Upset victims Franklin, Ravenwood play tonight
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Based on the seedings for the District 11-AAA basketball tourney, the Franklin girls and Ravenwood boys were supposed to have tonight off.
But as a great sports philosopher once said, that’s why you play the games.
The Lady Rebels fell victim to the first upset of the post-season Saturday when third seed Dickson County hung around long enough to pull out a 54-53 upset win. Franklin led most of the game before the Lady Cougars tied the game with 57-seconds left, then took the lead on a driving basket 33-seconds later.
Franklin had a chance to tie the game on a set play, but turned the ball over with 12.5-seconds remaining. Dickson County hit a pair of free throws before Franklin dropped a long three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the margin to a single point.
The loss came despite a balanced scoring attack, as Franklin had four players hit for double figures. Racheal Hawn and Jodi Hill had 14 each; Meredith Ovies and Anna Patton added ten each.
The loss puts Franklin in tonight’s 6 p.m. consolation finals at Independence against Ravenwood, a 54-44 loser to top seed Brentwood Saturday afternoon. The Lady Raptors, trailing by 15 at the half, cut the lead to single digits at one point, but could not hold off the district champions.
Bailey Swayze led the young Ravenwood squad with 14 and Alexis Ahlert added 12.
Olivia Shealy led all scorers with 15 points and Jenny Roy kept her double-digit scoring streak alive with 11. Brentwood also got 10 points each from Marissa Anthony and Jessi Boozer.
Brentwood will face Dickson County tomorrow night at Indy for the district tournament title. The two teams played overtime periods in both of their regular season match ups, with Dickson County putting the only blemish on the champion’s regular season district record.
Ravenwood’s boys will also face Dickson County tonight. The Raptors were seeded second before running into third seed Franklin Saturday night and dropping a 58-54 decision. The Rebels ran out to a 29-17 half time lead then held off a hard closing Raptor squad.
Franklin’s Garrison Mathews poured in 24 points and swept up 12 rebounds, getting scoring assistance from Joe Critchlow (15 pts). District leading scorer Matthew Hailey also netted 24 for the Raptors and Nate Fischbach scored 12.
The Rebels will see Brentwood one more time tomorrow night after the Bruins methodically defeated Dickson County 48-35. Up only two at the half, Brentwood went to typical Brentwood basics in the second half to stretch the lead to the final margin.
Jacob Adcock (16) and Andy Schumpert (14) led the Bruins in scoring.
The win sets up a Brentwood-Franklin final tomorrow night at Independence.
Posted on: 2/17/2014