By Michael Minnich
Tribune Sports Editor
CUMBERLAND—The Keyser summer league girls’ basketball team defeated Frankfort, 49-40, to highlight a busy Tuesday of play at Fort Hill High School.
On the boys’ side, Frankfort out-scored Moorefield 34-6 over a stretch starting late in the first half and running through a majority of the second half to win, 55-33, after Keyser had dropped the evening’s opener to Allegany, 57-39.
In the girls’ game, Lexi Turner led the way with 21 points for Keyser, while Brie Kunis tallied 11 points and Baylee Yaider six.
For Frankfort, Abby Beeman hit four threes to finish with 12 points, while Macie Miller scored nine and Katie Beeman and Claire Howell five each.
Kunis and Abby Beeman traded triples to start the game, then Katie Beeman’s three gave Frankfort a 6-3 lead.
After a series of free throws both ways, Keyser evened the score at 8-8 on a Turner three and free throw, then took the lead on a Yaider layup.
Miller tied the score again with a jumper, but a 9-2 Keyser run, with Kunis scoring three and Turner, Yaider, and Bethany Jones adding a field goal each, pushed Keyser in front, 19-12.
Howell’s jumper capped first-half scoring.
With Keyser leading by nine, 25-16, after an exchange of baskets, Abby Beeman caught fire, hitting two threes and making a perfect pass to sister Katie for a basket, cutting the lead to three, 29-26.
Frankfort got within one, but with the Beemans’ unit rotated off of the court, Keyser took control again, getting baskets inside from Kayla Willison and Aubrey Smith and building a 38-29 lead on a Turner three with seven minutes left.
Frankfort pulled within five at 39-34 on a Beeman jumper with 4:30 to go, but a Turner jumper and a three pushed the lead back to safety, and Kunis sealed the deal with late free throws.
In the previous hour of play, the Frankfort boys found themselves in a 7-0 hole early, but dug themselves right out with a Tyler Shanholtz three, a Hunter McTaggart jumper, and another Shanholtz triple to go ahead 8-7 with 14:09 left in the first half.
After a Moorefield hoop, Frankfort scored back with a McTaggart layup and Parker Riley bank shot to lead 12-9 midway through the half.
Trailing 16-13, Moorefield scored the next five points, then a layup from Shanholtz tied the score at 18-all.
Garett Weaver’s three for Frankfort was followed by four points from Moorefield and a 22-21 lead for the summer Yellow Jackets.
That was their last lead: Shanholtz scored the next four and McTaggart hit two free throws with no time on the clock to give Frankfort a 27-22 halftime lead.
They kept rolling in the second half: McTaggart scored six of the first nine points, all Frankfort’s, in the period to move the lead to 36-22.
Moorefield scored the next four, but Shanholtz matched that.
Leading 40-28 after another Moorefield basket, Frankfort then ripped off 15 in a row: McTaggart, Shanholtz, and Seth Leedom each scored four in a row, then Riley canned a three.
Moorefield scored the game’s final four points.
Shanholtz scored 22 for the game, while McTaggart added 16.
In the 5 p.m. window to open the evening, Allegany never trailed against Keyser.
The Campers scored the first four points, then, after a Cade Staggers three, went up 7-3.
Matthew Liller scored five points for Keyser, with a Alco triple in between, to make it a 10-8 game, but Allegany tallied the next eight points to go up by double digits.
Keyser got within seven at 18-11 on Camden White’s three-point play, but no closer in the first half, heading to the break down 11, 31-20.
A layup from Liller and two White free throws made it a single-digit game, 35-26, with 15:32 left in the second half, but Allegany scored the next 10 points to pull away.
Liller finished with 12 points and White 11.
All four teams will be in action Thursday in the two gyms at Fort Hill: the Keyser girls play Meyersdale at 5 p.m., the Frankfort girls face Fort Hill at 6 p.m., the Frankfort boys battle Petersburg at 7 p.m., and the Keyser boys go against Union at 8 p.m.