11th Region girls: Franklin Co., Lafayette pass first-round tests

mmaloney@herald-leader.comMarch 4, 2014 


    Quarterfinals at Frankfort Convention Center

    6:30 p.m.: Madison Central (15-14) vs. Paul Dunbar (23-7)

    8:15 p.m.: Henry Clay (16-11) vs. Western Hills (16-12)

Wintry weather kept the girls' 11th Region tournament from taking place Monday, but there was no stopping either Franklin County or Lafayette on Tuesday.

Franklin County upended Madison Southern 60-41, and Lafayette downed Scott County 70-51 in the Frankfort Convention Center.

The Flyers and Generals will meet in Saturday's semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Finals are set for Sunday at 4.

Franklin County 60, Madison Southern 41: Down 26-25 at halftime and with two fouls on each of its starters, the Flyers took off by outscoring the Eagles 13-4 in the third quarter.

Because of the weather, Franklin County hadn't been on a court since Saturday "and I thought that was very indicative of how we played," Coach Joey Thacker said. "Nannilena (White) has been sick and can't breathe, and she's kind of the motor that makes us go. It just got to the point between foul trouble and sickness that we were just kind of grasping for straws with lineup combinations. Thank God we got hot there in the third quarter and Anna kind of bailed us out."

That would be Anna Arrastia, who came off the bench to lead the Flyers (25-6) with 15 points. She connected on 4 of 8 three-point attempts.

Franklin County outscored the Eagles 18-3 from beyond the arc, where Madison Southern shot 1-for-16.

Dasia Kilbourne added 12 points as Franklin County won its fifth in a row. White added 11, while Malaka Frank had 10 points and seven rebounds.

As for the big third quarter, "we started Malaka out at the point some with Nannilena on the bench, and I think when she's cutting through zones people have to notice her," Thacker said. "And that frees some of our shooters up because she's cutting through there to post up so much.

"And I just thought ball reversal was so big. In the third quarter, we got it swung to the other side of the floor with a little bit of velocity on it, which had to speed up the rotation. So not only did we get threes, but we got drives to the basket to get fouled, too."

The third quarter included a 9-0 run.

Arrastia's three-pointer to end the period made it 38-30 and opened a 12-0 run. She fueled that spurt by opening the fourth quarter with another three.

The Flyers eventually opened a 22-point lead at 56-34.

Southern (20-8) was led by Briana Lanham with 15 points and seven rebounds. Ashlyn Clark scored 11 points.

Lafayette 70, Scott County 51: Dee Givens popped in 26 points to lead the Generals (25-3), who won for the 15th time in 16 games.

"Just penetrating to the hole and shooting the ball really well," Givens said.

Kiara Pankins added 16 points and Ken'yale Demus had 10. Sarah Cooley and Ashanti Thomas grabbed nine rebounds each and combined for 13 points.

"We had a game plan going into it and we executed it for the most part," Lafayette Coach Allison Denton said. "We're going against a team that's No. 1 in the state in rebounding, and you can tell why they are — they outrebounded us pretty bad (38-35).

"We were talking about making the extra pass in our offense. Teams that play us normally have to make a choice — you're going to guard the bigs, you're going to guard the guards. Well, our guards were wide open on the three-point line, so they wanted that three-point shot. If they're going, that's fine. But when we're not rebounding or getting second opportunities, it's not a good thing. So we were talking about moving the ball a couple more passes. 'Just give me one more pass.' And a couple times we did that, and good things happened for us."

Danielle Defoor topped Scott County (17-12) with 14 points. Tereka Guyn and Rachel Young each scored 10, with Guyn grabbing 10 rebounds.

Lafayette bolted to a 19-2 lead and was up 23-10 through one quarter.

Scott County kept battling, though, and pulled to within 26-22 midway through the second quarter.

"I was really proud of the girls," Denton said, "because when Scott County started coming back we kind of dug our heels in and got refocused again and stayed with our game plan."

Lafayette regrouped to close the half on a 9-2 run to lead 35-24 and stayed in control from there.

Audriana Christopher, who injured her left knee during a district semifinals game, started for the Cardinals but was able to go for less than four minutes.

"It's frustrating. We've talked about all year: consistency," Cardinals Coach Steve Helton said. "Tonight we didn't take care of the ball and we knew we had to against a great team. We had to rebound the ball; we didn't rebound the ball tonight. It's very frustrating, the season we've had. It just didn't go this year. We felt like we had the pieces, but putting all those pieces together, it just never did fall into form."

Franklin Co. 60, Madison Southern 41

MADISON SOUTHERN (20-8) — Ramey 4, Freeeman 2, Lanham 15, Hayes 9, Parms 0, Clark 11. Totals 14-40 12-15 41.

FRANKLIN CO. (25-6) — White 11, Frank 10, Kilbourne 12, Stewart 2, Cook 6, Arrastia 15, Courtney 2, Willard 2. Totals 18-49 18-29 60.

Madison Southern 7 19 4 11—41

Franklin County 7 18 13 22—60

Lafayette 70, Scott Co. 51

SCOTT CO. (17-12) — Christopher 0, Guyn 10, Young 10, D. Defoor 14, Guy 4, Riddle 9, Southerland 4. Totals 20-51 9-15 51.

LAFAYETTE (25-3) — Cooley 5, Thomas 8, Givens 26, K. Demus 10, Pankins 16, Nagahiro 5. Totals 21-49 25-43 70

Scott County 10 14 15 12—51

Lafayette 23 12 18 17—70

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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