H-P Sports Writer

FRANKSTON — The Westwood Panthers could not buy a basket Friday night in a 52-35 loss to Frankston in the semifinals of the Frankston Invitational at Ousley Gymnasium. Westwood shot a horrific 27 percent from the floor, hitting 10-of-37 field goal attempts and 11 percent from behind the three-point line.

“That was probably the worst shooting I have seen in my three years as coach here,” Westwood head coach David Reed said. “We forced too many shots. The basket could have been 3 feet around and we still would have missed shots.”

Sophomore Gralyn Crawford provided the only highlight for the Panthers, scoring a game-high 19 points, but shot 38 percent (3-8) from the field.

Westwood’s strongest shooting came from the free throw line as the Panthers were 9-13 for 69 percent.

Frankston had four players combine for 29 rebounds, which was two more rebounds than the entire Panther team. The Indians out rebounded Westwood 38-27 for the night.

Johnathan Campbell had a game-high eight rebounds while Kayne Parrish, Tanner Welch and Chris O’Dell had seven a piece.

Welch and Parrish had 11 points each while Campbell added nine in the winning effort for Frankston.

Frankston shot 53 percent from the field, connecting on 16-30 field goal attempts.

“We played pretty good defense and started hitting our free throws down the stretch,” Frankston head coach Robert Loper said. “It was a sloppy game on both ends. They didn’t have a good night shooting the ball and we didn’t really play the way we are capable of, but you can’t be on the top of your game every night.”

Westwood took its only lead in the first four minutes as Frankston struggled to get a shot. The Indians were just 1-3 from the floor and 0-3 from behind the three-point line to start the first quarter.

Frankston’s struggles would be short lived as the Indians went on a 10-0 run to end the first quarter.

Westwood was just 4-15 from the floor and 1-6 from the three-point arch at halftime. Frankston shot 63 percent in the first half, connecting on 10-16 field goal attempts and out rebounded Westwood 15-11.

“Johnathan is a good rebounder for his size,” Loper said. “He usually is a pretty good scorer, but he only had nine points tonight.”

In the second half, Westwood continued its shooting struggle, hitting just 6-22 field goals and 1-12 three-point field goal attempts.

Defensively, the Panthers forced 11 Frankston turnovers in the second half and held the Indians to a 43-percent field goal percentage.

“They played well in the second half, but we couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn,” Reed said. “It turned into a real physical game in the second half and when that happens we have to start playing smarter.”

Westwood will play Scurry-Rosser at 5:30 p.m. today for third place while Frankston will play Edgewood in the championship at 7 p.m.

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