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Late rally falls short

Published 9:21 am Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Franklin Countys girls basketball team had shots early but they wouldnt fall.

Once they found their range the Lady Flyers made a game of it, but Collins pulled away late to win 51-44 Monday at FCHS.

The Lady Titans (12-11) opened the game with a 7-0 run. Franklin County pulled within a point, 7-6, with 2:19 left in the first quarter, but Collins ended the period with an 8-0 spurt to lead 15-6.

By halftime the Lady Titans were up 11, 27-16.

We were four for 23 in the first half, and thats 17 percent, and we were 0 for 9 from the 3-point line, FCHS assistant coach John Caudill said. Caudill was filling in for head coach Joey Thacker, who was sick.

We had some really good looks and didnt finish, Caudill said. We came into the game having been off three days without practice (because of the weather). We thought we might be off at the start of the game because we didnt get in and shoot.

Momentum changed in the third quarter as the Lady Flyers (19-7) opened with a 13-2 run to tie the game at 29-29 with 4:06 left in the period.

During the run Raven Timmons scored five points, Dasia Kilbourne had six, and Malaka Frank had the other two.

Twelve of the points came on putbacks and layups with the other coming from the free throw line.

I thought we did a nice job turning the energy up in the third quarter, Caudill said. We got back in the ballgame and came back to tie it at 29, and we had two or three trips where we could have taken the lead.

We had more intensity coming out. Wed been playing a lot of zone in the second quarter, and we came out in an aggressive man defense, and I think it caught them a little bit by surprise. We got some easy turnovers.

With the game tied at 29-29, Collins scored seven straight points for a 36-29 lead. FCHS Angela Wickman connected on a layup with less than a minute left in the third to make the score 36-31 going into the fourth quarter.

It took a lot of energy coming back in the third quarter, Caudill said. We started off the fourth quarter playing some of our younger players to get people some breaks.

The Lady Titans opened the fourth quarter by scoring five straight points for a 41-31 lead.

After two free throws by Kilbourne, Collins went on a 6-0 run to go up 47-33 with 2:13 left in the game.

Caudill said the Lady Titans were running a real flat 2-3 zone, limiting FCHS drives to the basket.

We had to try different things on offense to get scoring opportunities, he said. At times I thought we settled too much for 3-pointers. We hit three out of four at the end of the game, but before that we hadnt hit one, and we had shot them plenty.

The Lady Flyers hit three 3-pointers in the final minute of the game two from Kilbourne and one from Nannilena White.

FCHS went 3 for 19 from 3-point range for the game and 15 for 50 overall for 30 percent.

Kilbourne led all scorers with 20 points and she had five steals.

Timmons and Frank each had seven rebounds and White had three assists.

The Lady Titans were led by Aaliyah Wells with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Also in double figures for Collins were Katie Vogel with 12 points and Jessie Buckmaster with 10.

Collins held a 41-28 advantage on the boards.

Franklin County plays again Friday when it travels to Richmond to face Madison Central, the top-ranked team in the 11th Region.

COLLINS (51) Bailey Rankin 3, Whitney Pullen 2, Michelle Roberts 6, Katie Vogel 12, Jessie Buckmaster 10, Aaliyah Wells 18.

FRANKLIN CO. (44) Nannilena White 5, Malaka Frank 6, Rebecca Cook 2, Dasia Kilbourne 20, Raven Timmons 9, Angela Wickman 2.

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