Frankfort High’s fast start didn’t last long, and it was Woodford County that came away with a 74-38 win Friday in girls basketball action at F.D. Wilkinson Sports Arena.
“Our Achilles’ heel all year has been we don’t come out and play with any emotion or any fire,” FHS coach Deron Norman said, “and we’re a 6-8 basketball team because of that.
“We jump out 4-0, and then we give up a 5- or 6-0 run.”
The Lady Yellowjackets (7-7) ran with that lead. Up 21-15 with 2:14 left in the first quarter, they closed the period with a 13-0 run and led 34-15 after the first quarter.
The run continued into the second period with Woodford scoring the first seven points for a 41-15 advantage. The lead grew to 30 points, 53-23, until FHS’ Cori Cunningham hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to make the score 53-26 at halftime.
“The biggest problem is we didn’t try to stop anyone on defense,” Norman said. “That was a really poor effort on the defensive end.”
After three quarters Woodford County led 62-37, and the Lady Yellowjackets held FHS to one point in the fourth quarter.
Frankfort came into Friday’s game off a 2-1 performance in a tournament in Florida last weekend.
“We played two really good games in Florida,” Norman said. “You’d like to think we were turning a corner.
“I was glad we had a district game when we started back, to see if we did better than the first time. We have two district games and right after that the All ‘A’ regional.”
The Lady Panthers lost to Woodford by 25 points Dec. 7, and with Friday’s game fell to 1-3 in district play.
Chelsey Ford scored a game-high 29 points for Woodford, and teammate Shelby McDonald was in double figures with 18 points.
“They were going around us, going after the ball,” Norman said of the Lady Yellowjackets. “We didn’t give a good effort at all. We let them do whatever they wanted to do.”
BriAnna Burbridge led FHS with nine points, and Jasmine Turpin scored eight.
Frankfort closes out district play with two games later this month — at home Jan. 14 against Franklin County and at Western Hills Jan. 17.
The Lady Panthers’ next game is at home Tuesday against Iroquois.
WOODFORD CO. (74) — Brooke Corum 3, Chelsey Ford 29, Emily Harlow 5, Maggie Hudson 2, Shelby McDonald 18, Caroline Mefford 7, Anastayzia Reed 8, Bethany Todd 2.
FRANKFORT (38) — T.T. Barnett 1, BriAnna Burbridge 9, Cori Cunningham 6, Jade Morgan 6, Sibre Morton 6, Jasmine Turpin 8, Jayne Yocum 2.