LCA sends Frankfort to sidelines

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

For five years, no team found a way to beat Frankfort High in the 11th Region portion of the boys All A Classic.

Until now.

Lexington Christian knocked the Panthers from their All A throne with a 48-47 win Saturday night at the Civic Center.

"This was one of our goals at the beginning of the year," said LCA coach Jason Seamands of his school's first boys All A Region title. "It's a huge step for our program so maybe this puts us on the map."

The Panthers, winners of those past five All A 11th Region tournaments, were coming off their best showing in the All A State Classic a year ago. FHS won two games at state before falling to eventual champion St. Henry in the semifinals.

But the Panthers won't get the chance to go back to Richmond this year because they couldn't make the keys plays in the final minute of the game.

Frankfort was clinging to a 45-42 lead but a layup by LCA's David Hofe made it 45-44 with 2:05 to go. FHS' Matt Anderson was fouled with 1:27 remaining and the sophomore reserve calmly sank both foul shots.

Clay Turner's putback with 36 seconds left again pulled the Eagles within a point. Frankfort called a timeout, and on the inbounds play Will Current found Joe Hyatt under the FHS basket. Hyatt's shot was contested and he missed it, with LCA getting the rebound.

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