BRENTWOOD—Ravenwood tried to stop Franklin guard Reese Glover, but never figured out how to do it.
Franklin’s junior guard poured in 25 points, as the Rebels went to Ravenwood and earned a 63-52 victory on Friday night. Evan Sigler chipped in 10 for the Rebels and Jack Patton had eight.
Ravenwood’s Jaden Smallwood scored 15 to lead the Raptors. Nick Stallcup added 10 and Waggs Greer had nine.
Glover starred from the opening tip.
Franklin scored the game’s first 10 points. Glover had six of those, coming on a lay-up, a 13-footer off a drive, and a 3-pointer out of the left corner that punctuated the run.
“They came out and had a little bit more bounce in their step and energy and we didn’t. We were still on a snow day. We both played under the same circumstances and it was disappointing,” Ravenwood coach Patrick Whitlock said.
“I expected more out of us. Ultimately that’s on me. We have to be prepared to play and we weren’t ready to go.”
The Raptors trailed by 15 at half. That quickly became 17.
But Ravenwood’s Smallwood keyed a 7-0 third-quarter run with a pair of fast-break lay-ups, upon which he was fouled and added a free throw to cut the advantage to 39-30.
“(Smallwood’s) a really important piece of the puzzle for us,” Whitlock said. “He’s a little different dynamic. We have a lot of shooters but he can get to the rim and finish, and he’s a really good defender.
But the Rebels, who hit seven 3-pointers, answered with one each from Findlay Long and Reed Kemp. The lead was again 15, and except for a brief fourth-quarter flurry that included a 3 and a pair of free throws by Stallcup, and a short jumper in the lane by Smallwood, Ravenwood failed to put much of a dent in the lead.
The Raptors’ run cut Franklin’s lead to 56-48. But the Rebels hit their foul shots down the stretch, including a 4-of-4 showing from Sigler.
Glover excelled there, too, hitting 7-of-8 from the line. In the first half, it was a pair of 3-pointers, and an array of moves where the 5-foot-10 junior worked his way into the lane and scored on lay-ups and short jumpers.
“He’s probably as good a high school shooter as I’ve seen, especially when it comes to creating his own shot,” Whitlock said. “He gets good separation. He’s got his moves down pat.
“He’s just tough to guard. We switched off a lot on him and tried to keep him in front and contest, and he still hit shots.”