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Hoops: Kemp scores late to keep Franklin atop District 11-AAA

Grimes, Erickson set career marks in Lady Raptors win

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Reed Kemp scored late in the game to lift the Franklin boys to a 69-68 win over Ravenwood on Friday, Jan. 23, 2021 in Franklin. 

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FRANKLIN – Franklin High School's Reed Kemp stopped a Ravenwood come back by scoring in the final 20 seconds as Franklin solidified its lead on the boys’ side of the District 11-AAA race while Reghan Grimes and Lexi Erickson set personal marks in a Lady Raptor win on the road.

Franklin boys 69, Ravenwood 68

After leading by 11 points early in the third quarter, Franklin had to survive a determined Ravenwood rally and rely on Kemp's heroics to squeak past the Raptors 69-68 on the Admirals’ home floor Friday night.

Kemp, who finished with 34 points, drove down the middle of the lane for a heavily contested floater with 20 seconds to play. Franklin repaid the defensive favor after a Raptor time out, pounding Ravenwood’s Nick Dang with one second on the clock as the quarter-full gym and a MYTV-30 audience watched the ball fall short of the mark.

The win was the 12th win a row for the Admirals. Their last loss was a 61-59 setback on the road at Ravenwood.

“What a game,” Franklin coach Jason Tigert gushed afterward. “It was a great, classic basketball game between two good teams.”

There was little doubt with the clock running down and trailing by only a point, Kemp would have the ball in his hands.

“We’re comfortable with Reed taking tough shots at big moments," Tigert said. "He’s proven the last two years he’s capable. Three out of the last three times we’ve played it’s come down to the last shot.”

The Admirals jumped out to a 23-14 lead in the first quarter behind the scoring of Kemp, Matt Thurman and Aidan Smylie. Dang’s offense kept the Raptors in the game in the first half as Franklin went to the locker room with a 37-29 lead.

“I knew they would come out and make run,” Tigert said, “and they sure did.”

The Raptors went on a 13-6 run to start the second half behind a pair of 3-pointers from Matt Williams and five points from Andrew Lamuno. A 7-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter gave Ravenwood 64-60 lead with four minutes to play. That’s when Kemp and Thurman took over for the Admirals.

“We played 16 minutes of basketball and that’s not good enough,” said a disappointed Patrick Whitlock, Ravenwood’s head coach. “We were not here for the first quarter or most of the second quarter. Maybe we were a little tight. But Franklin is a good team, and you can’t play just 16 minutes against them and win. And we almost did that.

“We needed one more stop. One more stop sometimes means the difference between your season ending and your season continuing in basketball.”

Thurman added 20 points and Smylie 11 to the Franklin total. Dang finished with 18 points and got support from Noah Clifford (12) and Matt Williams (10).

Franklin hosts Mt. Juliet in a non-district contest Saturday night before traveling to Page Tuesday night. Ravenwood hits the road Tuesday, traveling to Dickson County.

Franklin boys 69, Ravenwood 68 

RHS 14 15 23 16 – 68

FHS 23 14 17 15 – 69

RHS (68) – Nick Dang 21, Noah Clifford 12, Matt Williams 10, Andrew Lamuno 8, Jake Mulder 6, Connor English 4, Owen Grismore 3, Trevor Andrews 3, Evan Gainer 1.

FHS (69) – Reed Kemp 34, Matt Thurman 20, Aidan Smylie 11, Taylor Spierto 4.

3-pointers – RHS 6 (Dang 2, Williams 2, Lamuno, Grismore), FHS 8 (Kemp 5, Smylie 2, Thurman). Free Throws – RHS 14-18, FHS 3-5. Total Fouls – RHS 12, FHS 13. 

Ravenwood girls 60, Franklin 44 

Grimes scored the 1,000th point of her career and Lexi Erickson became Ravenwood’s career leader in 3-pointers as Ravenwood beat Franklin 60-44 Friday night.

Erickson picked up 12 of her game leading 25 points from behind the arc to set a Lady Raptor record that is sure to grow as the senior completes her career. She has 151 makes from 3-point territory. 

For Grimes, her grand marker came early in the third quarter when she scored her sixth point of the contest, one that was touted as a battle of the two best posts in the district between she and Franklin’s Kate O’Neil.

Grimes was glad to reach the milestone against O’Neil, but going into the contest she was taking nothing for granted.

“I knew it was going to be tough,” Grimes said. “We both work really hard and it was nice to have a great, respectful competition.”

Franklin trailed by only five to start the fourth quarter, 35-30, before Erickson tossed in 10 points, including the record setter, and Grimes added six to blow open the game.

“Lexi was huge and Reghan got her 1,000th point,” said head coach Andrew James. “I glad we were able to get the win so we can celebrate those records properly.”

Ravenwood girls 60, Franklin 44

RHS 11 14 10 25 – 60

FHS 10 7 13 14 – 44

RHS (60) – Lexi Erickson 25, Reghan Grimes 17, Mary Prestegaard 7, Ava Lavigne 4, Rachel Hillman 3, Natalie Prestegaard 2, Hannah Less 2.

FHS (44) – Kate O’Neil 18, Brenna Swiger 11, Cate Bennett 5, Jean Costello 3, Amy Elliott 3, Lyla Gardner 2, Regi Hammond 2

3-pointers – RHS 4 (Erickson 4), FHS 4 (O’Neil 2, Bennett, Costello). Free Throws – RHS 19-25, FHS 7-13. Total Fouls –RHS 13, FHS 21.

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