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Frankton topples Oak Hill for CIC win

BY KEVIN HELFRICH - ctreporter@indy.rr.com

CONVERSE – For over a decade, Central Indiana Conference boys’ basketball supremacy has often come down to Frankton and Oak Hill.

In fact, since the Golden Eagles joined the league back in 2006-2007, the two schools have combined to win or earn a share of the title every year except for one.

While Kayden Key, the Eagles leading scorer was held to a season-low 3 points, three teammates registered double figures as Frankton earned an important 50-36 CIC road victory on Friday night.

“If you would have told me that we would have held Kayden Key scoreless in the first half, which exactly what we were attempting to do, is to make somebody else beat us,” veteran Oak Hill coach Kevin Renbarger said. “We would be in a basketball game, and we were.”

Eagles’ reserve guard Andrew Hartley, who was averaging slightly under five points, stepped up to tally 12 points, including timely 3-pointers.

“Hartley was big, and he’s a capable shooter,” said 11th year Frankton head coach Brent Brobston. “He’s got to be able to make those, especially when we are being zoned. So, he was really important tonight.”

His second from behind the arc to end the opening quarter ignited an 11-2 Frankton run that broke a 9-all tie. Ethan Bates’ steal and bucket pushed the Eagles to their largest lead of the half at 20-11.

Fellow seniors Rylan Detling and Brayton Cain were also experienced difference-makers for Frankton. Neither missed a field goal on the night and finished with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Sophomore shooting guard Clay McCorkle pulled the Golden Eagles to within 20-17 after a pair of treys from well beyond NBA range late in the second quarter.

Oak Hill managed to stay close, despite attempting fewer shots (13) than turnovers committed (18).

“It was amazing to think, against a team of that caliber, we were able to come in at halftime committing all those turnovers and still be in it,” Renbarger said. “We are in a position where we’ve got to get shot attempts at the basket.”

Frankton was also a bit careless with 10 turnovers in the first 16 minutes.

Hartley’s final three was in the midst of seven straight Frankton points to close the third quarter, extending their advantage to 39-24.

“We made other people hit shots,” Renbarger said. “You’ve got to give them credit as a good basketball team. They had guys step up and hit shots.”

Key, who came in averaging over 21 points a game, was held to 1-of-9 shooting and 1-of-2 from the free throw line.

“I thought Oak Hill did a real nice job of defending us,” Brobston said. “They played really hard and have a winning tradition, and they battled tonight.”

Bradey Evans led all Golden Eagles with seven points. Tristan Hayes, Konnor Cabe and McCorkle all ended with 6 apiece.

Kody Dubois connected on five 3-pointers, hit two clutch free throws, and finished with a game-high 19 points as the Oak Hill junior varsity held on to earn a 33-29 win.

Frankton (5-2, 2-0) remains tied atop the current standings, as they look to defend a title they have won 7 of the past 13 seasons.

Oak Hill (1-5, 0-2) hosts Western in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday.