By Bill Barrows
The Southwood Knights weathered foul trouble and a Frankton team that was equally at quick as the Knights on Saturday. Down the stretch, there were a number of momentum swings that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats, if they were sitting at all. A see-saw battle ensued all afternoon, neither team leading by more than six points. In the end, clutch shots and good free throw shooting by Frankton won out as they beat the Knights 65-61.
Not that Southwood didn’t hit clutch shots, because Carson Blair hit several to either set the tone or answer Frankton’s charge as did Matthew Nose and Dallas Holmes. Both did so while playing with relative caution because both players were in foul trouble early in the game. The game was closely officiated, which cost both teams in a highly athletic and physical contest. At one point Peyton Trexler was sprawled out on the floor after a collision with two Frankton players as he scrambled for the ball at break-neck speed. Trexler set the tone all day with quickness and penetration moves.
Jeffrey Finicle and Blake Martz also played big roles for the Knights, as they did all season. Senior Paul Farlow came off the bench to spell Nose and Holmes during their issues with fouls. Both of these teams were quick, ball hawking squads that one-upped each other all afternoon creating turnovers into points. But the Eagles gained a late advantage when a couple of crucial calls led to Frankton scores and the Knights couldn’t make up the difference as time ran out.
The Knights finished the season with an excellent 21-5 record, winning 14 straight games before Saturday’s regional loss. Frankton went on the win the Lapel Regional, coming from 13 points down to beat Covington 54-52.
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