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Lady Rebels fall in OT, boys race to win

If there is such a thing as a good loss in basketball, Wednesday night might have been it for Kari Goodwin and her Franklin Lady Rebels.
Franklin squandered a 10-point lead in the first half and saw a three-point lead disappear in the final 30 seconds, as Sycamore took advantage of Rebel miscues to take a 53-49 overtime victory.
“It was the little things that kept adding up,” Goodwin said. “Offensively we did a decent job of doing what we wanted to, but for some reason we couldn’t catch the ball and make short passes.”
The Lady Rebels (14-8) had a chance to close it out in regulation, after Maebry McNeese missed the second of two foul shots with 15 seconds left to leave Franklin up 45-43. Rachel Hawn was called for a double dribble on the rebound, however, giving the ball back to the Lady War Eagles.
Paige Harrison  found Amber Fuqua under the basket on the ensuing inbounds play, and her layup forced overtime, where Sycamore outscored Franklin 8-4. In addition to McNeese’s 17 points, Fuqua had 14 and Harris had 7.
“We prepared really well for them,” Goodwin said. “But we didn’t execute anything well tonight that we practiced for two days.”
Franklin had trouble moving the ball around at the offensive end at times, partly due to Sycamore’s man-to-man defense that kept the pressure on the ball-handler. Franklin did not have a player in double digits scoring, but Rachel Hawn had eight, Jodi Hill finished with nine and Anna Patton also had nine.
“I told them I would take this one on me,” Goodwin said. “I feel like maybe I didn’t prepare them enough for tough situations like this in practice.”
On offense the War Eagles tried to use lots of motion to get Franklin out of position and find open shots, which they were able to knock down, Goodwin said.
“They had a dribble-drive offense that seemed to give them shots in the corner,” she said. “Once it gets hot, it’s tough to guard after that.”
But even as frustrated as she and her team were after the game, Goodwin agreed this could be a solid learning tool as the end of the season and district tournament rapidly approach.
“You almost need this for a jolt late in the season,” she said. “We’re going to see situations like that again in the tournament,” she said. “And we’ve got to make sure we’re on top of it.”
Franklin boys 71, Sycamore 62: Led by Joe Critchlow’s 29 points Franklin held off a furious rally by Sycamore, as the Rebels (10-11) took a big non-district win at home.
Franklin led by five at the half, but the War Eagles could not match the Rebels’ pace over the final two quarters. Behind Critchlow’s 29, post man Ben Hagaman was the only other Rebel in double figures with 10 points, and only two of those came in the second half. Matt Hargreaves finished with eight points, and Tanner Spalding finished with 7. Levi Sutton led Sycamore with 16 points.
Sycamore was able to use its quick guards to pressure the ball on defense and find quick shots offensively, but Critchlow and Co. kept hitting shots at key times.
Up next for Franklin is its second showdown against Summit, as the Rebels look to improve their stock for in the district race.

Posted on: 1/30/2014


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