Frankfort High’s defense was tenacious in the latter stages of Monday’s game, turning Grant County over and allowing FHS to cut into the Lady Braves’ lead.
Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, their run came a little too late, and Grant County took an 81-58 win in girls basketball action at F.D. Wilkinson Sports Arena.
“We’ve been trying to do that stuff in the beginning,” FHS coach Deron Norman said about his team’s late defense. “We had to do it when our backs were to the wall. It’s good they responded that way, but we need to be doing that from the beginning.”
Frankfort (7-18) held its last lead at 4-3 with 6:56 left in the first quarter.
Grant County (8-15) went on an eight-point run, good for an 11-4 lead, and never trailed again.
The Lady Braves led 20-16 after the first quarter, but two free throws by FHS’ Cori Cunningham to open the second period pulled Frankfort within two points.
The visitors responded with a 10-2 run, going ahead 30-20 with 3:46 remaining in the second quarter, and they were up 46-33 at halftime.
Grant County led by 20, 64-44, at the end of the third quarter, and their advantage was 21, 68-47, with 5:51 left in the game.
FHS went on an 11-4 run, cutting the Lady Braves’ lead to 14 at 72-58 with 2:38 left in the game, but GCHS closed out the contest with a 9-0 run to make the final score 81-58.
Monday’s game turned into a free throw shooting contest with a combined 70 foul shots taken.
Grant County was 36 for 44 from the line while Frankfort was 12 for 26.
Jenna Martin, who led Grant County with 21 points, made 17 of 18 free throw attempts.
“We gave up way too many free throws,” Norman said. “When you’re doing that stuff and they’re knocking them down, it makes it a very difficult matter to win that game.”
BriAnna Burbridge scored a game-high 26 points for FHS, and Jasmine Turpin finished with 15.
“Our young ladies never give up,” Norman said. “They’re going to battle, and our younger kids are going to come in and do the same.
“We’ve had difficulty putting runs together and sustaining our defense, and we’re struggling with that now.”
Frankfort has two more games left in the regular season, both on the road. The Lady Panthers play at Nicholas County Thursday, and they take on Tates Creek Saturday in the Bob Tripure Classic at Henry Clay.
Monday was Senior Night, and Frankfort recognized its two seniors — Cunningham and Emily Hubbard — in a ceremony prior to the varsity game.
GRANT CO. (81) — Sydney Jones 2, Jenna Martin 21, Kendall Burk 14, Macy Wright 13, EJ Kearns 3, Destiny Chaidex 12, Madisyn Ruebusch 4, Karlyn McCoy 7, Lindsey Kinard 3, Shelby Harmeyer 2.
FRANKFORT (58) — BriAnna Burbridge 26, Cori Cunningham 7, Jade Morgan 4, Sibre Morton 4, Jasmine Turpin 15, Jayne Yocum 2.