Flyers bow out early
Published 9:22 am Wednesday, February 27, 2013
RICHMOND One minute and four seconds into Tuesdays 11th Region Tournament game, after Madison Central had scored the first three points, the MCHS students started chanting This games over.
Not so fast.
Franklin County stayed with Madison Central for most of the first half before falling 85-49 at Eastern Kentucky Universitys McBrayer Arena.
The Flyers (9-17) lost to MCHS by more than 50 points Feb. 8, but at the end of the first quarter Tuesday trailed just 20-16 despite major foul trouble.
I knew we could play this way, FCHS coach Tommy Johnson said. I knew this was the team I had. The first-half team was the way I knew we could play, and Ive been trying to convince them. I think they started to believe it.
I am proud of them.
The Flyers ran into foul trouble shortly after the game began. Ryan Schneider picked up his second foul with 5:35 left in the first quarter, and Chris Roberts was whistled for his second foul with 3:27 remaining in the first.
FCHS seventh foul came with 2:16 left in the first quarter, putting Madison Central (26-5) in the bonus for the rest of the first half.
We had a couple of miscues in the first half, where they hit some shots and we turned the ball over, Johnson said, but fouls, those killed us. We had two starters out with two fouls in the first quarter.
People came in and stepped up off the bench. They did what we needed them to do, and we did a good job handling their pressure.
The Flyers took their first lead of the game by scoring the first five points of the second quarter on a basket by Lorenzo McCaskell and a 3-pointer by Rylan Rowe.
That put FCHS ahead 21-20. The Indians retook the lead with a dunk by Quan Taylor, and a free throw from Dominique Hawkins gave Madison Central a 23-21 advantage.
Rowe tied the game with two foul shots, but Taylor followed with another dunk, igniting a 19-2 run for the Indians.
At halftime Madison Central led 44-29.
The first half we showed the team we can be, Johnson said. Theyre a very good team, and in the first half we gave them everything they wanted.
In their first meeting, played at Madison Central, the Indians were ahead 56-17 at the break.
The second half Tuesday started with layups from Hawkins and Ken-Jah Bosley, pushing MCHS lead to 48-29.
FCHS outscored the Indians 8-2 over a span of 1 minutes with two 3s from Rowe and a putback by Roberts.
That pulled the Flyers within 13 points at 50-37, but the Indians closed out the third quarter with nine straight points to lead 69-41 going into the final period.
There was a three-minute stretch where we got away from what we wanted to do, Johnson said. Once we got back to it they had a bigger lead.
Franklin County, after hitting 42.3 percent of its shots in the first half, cooled off to 24 percent in the second half.
Madison Central shot 49 percent for the game but was just 2 for 10 from the foul line in the second half. The Indians shot 40 percent from the line for the game while FCHS hit 41.2 percent from the free throw line.
Rowe led the Flyers with 21 points, and McCaskell finished with 15. Roberts had a game-high 11 rebounds despite playing just over 16 minutes because of foul trouble.
MCHS had four players in double figures with Hawkins leading the way with 21 points. Bosley finished with 19, and Taylor 17.
The Indians will play Henry Clay 8:15 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. Henry Clay defeated Dunbar 63-55 in double overtime in Tuesdays first game.
The seniors on this years FCHS team are Conner Meyer, Jimmy Harrod, Greg Maupin and Ryan Timmons.
Like Ive said before, Johnson said, maybe the scores didnt always show it but the last couple weeks, even in the district tournament final, were been moving forward.
FRANKLIN CO. (49) Lorenzo McCaskell 15, Chris Roberts 6, Rylan Rowe 21, Ryan Schneider 3, Jimmy Harrod 3, Greg Maupin 1.
MADISON CENTRAL (85) Hunter Stocker 2, Quan Taylor 17, Daniel Parke 3, Ken-Jah Bosley 19, Dominique Hawkins 21, George Walker 3, Demarcus George 6, Sam Jones 12, Cameron Thomas 2.
Linda Younkin: (502) 227-4556 EXT 257. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @frankfortsports