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Rossville girls hold on to defeat Hot Dogs

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

The Hornets ran into a hungry Frankfort squad and retook control of the rivalry girls’ basketball game just in time to hold on for a 39-35 win over the Hot Dogs on Tuesday night at Rossville.

Frankfort came out with a game plan to disrupt the Hornets’ backcourt that was effective enough to hold Rossville under nine points in each of the first three quarters. The Hornets’ 39 points was their third-lowest output of the season.

The Hot Dogs were ultimately kept from pulling off the upset win due to a slow offensive start and 8-of-14 shooting from the foul line.

Rossville never led in the first half but never was able to separate from Frankfort, either.

Leading 16-13 at halftime, the Hornets watched as the Hot Dogs went on an 8-0 run to open the second half and held the lead for nearly six minutes before senior guard Maggie Deboy made a basket to give Rossville the 23-22 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Kimberlee Kingma made the first basket of the fourth quarter to make it 24-23, but it was the Hot Dogs’ final lead of the game, as Julia Malson knocked down two free throws to retake the lead, and Camryn Geheb made a 3-pointer to give the Hornets some breathing space. Frankfort was able to pull within four points of Rossville with 44 seconds left to play, but the Hornets made just enough foul shots down the stretch (3-of-6 in the final 40 seconds) to keep the Hot Dogs at bay.

“I thought their defensive pressure bothered us a little bit tonight,” Rossville head coach Chad Geheb said. “We turned it over tonight, and we haven’t been doing that a whole lot lately. That obviously encourages (Frankfort), and their defensive pressure increased because we were turning the ball over. We got a little frantic and then got a little cautious. The ball got real stagnant. We weren’t getting it inside for those inside-out kick-outs, which had been really getting us good shots lately. There was more pressure on our shots, so we missed more shots. If you add all that up, what happens is that your offense just isn’t very effective. And when we can’t score, it keeps them in the game. They hit shots and their confidence just grew as the game went on.”

Trailing 22-18, Rossville began to right the ship in the final minute-and-a-half of the third quarter.

“We finally for a timeout and said that all year long it has been about defense, rebounding and pushing the basketball,” Geheb said. “That has been the formula for our success. It starts on the defensive end. Control that end of the floor, and the offense will come. I thought, for the most part, we did enough on the defensive end to create enough on the offensive end to finally take the lead. Once we got the lead, they got in foul trouble, and we knocked enough free throws down to seal the deal.

“Give credit to Frankfort,” Geheb added. “They played a fantastic game. Their effort was very high throughout the game. For us, it was a game that we are glad we won, and we move on. We have a big conference game on the road Thursday. We are going to try to have a good practice and get ready for that.”

For the Hot Dogs, it was one of the most competitive games they have played in this season. Only one game has had a tighter final margin.

“We did a little something different tonight,” Marsh said. “We went to a 2-3 zone, which we hadn’t done all year. I felt like we were going to be able to put our speed up top and maybe have some disruptions for Maggie. She is a good player. She still got her shots off, but I felt we did a good job limiting those to 16 points. I felt that was our best defensive effort and something to drive forward from.

“I was worried going into this game plan because Nallely (Alanis) had never really played up top,” Marsh added. “I have to give a lot of credit to (Alanis and King) really getting after it. And I think Liz Sandoval and Lindsey Gay had a great game coming in and helping. Those four girls did a great job up top, making Maggie work for everything. “

Deboy finished with game with 16 points and eight rebounds while Julia Malson added nine points and seven rebounds, and Camryn Geheb came off the bench to contribute eight points.

Rylee Seibert found her midrange jumper in the game, finishing with a team-high 16 points while Kingma added eight, and Kya King finished with five.

“We just didn’t make some shots early,” Marsh said. “I felt like we left some points off the board. The game plan was there but 8-of-14 from the foul line is leaving some points there. We have to seal that up and get back after it.

“I told the girls that I was really proud of their effort” Marsh added. “They came in and gave one of the best teams that we are going to play everything that they could handle. We just fell short, but I think we are on the right track. We did something that we can build off of and hopefully, we can give Western Boone a run for theirs as well at home.”

Tuesday’s win was the 100th in the head-coaching career of Chad Geheb, whose players sprayed him with celebratory silly string after the game.

“They knew I was on 99 and tonight was a possibility of getting to 100,” he said. “At the end of the day, I am elated to reach that mark. It is a sign that I have been blessed with some good talent over the eight years – five at Frontier and three here at Rossville. It was neat. Those five seniors have been with me since I started here their sophomore year. This was as much about them as it was about me. So, I am proud of them.”

Frankfort’s junior varsity won the early game, 28-26.

 

At Rossville

HORNETS 39, HOT DOGS 35

Rossville

J. Malson 3 3-4 9, Taylor 1 2-2 4, Deboy 5 5-8 16, Geheb 3 0-0 8, S. Malson 0 2-4 2. Totals – 12 12-18 39.

Frankfort

Seibert 4 8-12 16, Kingma 4 0-2 8, Alanis 1 0-0 2, King 2 0-0 5, Michael 2 0-0 4. Totals – 13 8-14 35.

Frankfort 5 8 9 13 — 35

Rossville 8 8 7 16 — 39

3-point goals – Rossville 3 (Geheb 2, Deboy), Frankfort 1 (King). Total fouls – Rossville 14, Frankfort 17.