The Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats and Wildcats basketball teams played three individual games last week as they played one team from the 3rd Region, the Edmonson County Lady Cats, and two teams from the 4th Region, the Bowling Green Purples and the Cumberland County Lady Panthers..
GirlsJunior Alera Barbee led all scorers with a game high of 18 points with junior Kate Norwood 13 points as the lady Catstraveled to Burkesville for the 55-39 victory over the Lady Panthers.
“The game we played was pretty good.We moved the ball and rebounded pretty well,” Alera Barbee said. “They had one shooter but our guards guarded the perimeter well like they are supposed to and overall, worked well as a team. We have lost four in a row so this win will bring out confidence up”
Franklin-Simpson took an early lead with Norwood’s five points, including the first of her three 3-pointers in the game, and Barbee’s four points. Plus, sophomore DaMyah Hopson and freshman Conleigh Wilson added baskets. Sophomore Kaylen Franklin and freshman Carly Nettles scored baskets for Cumberland County as they trailed 13-4 at the end of the first.
Barbee made two free throws to score eight points including two free throws in the 2nd Quarter for the Lady Cats. The Lady Panthers were led by junior Danielle Cooper and Franklin who each made 3- pointers. Norwood along with junior Lauren Johnson and freshman Le Le Partinger each scored a basket to lead 27-16 at halftime.
A strong 3rd Quarter for the Lady Cats as they made a combined four 3-pointers in the quarter with two from Norwood, and one each from Partinger and Wilson. Plus, the defense held Cumberland County to scoring in the sungk=je quarter single digits for the second time in the game. Eighth grader Jayleana Smith made a 3-pointer along with a basket by Franklin as the Lady Panthers trailed 43-21 at the end of three. .
Cumberland County rallied in the 4th Quarter as Cooper and Franklin, who made her second 3-pointer of the game, combined to score 10 of the team’s 18 points. Barbee and freshman Jakaya Warfield each scored four points for Franklin-Simpson as they pulled away late for the 55-39 victory.
“We started out with a fast pace and just score, score, score,” Kate Norwood said. “We were up at halftime and they (Cumberland County) made a run at us in the fourth. Coach (Lindsey) called a timeout to get a breather, refocused and went back playing to our pace to close the game.”
“It was a long trip but we were energized to play the game,” Jakaya Warfield said. “The win is really big as we heard that they have beaten other teams we have played so we knew we had to play hard to get the ‘W” and we did.”
Jayleana Franklin led Cumberland County with 12 points with Daniielle Cooper adding 10 points.
Kate Norwood scored a team high of 14 points for Franklin-Simpson with Alera Barbee adding 10 points as Franklin-Simpson lost to Edmonson County 47-39 in the “Clash of the Lady Cats”.
“With all of our injuries we have and shuffling and moving players around and if you would have told me that we would be in the 4th Quarter within one possession to take the lead, I’d take it,” Franklin-Simpson head coach Lex Lindsey said. “The girls played their hind ends off tonight. Really proud of them. Edmonson /county is a good basketball team. Very well coached and we gave them a run for their money tonight.”
Freshman Le Le Partinger and Conleigh Wilson scored the first four points of the game for a 4-0 lead for Franklin-Simpson. Junior Alera Barbee scored four points as did seniors Lauren Ballance and Emma Rose Vincent for Edmonson County. Senior Madison Harrison’s basket gave Edmonson County a 10-8 lead at the end of the first.
Franklin-Simpson scored eight straight points to open the 2nd Quarter as Norwood drained a 3-pointer to score five points with a basket from sophomore DaMyah Hopson and a free throw from Barbee for an 16-10 lead. Laterin the quarter, Edmonson County scored the last six pints of the 1st Half as Ballance scored four points with junior Kate Lindsey added a basket as Edmonson County trailed 18-17 at halftime.
