LAPEL –Rarely do opposing teams make many three-pointers against Monroe Central’s defense. But Frankton made nine of them Friday in the Lapel Class 2A semifinals. That was enough to defeat the Lady Bears and knock them out of the tournament, 50-47.
Frankton went on to defeat Wapahani, 50-39, on Saturday night and claim the championship.
The Bears, who were rolling along with an impressive 11-game win streak entering the game, suffered a rare off-shooting night and couldn’t come up with a big bucket in the end to tie the game.
“We played a hard-fought basketball game,” Monroe Central coach Brock Morrison said. “I thought both teams played extremely hard and wanted to win the game.”
In a game that was close throughout, Hannah Bolton piured in 20 points to lead the Bears. Bolton will graduate and Monroe Central’s all-time leading scorer.
Hannah McCollum added 10 points and Catherine Duncan added 7 points for the Bears.
It was also the final game for five other Monroe Central seniors – Brooke Bolton, Gabby Beckham, Hannah McCollum, Katie Pike and Ally Morrison.
“Sometimes you fall short of your goal,” Morrison said. “I hate it that our kids didn’t achieve what they worked so hard for this year. It’s a feeling that never sits well.
“The work that they put in and the growth we experienced both as a team and as individuals, set our team up to play for championships. I wouldn’t want to go into war with another group of kids. They were a bright spot in my day every day over the course of the season.”
The Bears can reflect on an excellent season with a Randolph County championship, a 19-5 final record and a ranking of No. 2 in the final Class 2A polls.
The Bears lost despite making 14 of 16 from the free throw line for 87 percent.
B. Bolton 0 1 0-0 3; Beckham 2 1-1 5l Pike 0 0-0 0; H. Bolton 5 1 7-7 20; Morrison0 0-0 0; Shinn 0 0-0 0; McCollum 3 4-4 20; McGrath 0 2-4 2; Duncan 2 1 0-0 7; Farmer 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 3 `4-16 47.
Class 2A Lapel
Grace Alexander, Frankton
Addie Gardner, Frankton
Madison Thompson, Wapahani
Camryn Wise, Wapahani
Hannah Bolton, Monroe Central
Gabby Beckham, Monroe Central
Katie Pike, Monroe Central
Delaney Peoples, Lapel
Lily Daniels, Lapel
Reece Vanblair, Alexandria