By Jason Haddix For The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin
---- — FRANKTON — When the first quarter came to an end, Frankton trailed Jay County by 16 points. The Lady Eagles walked to their bench with the look of a defeated team, but they proved that to be a myth.
Jay County’s lead grew to 19 when Bre McIntire drained her second 3-pointer of the game 30 seconds into the second quarter. From that point on, Frankton’s defense tightened up and the offense found its rhythm, which translated to a 40-34 Lady Eagles’ victory.
“I don’t think I have ever witnessed anything quite like that,” Frankton coach Dean Riddle said.
The second and third quarters played nearly even, with Jay County outscoring Frankton 14-13 during those 16 minutes. But, like the Patriots owned the first, it was all Eagles in the fourth.
As the Eagles broke the huddle to open the fourth down by 17, the once defeated look had changed to one of determination.
Slowly they chipped away at the Jay County lead. Confidence was built as shot after shot fell for Frankton. With 6:25 remaining, Katie Key took the inbounds pass and immediately hit a 3-point shot to close the gap to 10.
That was when Riddle said he felt the Eagles were back in the game.
“Around that time, everybody was feeling a little bit better about it, at least we had an opportunity,” he said. “I was feeling good just saying that we just competed.”
They did more than just competed.
After the Jay County timeout, the Eagles continued the miraculous comeback—already on an 11-0 run, which turned into a 29-2 run spanning the final 11 minutes of the game. The lone Patriot points came with 7.2 seconds left and were from the free-throw line.
The turn around came in part because of the improved outside shooting, 3-of-8 in the first three quarters, but a perfect 5-of-5 in the fourth.
Junior Katie Key led the way for Frankton with 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting. All of her point came in the second half. Sophomore Ashtyn Rastetter added 12.
“This team does not have an identified leader yet, an identified play-maker,” Riddle said. “This team has to do it by committee.”
Frankton is now on a three-game winning streak. “This team has times to where they start pointing the finger,” Riddle said. “Hopefully nights like tonight they say we need everybody, let’s point the finger in a positive direction.”