SHORT GAP - Mariť Perdew, Halley Smith, Macie Miller and Makenna Douthitt all scored in double figures to lead Frankfort's Lady Falcons over Mountain Ridge 67-38 in Frostburg on Thursday.

By Chapin Jewell
Tribune Correspondent
SHORT GAP - Marié Perdew, Halley Smith, Macie Miller and Makenna Douthitt all scored in double figures to lead Frankfort’s Lady Falcons over Mountain Ridge 67-38 in Frostburg on Thursday.  
As is the case in every game, Frankfort distributed the wealth with Perdew leading the way with 16 points, followed by Smith with 13, Miller with 12 and Douthitt with 11 points. Additionally, Ashely Phillips tallied seven points, Kaitlyn Crist four points and Izzy Layton two points to account for the Falcons’ 67 points.
Mountain Ridge was led on the night by Maddie Paris with 14 points followed by Abbie Maddy with nine points.
Despite the final margin of 29 points, Mountain Ridge tightly contested the Falcons in the first and third quarters, not allowing Frankfort to get a great deal of point separation until the fourth quarter.  A combination of a slow start for Frankfort and spirited play right out of the gate for Mountain Ridge led to Frankfort only holding a 10-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Falcons used a 19-9 scoring advantage to take a 29-17 lead into the locker rooms at halftime. In a tightly contested third frame, Frankfort’s edge was only 16-14, still resulting in a 45-31 lead entering the fourth quarter.  In the fourth and final stanza, Frankfort blew things open with a 22-7 advantage to earn the 67-38 victory.
It was the ninth victory in 10 tries for the Lady Falcons, currently ranked second in the West Virginia Coaches Association class AA poll.  Frankfort has outscored their opponents by 25 points or more in seven of their 10 games played. This also marks the eighth time in 10 games that the Lady Falcons have limited their opponents to under 40 points and the ninth time in 10 games that Frankfort has scored 60 or more points in a game.
Frankfort was led on defense by Makenna Douthitt and Ashley Phillips with five steals apiece; Halley Smith added four steals and Macie Miller added one. Miller alco contributed one blocked shot and three rebounds.  In addition, Douthitt led the Falcons with 10 rebounds, followed by Perdew with seven and Phillips with four.  
The junior varsity game was a much closer contest, with Frankfort edging the Lady Miners 30-27. Veronica Vanmeter and Larae Grove led the junior Falcons with 11 points each; Mountain Ridge was led by Bayleigh Lamberson and Mary Delaney who tallied eight points each.
Mountain Ridge will travel to Northern and Frankfort will host Bishop Walsh, both on Monday, Jan. 13, with junior varsity action beginning at 6 p.m. and varsity play tipping off at 7:30 p.m.