VERSAILLES - Most of the familiar faces were gone, but the drama was still there Friday night in the boys basketball game between Franklin County and host Woodford County.
And, like many of the past games between the two rivals, this one went right down to the wire before the Jackets pulled away for a 53-47 win.
"I couldn't be happier with our effort," Flyer coach Scott Chalk said of his team, now 0-2. "The thing that I'm totally pleased about is we battled and played with so much heart. The players dove for every loose basketball and gave 100 percent. That's a must for us every game and they did that tonight."
Both teams came into the game with inexperience. The Jackets lost all five starters from a year ago to graduation, including Jerome Givens, the state's second-leading scorer last season.
The Flyers meanwhile, graduated seven seniors with only Adam Jones and Bruce Bohman coming in with significant varsity minutes.
Jones didn't play Friday, however. He's nursing a minor knee injury and starting point guard Rashad Rowe broke his wrist in the season opener against Bryan Station Tuesday night. He's expected to be out six weeks.
Despite missing two starters, the Flyers overcame two scoring droughts to make a game of it.
The first one came in the second quarter when Woodford went on a 10-0 run to lead 23-13. The Flyers rallied in the third quarter and trailed 35-30 after three.
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