Franklin County girls basketball coach Joey Thacker didn’t like the second quarter of Tuesday’s game against Frankfort High.
FHS coach Deron Norman didn’t like the second half.
In the end it was FCHS that came away with the win, beating the Lady Panthers 73-40 at F.D. Wilkinson Sports Arena.
It was Frankfort (6-10) that took the early lead, but FCHS outscored the Lady Panthers 16-4 over the last 4:21 of the first quarter to lead 18-8 when the period ended.
A 3-pointer by Dasia Kilbourne to open the second quarter put the Lady Flyers up 21-8, but they weren’t able to extend their advantage and led 34-22 at halftime.
“There were four times in a row in the second quarter we were in position to pull out to a 20-point lead, but we let them hang around because of poor possessions,” Thacker said.
“We know we have to play with maximum effort every time out because everyone is trying to knock us off, and I’m not sure that was the case in the second quarter.”
The second quarter may have slowed Franklin County, but the Lady Flyers regrouped quickly in the third quarter.
After a three-point play by FHS’ BriAnna Burbridge, the Lady Panthers trailed Franklin County by eight points, 36-28, with 5:47 left in the third.
It would be more than four minutes before Frankfort scored again, and by that time FCHS held a 53-28 lead.
“We talked about this at halftime, and we’ve talked about this all along,” Norman said. “When you play a good team they’re going to have some runs, but it’s how you respond to those runs.
“You can’t let it go 19-2. You have to stop what you’re doing and refocus, and we didn’t do that at all in the second half.”
By the end of the third quarter Franklin County was ahead 53-32, and the Lady Flyers scored the first four points of the final period.
“The difference in the second half is we got out and ran a little bit,” Thacker said, “and we’re pretty darned good when we get to do that.”
The Lady Flyers had five players in double figures, led by Nannilena White with 16 points. Malaka Frank scored 12 points, and Kilbourne, Princess Stewart and Anna Arrastia chipped in 10 points apiece.
“We had five in double figures and another who was one basket from being in double figures,” Thacker said. “That balance is good. I was pleased with how we shared the ball in transition.”
Rebecca Cook, who finished with eight points for FCHS, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Burbridge had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jasmine Turpin led the Lady Panthers with 12 points and Sibre Morton had 10.
Frankfort was hindered by early foul trouble. Burbridge, Jayne Yocum and Jade Morgan all had two fouls in the first quarter, and Cori Cunningham had three. No one fouled out.
“Even though we were still in the game early in the second half, we didn’t defend like we should,” Norman said. “We gave them too many opportunities.
“Instead of breaking down on defense we let them get around us, drive inside. They shot a lot of free throws in the first half, and we can’t let that happen.”
With the win Franklin County improved to 4-0 in district play while Frankfort fell to 1-4.
Both teams play their next games against district opponents Friday.
FCHS hosts Woodford County and the Lady Panthers play at Western Hills.
FRANKLIN CO. (73) — Nannilena White 16, Malaka Frank 12, Dasia Kilbourne 10, Princess Stewart 10, Anna Arrastia 10, Rebecca Cook 8, Sierra Newton 2, Savannah Courtney 2, Josie Thacker 3.
FRANKFORT (40) — Jade Morgan 3, Cori Cunningham 3, Kaylee Tillman 2, Sibre Morton 10, Jasmine Turpin 12, BriAnna Burbridge 10.