VERSAILLES - Deron Norman's first win as a head coach didn't come easily.
The Frankfort High coach and his team had to survive some scary moments down the stretch but held on to beat a pesky Woodford County team 74-71 Friday night.
The Panthers are now 1-2 under Norman while Woodford falls to 1-3.
Frankfort led 49-43 heading into the final quarter, but Woodford County's Jake Pennington and Chris Williams combined for 22 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Jackets in it.
The Panthers were clinging to a 65-62 lead when sophomore Aaron Dunaway scored and was fouled with 57.6 seconds left in the game. He missed the ensuing free throw, and Woodford's Chris Denney's layup with 42 seconds remaining made it 67-64.
The person running the clock forgot to stop it at some point during this stretch so the clock was reset with 1:03 showing. Dunaway was fouled again, and this time he made both foul shots. Denney again countered with two free throws of his own.
With 49.6 now left on the clock, junior Will Current hit two free throws for a 71-66 FHS lead, but the lead was cut to just two points when Pennington drained a three-pointer from the corner.
On Frankfort's ensuing possession, Ryan Cash was fouled but he missed the front end of the bonus. Current claimed the rebound, however, and was immediately fouled. Now in the double bonus, Current missed the first try but made the second.
Pennington missed a three-pointer, but Williams got the offensive rebound and was fouled. He made both foul shots with 9.6 seconds to go.
With the Panther lead now down to a point at 72-71, Current was sent to the foul line one more time, and he delivered, making both tries.
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