FC hoops teams split decisions

by Sean Dunlap

Franklin County’s varsity girls basketball team suffered its first loss of the season in falling to North Pike’s Lady Jaguars, 41-39, last week on the road.

The Lady Dawgs had originally downed North Pike, 47-40, in Meadville on Thursday, Nov. 4.

During last week’s contest, North Pike outscored Franklin County 10-5 in the first quarter while the Lady Bulldogs went on an 11-10 run in the second frame.

The same pattern held true in the second half with the Lady Jags outscoring Franklin 13-12 and FC outpacing NP 11-7 in the final eight minutes of regulation.

FC’s JaSharreah Hunt led all scorers with 30 points while teammate JaKya Brown finished with nine points for the Lady Dawgs.

Hunt was 5-of-9 from the charity stripe while Brown was 1-of-4 in free-throw shooting.


On Saturday, Nov. 6, FC claimed a 58-53 victory over Provine with Hunt knocking down 33 points while Brown added 11.

Hunt ended the night 6-of-7 from the free-throw line while Brown went 3-of-7.

Franklin County outscored Provine 15-7 in the opening quarter and went on a 12-10 run in the second frame. Provine started the second half with an impressive 23-8 offensive run before FC regrouped in the fourth quarter for a 23-15 burst to preserve the victory.

Niyla Wright finished with six points — including a two pointer and a 4-of-8 performance from the line.

Harmoni Porter and Rylei Turner scored four points apiece with Turner shooting 0-of-4 from the stripe.

The Lady Bulldogs are set to return to action on Thursday, Nov. 18 in a road contest against Loyd Star set to tipoff at 5 p.m.

Following the Thanksgiving break, FC will be at home on Tuesday, Nov. 30 to face off against McComb and will host Brookhaven on Friday, Dec. 3 — with junior varsity girls action set for 5 p.m., with a varsity girls game to follow.

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For the second time this season, Franklin County’s varsity boys basketball program knocked off North Pike last week by a 61-55 margin.

On Nov. 4, the Bulldogs slipped past the visiting Jaguars by a 55-53 margin in a game that went down to the wire.

At North Pike, FC opened with a 20-5 first-quarter run before the Jaguars’ offense went on a 17-15 tear in the second frame.

The Dawgs outscored the Jags 19-12 in the third with North Pike outgunning FC 20-7 in the final period.

Two Franklin County players — Caleibria McDonald and Kobe Marshall — finished in double figures on the tally sheet with the duo scoring 24 and 10, respectively.

Also contributing to the win were Michael Covington with nine, Derrick Wilson adding five and Daylen Thomas chipping in four. FC’s Kentrez Bonds scored three with Iverson Hughes, Craig Jackson and Amarion Wilson adding two each.

The Bulldogs went 11-of-17 from the free-throw line in the contest.


On Saturday, Nov. 6, Provine handed Franklin County a 78-52 loss — the Bulldogs’ first defeat of the current hoops season.

Provine outscored FC in every quarter of the game — 26 to 12 in the first, 18 to 13 in the second, 13 to 11 in the third and 20 to 16 in the fourth.

The Bulldogs’ McDonald and Thomas led their team’s effort with 12 points each while Marshall contributed 11. Covington scored eight for FC while Jackson had five and Bonds and Ladanian Pelt accounted for two each.

FC shot 13-of-21 from the line against Provine.

The Dawgs will squeeze in one more game before the Thanksgiving holiday with a road affair at Loyd Star on Thursday, Nov. 18.

The squad will return to hoops action with a par of home games — on Tuesday, Nov. 30 against McComb and on Friday, Dec. 3 against Brookhaven.