SHORT GAP - If Thursday's basketball contest was compared to a sandwich, one would say the bread portion of the sandwich was played pretty evenly by both teams. The substance in the middle, however, the meat, the cheese, the condiments, all belonged to Frankfort. So much so, in fact, that Frankfort would earn a dominating 46-point, 79-33 victory over the visiting Vikings.
By Chapin Jewell
SHORT GAP - If Thursday’s basketball contest was compared to a sandwich, one would say the bread portion of the sandwich was played pretty evenly by both teams. The substance in the middle, however, the meat, the cheese, the condiments, all belonged to Frankfort. So much so, in fact, that Frankfort would earn a dominating 46-point, 79-33 victory over the visiting Vikings.
Frankfort opened play in the first quarter gaining only a slight, 14-11 edge over Petersburg. Frankfort closed play in the fourth quarter by edging the Vikings only 10-9. In the second and third quarters, however, the Falcons dominated play 29-7 and 26-6, outscoring Petersburg 55-13 in the middle stanzas to earn the 79-33 victory.
Jansen Knotts led all scorers with a game-high 15 points, and was followed in double figures for Frankfort by Chris Kenney with 12 points and Isaiah Knotts with 11 points. Jansen Knotts scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half; Chris Kenney scored all 12 of his points in the opening half.
In addition, Mason Davis drained three three-pointers in the second quarter to finish with nine points, David Blanco earned eight points, Brady Whitacre six points, and Bryceten Daubenmire and Brock Robinette five points. Finally, JJ Blank and Will Toye finished with four points apiece to close out the scoring for Frankfort.
In the loss, Petersburg was led in double figures by Slade Saville with 11 points, and was followed by Lane Huffman with seven points, Jacob Hawk with four points, and Kahner Turner with three points. In addition, Charlie Moomau, Dalton Lough, and Bumby Vanmeter scored two points apiece, and Cody Nuzum and Quentin Oates one point each.
With the victory, Frankfort advances their record to an impressive 11-3 on the season for an impressive winning percentage of 79 percent. The Falcons started play this season with a 3-2 record but have won eight of their last nine contests. More importantly, the Falcons remain undefeated in sectional play.
With the loss, Petersburg’s record falls to 3-13 on the season.
Frankfort was also victorious in the junior varsity contest, defeating Petersburg convincingly 69-31. Frankfort’s junior Falcons led Petersburg 18-6 at the end of the first quarter and 35-9 at halftime. That lead was extended to 56-24 at the end of the third quarter and 69-31 at the end of the contest.
Jake Clark led the junior Falcons with a game-high 19 points, and was followed in double figures for Frankfort by Will Toye and Bryson Lane with 14 points apiece, and Peyton Slider with 10 points. In addition, Bryceten Daubenmire tallied six points, Colton McTaggart four points, and Tage Malone two points.
Petersburg’s junior Vikings were paved by Jacob Hawk with eight points, Bumby Vanmeter with seven points, and Ian Vanmeter with six points. Additionally, Adam Nesselrodt and Trevon Crites netted three points each, followed by Dean Mosman-Equerme and Bryson Coblentz with two points apice.
Frankfort (11-3) will next travel to Keyser on Tuesday, Feb. 4 for triple-header action against the Golden Tornado. Freshmen play will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by junior varsity tipping off at 6 p.m., and varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m.