SHORT GAP - The Frankfort Lady Falcons have now defeated the Petersburg Lady Vikings by margins of 33, 35, and 39 points.

By Chapin Jewell
Tribune Correspondent
SHORT GAP - The Frankfort Lady Falcons have now defeated the Petersburg Lady Vikings by margins of 33, 35, and 39 points.  
That most recent 39-point victory came in the sectional championship game at Frankfort on Saturday night by a score of 73-34. With the victory, Frankfort not only claimed the sectional championship, but finished a perfect 10-0 in play against sectional opponents.
The Falcons were led by senior Abby Beeman, who turned in a huge 27 points, nine steals, seven assists, six rebounds and one block performance.  
As impressive as those individual stats are, it’s as much about how she makes those around her better than it is about what she does.
As Frankfort coach Mike Miller points out, “That’s the key to our success, her being unselfish and getting everybody involved.  What she does for us cannot be substituted by anyone else, it all starts with her; she’s our Energizer Bunny.”
In addition to Beeman’s 27 points, junior Macie Miller turned in an outstanding offensive performance with 14 points, and a solid defensive performance that included three steals and two blocked shots. Miller was joined by fellow junior Ashley Phillips who lit things up offensively as well with 13 points and added five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Miller and Phillips made three three-point shots apiece.
“I had to pull Macie out of the game in the third quarter and get into her and light a fire under her, I just felt like she was playing a little lethargic.  After that, she got into the flow real well and I’m proud of her play as well, especially on the defensive end, she started getting after it,” Miller explained.
Miller applauded Ashley Phillips for her play as well, “When it comes to her shot, we’re going to need it. I was glad to see her come through and hit some big threes.”
In addition to those scoring in double figures, the Falcons got scoring contributions from five other players. Makenna Douthitt added six points and five rebounds, Haley Malone six points, Marie Perdew three points and Halley Smith and Lauren Whiteman two points apiece.
The game was never in doubt. Abby Beeman scored 10 points in the first three and a half minutes of play and Frankfort catapulted to an early 20-8 lead at the end of the first period. The Falcons led 38-15 at halftime, 64-24 at the end of the third period, and 73-34 when the final buzzer sounded.
In the losing effort, Petersburg was led by Kayla Lantz with 15 points, followed by Reece Hedrick with six points and Mickala Taylor with five.  Carley Turner added four points and Hannah Moyers and McKenzie Kitzmiller netted two points each.  Petersburg ends the season as the section’s runner-up and compiled an overall record of 15-9.
Frankfort elevates their record to 19-4. The Lady Falcons have won seven straight games by an average margin of 47 points per game. They will host North Marion, West Virginia’s defending AA state champion, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
The Falcons suffered an 88-62 loss to the Huskies at North Marion on December 8, and it was the Huskies that ended Frankfort’s season in the state semi-final game at the Charleston Civic Center last year.  
In evaluating the upcoming playoff game with North Marion, Frankfort’s coach Miller knows what it will take, “It’s going to take a team defensive effort, it’s going to take heart, it’s going to take all the little things. We couldn’t make our shots when we played them earlier, they couldn’t miss.  It was one of those games that you just couldn’t get it over quick enough.  Everything they did was perfect, everything we did was bad.”
Miller continues, “We feel like we can stack up against anybody in the state as long as we play our game and we do what we need to do, and that’s what we’re looking looking forward to doing.  We know it’s going to take a total team effort and we’re looking forward to the challenge. We had Fairmont Senior, the defending state champion in here last year, and we beat them. This time of year, you never know, it’s any given night.”
That “any given night” is Wednesday, tipoff at 7 p.m. The winner advances to Charleston for the state championship tournament.  The quality of basketball should be outstanding, the atmosphere electric. Don’t miss it.