News and notes from around the county.
Promising start from Frankfort: While the Frankfort girls’ basketball team came out on the short end of a 58-48 loss to Western on Saturday, there were some promising aspects that could bode well for the future.
Frankfort scored 26 points in the first half, a feat the Hot Dogs only accomplished three times last season: Western (26, second half), Crawfordsville (27, first half) and Clinton Prairie (32, second).
The 48 points the Hot Dogs finished with was more than they scored in all but two contests last year: a season-high 56 points in a 56-53 overtime win over Crawfordsville, and 48 in a 10-point loss to Winchester.
Frankfort also had a solid scoring spurt at the end of the contest, scoring 16 points in the final 2:35, a sign that some of the lesser teams on the schedule could have some problems with its full-court pressure.
Cripe signs at Marian: Clinton Central senior Riley Cripe fulfilled her dreams of playing college softball when she signed a national letter of intent to play at Marian University on Nov. 5.
Last season, Cripe hit .440 with 40 hits, 34 runs, 13 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 20 RBIs. She had a .485 on-base percentage, .703 slugging percentage and a 1.118 OPS.
Cripe plays catcher for Clinton Central and also plays third base with her travel softball team. Defensively, she led Central in putouts with 179.
Cripe is a two-time first team all-Hoosier Heartland Conference and all-Clinton County selection. As a sophomore, Cripe hit .393 with 24 runs, 24 hits, five doubles, four RBIs and two stolen bases.
Frankfort boys’ basketball playing at Bankers Life: The Frankfort boys’ basketball team has aspirations of playing in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in March, and the team will get a preview of what it’s like to play there due to a change in the schedule. The Hot Dogs will take on Delphi at the Pacers’ home court on Dec. 8 as part of an all-day tournament.
The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 18 at Delphi.
Delphi features 6-foot-7 forward Cole Murray, who has committed to Division I Northern Kentucky University.
Local volleyball players earn all-star recognition: Rossville senior Brinsley Cooper will play for the North team in the ICGSA All-Star Match, which takes place Sunday at Perry Meridian High School.
Frankfort juniors Mady Corrie and Ericka Ham, along with Clinton Central junior Sydney Unger, played in the North-South All-Star Challenge at Southmont High School this past weekend.
Boys basketball scrimmages take place this week: All four county teams will play in scrimmages this week. Clinton Prairie kicked it off on Monday when it went against Benton Central. Frankfort is at Carroll at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Clinton Central is at Taylor at 6 p.m. Thursday and Rossville is at Lewis Cass at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Girls’ tourneys populate week: There are two 8-team tournaments taking place in the Greater Lafayette area this week: The J&C Hoops Classic and the Indiana Kitchen Basketball Classic.
Frankfort began its trek in the J&C tourney against Twin Lakes on Monday at McCutcheon. If the Hot Dogs win, it plays at 6 p.m. Friday at McCutcheon. If they lose, they’ll play at 6 p.m. Thursday, also at McCutcheon. Frankfort will also play a third game on Saturday.
In other action, Lafayette Jeff and Harrison played Monday night, and tonight’s matchups are Lafayette Central Catholic vs. Benton Central and West Lafayette vs. McCutcheon.
Clinton Central and Rossville are both playing in the Kitchen Classic. Clinton Central played Frontier at 6 p.m. Monday while Rossville plays Faith Christian at 6 p.m. tonight. If the teams win, they play Friday. If they lose, they’ll play on Thursday evening. In other first-round action, Carroll and North White played on Monday night and Tri-County and Delphi go head-to-head tonight.