Franklin’s boys basketball team held Summit scoreless for the opening 4:17 of the second half on their way to a 54-31 victory Tuesday night.
Leading 22-20 at halftime, the Rebels went on a 16-0 run to start the third quarter before Makinde London got the Spartans on the scoreboard with a dunk with 3:43 remaining in the period.
Rebels coach Jay Johnson was not pleased with his team’s effort in the first two quarters and challenged them in the locker room at intermission.
“We got back to defense the way we were playing a month ago,” Johnson said of what fueled their third-quarter run. “When you’re playing defense like that, it opens up things for our offense. We’re obviously better playing up-tempo and when you play defense it leads to easy baskets and we got a lot of them in the third quarter.”
London scored Summit’s only four points in the third quarter on his way to a team-high 10. At 6-foot-8, the junior was a threat on the defensive side of the court with multiple blocked shots and tipped passes.
Franklin continued to challenge London despite the threat of blocked shots, eventually fouling him out of the game early in the fourth.
“I was pleased that we took the ball to the rim strong,” said Johnson. “We got some to fall, got to the foul line, and ultimately got (London) out of the game.”
Hunter Nelson had a game-high 12 points for the Rebels with Colson Patton adding 10.
Summit led by as much as five points in the second quarter following an Austin Osborn basket. Franklin responded with a 9-2 run to close the half.
Tuesday’s game was the third meeting between the programs – who will become district rivals next season as Summit will be reclassified to District 11-AAA next fall.
Johnson is happy to be getting experience against a Spartan team full of sophomore and juniors.
“It’s good to know them,” he said, “but at the same time you don’t relish all those kids being back next year with all that experience.”
Franklin’s girls team defeated Summit 47-38 in the night’s first match up.
Trailing 12-11 after the opening eight minutes, the Lady Rebels outscored the Lady Spartans 17-2 in the second quarter.
Anna Patton led Franklin with 13 points while Angela McPeek and Jodi Hill each added nine.
Summit was led by Caroline Patrick with 13 points and Teondra Crawford contributing 11.
Franklin returns to action Friday night, hosting the Stars of Siegel while Summit returns to their District 12-AA schedule the same night, hosting Giles County. Girls match up begins at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow.