Having a little extra Cash never hurts.
Just ask the Frankfort High boys basketball team. The Panthers got some big help off the bench Friday night from junior forward Ryan Cash, who helped the Panthers knock off Franklin County 91-58 at FCHS.
With the Flyers playing well in the first quarter, Frankfort led just 18-17 at the end of the period. The Panthers finally got on track, however, with a 27-9 second quarter blitz.
Cash, who normally starts and averages just 2.1 points per game, was a reserve Friday, but he accounted for nine points during the second quarter. He finished with 15 points for the game, including two three-pointers and another jumper just inside the perimeter.
Frankfort coach Deron Norman wasn't surprised by Cash's performance.
"We work a lot on our shooting and Ryan's the type of kid who stays after practice every day to work on his shots," Norman said.
"They're all going to have that opportunity to do something big," Norman added of his players, "as long as they play hard. When we sub, we want the kids to play as hard as the person they're going in for. If the person coming out wasn't playing hard, the one going in the game really has to step it up."
Cash said he didn't start Friday night because Norman wanted a quicker lineup to offset the Flyers' size. That meant he knew he'd have to make the most of his opportunity.
"The game started slow, so when I came in, I just tried to be a spark," Cash said. "I was up for this game and I guess I was feeling it. If everybody is contributing like that, it's hard to stop us because there are so many weapons on this team."
The Panthers finished with five players in double figures. Aaron Dunaway led all scorers with 22 points and Tory Robertson added 20. Joe Hyatt scored 13 and Will Current 12.
For more on this story, see Sunday's State Journal.