Ravenwood locks second place with 58-53 win over Franklin
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Matthew Hailey scored 26 points, including 11-of-14 from the free throw line, to lead Ravenwood (17-9, 9-2) to a 58-53 come from behind victory over Franklin (11-13, 6-5), clinching the second seed in the District 11-AAA tournament next week.
“That’s a good win for us,” said Ravenwood coach Patrick Whitlock. “Franklin can do some damage in the post season. I’m really proud of our kids; they hung in there after a slow start, but I think Franklin had a lot to do with that.”
The Rebels jumped out to a 5-0 lead quickly on Zac Muir’s three and Garrison Mathews’ 12-foot jumper. The pair each scored another basket a piece as Franklin took a 9-4 lead before Hailey hit his first three to cut the difference to two.
Ravenwood’s first lead came at the 2:30 mark of the first quarter when Chace Hawkins dropped in a pair of free throws, but it was short lived as Mathews hit another short jumper and Tanner Spalding scored the first two of his 12 points to close the first quarter with the Rebels on top 14-11.
Franklin stretched the lead to as many as nine in the second quarter, controlling both the tempo and the boards before the Raptors began to chip away and cut the lead to three, 26-23 at halftime.
Ravenwood turned up the heat at the start of the third quarter. Hailey scored his team’s first seven points, five on free throws, to give the Raptor’s a 30-28 lead at the 6:45 mark. Pressure kept Franklin off-balance and with less than three minutes to play in the quarter, Ravenwood completed a 15-5 run to take a 38-31 lead.
“They came out trapping in the third quarter; we knew they were going to and told the kids that a the half and we just didn’t respond,” said Franklin’s Jamie Wilson.
“We’re playing so much better than we have been, but we still have certain possessions here and there in a half, in a quarter, that we just can’t seem to get rid of. That’s killing us right now, especially against good teams on their home floors.”
The Raptor’s opened the door a bit in the fourth quarter and Franklin pounced on opportunities, closing to 52-50 with less than a minute to play despite Hailey, Hawkins and Nick Gleason keeping the offense going. Hailey and Gleason both hit a pair of free throws in the last 17-seconds to wrap up the victory.
Hailey led all scorers and got help from Hawkins, who finished with nine. For Franklin, Joe Critchlow ended with 13 to go with Spalding’s 12. Muir finished with ten.
The performance was one that leaves Hailey as a top contender for player of the year honors in the district with his 17-point per game average, tops in the district.
“He has really carried us,” said Whitlock of Hailey. “We’ve had a better year than everybody expected and he’s a big part of that. He makes plays when the chips are down and I think he’s by far the best offensive threat in our league right now.”
Girls: Franklin 58 Ravenwood 48 OT
Ravenwood’s Bailey Swayze hit two free throws with 14.1 seconds left to send the game into overtime, but the Raptors (8-14, 5-6) could not stop Rachael Hawn and Anna Patton in overtime as Franklin (15-9, 9-2) clinched second place in District 11-AAA with a 58-48 overtime win.
Swayze led all scorers on Senior Night with 21. Hawn got six of her 17 in the overtime period and Anna Patton scored four of her 14 in the same four-minute period. Jodi Hill added 11 for the Rebels.
Posted on: 2/6/2014