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March 8, 2014

Loney scores 33, sparks Frankfort to a district crown

FRANKFORT — Loney, Loney, Loney.

That’s what Bear Lake players and fans may have haunting their nightmares.

David Loney scored almost 60 percent of his team’s points in a 58-47 Class D district championship victory Friday over Bear Lake at Frankfort as the Panthers rode the hot hand of their star post player.

“I told him before the game, ‘The best players have their best games in championships,’” Frankfort coach Reggie Manville said.

And Loney did just that. The Panthers junior was nearly unstoppable in the paint, dropping turn-around jumpers from the top of the key all game long to spur Frankfort’s offense and scoring a season-high 33 in the championship-game effort that brings a third straight district title to add to the school’s already-loaded trophy case.

“That was a whole team win, there,” Loney said. “We wanted to come out and play good team ball, and that’s what we did. I just happened to get the open look a lot. My teammates did a very good job of getting me the ball while I was hot.

“Our guards do such a good job of spreading the floor that it’s easy to do my job in the middle — catch that ball and turn around and shoot it. We’ve got such great spacing. I played a good game and I was hot, but I couldn’t do it without my teammates.”

Loney’s big night started almost immediately. He scored eight of Frankfort’s first 10 points and 18 of 26 by halftime.

“That was a huge thing I just erased on the board — we’ve got to limit Loney’s touches,” Bear Lake coach Garrett Waller said in the team’s locker room. “We just didn’t do a good job of that. He killed us.”

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