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ANDREW KRULL/akrull@ftimes.comHUGS FOR SHOTS: Frankfort's Jessie Ramos, 24, hugs teammate Liz Sandoval at a timeout after Sandoval had scored seven straight points to give the Hot Dogs a 52-47 lead late in the game.
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HUGS FOR SHOTS: Frankfort's Jessie Ramos, 24, hugs teammate Liz Sandoval at a timeout after Sandoval had scored seven straight points to give the Hot Dogs a 52-47 lead late in the game.
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ON THE BLOCK: Rossville's Michelle Rodkey works for a shot inside against Frankfort's Rylee Seibert.
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HOT DOG HAUL: Frankfort’s Kimee Kingma looks for a teammate after a rebound during Tuesday’s win as a row of players line up behind her.
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TIGHT D: Rossville’s Camryn Geheb looks for an opening during Tuesday’s game as Kya King defends. Geheb scored 12 points (17 overall) in the third quarter to bring the Hornets back in the game.
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LOOKING FOR 2: Rossville's Sammie Malson goes up for a first-half shot as Frankfort's Kya King defends.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Frankfort looked like it might blow out visiting Rossville in girls basketball on Tuesday, as the Hot Dogs pushed out to a 23-8 lead early in the second quarter behind three 3-pointers and 13 points by Emily Michael.

Things began to change near the end of the quarter as the Hornets pulled within nine at halftime and then Rossville’s Camryn Geheb began hitting 3s at a clip similar to Michael’s first-quarter barrage.

“They were able to get things going again and then Camryn Geheb gets hot and that’s what good shooters are going to do,” Frankfort head coach Joe Marsh said. “She pulled them back in in that third quarter and then it was a dog fight from there.”

“(Camryn) knocked her shots down and they did a great job of finding her,” Rossville head coach Chad Geheb noted. “That’s something you’ve got to do, when they take something away you’ve got to be able to counter with something else and we went to Madison Miller and she really did a nice job of penetrating and finding some shots for herself and her teammates.”

Michael answered Geheb’s first third-quarter 3 with one of her own to make it 39-26 with 5:07 left in the quarter. From that point, the Hornets went on a nine-point run that included six points from Miller and a 3 by Geheb to make it 39-35 with 2:26 left in the quarter.

“I thought we did a really good job in the first half defensively,” Marsh said. “We kind of zoned them in a way they weren’t really comfortable with. Our length really bothered them in that first half and then we got in foul trouble and had to go away from the zone with Rylee and Kimee picking up two fouls in the first quarter. Things like that are going to really keep us out of really keeping it on them defensively and they were able to get things going again.”

Early in the game, Rossville freshman Michelle Rodkey was the only scoring threat for the Hornets, with all seven of their first-quarter points and 12 before half. Coach Geheb felt establishing that inside game helped the Hornets later in the game.

“Michelle did a really great job of finding the basket,” he said. “She knocked a few down and gained some confidence. You could see that confidence growing through the game.

“They got in some foul trouble early on, so we really wanted to get the basketball inside. We really think that once we get the ball inside good things can happen. Not only for her, but for our guards when we kick the ball back out.”

After the Hot Dog lead was cut to four, Seibert checked back into the game and immediately scored on a feed from Kya King, but Geheb answered with another 3 with 1:48 left in the third quarter and then was fouled shooting a 3 with 48 seconds left. She hit all three free throws to tie it at 41.

Kimee Kingma scored for the Hot Dogs on an assist from Liz Sandoval to give Frankfort a 43-41 lead going into the fourth, but from that point it was back-and-forth with ties until 47. The Hot Dogs got an unexpected boost from Sandoval, who hasn’t been looking to shoot in recent games, as she was fouled on a 3-pointer and hit two free throws and followed that up with a score and a 3 for a 52-47 lead with four minutes to play.

“She goes on these spurts in practice where she’s really solid and we haven’t really seen it in a game,” Marsh said. “So, I got on her yesterday and challenged her and she really stepped up, not only in her ball-handling, but also in her offensive shot. She has a good one, but sometimes she just lets it get away and be a role player.

“‘Be confident in what we’re doing and you’re out there for a reason, so shoot the ball,’” he told her.

However, the game wasn’t over from there as Miller hit 1 of 2 free throws and Rodkey scored off a Miller feed to make it 52-50 with 3 minutes to play. Rodkey made it 53-52 with 47 seconds left after Kingma split two free throws for the Hot Dogs.

After Frankfort missed on two trips to the foul line and Rossville came up with empty possessions, King gave the Hot Dogs some breathing room hitting two free throws to make it 55-52 with 8 seconds left. The Hornets pushed the ball into the front-court calling timeout to set up a sideline play with 5 seconds remaining. Miller got a contested-look for a 3 that bounced off the rim and Rossville’s Jayla Rosen didn’t have time to find a teammate after coming up with the rebound.

“We just couldn’t get over that proverbial hump and get the lead,” Geheb said. “It got tied and then they got the lead again. Honestly, we haven’t been in that situation a lot this year to know how to deal with those end-of-game scenarios. We did the best we could on the fly. It’s going to be a great learning experience for our young kids.”

“It was a good game,” Marsh said. “I was glad that both sides were able to compete. I thought we were able to show some positive steps forward because ... I was frustrated with some of the effort Friday at Lebanon

“When you get down, you have to be able to show some things and show your fight. And here, where we were in a fight and they tied it up, we were able to hit some big free throws with Kya and we had a huge offensive rebound on the sideline by Emily Michael. A couple of hard effort plays got us the ball and we were able to seal it up.”

Frankfort improved to 7-11 with the win and next visits Western Boone on Friday as the first game in a boys-girls doubleheader. Rossville (4-13) hosts Tri-Central tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Rossville notes: The Hornets were back to full strength after going without starters Rodkey and Sammie Malson since the Christmas break. Miller and Geheb carried much of the offensive load in their absence. Coach Geheb noted both missed games because of concussions and that Malson was removed from Tuesday’s game after taking a hit late in the third quarter, which resulted in a headache.

“They’ve been out three or four weeks now,” he said. “They’ve been practicing with us this last week, but they just finally came back (for this game).”

Geheb noted the team’s inside game suffered with the two out.

“I thought that was important too because we’ve had a tough time scoring and of course Michelle and Sammie have not been with us, which has been a big reason for it,” he said. “It’s just nice to know that we can get the ball inside, we can kick the ball outside, we can penetrate it with one of those three kids (Rodkey, Camryn Geheb and Miller). It gives us some options.”

At Frankfort

HORNETS 52, HOT DOGS 55

Rossville – Rodkey 8 2-4 18, Geheb 5 3-3 17, Miller 4 3-4 11, Malson 3 0-1 6, Rosen 0 0-2 0, Lawson 0 0-0 0, Houser 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 8-14 52.

Frankfort – Michael 7 0-4 18,Seibert 6 1-3 13, Kingma 3 1-2 7, Sandoval 2 2-3 7, King 1 2-2 4, Gay 2 0-0 4, Ramos 1 0-0 2, Cesare 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 6-14 55.

Rossville 7 14 20 11 — 52

Frankfort 19 11 13 12 — 55

3-point goals – Rossville (Geheb 4), Frankfort (Michael 4, Sandoval 1). Total fouls – Rossville 14, Frankfort 14.