Lady Flyers hold off Frankfort High

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

The first quarter belonged to Frankfort High's girls basketball team. The rest of the game belonged to Franklin County.

The Lady Flyers, trailing 16-6 after the first quarter, defeated Frankfort 47-32 Friday night at FCHS.

"We played phenomenal defense after the first quarter," FCHS coach Joey Thacker said. "When you give up 16 points in three quarters, that's great defense on our part. At the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter, we had 17 defensive rebounds out of 19 possibilities, and that was huge."

Frankfort came out and took a 5-2 lead on back-to-back shots by Megan Roberts, a three-pointer and a baseline jumper, and the Lady Panthers didn't fall out of the lead until the third quarter.

"We started out playing sluggish and a little timid," FCHS' DeQuala Marshall said. "After that we talked in the locker room, and we did our best."

Franklin County scored the first 10 points of the second quarter, tying the game at 16-all on two free throws by Carrie Bistline with 1:39 left before halftime. A layup by Rachael Hamblen 20 seconds later gave Frankfort an 18-16 halftime lead.

The third quarter was one of runs. After a short baseline jumper by Roberts put FHS up 20-16, the Lady Flyers ran off nine straight points for a 25-20 lead.

Frankfort answered with a run of its own, scoring six points and retaking the lead at 26-25. FCHS' Lindsie Barley hit two free throws with 27 seconds left in the third to put the Lady Flyers ahead 27-26 going into the fourth quarter.

Marshall hit the first of two big three-pointers in the final period with 6:30 left in the game, giving FCHS a 30-26 lead.

For more on this story, see Sunday's State Journal.

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