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Bulldogs win again, topping Titans

POST MOVE: Frankfort’s Jayce Moore makes a move to the basket during Friday’s 50-38 loss at Lebanon.

Fresh off breaking a 30-game losing streak last weekend, Clinton Central won their second boys basketball game of the season over visiting conference foe Taylor, 59-55, on Friday, coming from behind to tie it going into the fourth quarter and hitting free throws at the end to secure the victory.

Ross Cripe led the Bulldogs with 18 points, including nine in the fourth quarter and five 3-pointers for the game. Eight players scored in all with Nate Martin adding 12 and Spencer Smith and Payton Moore eight each, with additional scoring coming from Jack Akard (four) and Jake Shoup, Drew Hosteter and Caleb Heide (three each).

Central led 9-6 after the first quarter before the Titans came back to take a 24-20 halftime lead. The Bulldogs claimed their first lead since a Heide 3 gave them a 20-19 advantage with under 3 minutes left in the second quarter when Smith scored for a 32-31 advantage with under 4 minutes left in the third. Martin had hit a 3 just before to get Central within one, which almost erased a seven-point cushion Taylor had built earlier in the quarter.

The lead went back and forth from there until Taylor’s Ashton McKay tied it at 37 going into the fourth and teammate Wynn Takacs gave the Titans the lead to start the fourth. Smith tied it with a bucket and five straight points, including a 3, from Moore pushed the Bulldogs to a 44-39 advantage.

A Martin bucket and a Cripe 3 made it 49-41 with just over 3 minutes to play.

A McKay free throw drew Taylor within 56-53 with under a minute left in the game, with Martin hitting two free throws right before Taylor’s Jaylen Harris made it 58-55. Cripe hit 1 of 2 free throws in the final seconds for the final margin.

The win improved the Bulldogs’ record to 2-7 (1-3 Hoosier Heartland Conference) on the season. It was Central’s first regular-season conference win since Jan. 6, 2017, when they topped Taylor 63-56. They are 2-1 since the 30-game losing streak that went back to two seasons ago.

Central was to visit an undefeated Northwestern squad on Saturday, with their next game at Western on Friday with a 7:30 p.m. tip.

Hot Dogs lose to Tigers

Frankfort lost 50-38 at Lebanon in a boys conference game on Friday, leading after the first quarter and trailing by only one at halftime.

Jayce Moore and Caleb Henry led the Hot Dogs in scoring with eight points each, while Casey Henry added seven and Jose Valdes Sandoval six. Other scoring for Frankfort came from Braden Compton with five and Caden Stine and Kevin Wilkins with two each.

Michael Reese led the Tigers (6-6, 3-1 Sagamore Conference) with 18 points.

Caleb Henry had a team-high six rebounds for Frankfort with a steal, while Moore had a team-leading three assists with three rebounds.

“(We) played hard but too many turnovers and a two-point second quarter proved too much to overcome ...” Hot Dogs head coach Nate VanDuyne posted on the school’s athletic website. “The team jumped out to an early 11-2 lead and led at the end of the first quarter 16-13.”

He noted his squad struggled offensively in the two-point second quarter “but defended well enough to only give up 6 and go into the half down one.

“Lebanon came out knocking down shots in the third quarter scoring 19 giving the Tigers a 10-point cushion,” the post states. “The team got the lead down to six multiple times in the forth but were unable to get any closer.”

Frankfort’s junior varsity topped the Tigers, 41-32, with Landen Mejia and Jade Ayers leading the team offensively, according to the post.

The varsity dropped to 1-9 (0-2) on the season with the loss. The Hot Dogs were to host Maconaquah on Saturday, with their next game at Western Boone on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

Gophers squeak by Seeger

Clinton Prairie edged host Seeger, 32-31, in girls basketball on Thursday, coming back from a two-point third quarter deficit.

The Gophers trailed 25-23 going into the fourth quarter before securing the victory. Seeger also jumped out to a 12-7 first quarter lead, which Prairie erased by limiting the Patriots to one point in the second quarter and taking a 17-13 lead at halftime.

Emma McKinney led the Gophers with 11 points, with Tatum Neal scoring nine. McKinney added three rebounds to her stat line, while Neal had a rebound and an assist.

Other scorers for Prairie included Tynlie Neal (five), Rebekah Lloyd (four), Hannah Wilson (two) and Hadley Wilson (one).

Tynlie Neal led the Gophers with five rebounds adding two assists. Hannah Wilson had a team-leading three steals and two blocks with four rebounds and two assists.

Other stat contributors included Lloyd (three rebounds and an assist), Kylee Maish (two assists), Hadley Wilson (an assist and a steal) and Katie Blacker (a rebound).

