STORY BY LYNN MANDERSON | PHOTOS BY WHITNEY JARRELD
BGA got a 50-39 win over district rival FRA in Franklin Thursday night.
Garnett Hollis Jr. led the team with 25 points.
The Panthers kept trying to play catch-up all night and never narrowed the deficit.
In the last quarter, FRA’s efforts were dashed by the combined efforts of Hollis (two free throws) and the cool ball handling by Kaleb Seay.
New BGA coach Jared Street is excited about his first Wildcats team but said he knows they have work to do.
“Offensively we had a lot of mis-matching,” Street said. “We don’t know how to pass the ball but we have really only been together for three weeks because some players have just come in after finishing their successful football season.
“I was very happy with what we did defensively because Franklin [Road] is a tough team and always comes prepared. I think these are a bunch of great kids and we are going to continue to improve.”
He signaled out the play of a few of his Wildcats in the Thursday victory.
“Junior guard Tony Stephens did a great job defensively tonight, with Kaleb and Garnett exhibiting the kind of ball handling we need to have but it needs to be consistent. We had our moments and we will continue to improve. This is a great bunch of kids.”
Stephens said after the game that he is happy to be working with the kind team that is connected on the court.
“I can work harder but this is the kind to teamwork that is going to keep us winning games,” he said.
Kingston Gardner led FRA in scoring with 14, while Sean Casey had 11.