Lady Rebels pounce on coachs husbands Spartans
By Doug Dyer for Williamson Herald
The Goodwin house was all business leading up to Friday night.
But after Franklin’s 55-30 girls basketball victory over Summit, it’s safe to say there may be a bit of trash talk between spouses.
“We kept it pretty low key this week,” Franklin coach Kari Goodwin said. “Both of us were mediocre going into this, so there really was no room to trash talk.
“But I can’t say there won’t be now … at least for a couple weeks. I’ve got to live in the moment.”
Goodwin’s Lady Rebels (9-7, 4-1 District 11-AAA) used their size and quickness on defense to stymie the Lady Spartans (7-10, 1-4) and their coach, Kari’s husband, Josh Goodwin. It was the first-ever on-court meeting between the two coaches.
“My girls executed exactly what our game plan was, and I couldn’t be more happy,” Kari Goodwin said. “We talked all week if we can execute defensively and crash the boards, it will take them out of a lot of their half-court sets.”
Since the two coaches know each other’s style so well, it made it both easy and difficult to prepare, she said.
“It breaks my heart a little because I know how upset he’s going to be,” she said. “My husband is fantastic at X’s and O’s, so I knew we had to take them out of that. We went to a half-court press, and they were very limited in what they were able to do.
“He’s probably going to tell me how pitiful some of his plays looked against us. But he tried to execute some things he knew we were going to do, and it just fell in our favor.”
Franklin used its size advantage to create turnovers by pressuring the ball and getting into the passing lanes, forcing the Lady Spartans into 20 turnovers for the game.
“We panicked a lot,” Josh Goodwin said. “We know they want to trap on the sidelines, and we panicked and held the ball. They are much bigger and longer, so they’re going to get deflections. Those turnovers created momentum and points for them.”
Rachel Hawn led all scorers with 14 points for Franklin, followed by Hannah Harris with 11 points, Anna Patton with nine and Kara Spierto with seven. Teondra Crawford led the Lady Spartans with 10 points, and Shelby Penning had seven.
Franklin more than doubled Summit’s offensive opportunities, taking 54 shots to the Spartans’ 26. The shooting percentages were very close, with Summit at 31 and Franklin at 38 percent, but the problem for Summit was the amount of second chance shots the Rebels took.
Franklin had 22 offensive rebounds, Kari Goodwin said, making life difficult on the Summit defense.
“That’s just a testament to our girls,” she said. “We knew if we allowed them back into this game, it was going to be because of rebounds.”
“Anytime they did miss, we let them rebound the ball until they were able to score,” Josh Goodwin said. “In the first half we gave up 15 offensive rebounds and had 15 turnovers. If that’s going to be a consistent formula for us, we won’t win a game the rest of the season.”
Franklin jumped out early, holding the Lady Spartans to just four points in the first quarter and leading 30-11 at halftime. Once the momentum started going their way, the Lady Rebels did a good job of keeping it, Kari Goodwin said.
“We have got to get to a point where we’re consistent game to game,” she said. “We are so consistently inconsistent in the paint, it drives me crazy. We might hit seven shots in a row, then miss the next 20. Those are some of the little things we’ve got to narrow down before tournament time.”
The lead grew to as many as 30 in the second half, but a Summit rally when the reserves were in for both teams made the final difference 25. Josh Goodwin said the move from Class AA to AAA this season has been a tough one.
“Our girls are starting to see the difference in AA and AAA basketball,” he said. “We’re trying to come in and make our mark, trying to build our program like these other schools are. With our team being young, it’s something we have to learn from.”
Up next for Franklin is a road trip to Independence Tuesday, while Summit is at Centennial.
Franklin boys 48, Summit 44
The Rebels had to overcome two large Summit leads, but Franklin was able to beat the Spartans behind 17 points from Garrison Mathews.
Summit led by five in the first quarter and by nine at the end of the third, but some timely defensive stops helped Franklin make a comeback. The Rebels outscored the Spartans 22-9 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Joe Critchlow and Matt Hargreaves added eight points for Franklin, and Mac McDonald chipped in with five. John Carter led the Spartans with 13 points, followed by Conner Barnett, Damonte Williams and Joe Reffegee each with six.
Posted on: 1/11/2014