FRANKTON — Revenge might be a dish best served cold.
But the Frankton boys basketball team served up a healthy portion Tuesday night in large part because of a red-hot start.
The Eagles (16-2) avenged a one-point loss to Lapel in the Madison County tournament semifinals last month with a dominant 77-63 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at the Eagles' Nest.
Frankton scored the game's first eight points and led 21-7 after the first quarter. The Bulldogs (12-6) never got the deficit back into single digits and snapped a six-game winning streak.
"It was big, getting off to a good start," Eagles coach Brent Brobston said. "The kids were excited, and they came out rolling. I thought we shot the ball well early, and we did a nice job of limiting shots for other people."
Aaron Korn led all scorers with 30 points, scoring 20 in the second half as Frankton fought to hold on to its lead. He hit buzzer beaters just before the half and at the end of the third quarter to keep momentum on the Eagles' side.
But early on, Korn let his teammates take center stage.
Nick Wright hit a pair of early 3-pointers, and Austin Compton scored seven first-quarter points as Frankton surged in front. Compton finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Wright added 10 points.
Jordan Reeves just missed becoming the fourth Eagle in double figures. He scored nine points and had a team-high nine rebounds before fouling out with 3:19 to play.
"Other people stepped up and hit some nice shots for us," Brobston said. "And I thought Compton did a really, really nice job of setting the tempo."
Lapel attempted to claw back into the game throughout the second half, but 5-for-25 shooting in the opening 16 minutes proved too great an obstacle to overcome.
Brady Cherry scored 14 of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Noah Hendershot had 13 of his 18 points in the second half. But the Bulldogs never pulled closer than 11 points, a number they reached three times in the final period.
Each time, Korn led the charge on the other end, working his way into the lane either to score from the field or wind up on the free-throw line. He shot 5-for-8 from the floor in the second half and made 10 of 13 free throws.
And, as usual, he didn't force a thing.
"He stays within the offense," Brobston said. "He's always been that way. But he stepped up and got some big baskets for us when we needed him."
The win came in front of a capacity crowd of 2,100, and the fans arrived early. Frankton's "Sixth Man" student section found its seats shortly after the doors opened at 5 p.m. and were a loud factor throughout the night.
The energy helped the Eagles to their fifth straight win and provided a measure of confidence for a potential third meeting between the rivals in the Class 2A sectional on Lapel's home floor.
"Take nothing away from Lapel, that's a very good team," Brobston said. "They're well-coached, and they're disciplined. That's a good win for us."