The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats hosted the Allen County-Scottsville Patriots last Tuesday night in a home doubleheader at the F-S Gym. The Wildcats defeated the Patriots in the boys’ game while the Lady Cats were defeated by the Lady Patriots in the girls’ game.
Franklin-Simpson 47, AC-S 41Junior Andreyous Miller scored a game high of 18 points with junior Kyjuan Stutzman adding 10 points as the Wildcats played tough defense and overcame adversity to battle their way to a 47-41 victory over the Allen County-Scottsville Patriots.
Franklin-Simpson improves to 9-7 overall while Allen County-Scottsville drops to 8-8 overall for the season.
Wildcats’ senior Demarco Chatman did not play in this game as he sat out as a precaution due to a minor ankle injury he suffered in their 2-A Section 2 Championship game against Warren Central a week and a half ago.
With Chatman’s team leading 14.6 points per game not in the lineup, the Wildcats had to rely on Miller, who is averaging 13.9 points per game, and Stutzman, who is averaging 14.1 point-per-game, to carry the bulk of the scoring.
With baskets from junior Jake Bow and Mason Shirley, the Patriots led 4-1 early in the first quarter. But the Wildcats’ defense held them scoreless for the remainder of the period and scored 12 straight points. Senior Dawson Knight and Miller, who scored seven points, knocked down 3-point shots and senior Tedric Partinger added three points as they led 13-4 after one quarter of play.
“We had a good quarter with our defense,” Stutzman said. “Coach (Spencer) kept telling us to stay in the gaps defensively, play hard and stay in front of the shooters and shut them down.”
“We hang our hat on playing great defense and make it tougher on everybody,” Wildcats head coach Dee Spencer said. “We feel like that if we can get some stops and rebound, we can play with anybody.”
With six points from junior Jax Cooper and four points from senior Charlie Calvert, Allen County-Scottsville cut their deficit to as low as three points in the second quarter. But Franklin-Simpson got baskets from senior Logan Lacouture and freshman DeMarcus Hogan and two free throws from junior Kadyn Lowe as they led 19-14 at halftime.
Miller’s four points along with a basket from Knight with two free throws from Stutzman, the Wildcats extended their lead to 10 points, 27-17. Junior Tyler Ford scored five points with Calvert adding four that kept the Patriots in the game but Miller scored seven points with stutzman, who was scoreless in the first half, adding six points for a 34-25 lead at the end of three.
Allen County-Scottsville opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run with back to back 3-pointers from senior Owen
Stamper and Shirley that cut their deficit down to one, 34-33. Stutzman’s 3-pointer and Lacouture’s rebound and out back basket gave Franklin-Simpson a 39-33 lead. Later, free throws from junior Michael Smith and Shirley put the Patriots to within four, 43-39. But Partinger’s traditional three-point play gave the Wildcats a two possession lead that propelled them for the 47-41 win.
“Without Demarco (Chatman) in the lineup tonight, it was an adjustment,” Spencer said. “We talked about needing guys to step up and do some things that he normally does. I felt like everybody did and did a good job. That’s what you got to have when you lose somebody like Demarco.”
Jax Cooper led the Patriots with 10 points as he was the only player that scored in double figures.
“We turned the ball over way too much. We are a much better offensive team than that,” Patriots head coach Brad Bonds said. “We didn’t run much offense early because we got ourselves in a hole. From the second quarter and on, our effort was great. We executed things well but we couldn’t make shots. Every run we made at them, they always made a big play that stopped our run. So that’s what happens when you play athletes on their home floor. We’ll learn and grow from it and prepare for our next game.”
AC-S 59, Franklin-Simpson 34Junior Kate Norwood led the Lady Cats with 16 points but it would not be enough as the Lady Patriots used a dominant third quarter to pull away for the 59-34 victory.
Allen County-Scottsville improves to 4-11 while Franklin-Simpson falls to 7-8 overall for the season.
“Tonight was just one of those nights. Not much went right for us while everything went right for Allen County-Scottsville,” Lady Cats head coach Lex Lindsey said. “They have played a lot tougher schedule than we have. They play everybody in the 14th and 15th Districts twice and have a lot of close games. They may be the best four win team in the state.”
Franklin-Simpson would be without sophomore Da’Myah Hopson as she did not play due to illness with even shortened their bench even more.
The Lady Cats found themselves down 8-2 early in the first quarter with senior Kaylee Bullington’s three points along with a 3-pointer by junior Jae McReynolds. But they responded with a pair of 3-pointers by Norwood with a basket from senior Evyn McCutchen, Franklin-Simpson trailed 12-10 at the end of the first.
Allen County-Scottsville extended their lead to double digits with eight straight points that opened the 2nd quarter. 3-pointers from junior Allison Meador and sophomore Chloe Cook gave the Lady Patriots a 20-10 lead. Meador’s second 3-pointer of the quarter helped extend their lead to 28-17. Norwood’s second 3-pointer of the game along with two free throws from junior Alera Barbee put the Lady Cats back to within single digits as they trailed 29-22 at halftime.
Shooting woes plagued Franklin-Simpson in the third quarter as they got two field goals from Barbee to score only four points. Allen County-Scottsville extended their lead as Bullington scored three points with five other players each scoring two points as they led 42-26 after three.
With six points from Meador in the fourth quarter, Allen County-Scottsville’s lead grew to 20 points, 50-30. McCutchen and Norwood each scored three points for the Lady Cats with freshman Ashanti Johnson adding a layup. Eighth grader Jaylee Steenbergen scored three points with sophomore Bailey Ausbrooks adding a basket as the Lady Patriots defeated the Lady Cats 59-34.
“We were way under our season average for field goal shooting,” Lindsey said. “Evyn (McCutchen) and Kate (Norwood) are still not 100 % due to last week’s game at Todd County Central. We are still trying to find ourselves with the absence of Hadley (Turner). Da’Myah (Hopson) didn’t play because of the flu so the best thing we can take away from this game is that nobody got hurt.”
Allison Meador led all scorers with a game high of 18 points with Kaylee Bullington adding 11 points as eight players scored for the Lady Patriots.
“We’ve been struggling a bit and tonight, I thought that we played really well,” Lady Patriots head coach Greg Dunn said. “We shot almost 45 % tonight which is the best so far this season. We also played good defense, outrebounded them and it was a good team win. Proud of my girls as they bounced back from some adversity.Tonight was a good win for us and hope there will be more wins to come. I hope that the season now is turning in our favor.”
Franklin-Simpson will have two home games this week as they will host the Logan County Cougars on Friday night beginning at 6 p.m. and the Barren County Trojans on Saturday night at 5 p.m. Both games are girls/boys varsity doubleheaders.
1220 WFKN Franklin radio will broadcast both games beginning at 5:50 p.m. on Friday night and 4:50 p.m. on Saturday night for the pre-game show with tip-off to follow. The games will be streamed on the internet on www.franklin favorite.com and click on the WFKN link on the blue toolbar. The press the WFKN Sports tab and then press the play button.