By Doug Dyer, for the Herald
Anna Patton (15) and Hannah Harris (21) battle for a rebound in Franklin's 57-44 loss to Overton last night in the Region 6-AAA girls championship game. Rachael Hawn (33) was headed to offer assistance in the bruisingly physical contest. Franklin will be on the road Saturday night, traveling to 28-1 Mount Juliet. Photo by Becky Williams
Franklin struggled at both ends of the floor Wednesday night, giving up 17 offensive rebounds to Overton and falling 57-44 in the Region 6-AAA finals.
“We gave up outside shots, which is what we wanted, but we just couldn’t find people to box out,” Franklin coach Kari Goodwin said.
The Lady Rebels (20-11) will travel to face Region 5 champion Mt. Juliet Saturday in the sectional round, while Overton will host Rossview. The sectional winners advance to next week’s state tournament at Middle Tennessee State.
Chelsea Nelson had 29 points for Overton to lead all scorers, while teammate Tresi Patton finished with 15. Rachel Hawn and Anna Patton each had 11 points to lead Franklin, and Jodi Hill had nine.
|Though the state wrestling tournament was two weeks ago in Franklin, you couldn't prove it by the physical nature of last night's Region 6-AAA championship game. Franklin junior Peyton Cantrell got the worst of it at one point in the Lady Rebels 57-44 loss to Overton. Becky Williams
“When you allow someone to score 30 points, you’re not going to win too many games,” Goodwin said. “Our plan was to shut Nelson down, and we didn’t do that.”
Despite the loss, Franklin’s resiliency has shown over the last third of the season. It won 10 of its final 12 games to finish second in the district and pick up momentum going into the district tournament. A hiccup against Dickson County in the district semis, which Franklin had beaten twice earlier in the year, and the Lady Rebels had to buckle down and regroup again, Goodwin said.
Franklin had plenty of looks at the basket in the first half, but the shots just weren’t falling for the Lady Rebels, and they found themselves down 25-17 at intermission. The Rebels were just 5-of-23 shooting in the first two quarters, and several misses came from close range.
“Rachel was a little thrown off her game,” Goodwin said. “We look to go inside a lot, so when that happened we lost her a little bit, but she did a lot of great things for us in the third quarter.”
There was no answer in the first half for Overton’s Nelson, who scored 16 of her 29 points, most of those coming in the paint. Conversely, the Lady Rebels could get nothing going inside with Hawn, who had just four points at halftime.
The Lady Rebels were able to cause 15 Overton turnovers for the game, but they also had 15 of their own to negate any advantage.
Franklin got as close as eight points in the fourth quarter but never could get any closer, despite some late game heroics . Goodwin and the Franklin bench received technical fouls late in the fourth quarter that caused the score to balloon, but now comes a time to regroup and take a shot at the state tournament.
“We’re staying positive,” Goodwin said. “It’s like a Band-Aid; you rip it off, get over it and get ready for Saturday.”
Franklin coach Kari Goodwin discussing a call with an official seconds before her bench was hit with a technical foul with about a minute left in the Lady Rebels loss to Overton in the Region 6-AAA girls championship game. The same official T'd the coach before the game was over. He also slapped Ravenwood coach Patrick Whitlock with his first technical in four years Saturday before having a Ravenwood fan ejected from the grandstands.
Photo by Becky Williams
Posted on: 2/27/2014