Despite the recent losses, Frankfort coach Nick Barton is pleased with what he’s seeing.
“I’m proud of the progress that we continue to make,” Barton said. “I won’t say anything negative about my group at all because there’s nothing negative to say.”
Collins at Frankfort
FHS trailed from start to finish, falling to Oldham County 77-62 Saturday night at the F.D. Wilkinson Sports Arena.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Panthers (5-17), who have five games left on their schedule.
“The things that we’ve been working on in practice and the progress we’ve made from last week to this week is tremendous,” Barton said, “so we just need to continue to work in practice every single day on those little things.
“We just have to continue to get better and find ways to win.”
The game was fairly close throughout until the Colonels (18-5) began to pull away in the third quarter for their eighth straight win. They took a 12-point lead midway through and didn’t let the Panthers get closer than seven the rest of the way.
Trailing by 16 late in the third quarter, sophomore DeShawn Newton converted an old-fashioned three-point play and junior Jalen Washington followed with a layup right before the buzzer to get FHS within nine heading into the fourth quarter.
Washington then made a pair of free throws to make it 56-49 early in the fourth quarter. But sophomore Griffin McLarty followed with a bucket to push OCHS’ lead back to nine and its advantage never dipped below that again.
Two free throws from junior Jeff Quire made it 69-60 with 2:40 to go, but the Colonels made 8-of-10 free throws to close it out. They went 13 for 17 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
“They’re a good team, let’s not get it twisted,” said Barton, whose team didn’t help itself with 22 turnovers and a handful of missed layups. “They’re a good team and we knew that coming into it.
“We just could never find a way to get over the hump.”
Senior Austin Wills had 31 points and five rebounds for the Colonels. Junior Hayden Hawes scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, while McLarty added 11 points off the bench.
“We knew (Wills) coming into the game was going to be a player,” Barton said. “He knocked some shots down.”
Washington scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Panthers. Newton had 11 points and five rebounds off the bench, Quire scored 10 points before fouling out, sophomore Anthony Robinson finished with eight points and nine rebounds, and senior Tre Winkfield added seven points.
“I thought Jalen was a great leader tonight; Jalen ran the team really well tonight,” Barton said. “He came out with a different type of attitude tonight that we need to see for the rest of the year.
“DeShawn really played well tonight, came in and gave us some really big minutes. Tre came in and gave us some really good minutes tonight.”
FHS hosts Collins and OCHS hosts Western Hills Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
OLDHAM CO. (77) — Austin Wills 31, Jordan Gates 2, Hayden Hawes 17, Kyle Eldridge 2, Conner Hicks 8, Austin Perkins 4, Griffin McLarty 11.
FRANKFORT (62) — Jalen Washington 22, Tre Winkfield 7, DeShawn Newton 11, Travis Skelton 4, Anthony Robinson 8, Jeff Quire 10.