By Amber Pennycuff
Williamson County is stirring up some competition this week and hitting the court running. The Franklin High School Lady Rebels (8-7) will travel to Thompsons Station to take on the soaring Eagles of Independence (4-12) on Tuesday evening for an AAA-District 11 match-up.
Independence head coach Mary Beth White notes that Tuesday’s game completes the first half of the district season. “District games are huge,” noted White. “The top two seeds from regular season earn automatic bids to the region tourney, so every district game carries post-season significance.”
And head coach of the Lady Rebs Kari Goodwin states it’s exactly why they work all preseason.
“I tell my team all the time: It’s not about the record. It’s not about the score. It’s about getting better; it’s about the process. And once January arrives, we then will be able to use those tools we learned previously when it matters most, within our district and in our tournament.”
The Lady Rebs are 4-1 in the district so far, with one loss to Brentwood (17-1).
“Our team has made tremendous strides from the beginning of the year,” stated Goodwin.
Franklin was 5-7 before January, and has picked up three wins in a row against district teams just in this year.
“We have been able to bridge the gap from last year, where we were learning then, to now simply perfecting.”
Franklin finished out last season 13-17 overall and 4-6 in the district, with three losses to Independence (17-10, 8-2).
“We have five amazing seniors who exhibit such leadership and poise on the floor. The seniors have bought in to what we are trying to establish here at Franklin,” said Goodwin.
Anna Patton is a senor post-player who seems to be making big plays on the court. Goodwin says that she will look to take an opponent off the dribble and block-out a midrange jumper.
“She has had a huge part of the team’s heart, and it shows through her play.”
Angela McPeek is another senior, who Goodwin says has done an amazing job this year.
“She has stepped into a role she didn’t realize she would have to fill, a point guard. She has been defended by some of the best in the state and still continues to improve and impress me and our staff,” noted Goodwin.
Franklin’s improvement throughout the season has a definite hold on what may be ahead for the Lady Rebels. However, the Lady Eagles have some talent of their own.
“Since July,” stated head coach White, “this group of girls has worked extremely hard on their conditioning. There has been steady improvement and progress in the areas of conditioning, competitive attitude, and the simple understanding of the game of basketball.”
The Lady Eagles carry three seniors on their team: Maggie Luttrell, Sydney Escobar, and Tia Collaro.
White notes players like Meredith Ovies, Hannah Harris, and Jodi Hill will be influential perimeter shooters to Franklin on Tuesday night. Independence scores an average of 40 points per-game, while Franklin puts up around 47-points.
Independence’s three district losses fell to Ravenwood (4-10), Brentwood (17-1), and Dickson County (11-6). The Lady Eagles took their last win on Friday against Centennial (7-7), 60-48, and this will bring some heat to carry onto the court.
The two will tip-off at 6 p.m. before the men’s match-up at Independence on Tuesday evening.
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