Emma Rose Vincent’ baset early in the 3rd Quarter gave Edmonson County a 19-18 lead. They would extend their lead to as high as seven points due to six points from Vincent, five points from Ballance and four points from Lindsey. Franklin-Simpson had a couple of opportunities to take the lead but could not do so. Norwood scored ifve points with Barbee adding a basket as Franklin-Simpson trailed 32-26 at the end of three.
Partinger’s 3-pointer along with baskets from Barbee and Norwood put Franklin-Simpson to within one point, 36-35. But Edmonson County closed the game 10-4 as Ballance scored five points with Vincent adding a traditional three-point play as Edmonson County won the “Clash of the Lady Cats” with a 46-39 victory over Franklin-Simpson.
“The kids have learned their new roles and they are playing with new responsibilities,” Lindsey said. “Hopefully we will keep improving, probably going to play Russellville in the district tournament and that is who is getting our attention.”
Lauren Ballance led all scorers with a game high of 22 points for Edmonson County with Emma Rose Vincent adding 13 points.
“We finally had to grind out a win tonight,” Edmonson County head coach Bartley Weaver said. “Have to give credit to Lex’s girls. They played hungry, hard and I feel like they played with a better passion than we did. We matched their energy and passion late in the 2nd Half.”
Juniors Kyjuan Stutzman led the Wildcats with 17 points with Andreyous MIller and DeMarcus Hogan each adding 10 points as the Bowling Green Purples, who are highly regarded as the top team in the 4th Region, defeated Franklin-Simpson 84-57 for their 15th win in a row last Tuesday night at the F-S Gym.
““The little things again,” Wildcats head coach Dee Spencer said. “When you play a high quality team like Bowling Green is, you got to make sure you do the little things and that has been our achilles heel this season. Got to get back in transition and locate the shooters so you have to give them credit. Anytime you make a mistake, they make you pay. Defensively, they are long, move well and communicating.”
Bowling Green’s guards set the tone of the game early as
junior guards Conner Cooper drained three 3-pointers for nine points along with Isaiah Mason scoring six points and Turner Buttry, who connected on a 3-pointer as well, for five points. Franklin-Simpson junior Kyjuan Stutzman made two 3-pointers of his own to score seven points with juniors Isaac Marshall and Andreyous Miller each scoring a basket as the Purples led 24-11 at the end of one.
3-pointers kept raining down for Bowling Green as Mason knocked one down to start the 2nd Quarter and Buttry buried one at the end of the 1st half. The two guards combined to score 16 of the team’s 21 points. Franklin-Simpson’s junior guard duo of Miller and Stutzman combined for 11 points in the quarter as they trailed 45-26 at halftime.
Seven players scored for Bowling Green in the 3rd Quarter, led by mason with six points along with four points scored each by Jaxson Banks and Cobi Huddleston. Stutzman scored five points for Franklin-Simpson as senior Logan Lacouture, Miller and freshman DeMarcus Hogan adding a basket as the Purples extended their lead to 67-37 at the end of three.
Younger players got their chance to get some varsity experience and shine in the 4th Quarter. Hogan scored a game high of eight points with sophomore Ben Banton scoring seven points for the Wildcats. Marshall made a 3-pointer with freshman jalen Briscoe adding two free throws. Franklin-Simpson outscored Bowling Green 20-17 in the final eight minutes but it was the Purples coming away with the 84-57 victory over the Wildcats.
“It has been a tough four games for us. We played quality competition in: Greenwood, Logan County, Barren County and Bowling Green,” Spencer said. “We got to shake this off, get ourselves together mentally, show up at practice and prepare and do our job against the next team we play.”
Isaiah Mason led all scorers with a game high of 21 points with Turner Buttry scoring 14 points and Conner Cooper adding 13 points for the Purples.
“We saw a lot of mismatches out there so we had to take advantage of it,” Isaiah Mason said. “We came out and played our game. We Have a lot of athleticism and a lot of length so we just try to use that to our advantage, something we try to do every game.”
“We got our shot going. Once we are in the dribble, everyone on the floor must be prepared to shoot it,” Conner Cooper said. “We want to run but tonight, We couldn’t do that as much but we shot it well tonight.”