WICHITA, Kan.—Southeast put its depth on the line against North’s top-heavy attack led Conner Frankamp. Depth won out on Friday as the Golden Buffaloes beat North 71-60.
The game was closer than the score would indicate. Southeast star Gavin Thurman twisted his ankle early in the first and missed most of the period. North took advantage of the hole in the Southeast offense to claim a 9-8 lead after one period.
In the second period, Frankamp got going with nine points, but it would not be enough to claim a halftime lead. Reggie Williams scored seven of his 14 points in the second quarter and the Golden Buffaloes took a 30-29 lead into the break.
Southeast came out of the gate fast in the third quarter, but Frankamp would hit some key shots to claim a one-point lead for North heading into the final frame.
Then Southeast’s depth would take over, which is becoming a theme for the Golden Buffaloes here late in the season.
“That’s the way we have to play in order to win,” Southeast head coach Carl Taylor said. “The last three ball games have been a total team effort.”
In the fourth quarter, Thurman scored 10 of his 25 points and Hayden Harris poured in eight of his 16 to distance the Golden Buffaloes from the Redskins in the fourth quarter.
Southeast did virtually everything right down the stretch of this game.
“We made our free throws and executed,” Taylor said.
The Golden Buffaloes also had success double-teaming Frankamp late. Every time he had the ball, Frankamp had to either pass or take a tough shot. He had seven of his 26 points in the fourth quarter.
Double-teaming a player is not ideal, but the Golden Buffaloes had to do something to slow Frankamp down.
“We don’t have any choice, the boy can shoot,” Taylor said.
Southeast would outscore North 24-11 in the final frame.
Thurman’s 25 points led the team, and many of them came using his jump shot.
“They double teamed him down in the paint so I brought him out,” Taylor said. “There aren’t too many blockers that are going to stop his jump shot.”
Harris had nine rebounds to go with his 16 points. Williams and Troy Brooks were the other two in double figures for Southeast with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Frankamp was the only player in double figures for North. Zach Beard was the next highest scorer with nine points for the Redskins.
The Golden Buffaloes improve to 10-8 on the season. Southeast will play at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at home against West.
The Redskins drop to 7-12 on the season. North plays next at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday at home against Kapaun for its last regular season game.
Girls: Southeast 65, North 30
Jamillah Bonner almost outscored the North Redskins by herself as she scored 25 points to lead all scorers on Friday. Nine different Southeast players scored on the night.
Latreece Patterson had 13 points for North and was the only Redskin in double figures.
Southeast improves to 12-6, while North drops to 2-17 on the season.