Lady Wolverines knock off Frankfort

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Western Hills' girls basketball team made sure they didn't have a repeat performance against Frankfort High Friday.

After eking out a one-point win over FHS earlier this month, the Lady Wolverines came back Friday with a 57-39 win over Frankfort at F.D. Wilkinson gym.

"They had a lot of easy baskets last time," WHHS' Lauren Reed said, "and we had to hustle this time. We wanted to take it to them and get fouls on them."

That's just what Western Hills did. While the Lady Panthers were right in the game through the first half, fouls became a problem early in the third quarter.

"We tried to establish a game pattern of going inside and then kicking it out," WHHS coach Jim Masters said. "We wanted to try to get easy shots, get their confidence up, and then kick it out for a three or let them drive to the basket."

Frankfort led 9-7 after the first quarter when Megan Roberts launched a three-pointer from just behind the halfcourt line that went through the net as the buzzer sounded.

WHHS scored the first six points of the second quarter on a layup by April Lancaster and two layups by Reed, and the Lady Wolverines kept the lead for the rest of the game.

The Lady Panthers cut the lead to two points twice in the second period, but Western Hills was ahead 27-18 at halftime as Anne Brady hit a three-pointer with five seconds remaining.

Foul trouble mounted for FHS in the third quarter as starters Brittni Wilhoite and Brittany Wilson both picked up their fourth fouls. They eventually fouled out of the game, as did teammate Ashleigh Boone.

"We didn't put forth the effort," FHS coach Nikki Smith said. "Not to take anything away from Western Hills, but talent-wise I think we're pretty even. You look at that game and who gave the best effort? It wasn't us."

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