By BRYAN URBACH
Frankston’s Gunnar Murphy had eight rebounds and a couple of points in the first half before exploding in the second half in the Indians’ 46-37 victory against Hawkins on Tuesday night.
Murphy, who finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds, set the tone for the Indians in their upset victory against Hawkins who had previously been 7-0 in district play.
Frankston, now 5-3 in district play, started off the game strong against the Hawks.
The Indians used a 2-3 zone defense to try to stop the penetration of the Hawks, and it worked as they held the Hawks to four points in the first quarter.
Once everyone got settled down on both teams, the second quarter is where the game was decided.
Frankston outscored Hawkins 15-5 in the second quarter and held a 23-9 lead going into the locker room for halftime.
Frankston coach Robert Loper said after the game that he was proud of the way his team was able to come out strong in the first half and be able to finish the game. “This was a big game for us,” Loper said.
“They were 7-0 and undefeated in district and we were 4-3. We’ve just been kind of mediocre. We lost some close ball games, by three to Troupe and two to Sabine. We just need to step it up and play hard, and we did that tonight. It was a real big win for us.”
Murphy’s presence was felt in the second half as he scored most of his points and had 10 of his 18 rebounds in the second half.
Loper said he enjoyed the way the freshman has started out and said he is a great asset to have on the team.
“Gunnar Murphy does a great job,” Loper said. “For a freshman, he’s got a big strong body and he knows how to use it. He can score and get the rebounds. He’s been a pleasant surprise for us as a freshman this year.”
Frankston was able to hold off the Hawks in the second half, as Hawkins outscored Frankston 28-23.
Other top scorers for Frankston were Kendrick Rogers with 10 points and Caleb Whitehurst with nine points.
Frankston’s next match is against Winona on the road on Friday night.
Frankston (VG) 79, Hawkins 43
The Frankston Maidens had a rough start to their matchup against Hawkins, but found their footing in the second quarter to blowout the Lady Hawks 79-43.
After a 13-12 lead following the first quarter, Frankston’s defense and size advantage showed itself in the second quarter as the Maidens were able to outscore the Lady Hawks 27-8 to bring the halftime score to 40-20.
Frankston’s Gray finished the night with 19 points and six rebounds for the Maidens. Her points and defense helped the Maidens extend their lead in the second quarter.
After halftime, the Maidens came out with the same defensive pressure that they started with, allowing just 12 points in the third quarter.
Frankston’s Kummer and Erickson each finished with 10 points and seven rebounds and Cooper finished with six points and seven rebounds.
The spreading of the scoring and defensive plays is what allowed the Maidens to be able to put away the Lady Hawks in the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, it was too little too late for the Lady Hawks as they were outscored again 16-11. Frankston moves to 7-3 in district play and will face Winona on Friday.
Slocum (VG) 68, Latexo 20
The Slocum Lady Mustang basket ball team traveled to Latexo for their sixth district game and came away with a 68-20 win.
High scorer for Slocum was point guard Katelynn Hogan with 13 points.
Slocum travels to Lovelady on Friday night at 4 p.m.