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Girls Basketball Reaches 10 Wins for First Time Since ‘14

 

   The Lady Cubs basketball team used the holiday break to reach the 10 win mark for the first time since 2014 (11 wins that year).  The stretch included a series of home games around a trip to Shelbyville.  

The Lady Cubs opened up by hosting Greenwood on December 16.  The Lady Cubs had not defeated the Woodmen in a conference game since an overtime victory in 2010.  The Woodmen did not make it easy on the Lady Cubs.  Despite coming in with a 3-11 record, the Woodmen kept the game tight throughout including a 22-22 tie at the half and a run that made the score 34-26 in favor of the guests during the third.  The Lady Cubs used a 9-0 run of their own to get back in the game.  Timely freethrow shooting in the fourth turned out to be the key as the Lady Cubs held off the Woodmen 50-47.  Franklin was led in scoring by Delanie Hill’s 22.

Winter weather delayed the Lady Cubs next contest against the Shelbyville Golden Bears, but after the holiday break began, the two teams were finally able to meet in Shelbyville.  The Lady Cubs once again faced a team with only 3 wins on the year but a strong desire to get a win.  Despite holding solid leads after the first and second quarters, the Golden Bears battled back within 1 after the third quarter, 31-30.  However, the Lady Cubs finished with a strong 4th quarter to get a 48-39 road win.

After Christmas, the Lady Cubs hosted the newly named Walt Raines Classic, formerly known as the Lady Cub Classic.  They opened with a tough test against against Batesville.  The Lady Cubs were unable to get the offense they needed down the stretch and the Bulldogs pulled out a 43-37 win over the hosts.  With the loss Franklin played in the consolation game that evening against county rival Indian Creek.  The Lady Cubs used their size advantage to pull away from the Braves in the second half, led by senior center Allison Barnard’s 18 points and 13 rebounds.  The final score was 53-35.  

In the Walt Raines Classic final, Brownsburg held off Batesville 55-44.  Brownsburg defeated Indian Creek 60-48 in the morning session.

After the new year the Lady Cubs entered the homestretch of the regular season with a home contest against Bloomington South.  In a game that was no work of art, the Lady Cubs overcame an off shooting night to turn a 14-14 halftime tie into a 37-24 victory over the Panthers.  D. Hill led the Cubs in scoring with 13 points.  

Finally, the Lady Cubs finished up the holiday break portion of their schedule with a Mid-State road game at Mooresville.  The Lady Cubs got off to a great start holding a 22-21 lead at the end of the first half.  However a cold shooting third quarter doomed the Cubs on Friday night.  After being outscored by 13, the Cubs were not able to bounce back in the final frame, falling 45-54.  D. Hill led the offense with 15 points followed by Barnard with 10.




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