KEYSER - The battle for Mineral County supremacy was on the line Thursday night as the Lady Tornado (12-4) looked to get revenge on their 32 point loss against Frankfort (10-7) in December. The Golden Tornado looked ready to roll jumping out to a 15-8 lead after 8 minutes but Frankfort dominated the rest of the contest outscoring Keyser 52-28 to sweep the season series and claim Mineral County bragging rights.
The Falcon offense was slow out of the gates as Keyser showed different defensive looks including the diamond and one. Frankfort had trouble getting interior shots and they finished the 1st quarter with 0 two point field goals (Note: Frankfort scored 2 three point FG’s in 1st quarter). Frankfort Falcon Assistant Coach Steve Shipley elaborated on the situation, “After being down at the end of the 1st quarter we challenged the girls to play good solid man defense.” Coach Shipley continued, “We only shot 13% in the first quarter and we were down 7 at that point. We knew coming out in the 2nd if we could make some shots we would be right back into the game.”
In the second quarter Frankfort found their rhythm on offense partially because Keyser struggled shooting the basketball. When the Lady Tornado missed shots, Frankfort was able to take advantage by pulling down rebounds and getting down court with speed. A plethora of fast break opportunities opened the floodgates as Frankfort poured in 18 points behind a 10 point 2nd quarter effort from Abby Beeman. Keyser struggled shooting the basketball from beyond the arc, but they were able to hold on to a lead until the 2:27 minute mark when Frankfort drained a 3 to jump ahead 23-22. The Lady Tornado were able to regain the lead scoring points at the free throw line but a late Frankfort 3 pointer tied up the contest 26-26 as teams entered the locker room at halftime.
Immediately after intermission the Falcons continued to have the hot hand offensively. After sinking a 3 point shot to take the lead 29-26 Frankfort never looked back as Keyser did not regain the lead throughout the 2nd half.
Frankfort scored 19 points in the 3rd quarter off of 8 field goals with Claire Howell scoring 6 points and Macie Miller draining a pair of three pointers. Keyser trailed by 10 points 45-35 entering the 4th quarter but the offense simply could not find traction as the Lady Tornado only hit 2 field goals in the final 8 minutes. The Lady Falcons tossed in 15 points in the 4th quarter to take home the Mineral County crown 60-43.
The Lady Falcons were in good hands as All-State Abby Beeman lit up the net sinking five 3-pointers from downtown Short Gap. Abby finished the game with a total of 27 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Claire Howell had a big game and finished with a double-double scoring 11 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Macie Miller was deadly from beyond the arc nailing four 3-pointers and grabbing 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Makenna Douthitt made a major contribution in the paint with 8 rebounds (5 on the offensive end), and scored 7 points for Frankfort. Kylee McGuire chipped in 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. For Keyser Lexi Turner had 15 points going 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Kearstin Lucas dropped in three 3 pointers and finished with a total of 14 points. Kayla Willison scored 6 points, Makenna Staggers had 4 points, while Madi Anderson and Caitlyn Wolfe each scored 2 points each for Keyser.
Frankfort (11-7) looks to extend their three game winning streak on Saturday February 3rd against Northern Garrett with varsity scheduled to tipoff at 6:30PM. Keyser looks to regroup against Allegany on Monday February 5th with a tipoff of 7:30PM. Don’t be surprised to see these two teams meet again in the sectional playoff.