For the second time in the last week, Sheridan gave No. 4 Frankton all they could handle. And, for the second time in the last week, the Blackhawks came up on the short end.

Frankton (22-3) erased an early deficit Friday night to defeat Sheridan (11-12) 72-63 in a semifinal game in the Class 2A Sectional 40 bracket at Lapel. Senior Ange Gnamkey scored a game-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Sheridan, who was unable to hold on to a first-quarter lead. The Blackhawks jumped out to a 15-14 advantage after one, but the Eagles used a 19-16 second quarter to take a two-point edge into the half. 

Frankton outscored Sheridan 18-16 in the third and then 21-16 in the fourth en route to the nine-point victory.

Junior Kayden Key finished with a team-high 19 points for Frankton, as the Eagles received a balanced offensive output. Junior Rylan Detling, senior Landon Weins and junior Brayton Cain all joined Key in double figures with 16, 14 and 11, respectively. Junior guards Drake Delph and Caleb Duke scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Blackhawks. Sheridan shot 18-of-41 (43 percent) from the floor as a team, with eight of its baskets coming from behind the arc.

Frankton shot 60 percent (24-of-40) overall and connected on four of its 11 3-point attempts. Both sides shot well from the line, as Sheridan went 19-of-24 and Frankton went 20-of-29. The Eagles snatched four more rebounds, 22-18, than the Blackhawks, and both teams finished with 12 turnovers. Gnamkey led Sheridan on the glass with six boards, and junior Jesse Kolb pulled in five. 

Frankton advances to play host-school Lapel in tonight’s championship game, after the Bulldogs pulled out a 58-51 win over Wapahani. 

Sheridan’s season comes to an end with the loss.