Despite a 27-point loss Saturday night, Frankfort coach Deron Norman wasn’t disappointed.
“Overall, I was happy with their performance. I thought they fought all the way through,” Norman said after his team lost to Paul Laurence Dunbar 83-56 at a scoreboard-less F.D. Wilkinson Sports Arena.
“That’s a good basketball team. They’re not where they’re at because they’re not good. But I thought that at no time did we ever stop playing.”
The Lady Panthers (7-17) have lost five straight and 10 of 11, but played well at times against the Lady Bulldogs (22-5), who have won five straight and are ranked 19th in the Herald-Leader’s Cantrall Ratings.
“I think we just need to keep battling against whomever we play,” Norman said. “If we keep fighting and we run into teams we have equal talent with, we’ll beat those teams and I expect that to happen here this week to turn things around.”
Senior Shakeema Jackson made four 3-pointers and scored 27 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Senior Brooke Todd had 20 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, while junior Nicole Armstrong added 12 points and six rebounds.
Despite being ill, sophomore Jade Morgan had 16 points and five rebounds to lead the Lady Panthers.
“She has a lot of skills and I think she’s going to get better and better and better and develop into a very good point guard,” Norman said. “This is the kind of game she likes, she likes the challenge.”
Sophomore BriAnna Burbridge finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, sophomore Jasmine Turpin added 10 points and seven rebounds and freshman Sibre Morton grabbed nine rebounds for FHS.
The Lady Panthers hung around for a while in the first half, going on an 11-0 run midway through the second quarter to trim a 19-point deficit down to eight with 2:43 remaining. But the Lady Bulldogs ended the half on an 11-3 spurt to take a 46-30 lead at halftime.
Then to start the second half, FHS came out strong, as back-to-back buckets from Morgan made it 50-40. But, once again, PLDHS went on a run and pushed its margin to 23 entering the fourth quarter and it never dipped below 21 after that.
“I thought at times we played really well,” Norman said. “We went on several runs to get the game under 10 and it’s just sustaining that.”
FHS hosts Grant County Monday at 7:30 p.m.
DUNBAR (83) — Ezhaunaai Ighodaro 12, Alisha Jones 3, Shakeema Jackson 27, Kristina Rosen 3, Brooke Todd 20, Nicole Armstrong 12, Merissa Marrow 4, Jordan Thomas 2.
FRANKFORT (56) — Jade Morgan 16, Cori Cunningham 7, Jayne Yocum 3, Sibre Morton 4, Jasmine Turpin 10, Emily Hubbard 3, BriAnna Burbridge 13.