Lady Flyers’ rally comes up short in Ballard loss

Special to The State Journal Published:

LOUISVILLE – Franklin County’s girls basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter but came up just short Monday night, losing at Ballard 52-48.

Ballard (7-1) led just 17-15 after the first quarter and 25-22 at halftime, but the Lady Bruins outscored FCHS 17-9 in the third quarter to lead 42-31 after three periods.

The Lady Flyers’ rally in the fourth quarter had them outscoring Ballard 17-10.

FCHS (4-2) shot 28 percent while Ballard hit 46 percent from the field. The Lady Bruins held a 42-30 advantage in rebounds, but they turned the ball over 30 times.

Dasia Kilbourne was Franklin County’s leading scorer with 14 points, and Malaka Frank had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring for FCHS were Nannilena White and Raven Timmons with seven points each, Brittany Mello with six, and Angela Wickman with two.

White had four assists and five steals, and Timmons had seven rebounds.

Tearra Banks led Ballard with 14 points, and Javonna Layfield had a double-double with 14 rebounds and 10 points.

Franklin County plays its next game Thursday against Monroe County in the Republic Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic.

The Lady Flyers used a strong second quarter to propel them to a 65-32 victory over Bardstown Saturday night in Bardstown.

FCHS led by five points, 13-8, after the first quarter, but outscored the Lady Tigers 21-7 in the second period to take a commanding 34-15 lead at halftime.

Franklin County had four players in double figures, led by eighth-grader Princess Stewart with 16 points. Stewart was 6-for-8 from the field and 4-for-6 at the free throw line.

She also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Nannilena White, Dasia Kilbourne and Raven Timmons all had 11 points.

White, Timmons and Malaka Frank all had four steals, and White also handed out four assists. Frank had eight rebounds as FCHS held a 32-28 advantage on the boards.

Brittany Mello finished with nine points, Frank had five, and Angela Wickman chipped in two points.

FCHS had 18 steals and forced Bardstown (7-1) into 29 turnovers.

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