Franklin County's boys basketball team knew what Shelby County was going to do, but stopping the Rockets proved to be a tall order.
"We played hard, but we didn't execute well," FCHS coach Scott Chalk said after his team lost 78-43 at home Tuesday. "They play run and jump pressure most of the game, and they trap when they get the chance at halfcourt. We worked on that a lot but we didn't execute against it."
The two teams started the game trading baskets and were tied at 12-all with 1:57 left in the first quarter. The Rockets closed out the period with a nine-point run for a 21-12 lead, and they scored the first two baskets of the second quarter.
At halftime Shelby led 42-23.
"We didn't block out well in the first half," Chalk said, "and that was disappointing. It could have kept the score down because they got a lot of second shots in the first half."
The Rockets (9-5) kept the pressure on early in the third quarter, scoring the first 11 points for a 53-23 lead. Going into the final period they led 62-29, and they opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run.
"Our guys do a good job of recognizing when they need to get the ball inside," Shelby coach Mike Clark said, "and that opens up some shots on the perimeter a lot of times.
"We have two very versatile post players in Jimmy Murray and Da'Rell Crittendon," he added. Murray and Crittendon, both seniors, scored most of their points on layups, but they also stepped out and hit some mid-range jumpers.
Murray led all scorers with 19 points, and Crittendon finished with 13. Rob Matthews scored 15 for the Rockets, and Andrew Hawkins chipped in 10.
Paul Chambers was the Flyers' high point man with 14.
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