SHORT GAP - A big crowd assembled in Short Gap Wednesday night to see a battle between the Frankfort Lady Falcons and the Lady Miners of Mountain Ridge.

By Chapin Jewell
Tribune Correspondent
SHORT GAP - A big crowd assembled in Short Gap Wednesday night to see a battle between the Frankfort Lady Falcons and the Lady Miners of Mountain Ridge.
While both Frankfort and Mountain Ridge have very supportive fans bases, it appeared as if there might have been a larger crowd than normal, the result of a few extra people showing up to see if Frankfort’s Abby Beeman would score the 29 points she needed to reach 2,000 career points.
Well, on this night, Abby Beeman didn’t hit that 2,000 point threshold. Perhaps to her delight, and to the fans assembled, she did however put on a dazzling display of offense from her point guard position. While still leading all scorers with 19 points, it was Beeman’s colorful eight assists that entertained the crowd and showed her ability to make those around her better.
Frankfort jumped out to a huge 17-4 advantage at the end of the first period with Marie Perdew and Makenna Douthitt combining for nine of the Falcon’s 17 points. Frankfort held Mountain Ridge to just two Maddie Paris field goals in the first period.
In the second period, things evened out between the two as both the Falcons and Miners scored nine points apiece. Isabell Brantner and Abby Beeman led the Miners and Falcons respectively with five of their team’s nine second period points.  The teams went into halftime with Frankfort on top convincingly 26-13.
After halftime, Abby Beeman exploded with 12 third period points putting her to within 10 points of the 2,000 point mark with a full period to play. Mountain Ridge was led again in the third period with Isabell Brantner’s six points. The third period concluded with Frankfort holding on to a 46-28 lead.
In the fourth period, Beeman went back to feeding her teammates the ball and didn’t score another point on the night.Mountain Ridge actually led the fourth period with a 13-10 advantage behind Maddie Paris’ seven points in the final frame. Frankfort was led in the fourth by Makenna Douthitt’s five points. In the end, Frankfort would stake claim to a 56-41 victory.
For the Falcons, Beeman led all scorers with 19 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals.  She was followed by Macie Miller’s 12 point, seven rebounds, three steals performance. Additionally, Makenna Douthitt and Marie Perdew added nine and seven points respectively, while Ashley Phillips contributed five and Lauren Whiteman four.
In the loss, Mountain Ridge was led by Maddie Paris with 16 points, Isabell Brantner with 11 and Dayna Lashley with eight. Morgan Cuthbertson, Kailia Pua’auli and Abby Rose added two points each.
Mountain Ridge will next travel to Allegany on January 28 and Hampshire on January 31. After that, the Lady Miners travel to Northern on February 4 and then return home to host Keyser on Feb. 7.
The win propels Frankfort to a record of 12-3 on the season heading into key contests at home against Fairmont Senior today and the Keyser Lady Tornado on Jan. 31. The Falcons then head to Northern on Feb. 2.
For those in attendance hoping to see Abby Beeman score point number 2,000 for her career, they’ll have another chance today as Beeman is just ten points shy heading into this afternoon’s matchup against Fairmont Senior. Beeman and her Lady Falcon teammates didn’t disappoint in their performance against a good Mountain Ridge team, however, and they rarely do.
If you’re looking to witness history and a competitive matchup between two of West Virginia class AA’s best teams, head over to Short Gap this afternoon. Get their early and settle in, there will be a crowd for sure.