Coaches often worry about playing games on days when there’s no school, when their players can sleep as late as they want and have no set schedule.
Some athletes find the off day is just what they need.
Franklin County’s boys basketball team defeated Woodford County 80-65 Friday at FCHS, and FCHS senior Rylan Rowe gave credit to Friday’s snow day for the Flyers’ play.
“I think it’s because we didn’t have school today,” he said. “Coach (Tommy) Johnson brought us in around 2 today for a shoot-around. We went over all the plays for them. We knew everything we had to do.”
The Flyers (9-6) scored the game’s first two baskets, only to see Woodford go on a 16-8 run and take a 16-12 lead.
After that is was all Franklin County.
“It’s only our second home game all year, and we were really amped up, kind of all over the place,” Johnson said. “Once we settled down, we played pretty good defense like we’re capable of. They do a good job of moving the ball around.”
The Flyers scored 16 straight points to go ahead 28-16, and a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Woodford’s Grayson Graf made the first-quarter score 28-19.
“We knew they were going to make some baskets,” Rowe said. “They’re a good team with good shooters, and we had to buckle down and play defense.”
The Yellow Jackets (10-8) cut FCHS’ lead to five, 30-25, with 6:25 left in the second quarter, but the Flyers closed out the quarter with a 16-6 run and led 46-31 at halftime.
By the end of the third quarter Franklin County had extended its advantage to 20 points, 67-47.
“We know their personnel pretty well,” Johnson said. “They know what we do; we know what they do. We did a good job of executing today and staying with our game plan.”
That included using their size and speed to their advantage. Friday’s game marked the return of senior post player Chris Roberts, who’s been out since before Christmas with an injury.
Roberts came off the bench to score 11 points Friday, one of four Flyers in double figures. Rowe led FCHS with 21 points, Demetrius Wylie scored 16 and Ryan Schneider finished with 13.
“We wanted to pound the ball inside,” Johnson said. “We did a good job of attacking the basket and a good job of finishing when we got to the basket. We had four guys in double figures and one with eight points, so we did share the ball pretty well.”
Samuel Souers scored a game-high 23 points for Woodford.
The Flyers stayed unbeaten in district play, moving to 5-0 with the win. Their last regular-season district game is at home Jan. 31 against Western Hills. Woodford is 3-2 in the district.
Franklin County played Riverside Christian Saturday night in the DMD Classic at Frankfort High. The Flyers’ next game is Tuesday at Bryan Station.
WOODFORD CO. (65) — Eli Boggess 13, Grayson Graf 16, Colton McCrady 1, Samuel Souers 23, John Couch 5, Michael Shelton 4, Jed Sanders 3.
FRANKLIN CO. (80) — Matthew Lee 5, Samuel Mackey 4, Ryan Schneider 13, Chris Roberts 11, Rylan Rowe 21, Demarcus Kennedy 2, Demetrius Wylie 16, Lorenzo McCaskell 8.