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CC limits Frankfort star, holds off rally

February 16, 2012
Lafayette Central Catholic High School

Central Catholic knew it couldn't rely on a single player to contain 6-foot-7 Frankfort center Dakota Isgrigg on Saturday.

Instead, Knights coach Dave Barrett turned to a rotation of his bigger bodies to help defend one of the area's leading scorers.

Isgrigg still finished with a solid 15 points and nine rebounds. But after claiming a 55-51 victory over the Frankfort at McHale Gymnasium, the Knights believed their defensive plan had held up.

"We had our big guys banging around there, and we were also supposed to collapse unless we were on (Christian Smith), because he can shoot," said Danny Anthrop, who was surprised to learn he'd scored a career-best 27 points. "Our game plan was solid and it worked."

Jake Churchill came through with a 3-pointer and an old-fashioned 3-point play in the fourth quarter to help extend dwindling Central Catholic leads. He finished with 11 points.

The Knights (6-7) have won five of their last six.

"I think we're on the rise," CC junior guard Timmy Mills said. "We had a loss the other week, but that's all right, because Andrean was a great team. We're putting it together, and I think we can make a run in this tournament coming up."

By sagging down to deny the post, Central Catholic left the perimeter exposed. The Hot Dogs, however, could not capitalize.

While Isgrigg, Smith and Jacob Barnes combined to hit 16 of 24 field goals, the rest of Frankfort's team made 4 of 29. That included a 2-for-17 performance from 3-point range (0-for-7 after halftime).

"When you go 2 of 17, you need to find something else to do, which is what I was trying to convince my guys," Frankfort coach Tom Weeks said. "But they did a good job defensively tonight; I thought both teams did."

Isgrigg turned an ankle 90 seconds into the game but returned about three minutes later. He was playing well before running into foul trouble in the third quarter.

With about 2:30 left, Isgrigg fouled Anthrop while guarding him on the perimeter. Seconds later, Anthrop took the ball to the hoop, and in his attempt to deny him, Isgrigg picked up his fourth foul.

Though the Knights couldn't really separate from Frankfort during Isgrigg's ensuing four-minute absence, Weeks said the foul situation was a factor.

"We knew he fouled a lot and we wanted to get him in trouble, because we don't really have anybody that big," said Anthrop, a Purdue football recruit who scored 12 points on layups while hitting 11 of 14 field goals. "We couldn't rely just on physicality. I didn't really know who was down there; I was going to take it up on whoever it was. It kind of played into our hand."

Smith collected 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Frankfort, which was trying to win three straight for the first time since February 2010.

The outcome could have turned had either team performed better at the free throw line. Frankfort made 9 of 16. Central Catholic, shooting just 58.4 percent coming in, made 8 of 19.

"Games like this, you can't miss free throws," Barrett said.

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