For one half, Frankfort hung right with Lexington Christian Wednesday night.
For one half.
FHS kept it close for the first half but didn’t have the legs to keep it going, falling to LCA 62-47 in the 2014 Touchstone Energy 11th Region All “A” Classic at F.D. Wilkinson Sports Arena.
The Panthers (5-14) had won two straight and three of their last four. The Eagles (13-5) snapped a two-game skid and play Model in the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m.
The game was close throughout the first half with FHS leading 15-14 after the first quarter and LCA taking a 27-25 lead at halftime.
But the second half — particularly the third quarter — was all LCA.
The Eagles outscored the Panthers 16-3 in the third quarter, opening up a double-digit lead midway through and pushing it to a 15-point advantage entering the final quarter.
“The first half we executed the game plan very well, just like we talked about in practice,” FHS coach Nick Barton said. “We just got tired again. He kept rotating guys and by the third quarter we were dragging and they were fresh. They executed some little things that we just didn’t do when you get tired and that was pretty much the difference in the game.”
Big men Drew Trimble and Michael Young combined for 43 points and 18 rebounds for the Eagles. The lanky Trimble had 22 points — 17 in the first half — and 13 rebounds, while the stout Young added 21 points — 17 in the second half — and five rebounds.
“Jeffrey (Quire) went out there with three fouls in the first half and we kind of had a mismatch and tried to rotate some guys in there that might be able to work with them. But (Trimble) really ate us up in the first half with that mismatch and then (Young) played real well in the second half,” Barton said of the junior and senior, respectively.
Junior Jalen Washington finished with 12 points and six rebounds for the Panthers. Sophomore Anthony Robinson added nine points and eight rebounds.
FHS trailed by 20 with less than four minutes left in the game, but went on a little run to close the gap to eight with over a minute left. After a bucket from junior Jeff Quire, Washington scored eight straight points. Quire then scored again to cut the deficit to 55-47 with 1:08 left.
But the Panthers couldn’t get any closer, as the Eagles scored the final seven points of the game.
“My guys never quit, they always give their best effort,” Barton said. “Again, it comes down to little things. We just have to work on those and get better and better.
“Now our sights are set on the district tournament at the end of February and we’ll continue to get better up until then and hopefully we can make some noise at the end of the season.”
FHS has some time off before playing at Nicholas County 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
LEX. CHRISTIAN (62) — John Stein 3, Drew Schacht 4, Trevor Hill 2, Benton Nighbert 8, Drew Trimble 22, Michael Young 21, Nick Whitman 2.
FRANKFORT (47) — Jalen Washington 12, Tre Winkfield 4, Travis Skelton 9, Anthony Robinson 9, Jeff Quire 8, Matthew Smith 5.