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Frankfort Girls Claim Twin Valley League Tournament Championship
By Jonny Kane
Copyright: MSC Sports

The Twin Valley League Tournament wrapped up Saturday on the girl’s side in Frankfort and it was the host Wildcats who claimed the tournament championship while Valley Heights captured third place.

Championship: Frankfort 48, Hanover 45 (OT)

The girl’s championship game lived up to the hype and for the second time this season Frankfort took down Hanover, this time in an overtime thriller 48-45.

Frankfort jumped out to an eight point lead quickly behind five points from freshman Emma Hardwick, but Hanover battled back with six points from junior Allison Jueneman to make it a 14-11 Frankfort lead after one.

In the second Hanover started to take control forcing nine Frankfort turnovers while Jueneman notched seven more points to give Hanover a 26-21 lead at the half.

Frankfort responded quickly in the third quarter and wasted no time taking the lead back as senior Kacia Shirley hit three 3-pointers in the quarter to give the home side a 35-30 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The final frame was back-and-forth throughout with both sides taking leads late and with the game tied at 39 Frankfort’s Lydia Loiseau was fouled with 1.5 seconds left, but both free throws rimmed in and out which forced overtime.

In the overtime period senior Mariah Broxterman recorded a big bucket, Louisea added lay-up and senior Aubrie Rose had a clutch basket and free throw to seal the deal for Frankfort.

Frankfort (9-2) won the championship despite shooting 10-of-21 from the free throw line and turning the ball over 18 times with Broxterman and Shirley each leading the way scoring 12 points while Louisea added nine.

Hanover (7-2) was led by Jueneman who scored a game-high 14 points while Ceegan Atkins added 12.

3rd Place: Valley Heights 58, Doniphan West 46

The third-place game was all Valley Heights from the start as the Mustangs led by 21 at the half, led by as many as 29 in the fourth quarter before winning 58-46.

Valley Heights started quickly forcing eight Doniphan West turnovers in the first quarter including several steals from junior Emma Yungeberg while junior Cat Toerber scored seven to give the Mustangs in purple a 15-9 lead after one.

The second quarter is where Valley Heights really took control as Yungeberg notched nine points keying a 9-0 run with 4:54 to go in the half while senior Emma Toerber and junior Maddy Vermetten combined for nine more giving the Mustangs a 36-15 lead at the break.

That lead ballooned to as many as 29 midway through the third quarter, but Valley Heights turned the ball over eight times to allow Doniphan West to pull back within 20 going into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth D-West sophomore Chloe Clevenger got hot and scored 16 points in the fourth to try to bring her team back in the game, but Yungeberg put the game away with six more points in the fourth to hold Doniphan West at bay.

Yungeberg finished with a game-high 21 points while notching a double-double with at least 12 rebounds, six steals and a handful of blocks in the most dominant performance of the tournament.

Cat Toerber and Maddy Vermetten each added 12 points for Valley Heights (7-1), while Clevenger led the way in the loss with 20 points for Doniphan West who finished with 21 turnovers in the game.

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