Franklin County coach Joey Thacker summed up his team’s first-half performance Saturday pretty well.
“We were unmotivated, we were a little selfish with the ball, lethargic defensively and it was absolutely the worst effort we’ve had all year,” Thacker said.
But all that changed in the second half, as state-ranked FCHS rallied to rout Boyd County 61-40 at FCHS.
The Lady Flyers (20-5), ranked sixth in the Herald-Leader’s Cantrall Ratings and 11th in the Associated Press state poll and coming off a three-point loss to top-five Anderson County, trailed by eight twice in the second quarter and by six at halftime before putting together a dominant second-half performance against the Lions (16-8).
“The second half was really good; the first half was awful. We just weren’t awake,” FCHS sophomore Malaka Frank said.
“We can’t just roll the ball out and think it’s all going to happen for us. We have to bring effort every game, every day.”
Frank had 16 points — 12 in the second half — and nine rebounds to lead four players in double figures for the Lady Flyers. Sophomore Dasia Kilbourne finished with 12 points, freshman Rebecca Cook scored all 11 of her points in the second half and freshman Princess Stewart added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Frank and Stewart came up big in the third quarter to help FCHS take control, combining for 14 points by turning steals into easy layups.
“They were the catalysts of getting our defense turned into our offense,” said Thacker, whose team forced 26 turnovers. “They both do a very good job of getting deflections and turning people over.”
FCHS took command in the second half by outscoring BCHS 42-15, including 24-8 in the fourth quarter.
The margin was just five entering the fourth quarter, but the Lady Flyers quickly pushed it to double digits and it ballooned to as many as 23.
“I think we just shared the ball more and our effort was better,” Frank said.
Senior Taylor Wheeler had 18 points and eight rebounds, while junior Logan Fraley made five 3-pointers to finish with 16 points for the Lions, who had won six of seven. They combined for 23 points in the first half.
“With young teams like we have, you’ve got to have quality practice time and we haven’t had that and stuff like that happens when you haven’t had time to prepare for what you’re about to see,” said Thacker, who added that his team has only practiced 11 days since Christmas.
“We’ve practiced one time out of the last four days and it showed, but there are no more days off from here on out if Mother Nature cooperates because we need to get better.”
FCHS hosts Elizabethtown Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
BOYD CO. (40) — Savannah Wheeler 2, Taylor Wheeler 18, Logan Fraley 16, Alexis Lunsford 4.
FRANKLIN CO. (61) — Nannilena White 8, Malaka Frank 16, Dasia Kilbourne 12, Princess Stewart 10, Anna Arrastia 4, Rebecca Cook 11.