By Michael Minnich
Tribune Sports Editor
FAIRMONT—Playing at the home of the East Fairmont Lady Bees, it completely makes sense that Abby ‘Bee’man would have a good day.
The freshman scored Frankfort's first 10 points, 35 for the day, to threaten the record books and lead the Lady Falcons, ranked 10th in the most recent coaches' poll, to a 62-51 win over No. 7 Grafton at East Fairmont High School on Monday afternoon.
Frankfort's school record for single-game scoring is 37 points, set by Dawn Marker and Sue Blauch.
Madi Pfaff added 11 points, all in the second half, and 11 rebounds to go with five assists.
Crystal Yaider tallied eight points and three rebounds, while Katie Beeman scored six points, pulled down seven rebounds, and added three steals.
Tessa Clark scored 17 for Grafton and Kaelyn Drainer 13.
Frankfort was slow to start, as Grafton scored the first eight points, four from Kaelyn Drainer and four from Tessa Clark.
But then Abby Beeman got it going, in a big way: the freshman went off on her own 10-0 run to push the Lady Falcons in front, then sister Katie's stick-back increased the advantage to 12-8 with 1:20 left in the first quarter.
Grafton re-took the lead on a Clark stick-back and a Ally Peters three, but Abby Beeman's three moved Frankfort back in front, 15-13, after one.
Katie Beeman hit a jumper to move the lead to four, but Grafton countered with threes from Peters and Sierra Gabbert to go up 19-17 with 4:57 to go in the second quarter.
Then it was Crystal Yaider's turn to heat up from beyond the arc: the FHS senior made two in a row to swing it back the Lady Falcons' way, 23-19.
After a Gabbert basket at the 3:27 mark, things slowed: a Katie Beeman field goal ended a drought of nearly a minute and a half from the field for both teams and was the only basket the rest of the half.
Frankfort led, 26-23, at the break.
Drainer opened the second half with a layup, but Abby Beeman scored the next four to move the lead back to five, 30-25.
Clark's three-point play closed the gap to two, then Madi Pfaff's layup for FHS was answered by a Gabbert three.
Abby Beeman again had the response from beyond the arc, but Grafton took a 36-35 lead on a bank shot from Clark and a Peters three with 1:59 to go in the quarter.
But Frankfort closed the quarter with a 6-0 run, started by an Abby Beeman three and finished by a Pfaff three-point play, to lead 41-36.
Grafton pulled within three at 43-40 on a Drainer layup, but Pfaff nailed a three the other way and the Lady Falcons cruised from there.
Frankfort (9-3) is back in action tonight at home against Bishop Walsh.
Abby Beeman scores 35, Frankfort earns top-10 win
By Michael Minnich