WHHS finishes off FHS

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

When Western Hills and Frankfort's boys basketball teams met on Jan. 6, WHHS stayed with the Panthers for three quarters before losing 85-70.

On Friday the Wolverines stayed with FHS until the end, and when Jordan Samuels scored on a layup with 18 seconds left it gave Western Hills a 62-60 victory at F.D. Wilkinson gym.

"Defensive intensity," Samuels said when asked the difference between the two games. "That's all we could do. They scored 80 points on us last time, and tonight we held them to 60. We'd like for it to have been in the 50s, but we'll take the 'W.' That's all that matters."

The early portion of the game was one of runs - FHS went up 10-5, Western Hills took a 13-10 lead, the Panthers led 19-13.

At the end of the first quarter Frankfort was ahead 19-15, but the Wolverines had an eight-point run - six from Jonathan Hood - early in the second period and took a 25-21 lead.

The Panthers immediately retook the lead at 26-25 on a three-pointer by Myron Moore and a layup by Joe Hyatt, and the two teams traded baskets the rest of the half. John Keene's layup with 19 seconds left put WHHS up 31-30 at halftime.

The Wolverines kept their advantage at one point, 47-46, at the end of the third quarter, and the rest of the game was just about as close.

Frankfort's last lead came on a baseline jumper by Matt Anderson with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the game. That gave the Panthers a 57-54 lead, but WHHS scored the next six points on two baskets by Hood and two free throws by Kyle Bibb for a 60-57 lead with 52 seconds left.

The Panthers' Tory Robertson, who led all scorers with 24 points, had a three-point play with 34 seconds left that tied the game at 60-all.

Then came Samuels' game-winning basket.

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