LOUISVILLE - After falling behind 15 points in the first quarter, Frankfort High's boys basketball team came oh so close against Male before losing 64-59 in the King of the Bluegrass Friday evening at Fairdale High School.
"We found out we could do some things against them," FHS coach Deron Norman said. "The biggest thing was playing a team like that man-to-man. They had some trouble with the man-to-man, when we pressured them. When we went to a zone they felt pretty comfortable."
Male's Ryan Newton opened the game with a layup. After a putback by Frankfort's Aaron Dunaway, the Bulldogs went on a 15-point run. Male led 19-7 at the end of the first quarter.
"The beginning was my fault," Norman said. "Just from knowing the way we played Male last time (in the preseason), I wanted to see what they would come out with. We were in a zone in the beginning. These kids play really well when they're aggressive, and when we started like that we weren't aggressive."
Frankfort began the second quarter with a 10-2 run, pulling within four points of Male at 21-17. The Bulldogs then went on a run of their own, scoring nine straight points for a 30-17 lead. Frankfort's Will Current hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final minute of the period to make the score 30-23 at halftime.
The Panthers made a solid run at Male in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 35-33 with 3:41 left in the period.
"When we ran the press offense we'd get in the middle against them," Norman said. "We got the lead down to two and needed to do that again, and we didn't do that. They came down and got a foul and the lead went back up to four.
"When I talked of missed opportunities we had them back on their heels a couple of times," he added. "We needed to go to the well one more time, and we didn't do that."
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