Rebels overcome injury, illness for district win
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
Injury and illness did not derail the Franklin boys basketball team Wednesday night as the Rebels defeated Ravenwood 58-47.
With Colson Patton limited with a knee injury suffered Jan. 11 against Centennial and Blake Henry out with the flu, Franklin opened the game with two new additions to the starting lineup – junior Ben Hagaman and sophomore Joe Critchlow.
“We had to make some adjustments,” Johnson said of the new lineup. “I liked the size of that lineup. It really helped us on the boards – especially in the second half.”
The Rebels (12-6, 2-1) struggled in the second quarter, converting only one made basket while Ravenwood jumped to a 26-18 advantage. Johnson credited the spurt to his team’s turnovers and missing open shots that they saw.
Having trailed since Raptor point guard Jonathan Coles’ basket put the home team on top 8-6 at the five-minute mark of the first quarter, Franklin took a 40-38 advantage a minute into the fourth quarter on a made basket off a spinning post move by Garrison Mathews.
Franklin would not trail again, ending the contest on an 18-9 run.
“I’m really pleased with the kids’ second half,” said Johnson. “We did what we were supposed to do. That’s what we’ve been looking for. If we can keep doing that, we’re going to be okay.”
Hagaman scored a game-high 16 points for Franklin while Mathews added 13 – nine coming in the fourth quarter.
Joey Barnes led Ravenwood (10-9, 1-2) with 12 points while Coles added 11.
The Franklin Lady Rebels ran away from Ravenwood to a 52-32 win.
Aided by a full court pressure defense that stiffled the Lady Raptors, Franklin jumped to a 28-14 advantage by halftime.
Anna Patton led 10 Lady Rebel scorers with 12 points. Lexi McKay had 12 points for Ravenwood.
Posted on: 1/16/2013