The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet 
Caleb Randolph led the Chargers with 27 points. He will return as a senior for North Montgomery next season.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet
Caleb Randolph led the Chargers with 27 points. He will return as a senior for North Montgomery next season.

FRANKFORT – North Montgomery saw its season come to an abrupt end Friday night in their Sectional 25 semi-final game against the Frankfort Hot Dogs. The Chargers could not hold their early lead, falling to the hosts in overtime 73-68.

North held a seven-point lead with 5:20 remaining but the Hot Dogs tied it at the end of regulation with a King runner to send it to overtime.

The Hot Dogs out-scored North in the overtime session 10-5 to move to 10-15 on the year and advance to Saturday’s championship game.

“We had our opportunities down the stretch to win the game and to get ourselves back into it when we were down,” Grindle said. “We just didn’t take advantage of them.”

North jumped out to 19-11 after one behind eight first quarter points from Caleb Randolph.

The Chargers opened up a 10-point lead early in the second at 26-16 but saw the Hot Dogs close the quarter on a 15-8 run, including a three at the buzzer by Malik Kin to trail just 34-31 at the half.

“It was a great game and the effort was great from both teams,” Charger coach Joel Grindle said. “Our kids battled through a ton of adversity the whole game.”

The two teams traded baskets in the third with neither team holding more than a three-point advantage. The Chargers trailed 49-48 headed to the fourth.

Ben Dugard kicked off the fourth with a pair of free throws followed by a basket by Randolph but North’s lead did not phase the Hot Dogs in their come-from-behind victory.

Despite their loss, Randolph led the Chargers (15-8) with the game high of 27 points.

“Caleb was fantastic for us offensively and I thought Devon Zachary played well,” he continued. “Our kids played hard and they deserved a chance.”

Zachary put in 13 while Alex Parsons had 12 rebounds for North.

Frankfort won the rebound battle 41-28 and hit 21-of-26 free throws for the game including 12-of-14 in the first half to keep them in the game. The Chargers first free throw attempt wasn’t until 6:17 in the third.

Friday marked the final game for the Charger seniors, Baylee Adams, Jordan Banta, Jordan Lewis, Parsons and Zachary.

“Our seniors are a great group,” Grindle said. “They’re the reason our program can be in this spot, because of what they’ve done. And for it to come down and end like that is pretty tough.”