Girls Basketball: Cook scores 31 to lead FCHS past Woodford

By Linda Younkin, Published:

Franklin County’s girls basketball team was hitting 3-pointers, crashing the boards and getting the ball to the player with the hot hand.

That all added up to a 65-49 victory over Woodford County Friday at FCHS.

Franklin County freshman Rebecca Cook scored a career-high 31 points as the Lady Flyers improved to 5-0 in district play.

“I actually shot a lot more,” Cook said. “I normally don’t shoot that many 3s, and I had five 3s tonight. My shot’s been messed up all year, and I’m starting to fix it.

“I broke my hand this summer, and I’ve struggled to get my shot back. It’s a lot better now.”

FCHS (13-3) led 18-8 after the first quarter and kept the lead in double digits nearly the rest of the game. 

Franklin County was ahead 33-22 at halftime, and its largest lead was 21 points, 55-34, late in the third quarter.

“This team is a bunch of throwback kids,” FCHS coach Joey Thacker said. “It’s great to be able to coach a team in 2014 and have kids as willing to work and get better as kids were over 20 years ago.

“Every day they’re willing to put in the time and do whatever they’re able to do to benefit this program on a daily basis.”

The Lady Flyers have had balanced scoring all year, but on Friday they had two players in double figures — Cook and Anna Arrastia, who finished with 14 points off the bench. Cook went 11 for 20 from the field, including 5 for 11 from 3-point range, and Arrastia was 4 for 8 on 3-pointers.

“We didn’t have a lot of players in double figures, but to their credit they were looking to get the ball to the person who started the game hot,” Thacker said about Cook.

“Anna came off the bench and gave us a lift, and Princess (Stewart) and Nannilena (White) distributed the ball well.”

Shelby McDonald led Woodford County with 17 points, followed by Chelsey Ford with 15 and Caroline Mefford with 10 points

“Dasia (Kilbourne) did a good job on Anastayzia Reed,” Thacker said. “She couldn’t get loose on offense, and Dasia did good job taking away one of their strengths.” Reed finished with six points.

“They’re averaging 65 to 70 points a game,” Thacker said, “and in two games we’ve held them in the 40s. That’s a credit to our kids.”

FCHS outrebounded Woodford 35-17. Cook led all players with 11 rebounds. She also had four steals, four blocked shots and an assist.

“I grew up playing defense more, and I like defense better,” Cook said, “but my offense is coming along, and I’m starting to like that too.”

Franklin County’s next game is at home Thursday against Owen County. The Lady Flyers close out regular-season district play Feb. 6 when they host Western Hills.

“You worry with a day like today, what kind of energy will they play with,” Thacker said, referring to school being out because of snow, “but they were fired up. We’ve got some things to work on before the district tournament, but this sews up the No. 1 seed, and that’s big in this district.”

WOODFORD CO. (49) — Shelby McDonald 17, Caroline Mefford 10, Emily Corum 1, Anastayzia Reed 6, Chelsey Ford 15.

FRANKLIN CO. (65) — Nannilena White 5, Malaka Frank 3, Dasia Kilbourne 7, Princess Stewart 4, Anna Arrastia 14, Rebecca Cook 31, Kindall Talley 1.

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