Franklin beats Antioch 48-29 to open Region 6-AAA play
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
It wasn’t pretty but Franklin’s girls won their first regional tournament game, downing District 11-AAA’s #3 seed Antioch 48-29. The pair had met twice during the regular season with the Lady Bears taking both contests.
Lady Rebel coach Kari Goodwin was glad to get the win, but realistic in the way it was won.
“That game will not win our next one,” she said of an expected match-up with District 11-AAA regular season champion Brentwood. “We shot 30% from the field, 50% from the free throw line. It was ugly offensively. We had a lot of good looks under the basket. It’s frustrating.
“I told the girls I’m going to assume it’s the first round jitters. You could tell we were leg-locked. It was almost like the tournament overwhelmed us.”
The Lady Rebels seemed to settle into a rhythm as their 2-2-1 defense gave Antioch fits trying to penetrate. “It was our defense and our ability to box them out on the offensive boards…that was the ballgame.”
Reminded that the seniors on this team had never gone past the district tournament, the first year coach bristled slightly, saying she had heard that many times and that this team deserves their spot in the regional semi-finals Monday.
“I honestly think they have such a fight, just grit about them,” she said of her players.
“Some of the kids at school have played it up since we’d lost twice to them before. We are better fundamentally and they are better than we are athletically,” she said of Antioch. “Once we realized we should be good, we were okay. Good got us the win. Monday we’ll have to be great.”
Franklin will meet Dickson County on Monday, the team that knocked the Lady Rebels out of a shot at the district tourney title last week at Independence. It is a match up the coach says she and her team have been looking forward to since last week.
Posted on: 2/21/2014