PITSBURG – Two young teams took to the court at Franklin Monroe Monday night, but the Jets looked to be the more seasoned team at the start of the contest.
FM jumped all over visiting Twin Valley South, putting up 18 points while holding the Panthers to zero in the first quarter.
Morgan Booher scored eight points in the opener, and Kara Lucas added five points.
“We got off to a real good start,” Franklin Monroe girls basketball coach Dave Horner said. “We’ve been preaching about getting off to a good start no matter who we are playing.”
Twin Valley South coach Glen Mabry has had similar conversations with his young squad, but it was an all too familiar start, he said.
“With such a young team, we tend to come out tentative, and I think it’s just a lack of confidence,” he said.
South with just one senior, five freshmen and a few sophomores and juniors is a lot like Franklin Monroe as two of the younger teams in the conference.
In the second quarter the Panthers were able to generate some offense, scoring eight points while stepping up their defensive effort, holding the Jets to just 10 points.
Franklin Monroe took a 28-18 halftime lead and was led by Kara Lucas with 11 points and 10 from Morgan Booher.
In the third stanza the two teams played it fairly even. Sophomore Morgan Bingham scored five for FM while freshman guards Megan Wright and Sydney Vorhis scored four points each for South, but the Jets held a 37-16 lead.
The Panthers were unable to close the gap in the final stanza as FM rolled to a 50-26 Cross County Conference win.
“Although we are 0-15 on the year, I am pleased with the effort this team has been giving especially over the last couple of games,” coach Mabry said.
“Once our girls start getting into the flow of the game they picked up intensity and their defense got better and better. We also started to get more aggressive on the offensive end as our girls got more comfortable,” he added.
“We are doing a lot of teaching, and the girls are starting to get it, and that’s what you have to do when you have such a young team,” he concluded.
As for the Jets they are in a similar situation and coach Horner is starting to see some results from his young squad as well.
“Kara Lucas had a real nice game tonight. We are trying to get her to understand that she is fast and quick and how to use that to get into position to score the basketball,” Horner said. “She had a really good first half shooting the ball.”
Horner also praised the improvements made by junior forward Emma Baker.
“She is very coachable and working hard to get better. She is very athletic, and we are trying to get her to see the floor better and make basketball plays by using that athletic ability and she is starting to get it.”
Franklin Monroe sophomore Morgan Booher led all scorers with 14 points and Kara Lucas added 11 while Megan Wright led Twin Valley South with nine points.
Franklin Monroe improves to 4-12 overall and 3-5 in the CCC and hosts Tri-Village on Thursday.
Score by quarters:
FM…18…10…09…13 – 50
TVS…0…08…08…10 – 26
Emma Baker 6, Morgan Byers 2, Morgan Bingham 5, Kara Lucas 11, Kristin Stryker 4, Morgan Booher 14, Cori Jeffers 6, Emilee Morris 3 - Total 50
Twin Valley South
Sarah Bingham 2, Megan Wright 9, Madison Wright 2, Abby Horton 2, Emily Hutchings 2, Sydney Vorhis 4, Bailby Schwaberow 3 – Total 26