The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats’ basketball teams lost both games of a varsity doubleheader to the Greenwood Gators, from the 14th District, last Tuesday night at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green.
Junior Kyjuan Stutzman led all scorers with a game high of 18 points with seniors Dawson Knight and Tedric Partinger each adding nine points for the Wildcats as they lost a close one with Greenwood 54-51 at Greenwood High School last Tuesday night.
“The difference in the game was getting them in the double bonus and getting into foul trouble very early in the second half,” Wildcats head coach Dee Spencer said. “Got to give them credit. They played in attack mode and we bailed them out a bot by reaching. My guys played hard but got to do a better job of not fouling.”
“Those guys guarded us tonight,” Gators head coach Will McCoy said. “They had a game plan and stuck to it. Our goal was to not keep this game in the 40s or 50s and that’s what Franklin-Simpson does so well. They have a lot of wins of keeping the game in that scoring range and for us to pull that out without my senior point guard (Parker Williams) was a tough win for us.”
Franklin-Simpson jumped out to an early 13-4lead in the 1st Quarter with Stutzman scoring five points during that stretch along with Partinger scoring on a traditional three-point play. Junior Noah Stansbury’s 3-pointer ignited a 9-0 Greenwood run that tied the game at 13-13. But Stutzman answered with a 3-pointer of his own along with a basket from freshman Jalen Briscoe, the Wildcats led 18-17 after one.
Two more 3-pointers from Stansbury was key in the Gators; 10-2 run early in the 2nd Quarter as they took the lead 27-20. The Wildcats responded with an 8-0 run with senior Dawson Knight draining back to back 3-pointers and with a basket by junior Andreyous Miller, Franklin-Simpson took a 28-27 lead at halftime.
Sophomore Cade Stinnett’s traditional three-point play gave the Gators a 30-28 lead early in the 3rd Quarter. Two free throws from senior Demarco Chatman tied the game at 30-30. Junior Marc Grant’s 3-pointer gave Greenwood a 33-30 lead. Later in the quarter, two free throws from Stutzman along with a basket from Partinger gave the Wildcats a 38-37 lead. But Stinnett added two free throws to give Greenwood a 39-38 lead at the end of three.
Franklin-Simpson struggled to make shots early in the 4th Quarter in which Greenwood took advantage of. Grant’s second 3-pointer of the game along with three points from senior Ben Carroll gave the Gators a 49-41 lead. Stutzman made the Wildcats’ first field goal of the quarter and with back to back 3-pointers from him and Knight, the Wildcats trailed 51-49 with 1:12 remaining. Sophomore Brakton Stinnett made two free throws, but Partinger scored with a layup on a give and go play form Chatman that made the score 53-521 with 25.4 seconds left. Grant made on eo out of two free throws with 2.6 seconds left as they held off the Wildcats’ last attempt to tie the game for the 54-51 win.
“The guys played hard on defense,” Spencer said. “We lost (Noah) Stansbury a couple of times in the first half but the main thing is that Demarco (Chatman) made it through the game. We tried to get his wind back and be ready for Logan County. Dawson (Knight) put in the time and he’s gotten back in the gym for extra shots. He’s trying to find his rhythm again and did a good job tonight.”
Noah Stansbury led Greenwood with 13 points with Cade Stinnett adding 11 points.
“This was a true team win. Everybody contributed in one way or another,” McCoy said. “Dakota (Ware) is our true sixth man. Some guys don’t want to take on that role but Dakota has taken that role and has really flourished with it. He comes in with confidence, does a lot of good things for us and adds an element that we can play a different style that we don’t do with our other guys.”
With three players out of the lineup due to injuries, the Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats were defeated by the Greenwood Gators 54-16.
“Without Hadley (Turner) and now add Evyn (McCutchen) and Kate (Norwood) to our injury list night, it made things really tough tonight,” Lady Cats head coach Lex Lindsey. “Everybody’s roles has shifted and the levels of importance has gone up and we’ve got to learn to adjust to that. We have a lot of things to work on with our new identity. It’s a shame that the kids have to go through that but that’s what we’re going through.”
Freshman Conleigh Wilson made the Lady Cats’ only field goal in the 1st Quarter. Seven players scored for the Lady Gators with junior Nicole Milan leading the way with four points as they led 18-3 at the end of the first.
Freshman Ashanti Johnson scored the only point for Franklin-Simpson with a free throw early in the 2nd Quarter. Eighth grader Leia Trinh knocked down a 3-pointer to lead Greenwood with four points as they had a 30-4 lead at halftime.
Junior Adeja Partinger along with sophomore Da’Myah Hopson and Ashanti Johnson each made field goals for the Lady Cats. The Lady Gators got 3-pointers with two from Trinh and one from sophomore K.K. Keener. Senior Megan Une and sophomore Olivia Lovell each scored four points as Greenwood led 51-10 at the end of three.
Junior Alera Barbee scored four points with Hopson adding a basket as Franklin-Simpson scored the first six points of the 4th Quarter. Junior Honest Blewett scored a basket with a free throw from junior Haley Gordon as the Lady Gators defeated the Lady Cats 54-16.
“We wanted to start this game at our pace. Put some pressure on the guards and have our defensive effort turn into transition offense,” Lady Gators head coach Zach Simpson said. I thought we shot the ball well and that’s the thing I am most proud of tonight. Our shot selection was good tonight. We knew Franklin-Simpson was very banged up but we didn’t change what we do. We wanted to execute our plan, play hard from start to finish and leave with a win.”
Alera Barbee and Da’Myah Hopson led Franklin-Simpson with four points each as Leia Trinh led all scorers with a game high of 14 points for Greenwood.