It didn’t take long for Jedd Rose to score his first points Friday night.
The 6-foot-1 Frankfort bruiser eight of his team’s first 10 points.
But it took a while for visiting Blue Valley Randolph to score — the Wildcats opened the game on a 21-0 tear, and they never looked back on their way to a blowout 70-46 win over the Rams.
Blue Valley finally got on the board with just over a minute left in the first quarter, when freshman Brody Barr converted on a layup to trim the deficit to 21-2. Blue Valley’s Cole Montgomery stuck back his own miss later in the frame, but Frankfort touted a 21-4 lead into the second quarter.
“Before the game, we told the kids we wanted to establish the post, and I think most of our points in the first quarter came in the paint,” Frankfort head coach Nick Anderson said. “So they did what we asked. That was our emphasis, so that got us off to real good start.”
The Rams woke up a tad in the second, tallying 10 more points behind two 3-pointers from Lane Peter and Dylan Krause, but they were already looking up from an insurmountable pit.
Blue Valley head coach Blake Fronce attributed the sluggish first frame to dealing with an unfamiliar lineup.
“A lot of (the first quarter was) the way we’ve been playing,” Fronce said. “We had some new lineups. I had never played Benji Wichman before.”
Rose also contributed to digging the Rams’ hole, posting eight of his 24 points in the first quarter. He added six more in the second period, on top of Frankfort guard Mitchell Olson’s five second-quarter points.
Frankfort led 37-14 at the intermission, but Olson, on his way to 19 points Friday, did his damage in the third frame with eight points.
“Mitchell’s always going to play hard. He’s going to give you a lot of effort,” Anderson said. “He was running the floor, and that was the reason he got a lot of easy buckets.”
Anderson also liked what he got out of Rose, who fouled out, but who stuck back a number of misses and backed down with ease the smaller Rams.
“Jedd’s been real consistent all year,” Anderson said. “He’s a tough matchup, because his skill set is so wide, he can do a lot of things in the post. With his girth, he’s tough for a lot of people.”
“We’re a small team, so it makes it tough when they’ve got big guys,” Fronce said.
But the third frame saw Blue Valley make a comeback bid, as the Rams tallied 21 points in the quarter. But Frankfort topped it with 24, behind Rose’s eight third-period points and Olson’s six.
Still, Fronce was pleased with his team’s response to the formidable deficit.
“We rebounded much better once those (new) lineups were in,” Fronce said. “Our offense, I thought, moved a lot better, too. We only scored four points in the first quarter, and then after that, we started to pick it up a little bit.”
On Frankfort’s end, Anderson saw his Wildcats slow down on both ends following the 21-0 run, allowing for Blue Valley’s response. Bradley Young logged 17 points for the Rams.
“We let off on the gas a little bit,” Anderson said. “Kind of got lackadaisical at times. It was kind of a trap game for us, because we had such a big win on Tuesday against our rival in Centralia, and we’ve got a pretty big game against a sub-state opponent in (Doniphan) West on Tuesday ... Once we got up big early, I think the kids went into relax mode a little bit.”
Frankfort will face Doniphan West at home, while Blue Valley Randolph will take on Linn on the road on Tuesday.