LEXINGTON -- Berea Community coach Eric Swords had finally seen enough.

With five minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Pirates trailing by more than 20 points, he pulled most of his starters off the court.

"I was tired of watching them," Swords said. "We were jogging up and down the court. I thought, well lets just put the young guys in there and let them compete."

The reserves played out the final minutes of a disappointing loss.

The Pirates (10-5) shot just 25 percent from the field and had 25 turnovers in a 63-42 setback to Frankfort (6-12) on Monday in the opening round of the 11th Region All "A" Tournament.

Jayden Smith had 14 points and Timmy Thompson added eight points and six rebounds for Berea.

The Panthers move onto the semifinals and will face Model Laboratory (4-10) on Wednesday at Lexington Christian Academy.

The title game is set for Saturday.

"We just laid an egg," Swords said.

The Pirates battled early, taking a 5-2 lead on a Smith three-pointer.

The game was tied 9-9, but Frankfort closed the first quarter on an 8-1 run, then opened the second quarter an 8-0 run.

At halftime, the Panthers were up 34-23.

Frankfort shot 53.8 percent from the field in the first half, including 4-of-9 from three-point range.

Berea shot just 31 percent in the first half, then connected on just 4-of-21 field goal attempts in the second half.

The Pirates also struggled at the free throw line, hitting on 17-of-30 chances.

"We are just rushing everything," Swords said of his team's offense. "I challenged the guys to be tougher for the rest of the year. So, we will see how that works out."

Berea didn't show much toughness on the board against the Panthers.

Frankfort out-rebounded the Pirates 48-30, including an 18-9 advantage in offensive boards. The Panthers also had 34 points in the paint and 22 points off turnovers.

"They just whipped us all the way around," Swords said.

The Panthers had lost nine-straight games.

On Monday, though, they looked much more like the team that advanced to the 11th Region semifinals last season then a squad that hadn't won a game since Dec. 17.

"A lot of those games have been close," Swords said of Frankfort's losing streak. "Their record doesn't indicate how good they are. They've played some bigger schools."

Berea has lost two-straight since opening the season by winning 10 of its first 13 games.

Jaylen Dorsey had six points and six rebounds for Berea. Trenton Wilson had six points as well. Edward Sexton had four points. Kobe Combs had two points, while Will Brennan and Ty Thompson had one point each.

Jackson Twombly had 14 points and six rebounds for Frankfort. Will O'Bryan had 13 points and Jordan Blythe had 12 points.

Berea is set to return to action Friday at home against Evangel Christian.

Lady Indians fall

Madison Central raced out to an early lead Monday on the road against one of the top teams in the 11th Region.

A three-pointer by Brianna Bierbaum gave the Lady Indians (6-9) a 7-4 advantage over Franklin County in Frankfort.

The Lady Flyers answered back -- in a big way.

Franklin County had a 17-point lead at halftime and rolled to a 81-40 win over Central.

Jekauri McKeithen had 13 points and 13 rebounds, but the Lady Indians had 36 turnovers and attempted only 30 shots.

The Lady Flyers were 30-of-68 from the field, including 11-of-21 from three-point range.

Taleya Todd had 10 points. Bierbaum and Eve Carter had six points each.

Franklin County had 36 points in the paint and 39 points off turnovers.

Nataya Strader had five points for Central.

Central will look to snap a two-game losing streak Thursday on the road against district rival Madison Southern.

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