Girls Basketball Season Come To End At Regional Final

Posted on February 11, 2018 in Girl's Basketball, Winter Sports

By CHUCK LANDIS – clandis@chronicle-tribune.com
GREENTOWN —Indiana’s top-ranked Class 2A basketball team went down Saturday having received a taste of its own medicine.

Frankton applied full-court pressure defense that rattled Oak Hill and triggered a 68-58 victory in the championship game of the Eastern Regional. Frankton advances to the semistate to meet Central Noble while the Golden Eagles’ season is over.

No. 1-ranked Oak Hill finished 23-3 and opened the game on an 8-2 run but the complexion of the game quickly changed in Frankton’s favor. Frankton ran off 11 unanswered points to go ahead 13-8 and never trailed the rest of the game.

Even though Frankton played an overtime game in the second semifinal earlier Saturday, it had plenty in reserve to fight off Oak Hill’s vaunted defensive pressure throughout the game. Oak Hill pulled to within 21-19 at halftime and tied it twice at 21-all and 23-all early in the third quarter.

But the Eagles committed six turnovers against the press in the third quarter and would fall behind 38-32 at the break. Frankton also was able to break down Oak Hill’s press to connect on 6-of-9 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws.

Any chance Oak Hill had to get back in the game ended when Frankton’s Destyne Knight knocked down two free throws and then Sydney Tucker made a 3-point basket for a 43-32 lead less than one minute into the period. It set up a fourth quarter where Oak Hill playing from behind was forced to foul and Frankton took advantage to hit 17-of-20 in the final period.

Tucker and Knight, Frankton’s fourth-year standouts, finished with 23 and 20 points, respectively, and Frankton was able to make 18-of-32 field goals in the game.

Taylor Westgate topped Oak Hill with 17 points while Kaela Robey added 11 and Adrianna Trexler 10 before each fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Golden Eagles had four starters foul out.

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