Four quarters were not enough for Franklin’s boys basketball team in their opening game of the Ezell-Harding Thanksgiving Tournament Monday night as the Rebels defeated Goodpasture 75-73 in overtime.
Senior Colson Patton made a contested layup in transition with 10 seconds remaining for the game-winning basket, breaking the 12th tie of the second half.
Chances of a Rebel victory looked slim in the closing seconds of regulation as Goodpasture’s Christian Lynn put the Cougars on top 65-62 with a fast break layup and foul shot with 13.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Franklin’s Hunter Nelson would find himself open with 3 seconds remaining though, knocking down a 3-pointer from the left corner to end the game to overtime.
The game was hotly contested from the opening tip as Franklin jumped to a 7-2 advantage before Goodpasture called timeout after only 1:35 of game play following a Kyle Tackett basket. The Cougars responded with a 13-6 run to hold a 15-13 lead after the first quarter.
Neither team could feel comfortable through the game as the squads exchanged the lead 14 times with neither having more than a 5-point advantage in the second half.
Tackett was the Rebels’ leading scorer with 27 points – five coming in the overtime period, including a thunderous dunk on the extra period’s first play. Patton added 18 points while Nelson had 13.
Lynn and Jalen Hunter each had 23 points for Goodpasture. Hunter’s speed, ball handling, an overall athletic ability kept the Cougars close in the fourth quarter as he twice made game-tying shots in the final minute of the fourth.
Franklin’s girls team also kicked the Ezell-Harding tournament off with a win, defeating Goodpasture 70-59.
The Lady Rebels jumped to a 21-19 lead after the first quarter before the Lady Cougars closed the gap with a 10-1 run through four minutes into the second quarter. Baylie Bodiford led that charge with two 3-pointers in the first three minutes to cut the margin to 21-19.
While never trailing in the game, Franklin’s advantage would be cut to a single point twice before the Lady Rebels quickly rebounded. The final time came after a Bodiford 3-pointer with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter. Hannah Harris hit a 3-pointer of her own 15 seconds later to give Franklin a 42-38 lead.
Harris led the Lady Rebels with 18 points while Anna Follese was close behind with 17 – having made 6-of-8 free throws.
Anna Patton was Franklin’s scoring threat in the first half, scoring 10 of her 16 points in the opening two quarters.
Cheyenne Johnson had a game-high 21 points for Goodpasture with Cariona Hassell adding 16.
The Raptors dropped their first game of the year, falling to District 12-AAA’s McGavock. Ravenwood led 24-21 at halftime before being outscored by nine points in the final two quarters. Joey Barnes had a team-high 21 points for the Raptors while Branndon Jones and Matthew Hailey each added 11.
Santa Fe 71
The Yellow Jackets outscored Santa Fe by three points in the fourth quarter for the one-point victory. Issac Edmondson led the team with 24 points while Garrett Wall added 19. Grant Estes hit three 3-pointers on his way two 18 points.
Tied 53-53 after three quarters of play, the Lions outlasted the Bruins with an 18-point fourth quarter. CPA lived by the 3-pointer, sinking nine on the night. Jalen Lindsey, a highly-ranked college prospect, had 20 points and three 3-pointers for CPA. Will Jones led four Bruins in double digits with 17 points, along with Cody Shelton (16), Jacob Adcock (12), and Asa Duvall (11).
Coffee Co. 56
The Patriots outscored Coffee County by three points in the fourth quarter for the win. Hunter Bennefield had a game-high 29 points for Page while Lance Crismond had 21 points for Coffee County, along with 18 points from brother, Lucas.
Centennial was outgunned by LaVergme with sharp shooter Chuckie Sutton scoring 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Isaiah Reese added 19 points down in the paint while Marquis John added 15. Centennial was led by Howard Dixon with 13 points, including two 3-pointers. Senior JJ Johnson added 12 points by taking the ball to the basket, while senior Matt Pond added 9 points with mid-range pull-up jumpers. Centennial is 1-1.
The Spartans held off a Sycamore run in the fourth quarter for a three-point victory. Christian Smith was Sycamore’s scoring threat with 19 points and three 3-pointers. Tucker Rippy led Summit with 10 points while Makinde Landon added 8 points.
Hunters Lane 51
The Raptors bettered their record to 2-0 Thursday with a four-point win over Hunters Lane, a fellow Region 6AAA squad. Joey Barnes led Ravenwood with a game-high 31 points while Hunters Lane’s Devonta Odem had 17.
Colson Patton led the Rebels with 17 points while Hunter Nelson hit three 3-pointers on his way to 13 points. Ten Franklin players contributed to the score sheet while only three Clarksville players contributed to the scoreboard.
Battle Ground Academy 79
Lancaster Christian 63
Nathan Moran hit eight 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 29 points, leading the Wildcats to a 16-point road victory. Gavin Shellnut (13) and Brian Dangerfield (10) also had double-digit points for BGA.
Santa Fe 32
The Lady Yellow Jackets pulled away from Santa Fe in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents 14-6 in the period on their way to a nine-point victory. Taylor Langston led the team with 15 points while Cierra McDonald was close behind with 13.
Coffee Co. 40
Coffee County outscored the Lady Patriots 18-10 in the second half. Cat Taylor hit three 3-pointers, netting a team-high 12 points. Chloe Wiggington added nine points.
The Lady Bruins edged passed last season Class AA champions thanks to a solid first-half effort that saw Brentwood lead 21-14 at halftime. Olivia Shealy had a team-high 22 points while Paige Hood added nine points.
The Lady Cougars jumped to an 18-10 advantage in the first half before pulling away to a 10-point victory. NuMaudi Harley sunk three 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 12 points for Centennial, while Jordan Johnson added nine points.
The Lady Spartans hung close with Sycamore through two quarters, trailing 38-32 at halftime before the visitors pulled away with a 27-6 run in the third period. Amber Fuqua and Maebry McNeese each had 21 points for the victors, while Caroline Patrick led Summit with 12 points.
Hunters Lane 37
The Lady Raptors lost their second game of the young season Thursday. Bailey Swayze sunk three 3-pointers on her way to 17 points for Ravenwood while Deandrea Sawyers had a game-high 18 points for Hunters Lane.
The Lady Rebels outscored a rebuilding Clarksville team 34-12 in the second and third quarters combined on their way to a 24-point win. Hannah Harris led Franklin with 21 points and four 3-pointers with Anna Follese adding 10 points.