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Flyers hold off WHHS

Published 11:35 pm Saturday, January 26, 2013

Franklin County played the way it wanted to play in the first half.

Western Hills was happier with its second half performance, but it wasnt enough to overcome the Flyers, who won the boys basketball game 69-53 Friday at Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium.

The first three minutes of the game, our game plan was to come out and see if we could set the tone where we wanted it, FCHS coach Tommy Johnson said.

We did a good job of it the first half.

The Flyers, 7-10 overall and 4-2 in the district, fell behind 6-2 early as Kevin Booth scored twice and Justin Frost had one basket for WHHS.

But Franklin County ran off eight straight points, including six from Chris Roberts, to go ahead 10-6.

The Flyers led the rest of the way.

We executed what we wanted to do in the first half, Johnson said. We wanted to stop their penetration, and give them no open shots.

We knew they were going to get shots, but we wanted to contest every one of them, and we did a good job in the first half.

On offense the Flyers did their damage on the inside. Of their nine baskets in the first quarter eight were on put backs or layups with the other being a 3-pointer from Rylan Rowe.

That continued in the second half as much of FCHS offense was set up by steals or turnovers by the Wolverines.

We switched up defenses a little bit in the first half, Johnson said. We knew where the passes were going, and we were able to slip into the passing lanes a few times.

The Flyers extended their lead to 17 points, 40-23, with less than a minute to go before halftime and were ahead 42-26 at the break.

You cant make a soft pass because a guys open, WHHS coach Steve Wooldridge said. We know whos supposed to be in what spot, but we dont read the defense and thats hurting us.

When we get to the right spot and do what were supposed to do its good.

Franklin County took a 56-39 advantage into the fourth quarter, and Rowe opened the period with a 3-pointer to give the Flyers a 20-point lead, its largest of the game.

WHHS responded with back-to-back baskets from Booth and a 3 by Andrew Zingg to pull within 13 points with 5:21 left in the game.

FCHS Lorenzo McCaskell ended Western Hills run with a layup, putting the Flyers ahead 61-46 with 4:30 remaining, and the Wolverines didnt get closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

At the beginning of the third quarter we totally got away from our game plan, said Johnson, whose team ended the game with the same margin it ended the first half.

Theyd bring the ball down the floor, get layups, just drive the ball to the basket, all the stuff we stopped in the first half. Thats not to take anything away from Western Hills. Theyre a good team, and Steve prepared them well for what we were going to do.

We watched tape, and I had a feeling theyd try to pick up the pace more and they did. We didnt handle it well in the first half. In the second half we did, but we dug a hole and its hard to get of it against a good team.

Booth led all scorers with 26 points, and Rowe was the Flyers top scorer with 23 points. McCaskell finished with 16 points.

WHHS (4-18, 0-5) plays its next game at home 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against Bourbon County, and Western Hills is playing at home against Woodford County in a district doubleheader Wednesday.

The girls game will be at 6:30 p.m. with the boys game to follow at 8:15.

Franklin Countys game at Lafayette Tuesday has been canceled because Lafayette has to make up a district game.

The Flyers next game is at home Friday against Bryan Station.

FRANKLIN CO. (69) Conner Meyer 6, Rylan Rowe 23, Lorenzo McCaskell 16, Matthew Lee 6, Jimmy Harrod 2, Samuel Mackey 2, Ryan Schneider 8, Chris Roberts 6.

WESTERN HILLS (53) Kevin Booth 26, Will Davis 2, Robbie Fox 5, Justin Frost 6, ZhaVaughn Reed 4, Kory Waller 2, Andrew Zingg 8.

Linda Younkin: (502) 227-4556 EXT 257. Email: lyounkin@state-journal.com. Twitter: @frankfortsports