After losing Friday night to rival Franklin County, Nikki Smith wanted her Frankfort High girls basketball team to re-commit itself to the remainder of the season.
Smith wanted her team to erase the memory of a current nine-game losing streak and turn over a new leaf for the second half of the season.
And after losing to their former coach and rival Friday night, FHS did just that with an impressive 66-51 win against Bellevue at F.D. Wilkinson Gym that showcased balanced scoring and strong bench play.
"After (Friday's) lose we kind of committed ourselves as a team and coaches to finishing out the season as good as possible," Smith said. "So tonight we took the first step in us re-committing ourselves."
After the first quarter the Lady Panthers (3-10) appeared to still be lagging from Friday's loss to Franklin County. BHS' Jennifer Turner scored nine of her team-high 11 points in the first quarter, and BHS (3-11) took an 18-13 lead while the Lady Panthers played tentative at best.
It wasn't much of a surprise to Smith, however, as she said she expected a sluggish beginning coming off a high intensity game.
"Because last night took everything emotionally out of us I knew we'd come out flat," Smith said.
And with Smith having an idea of what to expect, she surely wasn't fazed.
"Honestly, I can say I wasn't worried," she said. "We've been playing so well I knew once they got into a rhythm they'd turn it up a little bit."
For more on this story, see Sunday's State Journal.