Photo by Lori PoteetKasey Burton is a dynamic dual-threat for on both ends of the court for the Mounties.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Kasey Burton is a dynamic dual-threat for on both ends of the court for the Mounties.
NEW MARKET -- In a game with more than 60 fouls between the two teams, free throws are essential. Southmont's Lady Mounties couldn't seem to find the bucket from the line at home, giving the Frankfort Lady Hot Dogs the win, 53-30.

Of the 29 free throws attempted by South, only eight found their mark, giving the team a free throw percentage of 27.6 percent.

"You would think we had never shot a free throw," Coach Susan McVay said. "You know at halftime we were shooting 25 percent from the free throw line, and I think we had us down at 19 turnovers, and we're still only down 10. I'm not sure how."

Frankfort, on the other hand, sunk 21 of their 41 free throws, landing 51.2 percent.

The Lady Hot Dogs started the game strong with an opening of eight points in a row. Southmont answered with three buckets and a free throw, but Frankfort didn't let up. By the end of the first quarter, the away team led 14-7.

The second period widened Frankfort's lead. South's Natalie Strauser scored an early two points, but Frankfort's duo of Cassidy Dubree and Taylor Kirby claimed eight more points in a row.

Third quarter showed promise for the home team early on as they started getting some point on the board. South's Reagan Case landed a shot from the paint, followed by Avery Hess and again by Peyton Endicott. The streak ended, however, with Frankfort shooting from 30 points up to 43 in the fourth quarter before South could land another shot.

In the last block, Frankfort used their momentum to land free throw after free throw, securing a victory for the Lady Hot Dogs.

"I never fault their effort," McVay said. "Kasey Burton diving on a loose ball with five seconds left is proof of that. I never ever question our effort."

"This kind of game may have been, I wouldn't say a good thing for us, but it may be what they need to light a fire right before a county game," McVay said.

Southmont (3-13) will travel to Crawfordsville (9-8) on Friday in an effort to kick-start their campaign for the Montgomery County girls' basketball title. If Crawfordsville wins, the Athenians take the county crown. If Southmont can pull of the upset, they will have a chance to avenge an early loss to North Montgomery with a game on Monday.