The CIC is a tough conference, and the Eagles Nest at Frankton High School is a tough place to play.
In front of a raucous crowd in a hostile environment, the Frankton Eagles overwhelmed the Argylls, taking control from the onset in a 95-40 triumph on Friday.
Rebounding and turnovers were key factors in the first half that led to Frankton’s big advantage. The Eagles outrebounded the Argylls 21-12, 11 of which were on the offensive glass, while also forcing nine giveways as they jumped out to a 43-17 halftime lead.
“We really did not get off to that bad of a start,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Brian Trout said. “They just killed us on the boards. My main point before we started the game was that rebounding was going to make a difference in the game, and it did. Half of their points in the first quarter were on second chance or third chance [opportunities.] That was the difference in the game. You have to rebound the ball. We didn’t, and they did.”
Frankton’s offense continued to produce in the second half, scoring 52 second half points to secure a 55-point victory.
It’s a punch to the gut for Madison-Grant, who came away with impressive wins over Blackford and Northfield last week, but Trout hopes that this game will be a lesson for his young team going forward.
“I don’t feel that Frankton is 55 points better than we are,” Trout said. “Sometimes, you just have to look your opponent in the eye and say ‘good game.’ We aren’t there yet. We’re just not that good yet. Can we get there? Sure we can, but we have to get better in certain areas and we have to learn how to show up to big games on the road. We didn’t at Mississinewa the first time, and obviously we didn’t tonight. It’s a learning process sometimes.
“They are better than we are right now. That’s the bottom line, and they proved it tonight. What we have to do is we have to learn from it. When you play a team like that, I think that’s one thing you want to be able to do – recognize the things that they did to you that made them so much better than us tonight and learn from those things.”
Frankton had four players finish in double figures led by Kayden Key’s 26. JJ Hatzell scored 18, Willy Whatley 14, and Rylan Detling 13.
Wyatt Rudy was one of the lone bright spots for the Argylls, leading the team with 16 points, while Grant Brown came away with 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists.