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GREENCASTLE -- Frankfort's young boys basketball squad walked out of the McAnally Center hungry after a Class 3A regional championship loss. Guerin defeated the Hot Dogs 61-44 to claim its first regional title. Frankfort vowed to make a return appearance and hopes to be the ones cutting down nets next season. 'We want to get a regional championship too, but we've always got next year,' sophomore Christian Smith said. 'We'll be back.' The Hot Dogs won a brutal second semifinal game while a senior-led Guerin squad watched in anticipation. Two years ago in the Class 2A Regional at Tipton, it was the Eagles who were the young team in the same situation. 'We played the second game (in 2010) and it was tough for us to come back,' Guerin coach Pete Smith said. 'We kind of knew it was going be tough for them a little bit. That's why we picked up the pressure as early as we could.' The Hot Dogs expect to be back next season, and Smith believes they have the talent to accomplish that goal. 'I told every single one of them, if we can get back here, we are not looking forward to playing you again,' he said. Frankfort took an early 10-8 lead on Alex Isgrigg's 3-pointer, but two free throws by Adam Hufford tied it. The Eagles scored the last six points of the first quarter and never looked back. Guerin took advantage of its size, amassing a 15-3 advantage in second-chance points in the first half and scoring 22 overall. The Hot Dogs also allowed nine Guerin points on turnovers in the first half. 'We all came out kind of slow and just not ready to play at the level that we needed to at the regional championship,' Frankfort center Dakota Isgrigg said. The Eagles, who entered Saturday third in the state in the Sagarin Ratings, finished the first half on an 11-2 run, including Riley Rapp's 3-pointer at the buzzer. Hufford led Guerin (22-5), which advances to play Evansville Bosse in next weekend's Southport Semistate, with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Aaron Brennan scored a game-high 20 points and added nine rebounds and three blocks. 'Hufford ... an animal,' Frankfort coach Tom Weeks said. 'We saw him (Saturday) morning and knew it was going to be a tough matchup for us.' Dakota Isgrigg led Frankfort, which finishes 12-14, with 17 points and six rebounds. Smith scored 14 points before fouling out. Brody Kirby scored seven and Alex Isgrigg added six as the foursome accounted for all 44 Frankfort points. 'We've created a base now and an expectation. It's where we want to be,' Weeks said. 'These guys have gotten a taste and now they want to come back.'