Frankfort sweeps regular-season series
Mikala Miller scored a game-high 29 points leading Frankfort past Berkeley Springs, 57-49, on Friday, January 20, in Berkeley Springs.
"I thought our girls played their hearts out," said Berkeley Springs coach Dale McCumbee. “You have to give Frankfort some credit, especially Miller. She had a heck of a game and was really the difference."
The Indians drew first blood, and led 4-0 before the Falcons ended the opening quarter of a 6-2 run to tie the game at 6-6. Miller had all of Frankfort's first-quarter points, while Berkeley Springs got baskets from Casey Solomon, Caitlyn Napfel and Deidra Burch.
Sydne Yanez scored with 2:40 remaining in the second quarter, giving Berkeley its largest lead of the game, 19-16. But, Frankfort ended the quarter on a 10-4 run, including a shot at the buzzer by Miller, to take a 26-23 lead into the halftime intermission.
"We had some opportunities we didn't capitalize on," said McCumbee. “If we could finish a few times things might have been different."
Burch opened the second half with a pair of three's as the Indians regained the lead, 29-28. The lead changed hands several times over the next six minutes, with Frankfort taking a precarious lead, 39-38, into the final quarter of action.
The Lady Falcons opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run to take a six-point lead, 46-40. A pair of free throws by Solomon and a long range three from Lauren Schetrompf trimmed the lead to a single point, 46-45, with 4:22 remaining on the clock, but the Indians could get no closer as Frankfort made 9-11 free throws down the stretch to sweep the season series between the longtime sectional rivals.
Solomon paced the Lady Indians with 20 points. Deidra Burch added 13, Schetrompf 10, Napfel four and Yanez two.
"Casey had a very good game," McCumbee said. “She was a factor on the boards and scored inside and out. Her presence in the paint was huge. She was aggressive and got to the line a lot. We have to get a lot better fundamentally, but I thought we played with a lot of effort."
Miller was the only Falcon in double figures, though Saydi Whiteman scored nine points, including four in the final quarter.
Frankfort improved to 8-5, while Berkeley Springs fell to 7-7.
Berkeley Springs will host Keyser in an important sectional contest on Friday, January 27.