RICHMOND - The effort was there but the execution wasn't, and the result was a Frankfort High loss in the 11th Region boys basketball tournament Wednesday at EKU's McBrayer Arena.
The Panthers (21-10) lost to West Jessamine 57-55 in the final game of the tournament's first round. WJHS will play Madison Central, a 60-42 winner over Lafayette Wednesday, in the semifinals Friday.
"We didn't execute," FHS coach Scott Chalk said. "We didn't do what we talked about doing. We had a tremendous effort in the second half, but our lack of execution betrayed us several times."
Frankfort, after shooting 29 percent and turning the ball over 11 times, trailed 29-21 at halftime.
But the Panthers came out in the third quarter and outscored West Jessamine 10-2 to tie the game at 31-all. The Colts' only points during that stretch came on two free throws by Scott Tarvin, and their first field goal of the third quarter came on a layup by Tarvin with 2:49 remaining.
By the end of the period the Colts led 40-39, but Will Current gave FHS its first lead of the second half on a layup off a steal just 50 seconds into the fourth quarter, putting Frankfort up 41-40.
West Jessamine came back with a free throw by Cameron Jackson and a layup by Daniel Thompson off a steal for a 43-41 WJHS lead.
The Colts kept the lead for the rest of the game, but Frankfort stayed close.
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