Frankfort High's boys basketball team has lost its first two games in two different ways.
On Tuesday the Panthers fell just short against Lafayette, losing 63-62 in the final minute of the game. On Friday FHS lost to Jackson County 78-70 at F.D. Wilkinson gym in a game that was the home opener for Frankfort and the season opener for the Generals.
"This group of guys has the ability to dictate what the game will be like," FHS coach Deron Norman said. "The other night against Lafayette we did that. You'd be hard pressed to find a better team in the state than Lafayette. They're big, athletic, but we set the tone.
"Tonight we come out and we're down 23-14," he added. "It's a situation where we have to play a certain way, due to our size, and we just didn't do it. We battled back and took the lead, but then we weren't smart with the basketball. We lost a little momentum quick, and then we couldn't pick it back up."
The Generals came out Friday night and took control of the game early, jumping out to a 15-3 lead midway through the first quarter. Jackson led 23-14 when the period ended.
Frankfort scored the first five points of the second quarter on a layup by Matt Anderson and a three-pointer by Tory Robertson, pulling within four points at 23-19.
Jackson went out in front 28-21 with 5:06 left in the period, but FHS tied the game on another three-pointer by Robertson and layups by Aaron Dunaway and Joe Hyatt. JCHS was ahead 34-30 with 56 seconds left in the half, but Hyatt hit a layup at the buzzer off an assist from Will Current, making the score 34-32 at halftime.
"I watched Frankfort play Lafayette Tuesday night, and I was really impressed with the pressure they put on people," Jackson County coach Keith Hays said. "They can take you off the dribble. They have several good offensive players, and sometimes when we didn't help on defense they got easy baskets. I wasn't happy with that, but playing that kind of quickness will only help us down the road."
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