Flyers rout George Rogers Clark

Franklin County gets itself straightened out after team meeting

By Nate Parsons Published:

When things aren’t going right, sometimes you just need to talk it out.

That’s exactly what the Franklin County Flyers did.

“A couple of days ago we had a team intervention and hashed all of our problems out,” said FCHS senior Chris Roberts, who said the team met for an hour during practice Friday. “I feel like ever since then the sky’s been the limit for us. We’re actually playing harder, we’re practicing harder — we’ve become more of a team as opposed to individuals.

“Everybody’s been on board with everything — everybody’s playing their roles, nobody’s playing selfish. I feel now we can actually make a long run in the regional and hopefully get to the Sweet Sixteen this year.”

That meeting worked, as senior Rylan Rowe led four players in double figures to help FCHS rout George Rogers Clark 78-55 Tuesday night at FCHS.

The Flyers (12-10) came into the game losers of four of their last five. They ended that slump after outscoring the Cardinals (8-15) by 20 in the second half.

“Going into this game, I just wanted to play well — regardless of the score, I wanted to play hard and play unselfish,” FCHS coach Tommy Johnson said. “We did that and got the win on top of playing well today.”

Rowe scored 24 points, Roberts had 16 points and 10 rebounds, senior Demetrius Wylie finished with 14 points, five rebounds and five blocks, and junior Ryan Schneider added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Flyers, who took control for good late in the third quarter.

Leading 46-40, FCHS went on a 10-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back 3s from Rowe and senior Lorenzo McCaskell, to take a 56-40 lead with a minute left.

It wasn’t much of a game after that, as FCHS led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter.

“Coming out in the second half, coach challenged us. We knew we had to come out and blow this lead wide open,” said Roberts, who has been limited this season after having a tumor removed from his wrist over Christmas break. “With a good team like this you can’t let them hang around or they will upset you.”

Junior Damion King scored 22 points and senior Khmarkis Blanton had 12 points and nine rebounds for GRC, which has lost seven of eight.

It appeared as if the Flyers were going to pull away a lot earlier when they scored 18 straight points in the first half to build a 15-point lead early in the second quarter. But the Cardinals went on a 16-2 run to make it 28-25 at halftime.

“They’re well-coached, they’re a good team. Nothing happened, they just fought,” Johnson said. “All credit to them for that comeback.”

FCHS hosts Madison Central at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

GEORGE ROGERS CLARK (55) — Damion King 22, Malachi Israel 2, Braxton Greene 6, Riley Caudill 4, Jerryd Jones 4, Khmarkis Blanton 12, Jordan Menchen 2, Luke Sharrock 3.

FRANKLIN CO. (78) — Demetrius Wylie 14, Rylan Rowe 24, Lorenzo McCaskell 7, Sam Mackey 2, Ryan Schneider 11, Chris Roberts 16, Demarcus Kennedy 4.

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