to happen that we dont see ahead of time. We cant anticipate what is going on. We havent played enough varsity ball yet. I dont have any concerns about effort. Our kids are trying to do what we ask. Im going to stay positive and keep working.

Frankfort High (7-13) led only once in the game after sophomore Jalen Washington stole the ball and took it to the basket for a layup and the 4-3 lead with 4:58 left in the first quarter.

The Indians (11-8) quickly were back on top with a 2-pointer by senior Christian McClendon. Holy Cross scored the next five points and ended the quarter with an 18-7 lead.

Holy Cross outscored the Panthers 16-10 in the second quarter and 16-8 in the third. Entering the last period, the Indians stretched their lead to 30 points and went on to win by 34.

Senior Antonio Campbell led both teams in scoring with 18 points, while teammate freshman Markel McClendon had 14.

Yates said Campbell was a player the Panthers couldnt match up with, which led to their defeat.

He is a big time Division I ball player, Yates said of the 6-foot-9 center. We couldnt match up with him size wise and he was very skilled in passing and shooting and stepping outside. He could do every facet of the game well.

We just tried our hardest. Chris Hawkins did a good job trying to be physical with him, but it was a tough matchup for us.

Washington and Teantre McGee led the Panthers with 11 points each.

Next, Frankfort High plays 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Woodford County.

COV. HOLY CROSS (72) Tyler Bezold 3, Antonio Campbell 18, Nate Cox 4, Travis Gabbard 8, Will Knochelmann 3, Christian McClendon 6. Markel McClendon 14, Burt Pouncy 5, Jared Seibert 3, Nick Thiel 3, Blake Tiberi 5.

FRANKFORT (38) Trevon Washington 4, Teantre McGee 11, Daavon Bates 4, Jeffrey Quire 4, Jalen Washington 11, Anthony Robinson 4.

Emily Patton: (502) 227-4556 EXT 264. Email: epatton@state-journal.com. Twitter: @pemily