Madison County

Girls: Franklin Co. beats Bryan Station

RICHMOND — McBrayer Arena held its breath as the shot went up.

So did Chelsea Craig.

"This has to go in," the Franklin County forward thought.

She saw it leave her hands. She heard the buzzer go off. She saw it fall gently through the hoop.

"I didn't know it was going in and I was worrying a little bit," she said.

No. 24 Franklin County survived a serious scare from Bryan Station, winning the first game of the 11th Region girls' tournament 57-55 in overtime.

It took a soft shot and a monster effort from Craig, who scored 16 of her game-high 25 points in the second half, including all six of the Flyers' points in OT.

Franklin County advances to face No. 10 Madison Central, a 63-47 winner over Tates Creek in the second first-round game Monday.

"She wasn't going to be denied," said Coach Joey Thacker, who leaped into the air and nearly tackled Craig after the star's game winner.

He challenged Craig, who also had 10 rebounds, at the break with the Flyers (24-7) trailing 25-21.

"I asked her how long it was going to take her to clean out her locker room tomorrow and for someone else to put their nameplate on it," Thacker said. "She really responded."

After a 13-4 run, the Defenders grabbed a 19-10 lead in the first half. Their defense held the Flyers without a field goal for nearly eight minutes.

Alesha Prince had nine points in that span and paced Station (17-10) with 20 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Serena Sandusky added 10 points and four assists.

"They put together a great game for 35 minutes and 59 seconds," Station Coach Karra Jackson said. "It was just that final second, but that's the way the ball falls sometimes."

In the fourth quarter, Bryan Station scored 10 straight to grab a 51-45 lead with 1:28 remaining.

Lacinda Hack responded by hitting two straight three-pointers, including an NBA three and a leaning, trick shot with 19 seconds left to tie it She finished with 11 points. Andrea Howard, who had the game-winning assist, added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 10 Madison Central 63, Tates Creek 47: If the Indians' size doesn't get you, their depth will. Both got to the Commodores and ended their season.

Central won its 16th straight behind three players in double digits and six who scored five points or more.

"Their starting five is about as good as my starting five, but the difference is they have about 10 more that are just as good," Creek Coach Justin Cheatham said. "We couldn't keep up."

The Commodores, making their first region appearance since 2005, cut it to six points midway through the fourth quarter before Central used a 13-3 run to close it out.

"We did what we needed to do to get the win," Coach Robbie Cooksey said. "It's not always pretty, but a win's a win."

Jenna Cornelison had nine of her 15 points in the fourth quarter and had 12 rebounds. Brislyn Sizemore added 16 points and nine boards. Larryn Brooks had 10 points and four assists.

The Indians' depth was key Monday night and has been key to their impressive 28-1 season.

"We've got 10 or 11 we can throw in at any time and we don't feel like we're going to lose a whole lot offensively or defensively," Cooksey said.

Senior Lizza Jonas led the Commodores (16-13) with 14 points, 12 rebounds and five steals. Creek will miss her, but it returns four starters as well as Peyton Hisel, who started most of the season before going down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"Nobody's going to feel too sorry for us," Cheatham said smiling. "We've got a lot to look forward to next season."

BRYAN STATION (17-10) — Mosby 1-6 0-0 2, Williams 3-7 0-1 6, Prince 9-18 2-2 20, Caise 4-6 0-0 9, Blackwell 0-4 2-2 2, Sandusky 4-9 2-4 10, Crumbie 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 24-56 6-9 55.

FRANKLIN CO. (24-7) — Hack 4-6 1-2 11, Mayes 2-8 2-2 6, Craig 9-18 7-7 25, Howard 5-13 3-4 13, Mello 0-3 0-0 0, Timmons 0-5 2-2 2, Rivers 0-4 0-0 0, Brown 0-2 0-0 0, Hampton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-60 15-17 57.

Bryan Station 11 14 14 12 4—55

Franklin Co. 8 13 22 8 6—57

TATES CREEK (16-13) — Drake 2-3 0-0 4, Whaley 0-8 2-4 2, Harrison 3-10 5-7 11, Strickland 2-4 0-0 5, Drake 2-3 0-0. Totals 16-46 12-19 47.

MADISON CENTRAL (28-1) — Feldhaus 0-8 0-2 0, Sizemore 7-12 2-2 16, Brooks 4-7 2-2 10, 2-4 2-2 6, Cornelison 5-9 5-7 15, Farris 2-6 0-1 4, Ciolek 2-7 1-2 5, Busch 3-4 1-2 7, Johnson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-59 13-20 63.

Tates Creek 8 14 13 12—47

Madison Central 14 19 11 19—63

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