High School Basketball

Girls: Bryan Station struggle past Franklin Co.

Bryan Station's Victoria McCoy scored over Megan Gearhart for two of her eight points. She also grabbed 12 rebounds.
Bryan Station's Victoria McCoy scored over Megan Gearhart for two of her eight points. She also grabbed 12 rebounds. Herald-Leader

RICHMOND — There was not so much method to the madness as there was resolve.

Bryan Station did enough to advance in the girls' 11th Region basketball tournament Tuesday night, downing Franklin County 46-39.

The Lady Defenders (16-14) will meet Madison Central in Friday's semifinals, on the same McBrayer Arena floor.

"It wasn't pretty, and we struggled, but we were able to find a way to win," said Coach Donna Murphy, whose Defenders scored the last five points. "That's what matters."

Serena Sandusky, a 5-foot-9 junior who plans to play for Butler, led Station with 18 points and nine rebounds.

"I needed to step up and be a leader for my team," Sandusky said.

Brittany Williams added 12 points and five boards, while Victoria McCoy had eight and 12.

Dasia Kilbourne topped Franklin County (17-16) with 15 points, and Raven Timmons had 11. Malaka Frank had six points and seven rebounds.

Bryan Station played minus center Hallie Crumbie, who sprained an ankle during practice. Her status for the semifinals is uncertain.

Even without Crumbie, the Defenders controlled the boards 42-31 and outscored the Flyers 12-2 on second-chance points.

Although Bryan Station didn't shoot very well — 15-for-50 (30 percent) — it was better than Franklin County. The Flyers went 3-for-18 (16.7 percent) in the first half, 11-for-42 overall (26.2 percent). Included was a 1-for-13 showing from the three-point line, 0-for-9 in the second half.

Yet the Flyers led 12-9 after one quarter, then trailed by just two at the end of the second and third quarters.

Station's lead was still at two, 41-39, after Kilbourne sank a layup with 1:07 left.

"Defense had to pick up at the end," Sandusky said, "and we had to convert on free throws."

McCoy, who missed a pair of free throws with 2:48 left, went 2-for-2 with 48.3 seconds left. After a Flyers miss, La'bianca Frazier converted a one-and-one with 35.8 left.

And after a Franklin turnover, Sandusky made one of two with 6.6 left.

"They didn't fold," Murphy said. "They kept going at it, and they kept holding each other accountable. I'd say a couple months before this game, I don't know if we would have been able to do that. So I'm proud of the way they've grown together.

"They wanted to play hard, and they wanted to win. Things weren't clicking for us, but they still continued to pick up some slack, and we were able to get through it."

FRANKLIN CO. (17-16) — Timmons 11, Gearhart 4, Frank 6, Kilbourne 15, Taylor 0, Zeigler 3. Totals 11-42 16-25 39.

BRYAN STATION (16-14) — Williams 12, McCoy 8, Gill 3, Sandusky 18, Frazier 2, Clay 3. Totals 15-50 15-24 46.

Franklin Co. 12 4 15 8—39

Bryan Station 9 9 15 13—46

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