Photo by Lori PoteetKaleb Swick tossed in 22 points in Southmont’s loss to Frankfort Saturday.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Kaleb Swick tossed in 22 points in Southmont’s loss to Frankfort Saturday.
Coming off Friday's thrilling overtime win over Greencastle, Southmont was looking to carry some momentum into their final Sagamore Athletic Conference contest, and Senior Night, against Frankfort. Despite a good shooting effort by the Mounties, the Hot Dogs prevailed 80-67.

South came out hot, hitting 45 percent in the first quarter, including 57 percent from beyond the arc. They raced out to a 7-4 lead, midway through the first.

Frankfort, on the other hand, shot 77 percent in the quarter, including 3-of-3 from long range, and held a 24-15 lead after one.

The second quarter saw the Mounties commit nine of their 14 turnovers. However, they were able to cut into lead by shooting 71 percent, 5-of-7. The Hot Dogs cooled off to 31 percent, 5-of-16, and took a 35-27 lead to the locker room.

"We committed nine turnovers and gave up five offensive rebounds in the second, and I thought our defense was better," said Mountie head coach Jon Sparks. "You can't give a team that gets to the paint as well as Frankfort, 14 extra possessions."

Frankfort opened the second half on a 6-0 run, but Kaleb Swick's seven and Cam Chadd's five allowed the Mounties to trail just 53-42 after three.

The fourth quarter saw both teams shoot lights out. South hit 64 percent to Frankfort's 70.

The Mounties were able to cut the lead to eight, at 56-48, with 6:10 remaining. However, five straight points by Luis Medina stretched the lead up to 13.

South would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way, as the Hot Dogs hit an astounding 15-16 from the charity stripe to seal the game.

"We wanted them to take outside shots and take away the paint," said Sparks. "So, if I'm frustrated with anything, it was their shots in the paint. We continued to shoot incredibly well tonight."

Frankfort (9-13, 4-3 SAC) had four in double figures, led by Jarrod Smith's 22. Cody Bray finished with 12, Malik King had 11, and Jordan Campbell 10. They outrebounded South 25-21.

Southmont (5-15, 0-7 SAC) had three in double figures. Swick came off the bench and finished with 22. Chadd had 18 and Nathan Truncone 14. They would shoot 65 percent from 3-point range, 13-20.

Saturday was the final home game for seniors, Mitch Dehne, JD Hudson, Nathan Jent, Nathan Truncone and Heath Whalen.

"What a great group of guys that care for each other and the team. Each of them is in the top 40 of their class, and I couldn't be more proud.

"Also, (senior manager) Jeremy Beady's a great kid," continued Sparks. "He's a great asset to our program, and we're super glad to have him out here as well."

Frankfort will host Logansport Friday, while South will travel to Veedersburg to take on possible sectional opponent Fountain Central.