Franklin County’s girls basketball team may have missed some easy shots, but the Lady Flyers’ defense and rebounding were more than enough to carry the team to a 64-47 win over North Hardin Saturday night in the Centria Metals/Staxx BBQ New Year’s Shootout at FCHS.
“Our man-to-man defense at the beginning of the third quarter was really good,” FCHS coach Joey Thacker said. “They were outrebounding us at halftime, but we outrebounded them by a lot
in the third quarter, and that helped.”
Leading 7-5, Franklin County (10-3) went on a 10-0 run and led 19-10 at the end of the first quarter.
By halftime the advantage was 33-19, and after giving up the first five points of the third quarter, the Lady Flyers went on an 11-0 run to go up by 20, 44-24, with 4:21 left in the period.
FCHS led 48-30 going into the fourth quarter. North Hardin opened the stanza with an 11-5 run, cutting the Lady Flyers’ lead to 12.
The Lady Trojans (8-5) got within 11 points at 57-46 with 59 seconds remaining, and Franklin County went 5 for 6 from the foul line in the final minute to seal the victory.
“Rebecca (Cook) and Malaka (Frank) really went hard to the glass,” Thacker said. “We got a little bit in a hurry late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, but we settled down and made the plays we needed to make to win.”
Cook, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the game, finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Nannilena White led FCHS in scoring with 15 points, and Frank, Dasia Kilbourne, Princess Stewart and Anna Arrastia scored nine points each.
Frank also had nine rebounds and Stewart had six steals.
Tamiah Stanford was North Hardin’s leading scorer with 20 points.
-North Hardin shot 33.3 percent from the field. The Lady Flyers shot 37.2 percent from the field and were 22 for 33 at the free throw line for 66 percent.
“We’ve just got to finish at the rim,” Thacker said. “We look like we’re not going strong enough against contact.
“We’re still trying to figure some things out a little bit, when to attack and when not to attack. A lot of that has to do with being young, and a lot has to do with being stronger with the ball. We’ll get better as this bunch gets older.”
Franklin County doesn’t play again until Wednesday when it travels to Anderson County for a tripleheader. The games were originally scheduled for Tuesday but moved to Wednesday because of concerns about the weather.
The freshman game will be played at 5:15 p.m., followed by the junior varsity at 6:30 and the varsity game at 8.
NORTH HARDIN (47) — Zakayshia Pass 3, Tamiah Stanford 20, Kiera Jones 5, Sydney Coleman 9, Jenna Spencer 6, Morgan Barrick 4.
FRANKLIN CO. (64) — Nannilena White 15, Malaka Frank 9, Dasia Kilbourne 9, Princess Stewart 9, Anna Arrastia 9, Rebecca Cook 13.
>The Lady Flyers opened play in the shootout Friday with a 65-54 win over Monroe County.
FCHS placed three players in double figures. Kilbourne and Stewart both had 16 points, and Frank chipped in 15.
Also scoring for Franklin County were White with nine points, Cook with four, Arrastia with three and Savannah Courtney with two points.
Cook had eight rebounds, White had seven assists, and Stewart had three steals.
Reagan Turner scored a game-high 23 points for Monroe County.