Lady Flyers cruise past Anderson
Published 12:36 pm Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Franklin County’s slow start turned into a fast-paced second quarter, and the Lady Flyer basketball team went on to defeat Anderson County 64-52 Tuesday at FCHS.
“I thought some of our defense turned into offense, and that’s the way we have to play,” FCHS coach Joey Thacker said. “We were a lot more active in the second quarter. We started slowly, but our defense really picked us up.”
Anderson County (8-7) led 12-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Flyers (10-2) opened the second period with a 16-3 run, good for a 25-15 lead.
The lead was still 10, 27-17, at halftime, and that was as close as the Lady Bearcats got the rest of the way.
“We had 13 assists, which is a good number for us,” Thacker said. “At halftime we had seven. We just came out in the second quarter and really got going.”
That continued in the third quarter as the Lady Flyers scored the first nine points and eventually built a 21-point lead at 44-23.
“Dasia (Kilbourne) has really been playing well and really going into the lane,” Thacker said. Kilbourne scored eight points in the third quarter.
The lead was 46-30 after three periods, but Anderson opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer from Sammy Rogers. After a free throw by FCHS’ Malaka Frank, Anderson’s Corrin Robinson hit a 3 to cut Franklin County’s lead to 11, 47-36, with 5:30 left in the game.
The Lady Flyers responded with a 10-2 run that included two 3-pointers and two free
throws from Anna Arrastia and two foul shots by Princess Stewart.
That gave FCHS an 18-point advantage, 54-36, and a little breathing room with 4:51 left in the game.
“I thought our free throw shooting was a little better tonight,” Thacker said, “and we’ve really been harping on that. Princess did a good job in the lane, taking a shot or kicking it out to Anna, and Anna hit some big shots that started things right for us.”
Arrastia hit four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 14 points, and Stewart and Kilbourne both scored 12 points.
“We had good balance again,” Thacker said. “We had three players in double figures, and Malaka with eight points and Rebecca (Cook) with nine. That’s how we have to play.”
Frank finished with nine rebounds, and Stewart and Cook each had eight as FCHS held a 35-25 edge on the boards. Stewart also had four assists and three steals.
Marissa Walker and Kaci Currens both scored 13 points to lead Anderson County. Mia Aldridge had five assists, Rogers had six rebounds, and Walker had three steals.
“I was really disappointed in how we took care of the ball late,” Thacker said. “We had a 20-point lead and had three straight trips where we turned the ball over.
“I told the kids Anderson County would fight to the death. That’s what makes them so good, and it’s a credit to them.”
The Lady Flyers host Western Hills Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Corbin Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
“We have to keep playing,” Thacker said. “There are so many things we have to iron out before these count. We have a laundry list a mile long, but it’s all correctable, and it’s all little things.”
ANDERSON CO. (52) — Alorro Simes 5, Bailey Curry 2, Corrin Robinson 9, Marissa Walker 13, Sammy Rogers 7, Mia Aldridge 3, Kaci Currens 13.
FRANKLIN CO. (64) — Malaka Frank 8, Dasia Kilbourne 12, Princess Stewart 12, Anna Arrastia 14, Rebecca Cook 9, Sierra Newton 2, Savannah Courtney 7.