Prairie improved to 13-3 on the season with the win, while the Patriots fell to 14-3.

The Gophers were to play at Western Boone on Saturday, with their next game at North White on Tuesday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Frankfort falls at Lebanon

Frankfort lost 62-34 at Lebanon on Friday in girls basketball, with the loss dropping the Hot Dogs to 6-11 (1-3 Sagamore Conference) on the season.

The Tigers jumped out to an 18-8 first-quarter lead, expanding it to 31-15 at halftime. The lead blossomed to 50-25 after three quarters. Kimee Kingma led the Hot Dogs in scoring with 11.

The win improved the Tigers’ record to 8-8 (2-2).

Frankfort head coach Joe Marsh posted on the school’s athletic website that the loss “was from a lack of consistency on the offensive end” and that “15 first-half turnovers were just too much to climb out of in the second half.

“Poor shooting in and around the basket plagued the offense from making any dent into the halftime lead,” he added.

The Hot Dogs next host Rossville on Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. tip.


Bulldog boys sweep tri-meet

Clinton Central’s boys swimming team topped both Northwestern and host Delphi in a tri-meet on Thursday, while the girls team beat Delphi but fell short against Northwestern.

The boys beat Northwestern, 54-48, and Delphi, 90-9, while the girls overcame Delphi, 65-34, and lost to Northwestern, 71-31.

Central’s boys took the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, with the girls winning the 200 medley relay. For the boys, Aidan Hendrickson, Blake Mosbaugh, Wreese Sheets and Erik McCarty won the 200 free in 1:36.43 and Mosbaugh, Hendrickson, Colton Payne and McCarty took the 400 in 3:34.60. Kailie Burnette, Isabelle Hendrickson, Mollie McDaniel and Brogan Sheets won the 200 medley for the girls in 2:05.08.

Individual winners for the boys included McCarty in the 200 and 100 freestyles (1:50.99 and 51.59 respectively), Aidan Hendrickson in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly (2:14.43 and 57.92 respectively), Tyler Ray in 1-meter diving (score of 167.10) and Wreese Sheets in the 500 free (5:45.39).

Girls winners were Kailie Burnette in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke (27.45 and 1:09.27 respectively) and Isabelle Hendrickson in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.62).

Other high finishers for the boys included Mosbaugh (second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free), Payne (second in the 100 backstroke), Wreese Sheets (third in the 50 free), Boone (third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 200 free), Owen Smith (second in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 IM), Caleb Wilson (fourth in 1-meter diving), Austin Orem (fourth in the 100 backstroke) and August Haynes (fourth in the 100 breaststroke).

For the girls, top finishers were Brogan Sheets (second in the 200 free), Isabelle Hendrickson (second in the 200 IM), Grace Atkisson (third in the 50 and 100 freestyles), Ally Webster (third in 1-meter diving), Kylie Gilmore (third in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 free), McDaniel (third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 200 IM) and Olivia Wyrick (fourth in the 100 butterfly).

Prairie’s teams had a home meet with Seeger on Saturday, with their next meet at Elwood starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

FHS falls to Danville, Crawfordsville

Frankfort’s Patciance Dean, Evan Jordan and Karleigh Bessler won individual swimming events for the Hot Dogs, but the girls and boys teams lost to host Danville and Crawfordsville in a tri-meet on Thursday.

Dean won the girls’ 200 individual medley in 2:31.15 and Bessler took 1-meter diving with a personal best score of 153.55, while Jordan finished first in the 50 freestyle for the boys with a personal best time of 22.34.

The girls lost to Crawfordsville, 132-51, and to Danville, 105-67, while the boys lost to both schools by identical 132-36 scores.

Top finishers for the girls included Dean (second in the 500 freestyle), Blazia Sallee (third in 1-meter diving) and Aubrey Teter (fourth in the 100 breaststroke). High finishers for the boys were Jordan (second in the 100 butterfly) and Tyler Harness (third in the 200 and 500 freestyles).

Jordan dropped a half second off his best 50-free time and 4 seconds off his 100 butterfly, while Bessler improved her best 1-meter diving score by four points.

Along with Bessler and Jordan, Hot Dogs setting personal bests during the meet included Skiila Robey (dropping 6 seconds in the 200 IM and 4 seconds in the 100 butterfly), Hailey Campbell (2 seconds in the 50 freestyle), Matthew Haynes (4 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 5 seconds in the 100 backstroke), Adam Haynes (2 seconds in the 100 freestyle), Carmina Arizmendi (5 seconds in the 500 freestyle) and Sallee (7 seconds in the 100 yard backstroke).

Frankfort next competes in the Sagamore Conference meet at Crawfordsville on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. with the conference finals on Saturday at 9 a.m.