By: Brian Burkhart Prep Reporter Twitter: @BrianESPN
McFarland knows they have the leading scorer in the conference on their team and they know how to use him. Cory Frank is the stabilizing force that makes the Spartans go and it was definitely shown on Tuesday night as they took down Beloit Turner 62-48.
Cory Frank a 6’8 senior had no problem scoring against the Trojans from the opening tip. As he stepped on the floor for the jump ball he could see over every Beloit Turner player, and he knows how to work the ball down low scoring his teams first 8 points.
Beloit Turner was forced to shoot mainly perimeter shots because of the great zone defense being played by the Spartans. Anthony Payton put the team on his back in the first quarter scoring all the teams 11 points, but they were still trailing 23-11 heading into the second quarter.
Beloit Turner Head Coach Ken Watkins knew coming into the game it would be hard to stop Cory Frank, “We knew from the start we were going to be outsized, Corey is going to get his points you just have to make him take tough shots.”
Frank can also shoot the long-range ball, going 2 for 2 in the first quarter, helping him rack up 14 early points. Once the second quarter started both teams came out slow, missing many open looks until McFarland started to heat up. The Trojans got into foul trouble in the second quarter trying to keep the Spartans out of the paint.
McFarland took a 33-22 lead into halftime, without Cory Frank scoring a single point in the second quarter. Brandon Doll scored 10 of his 16 total points in the second, letting Frank have a rest as his fellow teammates picked up the scoring slack. The height advantage for the Spartans was just too much for the Trojans to deal with and they looked gassed at halftime.
Beloit came out after halftime not going down without a fight. The Trojans scored the first 5 points of the third quarter and cut the lead down to 27-33 with 5:26 left in the quarter. A cold start by McFarland and two questionable charge calls on Cory Frank gave the Trojans a little momentum to start the quarter. After that swing of momentum the Trojans went ice cold from the field, scoring only 4 points the rest of the quarter. McFarland started to get in a rhythm feeding Frank down low and passing the ball around to there outside shooters. The Spartans were still leading 47-31 at the end of the third quarter; Beloit never led at any point in the game.
In the fourth quarter McFarland made a living at the free throw line, going to the charity strike ten times and only missing three shots. The closest Beloit got to the lead was 10 points at 58-48 with 1:15 left in the game, until Cory Frank stole an outlet pass and hammered down a monster dunk on the break away to seal the game for the Spartans. The final score McFarland 62, Beloit Turner 48.
Cory Frank finished the game with 24 points. The only thing needing improvement by him was his accuracy from the free throw line going 10/15 on the night. Brandon Doll also had a good game for the Spartans scoring 16 points and dishing out 4 assists.
Anthony Payton, the point guard for Beloit, had a solid game finishing the night with 15 points. Evan Metzger, the leading scorer on the team, poured in 12 points, going 2 for 2 from beyond the arc.
The win brings McFarland to a 7-2-conference record, tied with Edgerton for second place behind still undefeated East Troy (9-0). Beloit Turner drops to 5-4, but are still in second place in the Rock Valley South behind first place Clinton.
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