LIZTON – The Frankfort Hot Dogs couldn’t keep up with the Bruins, losing Friday night’s Sagamore Athletic Conference game 82-47 at Tri-West High School.
It was a rough night for Frankfort, which lost each game of the girls-boys doubleheader by a large margin.
The Hot Dogs briefly held a 5-2 lead after Griffin Harris nailed a 3-pointer two minutes into the game, but the Bruins answered with a 10-point run and led 20-7 at the end of the opening quarter.
Frankfort got something going in the first three minutes of the second period, outscoring the Bruins, 13-5, to cut the deficit to five points, at 25-20, before Tri-West went on a 7-2 run to push its lead back to 10 points and led by eight at the half.
Tri-West opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and ended up outscoring the Hot Dogs 23-9 in the period to pull away.
“Early in the third quarter is when we really got hit pretty hard,” Frankfort head coach Jared Catron said. “We were only down eight going into halftime, and we mainly just played six guys. That is obviously going to be tough to compete with a team that physical and big with that much energy, but they hung tight that first half. They got tired that second half. That’s not an excuse, but they got after it, and that is what we expected.”
The Hot Dogs were without the services of 6-foot-7 forward Carter Taylor.
“He rolled his ankle in the Lafayette Central Catholic game, so we are still trying to heal that up,” Catron explained. “It does make it a little bit difficult, but I thought the guys played hard without him.
“We had some guys step up tonight – Steven Ceballos and Damon Moore, who stepped into a big pair of shoes and played great. The defensive effort was huge, and I couldn’t have been more proud of the guys who stepped in on the court tonight.”
Senior point guard Jarred Smith tried his best to keep the Hot Dogs in the game, finishing with a game-high 18 points. Jordan Campbell also finished in double figures with 13 points, while Harris hit three 3s for nine.