Franklin squeaks by Ravenwood


Franklin squeaks by Ravenwood

By CARSON FANT
Brentwood Home Page intern
In games moved up three hours because of the weather, Ravenwood’s varsity basketball teams travelled to Franklin Tuesday afternoon to take on the Rebels of Franklin. In the end, Franklin’s teams squeezed out victories with the Lady Rebels beating the Lady Raptors 45-35, followed by a Franklin boys win, 61-57.

 

By CARSON FANT
Brentwood Home Page sports intern

In games moved up three hours because of the weather, Ravenwood’s varsity basketball teams travelled to Franklin Tuesday afternoon to take on the Rebels of Franklin. In the end, Franklin’s teams squeezed out victories with the Lady Rebels beating the Lady Raptors 45-35, followed by a Franklin boys win, 61-57.

In the girls game, the loss is the first for the Lady Raptors (18-6, 8-1) in 11-AAA play. Franklin jumped out to a 12-3 lead with 4:40 left in the first quarter. Ravenwood took a timeout and the game was delayed even more when the fire alarm was pulled, causing the gym to empty for approximately 15 minutes.

The time outside seemed to help the Lady Raptors as they went on an 8-0 run to cut Franklin’s lead to 12-11. Ravenwood was never able to gain the lead but kept close, trailing 25-20 at halftime.

Franklin was able to extend their lead in the third quarter to 34-24 when guard Caroline Recio hit a 3-pointer.

Ravenwood post Erin Lauderdale score four of her team’s next five points to cut the score to 35-29, but a 3-pointer by Shelton kept the Lady Raptors at bay.

Lauderdale led the Lady Raptors with 13 points. Lydia Wright added 11.

Ravenwood has already clinched the 11-AAA regular season championship, but must face rival Brentwood High School Friday night.

Boys Game
The Franklin High School Rebels used a five point possession in the fourth quarter to hold off the Ravenwood Raptors in a 61-57 victory Tuesday.

Ravenwood (15-13, 3-6) started the game with an intensity that seemed to catch the Rebels off guard. The Raptors led 18-11 with 7:30 left in the first half, thanks to strong post play and penetration by their guards.

"We emphasize driving to the basket," Ravenwood boys head coach Patrick Whitlock said. "When we drive and kick, it’s very helpful."

Franklin was able to regain the lead in the second quarter with an 11-0 run that made the score 22-18. The Rebels took a 28-25 lead into halftime. Twenty of Ravenwood’s 25 points were scored in the paint, with the other five coming from free throws.

The third quarter was closely contested with neither team leading by more than two points. A basket by Riley Stoner gave the Raptors a 41-40 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Franklin moved back ahead 48-43 midway through the fourth quarter, but Raptors’ guard Evan Forhetz brought his team closer when he was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and made all three of his free throws.

Two possessions later, Rebels’ post Braden Mathews scored and an intentional foul was called on the Raptors away from the ball. Tyler Wadzinski hit one of the free throws and Franklin kept control of the ball. Mathews scored again to give the Rebels a 55-48 lead.

The Raptors did not give up, and baskets by Forhetz and Tevin Matich coupled around a free throw by Mathews cut the Rebels’ lead to 56-53. Forhetz then forced a steal and scored a layup on the other end to make the score 56-55. Debrell McLemore, though, answered with two free throws for Franklin.

A rebound and basket by Sam Wilcox again cut the Rebels’ lead to one point, at 58-57, but McLemore hit two more free throws and Ravenwood turned the ball over on the ensuing possession.

The Raptors were led in scoring by Forhetz, who had 16 points. Matt Richardson added 12.  Mathews led all scorers with 19 points.

Ravenwood faces cross-town rival Brentwood High School Friday night in the regular season finale.

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Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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