BriAnna Burbridge compiled 48 points, 13 rebounds and eight steals to lift Frankfort over Menifee County 72-50 in the first round of the All “A” Classic on Wednesday at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Burbridge’s 48 points were a single-game tournament record, passing a 24-year-old mark of 45 set by Lexington Catholic’s Yvonne Wilson. She shot 19-for-26 from the floor, also setting a record for made field goals in a single game.
“I didn’t know I broke it,” Burbridge said. “I found out when I came out of the game. I just do what I do.”
What she does best is find the basket. She’s second in the state at 32.4 points per game. Burbridge’s first-half production was especially vital for the Panthers. She scored Frankfort’s first 10 points and had 25 in the first half, the final four coming in a span of about six seconds as she scored in transition, came up with a steal and got another quick bucket. That trimmed Menifee’s lead to 31-30 entering the break.
Did Burbridge feel any pressure to carry the team early?
“I was feeling like I needed to push the ball down the court, get the score up and kill ’em from the beginning,” Burbridge said.
An 8-0 run fueled by six straight points from Burbridge to open the third quarter gave Frankfort a 38-31 lead. Menifee’s Elizabeth Dotson ended the flurry with a three-pointer to make it 38-34, but that’s as close as the Wildcats would get the rest of the way.
Jasmine Turpin finished with 14 points for the Panthers after scoring only two in the first half. The Panthers’ second-leading scorer had seven in the third quarter.
“For me, playing in the Civic Center always gives me nerves no matter what team we play,” Turpin said. “After halftime ... I just lost all the nerves and started to actually play.”
Turpin was on the receiving end of several Burbridge assists in the post as Frankfort started to pull away in the second half.
“If it’s not us, then we kinda fall as a team so we kinda have to keep everybody up,” Turpin said.
The Panthers are making only their second appearance in the statewide All “A” Classic. They fell to Bishop Brossart by a point in the 2013 quarterfinals.
Frankfort meets 13th Region representative Harlan (18-3) at 10 a.m. Friday. Panthers Coach Deron Norman expects that game will be a contrast of styles: Harlan’s half-court control versus Frankfort’s furious up-and-down pace. Burbridge is going to have to continue to “get the ball out and go,” he said.
“They have a great point guard (Jordan Brock) and she’s gonna try to break us down,” Norman said. “ ... They’re gonna have to try and contain us. We’re gonna run. We’re not gonna let you stop us and get us into a 40-something, 40-something game.”
Frankfort 72, Menifee County 50
Frankfort (10-8) — Burnett 2, Washington 6, Burbridge 48, Turpin 14, Tillman 2.
Menifee County (14-8) — Bean 2, Franklin 3, Woodard 16, Evans 11, Dotson 5, Back 10, Johnson 3.
All “A” Classic quarterfinals
At Frankfort Convention Center
10 a.m.: Frankfort (10-8) vs. Harlan (19-3)