Two of the perineal 7-8 grade powerhouse programs faced off Monday in Eastside. It was everything the two teams thought it would be and more. After a very low-scoring first quarter, the two teams settled in and let loose.
After three physical quarters of basketball Irving College, escaped with a 48-40 win over Eastside.
Jillian Frankman stunned the Lady Bulldog defense after she went lights out and scored a game-high 26 points. Frankman connect on four deep 3-pointers for 12 of her 26 points.
The first quarter was a little less than what you expect at a 7-8 grade matchup. After one complete, Eastside trailed 6-4.
A surge for the lead ensued and the Lady Bulldogs went on the attack. Kapri Talley went to work on the inside for Eastside and MaKenna Mason knocked down a short jumper, her second of the game.
Everything else by Eastside came from the free-throw line. The Lady Bulldogs shot 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. Grayson Hillis was perfect on both her free throw attempts. Irving College tried to establish an early defensive presence inside and the Lady Tiger defense did not give away points in the paint.
On the other end of the floor, Irving College pushed the tempo right back at Eastside. It worked for the Lady Tigers and they hit the lanes and attacked the basket and after the collapse of the defense, the outside shooting opened up.
Kenley Cathcart and Karissa Smartt each got in close for open looks. Frankman had the hot hand of the night and she took off and let the shots fly in the second. She connected three times inside the arch and once beyond the arch for her first of four 3-pointers.
By the half, Eastside trailed 21-17.
Neither team was willing to budge and the frantic pace continued on each end of the floor. Mason had the touch for Eastside and she added six more to her 18-point total. Rylie Crawford struggled to get inside and she continued to make her way to the free-throw line. Crawford shot 2-of-4 in the third period. Katie Bost added her only two points of the game before the end of the period.
The Lady Tigers fended off the Lady Bulldogs on the defensive end. On the offensive end, Frankman continued to pour in points. She almost single-handedly dismantled the Eastside defense. She spotted up and connected three times from behind the arch and once from inside the 3-point line for 11 third-quarter points.
Ella Bond helped out while the other key players were being harassed by the Eastside defense. Bond scored four points in the third and at the end of three, Eastside trailed 37-30.
Down to their last six minutes, the Lady Bulldog offense slowed and struggled with its shot selection. Maason continued to attack the Irving College defense. Crawford broke free and slipped past the defense for her first basket from the floor and Kerrigan Cripps scored her only shot as time ticked off the clock.
Irving College stayed just a step ahead of the pace in the final six minutes. The Eastside defense finally found an answer to Frankman and she was held to just two points in the fourth. It opened up Hannah Lee who had been scoreless the entire game and she dialed up her first 3-point shot of the game and connected.
Smartt was left open in the fourth and she opened up for six in the final period. The Lady Tigers got the best of the Lady Bulldogs on Monday and defeated Eastside, 48-40.
LADY TIGER SCORING – Jillian Frankman 26, Karissa Smartt 9, Kenley Cathcart 4, Ella Bond 4, Hannah Lee 3, Emily Fults 2
LADY BULLDOG SCORING – MaKenna Mason 18, Kapri Talley 9, Rylie Crawford 5, Grayson Hillis 4, Katie Bost 2, Kerrigan Cripps 2