Franklin County's rally fell short, and Anderson County came away with a 60-49 win in boys high school basketball action Friday at FCHS.
"They're a physical bunch," FCHS coach Lewis Morris said, "and they shoot the ball real well."
That shooting touch was on display from the start as Anderson took a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Still leading in the second quarter, at 24-19, Patrick Lloyd hit back-to-back three-pointers for the Bearcats.
The Flyers scored the next five points to cut Anderson's lead to six, 30-24, but Brandon Phillips hit a three-pointer with 34 seconds left to give ACHS a 33-24 halftime lead.
"They're a good ballclub," Morris said, "and they came out and shot the ball really well. They played pretty good defense on us, too, and we missed some shots we should have hit."
Anderson opened the third quarter with an 11-point run, good for a 20-point lead at 44-24. FCHS' first basket didn't come until a putback by Derrick Morris with 4:01 left in the period. Going into the fourth quarter the Bearcats led 46-30.
FCHS' Bryan Scott hit a three-pointer at the start of the fourth, but two free throws by Derek Craft and a basket by Eric McKee put Anderson ahead 50-33 with 5:54 left in the game.
That's when the Flyers made their run, scoring nine straight points and putting Anderson's lead in single digits at nine points, 50-41. During the run Mory Burse scored twice for FCHS, and Morris and Eric Eastman both hit two free throws.
The Bearcats then spread the court, and FCHS was forced to foul in the closing minutes. McKee's basket with 5:54 remaining was the last field goal of the game for Anderson, which scored its last 10 points at the foul line.
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