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Eagles beat Broncos with inside game

Feb. 13—FRANKTON — Frankton needed to match the grittiness brought to the court by visiting Daleville on Tuesday, and junior Brady Carmack more than fit the bill.

Carmack scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and junior point guard Joey Wright led the Eagles with 22 points as Frankton held off the Broncos for a 63-53 win at The Eagles Nest.

Frankton (14-7) has now won two games in a row and seven of its last nine while Daleville (12-7) saw a five-game win streak come to an end.

While it seemed at times Frankton was well in control of Daleville, the Broncos stayed close and gave themselves plenty of opportunities to pull off the road upset.

But too many easy baskets by the Eagles prevented Ashley Fouch's team from pulling ahead.

"I am frustrated by our defense and execution of our defense," she said. "They made one 3-pointer and maybe one 15-footer, which means they beat us on layups."

When it came to getting to the rim, it was Carmack who led the way for the Eagles. In fact, the opening play of the fourth quarter told much of the story of his night.

Daleville closed the third quarter with a Koleman Newsome basket to pull within seven points at 43-36, and Carmack found himself on the wing, 25 feet from the basket, guarded closely with no open teammates.

Much as he had done all game long, he took matters into his own hands.

"Everyone was trying to get open, but nobody could, and I knew I was close to a five seconds (violation) call," he said. "I just put it on the floor and finished with the layup."

"I thought that was a really good play, a good decision to get to the rim and score," Frankton coach Brent Brobston said. "The way that Daleville defended us, we knew we were going to have to get downhill and get to the rim, and he did that."

His drive to the rim for two points and a 3-point basket by Wright with just under 5:30 left pushed the Eagles lead back to double digits at 49-39, and while the Broncos were able to close within six at 57-51 on a pair of Newsome free throws, the Eagles were never seriously threatened thereafter.

Brobston knew Daleville would bring a strong effort and was happy his Eagles responded in kind.

Newsome led Daleville with 27 points while Meryck Adams added 19 points — 11 coming during the second quarter when Daleville overcame an early 11-point deficit to pull within three points.

In Daleville's Saturday win over Eastern, Adams became the seventh player in program history to score 1,000 career points.

The historic point came at the free-throw line for Adams.

"My freshman year, I never thought I was hitting that goal," said Adams, who also set the program record for career 3-pointers. "It still feels unreal. I was heating up a little bit at that point, so in my mind I knew I was going to make that free throw."

"Mercyk deserves both of those. He worked his butt off for both of those accomplishments," Fouch said. "It was emotional, for sure. I held the tears back in those moments because there were five minutes left in the game. But, when it was over, there were tears for sure."

The Broncos will return home for a Friday matchup with Mid-Eastern Conference front-runner Wapahani as the Raiders look to wrap up an undefeated regular-season schedule.

The Eagles have clinched a share of the Central Indiana Conference title and can finish with an unbeaten championship Friday when they visit Alexandria.

Led by 20 points from Trey Bennett, Frankton posted a 61-46 win over Daleville in the junior varsity contest. Ja'Von Miller added 14 points for the Eagles while Hunter Suchyna led all players with 23 points for the Broncos.

Contact Rob Hunt at rob.hunt@heraldbulletin.com or 765-640-4886.