Want to know how vital senior Nannilena White is to state-ranked Franklin County’s success?
Just ask her coach.
“It’s another gear when she’s out there,” FCHS coach Joey Thacker said of his team’s lone senior. “Everybody wants to talk about our future, but our future’s right now because we’re going to lose the best point guard we’ve had since I’ve been here.”
White scored nine points and — as usual — did a good job of getting everyone involved in FCHS’ 68-33 rout of Madison Central on Senior Night Wednesday.
“On a typical team, the senior is a person who has to be in charge and make sure everybody’s doing what they’re supposed to,” said White, adding with a smile that she does sometimes like the attention she gets being the only senior. “But with this team everybody is a senior, nobody has to be told what to do or told to do this. ... We’re all so close so it made my job as a senior and a point guard even easier.”
The Lady Flyers (21-6), ranked fourth in the Herald-Leader’s Cantrall Ratings and 12th in the Associated Press state poll, were coming off a 13-point loss to highly-ranked Elizabethtown the night before. They haven’t lost back-to-back games all season.
“That’s a sign of maturity,” Thacker said. “We talk about no wasted days and going out and making sure we get something done today even though we didn’t get done what we wanted to yesterday.”
Three players scored in double figures for FCHS, led by sophomore Malaka Frank, who scored 18 points and added five rebounds. Freshman Rebecca Cook had 15 points — 11 in the first half — and six rebounds, while sophomore Dasia Kilbourne finished with 13 points — 11 in the first half.
“On some teams the point guard only has one or two people they can pass it to,” White said, “but with us I can pass it to anybody on the team and know that it’s a good decision because we’re all all-around players.”
Freshman Lindsay Johns had 13 points and six rebounds, while senior Shadae Bosley added eight points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Indians (13-13), who have lost nine of 12. They turned the ball over seven times before they even got a shot off and finished with 34 turnovers.
“I thought we were real active in our stuff,” Thacker said. “The difference was we sort of made them play in a half moon instead of letting them drive to the rim and I was pretty pleased with that.”
FCHS scored the first eight points of the game — starting and ending with buckets from Cook — and gradually extended its advantage, leading 32-18 at halftime.
Then after MCHS got within 11 with just over five minutes to go in the third quarter, FCHS ended the game by scoring 33 of the final 42 points.
“I think that’s how we should pretty much play every day,” White said.
“We value our defense — we score off our defense, so if we’re not doing good on defense then we’re not doing good on offense.”
FCHS hosts Shelby County today at 7:30 p.m.
MADISON CENTRAL (33) — Bailey O’Bryan 2, Lindsay Johns 13, Kasi Schneider 3, Anslee Wood 2, Shadae Bosley 8, Raevin Cain 4, Charity Mack 1.
FRANKLIN CO. (68) — Nannilena White 9, Malaka Frank 18, Dasia Kilbourne 13, Princess Stewart 8, Anna Arrastia 5, Rebecca Cook 15.