Panthers fall in tournament opener 62-47

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE - The Frankfort High boys basketball team lost to host Fairdale in the opening round of the King of the Bluegrass thanks to a big effort from a little player.

Diminutive reserve Josh Thompson, generously listed at 5-foot-2 in the King of the Bluegrass program, nailed four three-pointers on his way to a game-high 19 points as the Bulldogs knocked off Frankfort 62-47.

Fairdale will play the winner of today's Apollo-Male matchup Friday at 6 p.m. while the Panthers will face the loser of that game in the consolation bracket. Tipoff for FHS is also set for Friday at 6 p.m. in the East gym.

When asked if he was disappointed in his team's play, Frankfort coach Deron Norman said, "very much so. I had hoped we'd come out excited and would play hard, but we didn't do that. We're still in a learning phase right now. We're fighting a lot of stuff but the kids are great. I know this is going to click."

Both teams struggled in the first half but the Panthers still held a 21-17 lead at the break.

That quickly changed in the decisive third quarter.

Fairdale, which shot just 22 percent from the field in the first half, earned one easy basket after the other in the third quarter, racing out to a 45-24 lead with less than a minute left in the period.

When the Bulldogs weren't getting layups, they were getting big shots from Thompson, who scored 14 of his points in the second half.

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