Abby Beeman drove for the go-ahead basket with 5 seconds left to give Frankfort a 53-52 victory over Bridgeport in the last Class AA girls basketball state tournament quarterfinal of Wednesday night at the Civic Center.
Beeman, who finished with 26 points, drove from the top of the key for the game-winner. The Indians couldn’t sag off of her, as she had hit five long 3-point goals.
“I wanted some picks set. I felt I could turn the corner if I got a little bit of an edge, one step,” Beeman said. “I got loose and I split the double-team on top, and from there, it was just a layup for me.”
The Indians’ Kaitlin Smith, who was held to 2 of 13 from the floor, was short with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, allowing fifth-seeded Frankfort (19-7) to advance. Frankfort will take on North Marion in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday.
The No. 4 Indians finished at 18-8. They were led by Emily Riggs’ 20 points, followed by Rory Marple’s 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Marple gave Bridgeport a 52-51 lead with two free throws with 1:06 left. The Falcons then missed two 3-pointers, including a Beeman launch that just rimmed out. Bridgeport got the rebound and called timeout with 26.9 seconds left.
The Falcons had eight team fouls, which meant it could put the Indians on the one-and-bonus one more time. They did so, sending freshman Bria Jacobs to the line. Bridgeport was 10 of 12 from the line to that point, but Jacobs missed the front end.
Frankfort patiently moved the ball around the 3-point arc until Beeman found an alley to the rim. The Indians couldn’t stop her.
“What we were trying to do, we wanted to get a foul,” said coach Dennis Hutson. “We had a foul to give and we were hoping to get a foul on the floor, in order for them to take the ball back out of bounds. We didn’t get that done, and she got to the rim for a layup.”