Offensive rebounds were the name of the game for Frankfort in its county matchup against Rossville on Tuesday.
The Hot Dogs gobbled up 22 offensive rebounds – 51 overall for the game – and used that dominance on the glass to outlast the visiting Hornets, 53-37, in Case Arena.
“It’s the first time we’ve probably played someone that was same size we are,” said Frankfort head coach Andy Ross. “
Frankfort (3-12) hoisted up a season-high 77 shots and only made 22 for a 29 percent clip, but the undersized Hornets – playing in the 2-3 zone they’ve employed for much of the season – couldn’t keep the Hot Dogs from cleaning up on those missed shots.
“It means they don’t have any block-out responsibilities and we needed to make sure we went to the offensive glass and the girls did a good job following through with that game plan,” Ross said.
Frankfort had 14 offensive rebounds to Rossville’s zero in the first half.
“Rebounding is recognition, it’s effort and it’s having the attitude that I want the ball,” said Rossville head coach Jeff Henley. “I don’t question our effort at all. I think sometimes we don’t recognize where the ball is rebounding to or we don’t make that extra special step because we’re so small.”
Junior Sam Henderson led Frankfort with 12 boards, with Mandi Boggs tallying eight rebounds and Taylor Kirby seven rebounds.
Rossville was also undone with turnovers, committing 29 miscues while Frankfort turned it over 17 times.
“We felt like if we could get Frankfort in the half court defensively, we would be fine,” Henley said. “But you’ve got to finish the play. We turned the ball over a lot, and some of them led to easy lay-ups which has nothing to do with our defense.”
Despite the decisive rebounding advantage, Rossville hung tough with Frankfort for 16 minutes. The Hornets used a 7-0 run over a 2:30 stretch late in the first half to cut the Hot Dog lead to 23-21. Rossville had a couple of chances to tie but couldn’t get the tying or go-ahead shot to drop.
Cassidy Dubree scored for Frankfort with 4.4 seconds left in the half to give it a 25-21 lead, and the Hot Dogs took off in the third quarter.
Sophomore Lyndsey Isenhower kicked off Frankfort’s scoring in the first half with a 3-pointer, and she did the same thing in second half to push the lead to 28-21. Henderson and Dubree then followed with baskets of their own for an 11-point lead.
Rossville’s Brittyn Oliver broke the string with a basket with 4:05 left in the third, but Frankfort finished the period on a 9-2 run to lead 41-27 after three quarters.
“It was a continuation of things,” Ross said. “They’re not real deep. We wanted to put continuous pressure on them and wear them down. Some of the shots they missed in the third quarter that they normally hit, maybe we fatigued them a little bit.”
Frankfort then went on a 10-0 run – six points coming from Jacenda Perry – in a 2:22 stretch in the fourth grab its biggest lead of the game at 51-29.
“We knew exactly how they were going to play us. They’re really scrappy and they’re relentless going after you,” Henley said. “We just didn’t handle it that well.”
Perry came off the bench to lead a balanced Hot Dog scoring attack with 10 points. Taylor Kirby scored nine points, Isenhower eight points, Dubree and Henderson had seven points each, and Mandi Boggs tallieds six points.
Danielle Memmer led the Hornets with nine points and Michaela Miller and Oliver scored seven points apiece. Miller, Memmer and Lindsay Fife all had six rebounds.
While Rossville did have its struggles with rebounding, the Hornets blocked seven shots with Miller and Memmer getting two each.
Frankfort 53, Rossville 37
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Rossville 11 10 6 10 - 37
Frankfort 16 9 16 12 - 53
Rossville (1-12) 37
Alling 2-8 0-0 5, Virtue-Gamblin 2-9 0-1 4, Memmer 3-4 3-3 9, Miller 2-6 3-4 7, Fife 1-1 1-2 3, Oliver 3-10 1-3 7, Longenecker 1-1 0-1 2. Totals: 14-39 8-14 37.
Frankfort (3-12) 53
Dubree 3-9 1-1 7, Henderson 2-13 3-4 7, Isenhower 3-9 0-2 8, M. Boggs 3-7 0-1 6, Kirby 3-17 2-2 9, L. Boggs 2-6 0-0 4, A. Olivas 0-2 0-0 0, T. Olivas 1-6 0-0 2, Perry 5-7 0-0 10, O’Brien 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-77 6-10 53.
3-point field goals: RV 1-14 (Alling 1-5, Virtue-Gamblin 0-5, Oliver 0-4), FF 3-8 (Isenhower 2-4, Kirby 1-3, T. Olivas 0-1). Rebounds: RV 37 (Miller, Fife, Oliver 6), FF 51 (Henderson 12, M. Boggs 8, Kirby 7). Assists: RV 8 (Memmer, Fife 2), FF 8 (4 with 2). Steals: RV 9 (Memmer 4), FF 17 (M. Boggs 5). Blocks: RV 7 (Memmer, Miller 2), FF 3 (Henderson 2). Turnovers: RV 29, FF 17. Total fouls: RV 10, FF 20. Fouled out: None.
Frankfort’s Sam Henderson (middle) and Jacenda Perry (right) battle for the ball with Rossville’s Michaela Miller (left) in Tuesday’s contest.
Rossville’s Brittyn Oliver (middle) dribbles between Frankfort’s Taylor Kirby (left) and Adriana Olivas (right) during Tuesday’s game.