The Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats and Wildcats' basketball teams hosted the Greenwood Gators in a doubleheader last Monday at the F-S Gym.
The Wildcats were able to pick up a big win against a team who is playing like one of the top teams in the region. The Lady Cats' interior game was completely defused by the commanding inside presence of the Lady Gators that resulted in a loss.
Franklin-Simpson 46, Greenwood 44
Senor Demarco Chatman and junior Andreyous Miller each scored a game high of 14 points to lead the Wildcats to pick up a signature win with a 46-44 victory over the Greenwood Gators.
"Greenwood was ranked second in the region in the poll and we came in as the underdog," Demarco Chatman said. "So to come in and beat them today, it feels good. This is a huge win."
"Good win tonight for my guys and very happy that we could close it out," Wildcats head coach Dee Spencer said. "Our focus over the past couple of days was playing defense and know who you're guarding. We wanted to speed them up, play faster. That seems to be working for us and proud of the guys for playing that way."
Two ties with two lead changes occirred in the 1st Quarter. Senior Tedric Partinger's four points with Miller's 3-pointer gave the Wildcats an early 7-4 lead. Five straight points from junior Noah Stansbury gave the Gators a 9-7 lead. But Chatman's 3-pointer, five points overall down the stretch gave Franklin-Simpson a 12-9 lead at the end of the first.
Miller's seconf 3-pointer of the game gave the Wildcats a 15-9 lead. The Gators answered with an 11-0 run to take a five-point lead, 20-15. Trailiong 23-17, Franklin-Simposn ended the 1st half on an 11-0 run. Back to back 3-pointers from senior Dawson Knight and junior Kyjuan Stutzman tied the game at 23-23. Baskets fromChatman and Miller with a freet throw from partinger gave them a 28-23 lead at halftime.
Junior Marc Grant's 3-pointer sparked a 9-0 run for the Gators as they took the lead 32-28. Senior Ben Carroll's 3-pointer extended their lead later in the quarter to 35-30. Chatman's traditional three-point play but the Wildcats'
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deficit down to 35-33. Then an altercation occurred between both teams that resulted in technical fouls for both teams with an ejection.
"We all get behind each other so if you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us," Chatman said. "Somebody had to step up and play this game for Ted (Partinger) and we won this game for Ted."
"The guys rallied on what happened to Teddy (Partinger)," Spencer said. "We all love him and he is very emotional, gets caught up in the game. It was a big loss for us but we had some young guys step in and gives us some minutes. Just an opportunity for somebody else to step up. It is what it is."
The altercation motivated Franklin-Simpson as freshman Demarcus Hogan's jumper tied the game at 35-35. Senior Parker William's basket in the final seconds of the quarter gave Greenwood a 37-35 lead at the end of three.
The Wildcats turned up the defensive pressure as they held the Gators to made two field goals. They also tied the game twice with Miller's bucket and Stutzman's 3-pointer. Junior Kadyn Lowe's put back gave Franklin-Simpson a two point lead 42-40. Chatman and Miller added baskets for a six-point lead46-40. Greenwood rallied with Stinnett scoring four points in a row,making the score 46-44. With 12.7 seconds left, the Gators final shot attempt was missed and the Wildcats held on for the 46-44 victory.
"We turned up the pressure on defense like we did against (Warren) Central," Andreyous Miller said. "We got some stops, played fast and forced some turnovers. We don't look at rankings or the name on the chest. We just play the game and everybody the same."
"We knew this was an important, a big game for us. I hope this win gives us some confidence," Spencer said. "We had a tough one last Thursday and all of our games this season have been tough against all the teams in the region."
Ben Carroll led Greenwood with 10 points as he was the only player to score in double figures for the Gators. Cade Stinnett scored nine points with seven points each from Marc Grant and Noah Stansbury.
Greenwood 44, Franklin-Simpson 30
Lady Cats' senior Evyn McCutchen scored a team high of 11 points with senior Alera Barbee adding 10 as Franklin-Simpson found that Greenwood's inside presence was too hard to handle as they fell to the Lady Gators 44-30 at the F-S Gym.
"Annee Lasley blocked a lot of shots tonight, I think 15 of them and hats off to her. She made it tough down low for us tonight," Lady Cats head coach Lex Lindsey said. "Our four losses we have had this season is because of the other team's good inside presence."
"We knew that (Alera) Barbee and (Hadley) Turner were their two biggest threats in the paint and if we can keep Annee (Lasley) down there in it and keep Franklin-Simpson from getting off to a good start," Lady Gators head coach Zach Simpson said. "We told Annee to make sure that Barbee or Turner gets nothing in the paint. We knew in our scouting report that the moves that both players would do so I am very proud of her. She was the biggest difference maker in the game."
The Lady Gators led wire to wire but both teams got off toaslow start in the 1st Qaurter as McCutchen and junior Kate Norwood provided baskets. Seniors Annee Lasley and Megan Une combined to score all five points as Greenwood led 5-4 after one.
Junior Haley Gordon's five points, including a 3-pointer, along with Lasley and freshman Kayla Grant each scored four points in the 2nd Quarter for the Lady Gators. Barbee scored a game high six points in the quarter along with three form McCutchen as the Lady Cats trailed 21-14 at halftime.
Barbee led the Lady Cats with four points with McCutchen scoring three as Franklin-Simpson kept battling in the 3rd Quarter. Sophomore K.K. Keener scored four points for Greenwood with eighth grader Leia Trinh adding three as the Lady Gators led 30-25 at the end of three.
McCutchen scored the only field goal in the 4th Quarter for the Lady Cats with freshman Hadley Turner scoring two points from the free throw line as the Lady Gators' pressure defense and inside presence of Lasley gave them problems all game long. Lasley and Trinh combined to score 12 points with junior Nicole Milam adding a basket as the lady Gators pulled away in the final quarter for the 44-30 victory.
"Their length and strength gave us fits. You can do all the X's and O's you want but sometimes that's the way it goes," Lindsey said. "We're 4-4 and if you told me that the beginning of the season that we would be that before the holiday tournament, I'll take it because this group has never been at this point before. Now we have an opportunity to win some games at Caverna. Hopefully we can learn from our mistakes and eliminate those and make some new mistakes down the road."
Annee Lasley scored a game high of 14 points with Leah Trinh adding 11 points for the Lady Gators.
"Leia (Trinh) was frustrated for three quarters," Simpson said. "I told her to just let the game come to you because for an eighth grader, she has the skill of a sophomore or a junior right now. Eventually, they are going to cheat up on you and you just have to take what they give you. She made some nice passes and got some other players to contribute."
Both teams return to action on Friday night with a 13th District girls/boys doubleheader at the Russellville Panthers. Tip-off time for the girls game is at 6 p.m. with the boys game immediately following, 1220 WFKN Franklin
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