Magical post season ends for Franklin's boys
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
The clock on the wall said 9:35, but it was striking midnight, shattering the glass slipper hearts of the Franklin Rebels as their near story-book post season run ended with a 60-40 loss to Hunters Lane in the semi-finals of the Region 6-AAA tournament at Glecliff High School in Nashville.
“We just let them get a little momentum at the end of the half and they carried it through and they turned into a buzz-saw,” said Rebel coach Jamie Wilson. “Plain and simple.”
The Warriors did get a big boost with a long 3-pointer at the buzzer ending the first period. A repeat at the end of the half, for 2-points, was counted, but not without a loud outcry from the Franklin cheering section. The bucket put Hunters Lane up by an extra two at the break, 25-19.
In the second half, the speed and quickness of the Warriors began to wear on Franklin. Held to just nine points in the third quarter, the frustration of quick turnovers and easy Warrior buckets began to become obvious. The Rebels shot a disappointing 36.7% from the floor, including 0-of-6 from the three point arc.
The loss ends Franklin’s season at an even 15-15, going 10-5 since early January and making an unexpected run to second place in the District 11-AAA tournament.
“I hate this most for the seniors,” said Wilson. “They are just great people, great young men and I am proud of them.”
Posted on: 2/26/2014