SHORT GAP - Everyone strives to be playing their best ball come playoff time. The sectional playoffs begin next week for Frankfort and the Lady Falcons couldn't be playing any better. With Thursday night's 69-38 home victory over neighboring Hampshire, Frankfort closed out regular season play with five straight victories.
By Chapin Jewell
SHORT GAP - Everyone strives to be playing their best ball come playoff time. The sectional playoffs begin next week for Frankfort and the Lady Falcons couldn’t be playing any better. With Thursday night’s 69-38 home victory over neighboring Hampshire, Frankfort closed out regular season play with five straight victories.
Not only is Frankfort winning games, but the Lady Falcons are winning games in dominating fashion with wide point spreads. Frankfort’s five straight wins have come over Keyser, Northern, Berkeley Springs, Philip Barbour and Hampshire and have been by margins of 62, 48, 54, 49 and 31 points. In that five-game span, Frankfort’s wins have come by an average score of 78-29.
The Lady Falcons dominated the Trojans from the opening tip. Frankfort held Hampshire to only four points in the period and led 14-4 after the first eight minutes of play. In the second period, Frankfort continued their domination by doubling up Hampshire 22-11 to take a 36-15 lead into halftime.
After intermission, it was straight back to work for Frankfort. In the third period, Frankfort outscored the Trojans 21-9 to take a 57-24 lead into the final period. The Trojans would edge the Falcons 14-12 in fourth period scoring but Frankfort would close things out with a 69-38 victory.
Frankfort was led by senior sensation Abby Beeman with her monstrous performance consisting of 24 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, five steals and one blocked shot. While the numbers are impressive, and for most would represent a career night, for Beeman, it was just another day at the office.
According to Beeman, “I was just trying to do whatever I had to do to win the game, whether that was scoring, rebounding or passing.”
The Lady Falcons would also receive a fantastic performance from junior Makenna Douthitt. Douthitt contributed a double-double for the home team, scoring 13 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Also scoring for the Falcons were Macie Miller with nine points, Halley Smith with seven, Lauren Whiteman with six, Marie Perdew with five, Ashley Phillips and Haley Malone with two points apiece and Izzy Layton with one.
Makenna Douthitt was asked about her solid effort against rival Hampshire. “As far as my performance, I just always try to play my best for the team. I box out trying to create second chance opportunities and prevent the same for my opponent,” Douthitt explained.
As for Frankfort being on a roll heading into the postseason? According to Douthitt, “We have been very successful in this area. Our team is full of talent and athleticism and when we work together, good things happen. It’s exciting entering sectionals with a five game winning streak, but each game is a new game. You have to play every time like it’s your last.”
Abby Beeman echoed what Douthitt said regarding the win streak entering the playoffs, “It feels very good being on a winning streak. We are ready to make a run once playoffs start.”
Frankfort concluded their regular season with an outstanding record of 17-4. Their losses have come to nine time state champion and AAA Morgantown, defending West Virginia AA state champion North Marion, Bridgeport, and the then number one ranked team in West Virginia AA Fairmont Senior.
As for sectional play, Frankfort, the number one seed, received a first round bye and will host the winner of Monday’s matchup between five seed Philip Barbour and fourth seed Grafton. That game will take place at Frankfort on Wednesday, Feb. 20, with a 7 p.m. tipoff time.
The victor in that game will play the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between second seed Petersburg versus the winner of the six seed Berkeley Springs at third seed Keyser matchup for the sectional championship. That sectional championship game will be played Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. on the home court of the highest seeded team.
Frankfort is a perfect 8-0 against their sectional opponents. The Falcons have earned two wins over Berkeley Springs, Petersburg and Keyser and one win against Philip Barbour and Grafton. Frankfort’s Wednesday opponent will be either Philip Barbour or Grafton, who the Lady Falcons defeated by 49 and 47 points respectively.
Frankfort opened up the season with a murderer’s row of opponents. They may have started 2-2, but those early tough matchups made them a better team and began to prepare them for the latter part of the season and what they hope will be a deep run in the playoffs.
The Falcons suffered setbacks against Bridgeport and Fairmont Senior late in the season, but things changed for the better beginning with their huge 82-20 victory over Keyser. That was the start of this dominating five game stretch to close out the regular season and enter the playoffs. The Falcons are red hot and feel prepped for a playoff run.