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Dodge City Frankamp injured in North’s semifinal win at Dodge City

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at 11:22 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 6:43 a.m.

— North senior Conner Frankamp has scored most of his points from the perimeter, knocking down jumpers, hitting threes from all around the arc.

Friday night in the Dodge City Tournament of Champion semifinal, though, Frankamp looked to finish a fastbreak with a dunk.

As he elevated at the rim, he was fouled by Scott City’s Austin Habiger. Frankamp tried to finish, but he was off balance, the ball hit the rim and he fell face first to the court.

Frankamp pushed himself up off the floor, revealing a cut on his left temple that had already bled down the side of his face, then lay back down.

“I thought he was going to get right up,” said his dad, Marty Frankamp, a North assistant. “Then he realized he was bleeding pretty good. He was just really scared. He was a little bit dizzy.”

Conner Frankamp didn’t return to the game, missing the final 22:21 of North’s 67-63 overtime win over Scott City at United Wireless Arena.

After the game, Frankamp was taken to Western Plains Medical Center to get stitches. He was diagnosed with a concussion and will not play against Shawnee Mission South in Saturday’s title game.

“I thought it was a pretty hard foul,” North coach Gary Squires said. “That’s all I can say right now. He was up in the air, and it doesn’t take much to knock a young man off balance when you foul him.”

The game was delayed for about 10 minutes with Frankamp lying on the court as an athletic trainer tried to stop the bleeding. Frankamp was wheeled off the court in an office chair.

“It’s terribly unfortunate,” Scott City coach Glenn O’Neil said. “We came down here to play against him, not to see an injury…. For a great player, you never want to see that happen.”

It would have been easy for North (10-0) to fold at that point. While North led 32-27, Frankamp is the Redskins’ key ballhandler and an offensive force. He had nine points Friday. His previous low this season was 26 and his high 46.

“I was a little scared,” North junior Zach Beard said. “We all were … It was hard. It was very hard. (Frankamp) relieves some of the pressure.”

All the pressure was on the remaining players.

“At some points, I just wanted to give up,” Beard said. “But we just found a way.”

North utilized post players Sean Bernard, Daniel Mathiasen and Beau Shockley to fill up the lane and slow Scott City’s Drew Kite.

North also went to a zone defense in the second half because Scott City (8-1) shot 54.2 percent (13-24) from the field in the first half, including 4 of 8 from three.

“I told the kids at halftime, ‘they’re making everything they’re putting up. Let’s go to zone, let’s see if we can’t leave them wide open,’ ” Squires said.

Scott City lost Tyler Hess to a cut on his neck during the game and didn’t have starter Trey O’Neil, who suffered a dislocated knee on Thursday. Scott City didn’t make a three after the first half and shot 9 of 25 after the break.

There were 11 ties and 11 lead changes in the game, but in the overtime, Beard, who had a team-high 17 points, took the opening tip and scored.

Scott City’s Brett O’Neil converted a three-point play to get within 64-63, but Tristyn Villa hit two free throws for North and Shockley made 1 of 2 in the final 1:35.

“I knew we had to go to Plan B, and our guys had to step up,” Squires said. “They did a great job stepping up. I was proud of them.”

North’s Tarius Williams finished with 12 points, while Scott City was led by Joey Meyer’s 19 points and Drew Kite had 18.

North will play Shawnee Mission South in the tournament title game at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Derby 64, Buhler 48 – Derby snapped its three-game losing streak to advance to Saturday’s fifth-place game against Newton at 2:30 p.m.

Derby showcased a stronger defense and an offense that was much more consistent.

The Panthers forced 20 turnovers and shot 49.1 percent (27 of 55) from the field, getting 22 points from Taylor Schieber, 12 from James Conley and 11 from Jeremy Dunham.

“Adversity sometimes causes you to lose your way,” Derby coach Brett Flory said. “I thought we got back on our way tonight, and hopefully from here, we’ll keep getting better.

“It was a step forward on both sides of the ball.”

Newton 72, Wichita South 53 — Newton controlled the game, but South made a short run when it got within 59-47 with 3:42 remaining on Malik Adkins’ basket.

Newton (4-6) scored 13 of the final 19 points.

Newton had four players score in double figures – Austin Krogmeir (13), Gunar Drinnen (13), Brenden Downey (13) and Grant Walker (11) – and shot 49.1 percent (27 of 55) from the field and 8 of 19 from three.

South’s bright spot was Jordan Moore, who had 20 points and 23 rebounds, including 15 offensively.

South (1-10) will play Buhler at 1 p.m. Saturday for seventh place.

North 67, Scott City 63 OT

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Scott City – O’Neil 0 6-8 6, B. Meyer 1 0-0 2, Hess 1 0-0 2, Habiger 3 1-2 10, Wilson 1 0-0 3, J. Meyer 9 1-2 19, Kite 6 6-9 18. Totals 21 (4) 14-21 60.

North – Beard 5 2-2 15, Villa 1 4-5 7, Williams 4 2-2 10, Bogle 1 0-0 2, Shockley 2 0-0 4, Frankamp 4 1-1 9, Bernard 4 0-2 8, Mathiasen 2 1-2 5. Totals 23 (4) 10-14.

Derby 64, Buhler 48

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Buhler – Felty 12, Henricks 8, Maldonado 5, Norquist 5, Shantz 1, Keeler 4, Williams 11, Kuhn 2. Totals 15 (4) 14-20..

Derby – Theis 5, Dunham 11, Conley 12, Hunter 2, Schieber 22, Chambers 6, Ray 6. Totals 27 (2) 8-11 64.

Newton 72, Wichita South 53

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Newton – Krogmeir 4 2-2 13, Wright 2 1-2 5, Drinnen 5 2-2 13, Walker 3 3-3 11, Carlgren 1 0-0 2, Kinglsey 1 0-0 2, Downey 6 1-1 13, Pauls 2 0-0 6, Robinson 3 1-1 7. Totals 27 (8) 10-11 72.

Wichita South – Martin 2 1-2 5, Harris 1 0-0 3, Adkins 2 2-3 6, Donart 1 0-0 2, Bowers 1 0-2 2, Griffin 1 1-4 3, Keiswetter 3 1-2 9, Moore 7 6-8 20, Rogers 1 1-2 3. Totals 19 (3) 12-23 53.

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