Once the state-ranked Franklin County Lady Flyers got going Thursday night they didn’t let up.
Senior Nannilena White scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures as FCHS blew out Shelby County for a 78-48 win at FCHS.
The Lady Flyers (22-6), ranked fourth in the Herald-Leader’s Cantrall Ratings and 12th in the Associated Press state poll, never trailed in their regular-season finale and blew the game wide open in the second quarter with runs of 13-0 and 9-0 to go into halftime up by 29.
“I thought we were pretty sharp. I thought we got out of the gate pretty good offensively,” FCHS coach Joey Thacker said.
“Just a great team effort and team win.”
Sophomore Anna Arrastia scored 18 points — 10 in the second quarter — off the bench for the Lady Flyers. Freshman Rebecca Cook (11 points), sophomore Malaka Frank (10 points and six rebounds) and freshman Princess Stewart (10 points and five rebounds) also finished in double figures.
“Anna is capable of scoring a lot of points when she’s on and obviously she got off to a good start. She didn’t rely on totally the 3-point shot tonight, which was good to see,” Thacker said. “Nannilena is our leader ... and she’s helping us find another gear at the right time of the year.
“I thought Rebecca Cook and Nannilena White passed the ball exceptionally well. I thought Malaka was really aggressive going to the bucket.”
Sophomore Justus Martin had 15 points and seven rebounds, while junior Savannah Raizor scored all 14 of her points in the second half for the Lady Rockets (17-8), who had 30 turnovers and never got closer than 22 in the second half.
With FCHS leading 20-13 early in second quarter, sophomore Dasia Kilbourne converted a three-point play, Arrastia hit back-to-back 3-pointers, White made two free throws and Arrastia scored a bucket to quickly make it a 20-point margin.
A layup by senior Nikki Simmons ended that spurt, but the Lady Flyers quickly started another. They scored the next nine points, capped by a basket from Arrastia and a three-point play from White, to take a 27-point lead.
“Some defense led to offense. I thought we did a really good job of passing the ball ahead in transition,” Thacker said of the second quarter in which FCHS outscored SCHS 30-8. “That’s when we really got a lift from our bench, and we started to make some outside shots with some consistency.”
FCHS plays at George Rogers Clark tonight and then begins tournament play by taking on Frankfort in the 41st District Tournament Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Frankfort Convention Center.
SHELBY CO. (48) — Zephaniah Gray 5, Justus Martin 15, Katie Hudgens 3, Savannah Raizor 14, Mackenzie Raizor 5, Nikki Simmons 6.
FRANKLIN CO. (78) — Nannilena White 21, Malaka Frank 10, Dasia Kilbourne 6, Princess Stewart 10, Anna Arrastia 18, Rebecca Cook 11, Savannah Courtney 2.