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Franklin rolls over Dickson County to open district play

Pictured: Garrison Matthews (24) looks to dish off during the first half of the Rebels'  57-45 victory over Dickson County last night.  Matthews led the Rebels in scoring with 18 points. Photo by Becky Williams
Garrison Matthews poured in 18 points, 12 in the second half, and Tanner Spalding added 12 points and ten rebounds as Franklin picked up an early district win by defeating Dickson County 57-45 last night.
“He (Matthews) did a really good job tonight,” said Rebel coach Jamie Wilson, “and I’m really proud of him.”
What may worry some other district teams is Matthews has not yet fully recovered from a broken collarbone suffered during Franklin’s 9-2 football season.
“You can look at him and tell he’s not as mobile or fluid as he was during the summer.  But we’re hopeful he’ll get there quickly.”
Matthews led a second half domination of the Cougars, as the Rebels stretched a 27-25 lead to 19 at one point, cruising to the win.  The Rebels shot 6-of-7 from the field in the third quarter alone.
“I told them at half-time, ‘You’ve got to start being aggressive offensively’.  When we start pressing we don’t shoot the ball that well.  When we pass up good looks, we start taking questionable shots.   That’s where we hurt ourselves in the first half.”
Franklin played most of the first half without senior Ben Hagaman after the big man was tagged with two personal fouls in a 16-second stretch of the first minute of play.  Officials called 21 fouls in the first half, another 15 in the second.
The win puts Franklin at the top of the District 11-AAA standings, at least for the moment, with a 1-0 record.  Franklin has Tuesday night off before facing district favorite Brentwood next Friday.
The Franklin girls joined their male counterparts at the top of the league standings with a dramatic 49-46 win over the Lady Cougars.
After taking an early 11-7 lead, Franklin fell behind when Dickson County went on a 13-0 run mid-way of the first half, trailing 25-15 at the half.
Fighting back, Franklin retook the lead, 45-44, with just 3:13 to play on a Rachael Hawn lay-up.  Hawn added another bucket, then an assist leading to Anna Patton’s basket to put Franklin up 49-44 with 1:10 left.  The Lady Cougars dropped a pair of free throws in the final 30-seconds, sandwiched around Franklin missing the front end of a one-and-one three straight times.  Patton missed a pair of free throws with 3.1-seconds left, but Dickson County, grabbing the rebound, never got a shot off to try and tie the game.
Hawn and Patton both ended the night with 12-points and Jodi Hill added ten to key the come-from-behind victory.

Franklin coach Jamie Wilson told his charges to get physical in the second half and James Dutton (00) took the instruction to heart, moving Dickson County's Jhzayiah Lewis (11) around while looking for a rebound.  Franklin beat Dickson County 57-45. Photo by Becky Williams

Franklin's Tanner Spalding (32) fights for the basketball with a pair of Dickson County adversaries in Thursday night's 57-45 Rebel win.  Spalding battled all night, finishing the contest with 12 points and ten rebounds as Franklin won its District 11-AAA opener. Photo by Becky Williams

Posted on: 12/5/2013


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