Franklin County’s boys basketball team didn’t have much trouble with Western Hills Friday night.
Using runs in the first and second quarters, FCHS opened up a large cushion and never relinquished it en route to a 73-59 win over WHHS in 41st District play at Western Hills.
The Flyers (7-5, 3-0) went on a 13-1 run in the first quarter to build a double-digit margin, then scored 17 straight points in the second quarter to take a 27-point lead.
“I thought we came out with a lot of energy early in the game and that was part of the game plan,” FCHS coach Tommy Johnson said.
“We were able to get some traps and able to get our hands on a lot of passes … and that allowed our backside guys to rotate and get some steals and we got some easy layups. Once we see the ball going in on layups then everything just starts to get rolling from there.”
During the spurt in the second quarter that led to a 46-22 halftime advantage, senior Rylan Rowe had seven points and senior Matthew Lee had five, including a 3 to cap the run and make it 42-15.
Junior Ryan Schneider led the Flyers with 19 points and eight rebounds. Rowe finished with 15 points, senior Lorenzo McCaskell chipped in 10 points and Lee had 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
“From top to bottom … everybody played well,” Johnson said. “They came with a lot of energy. We always want our second team to be able to put pressure on their first team without having a big letdown. There was no letdown when we subbed today.”
The Flyers led by as many as 29 in the second half. But the Wolverines (1-12, 0-3) never quit, ending the game on a 19-4 run to make the final score respectable.
“That’s what I’ve preached since I got here Day One,” WHHS coach Geoff Cody said. “I told them ‘I’m never coaching your effort and we’re going to play from beginning to the end.’ Thirty seconds to go I have a kid diving on the floor for a loose ball, I’ve got a kid jumping into their student section for a ball — that’s the mentality that we want is that we’re going to give effort from beginning to the end and play hard.”
Sophomore Keaton Anderson scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Wolverines, who also got 16 points from senior ZhaVaughn Reed and eight points off the bench from senior Macaulay Hurst.
“I think that he still could’ve played even better, and I don’t mean that in a negative way at all,” Cody said of Anderson, who had nine points in the final two minutes. “I think he’s got so much more to give, he’s got a huge upside, and the good thing is he’s just a sophomore.”
FCHS was at Fleming County Saturday night and is at Frankfort Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for another district game. FCHS beat Frankfort 67-47 Dec. 17.
WHHS hosts Brown Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
FRANKLIN CO. (73) — Quenton Brownlee 4, Demetrius Wiley 4, Rylan Rowe 15, Lorenzo McCaskell 10, Cooper Giles 2, Matthew Lee 10, Jhanny Rodriguez 2, Sam Mackey 4, Taylor Waltston 1, Ryan Schneider 19, Demarcus Kennedy 2.
WESTERN HILLS (59) — Patrick Foley 5, Michael Hatfield 2, ZhaVaughn Reed 16, Macaulay Hurst 8, Kory Waller 4, Keaton Anderson 19, Kyle Fisher 5.
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