Editor’s note: Due to transmission problems, this story could not be included in Wednesday’s edition. The game was played Tuesday night.
FRANKTON – Two teams faced off in the Eagles Nest searching for their first win of the season, and when the final horn sounded it was Frankton outscoring Eastern (Greentown) 39-27 for the victory.
Both teams struggled to find their offense throughout the game, but the Eagles (1-4) took a 5-2 lead early in the first quarter and would never relinquish it with a steady dose of drives that sent them to the foul line.
The Comets (0-5) took 20 three-pointers in the game, only hitting three, and mustered just five free-throws, missing all of them. Meanwhile, Frankton didn’t fare well from the line, but it got there 19 times and connected on nine.
Making the game more interesting was the fact that Justin Coomer – longtime assistant to Jimmy Howell’s Lapel boys’ team – is now at the helm of the Eastern girls basketball team.
“It is kind of weird being here, but I kind of like the gym. I was looking forward to it. I thought it would be a little different coming here in a different uniform,” said Coomer.
Although there was some nostalgia with the Comets’ coach coming back under a different set of circumstances, he wasn’t there to reminisce of his Lapel days gone by. Coomer was there to try to coach his girls to a win, but came away frustrated with the fact that they couldn’t hit their open shots.
Eastern shot a lowly 12-of-55 from the field on the night, and their coach said that is something they’ve struggled with all season.
“That’s been our big problem,” said Coomer of the missed shots. “We don’t always get the greatest shots. Most of the times we have pretty good looks. We just haven’t been hitting them. I try to get them to shoot game speed in practice. I think sometimes they just kind of rush it a little bit. We had a lot of good looks, but we didn’t get many to go down.”