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Frankfort dominates Faith Christian

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ALANIS ON THE MOVE: Frankfort's Nallely Alanis looks for an opening during Tuesday's win over Faith Christian.
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KINGMA UP STRONG: Frankfort's Kimee Kingma goes for two during Tuesday's win over Faith Christian. She recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
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MY BALL: Frankfort's Lindsey Gay works to control a loose ball under the basket during Tuesday's win.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Frankfort overwhelmed winless Faith Christian in girls basketball on Tuesday, emptying their bench for the fourth quarter in the 67-24 home win.

“They've been winless for a couple seasons,” Frankfort head coach Joe Marsh said, “but she's (Eagles coach D.J. Layton) doing a good job. She works hard. I see her on Sundays at the girls youth league at Clinton Prairie.

“They are going to make their improvements, but they're obviously taking the slow steps to make the program turn around.”

Still, Marsh saw positives from his club in the win.

“I was hoping that was the way we were going to play,” he said. “I challenged them to be mentally here for this game and playing it the way we should have played it. It allows you to work on some things that you normally don't get to work on as far as different sets (and other things)."

Rylee Seibert led the Hot Dogs with 20 points, with Kimee Kingma not far behind with 16 and Emily Michael also in double figures at 11.

“I know our big three of Rylee, Kimee and Emily played like they should being our top three scorers and defensively with Nallely (Alanis) and Kya (King) they do a good job. They compliment each other well. I was excited to see them come out and be dominant on the defensive end.”

In all, nine players registered points for Frankfort with Nallely Alanis hitting for six, Lindsey Gay and Jordan Frazier (four each), Kya King (three), Liz Sandoval (two), and Jessie Ramos (one).

Alanis, who missed several games at the beginning of the season, hit two jumpers and appeared more comfortable on the court during the game, which Marsh sees helping the team as the season progresses.

“She should be getting looks, she should be getting to that eight or 10 point mark a game or close to it. We really focused on every shooting drill (during practice) somebody watching her, making sure her hands are set and her feet are set. … She's important and she has to be an offensive threat when she's in the game.”

The Hot Dogs controlled the contest from the outset against the overmatched Eagles leading after the first quarter 26-4 and at half 43-14. The game gave Frankfort an opportunity to give their reserves an opportunity at varsity minutes, with freshman Frazier netting her first four varsity points late in the game.

“That sophomore group is going to lead us next year,” Marsh said. “It was good to see that mix of younger players and older players and especially Jessie Ramos and Lindsey and Liz to mesh well with the older ones and learn the offense and get comfortable in the setting. It's not easy when you're not in a varsity game and you make simple mistakes that normally you wouldn't make in a JV game. … It was nice to see them give a lot of effort.”

The Hot Dogs controlled the boards when they weren't scoring, with Kingma registering a double-double with a team-leading 11 rebounds. She also had two steals and two blocks. Michael dished out seven assists to go with five steals (tied for the team lead with King) and three rebounds.

Other contributing stats came from Seibert with four rebounds and three steals, Sandoval (four rebounds, four steals, a block and two assists), King (six assists and a rebound to go with her steals), Gay (four steals, a block and a rebound), Alanis (four steals, two rebounds and an assist), Gay (four steals and a rebound), Ingrid Valdes (three steals and a rebound) and Sydney Cesare (a steal).

The win improved Frankfort's record to 4-6, with their next game starting at 6 p.m. Friday at home as part of a girls-boys doubleheader.

“We have our work cut out for us playing Tri-West here on Friday,” Marsh said. “They are a very good shooting team. They attack the basket really well, so we're going to have to bring our A game defensively to compete with them. They are a top-tier conference team and that's where we want to be.”