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Hot Golden Bears defeat Wildcats

By John Estridge, Sports Editor

Sometimes a team can have a collective lethargy.

That was the case Friday night as the Franklin County girls basketball team traveled to Shelbyville, got down early and could never come back, losing 57-46.

“We came out really flat, and they came out ready to go,” FC coach Joe Adams said. “Unfortunately, that lead they built up lasted the entire way, and we could never really chip away at it.”

The Lady Golden Bears started out fast and were never deterred. They grabbed a six-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 14-8, and really never looked back. Most of the Golden Bears damage came from three-point land. They rained down with five coming in the first half and one more in the second half. They collectively attempted 16 threes.

“If you would have told me before the game that Shelbyville was going to shoot 16 3s, I would have been very pleased,” Adams said. “From what I had seen, they seemed much stronger at driving to the basket and finishing in the paint as compared to shooting from the outside. The problem was that we didn't do a good enough job contesting the three ball. Even a team that doesn't shoot well is more likely to have success with as many wide-open attempts as they had.”

On top of that, despite being around the same size as the Lady Wildcats, Shelbyville swept the boards, garnering a 47-25 advantage in rebounding. Nineteen of the Golden Bears' 47 rebounds were off the offensive glass.

“We got killed on the boards,” Adams said. “Rebounding has a lot to do with effort, and I thought our effort wasn't as good as it had been in previous games. We looked flat throughout and couldn't seem to find the energy we usually play with.”

Part of the reason for the rebounding disadvantage and the lack of energy could be that senior Meredith Bohman was unavailable to play due to an injury. A low-post player, Bohman hits the boards with authority and if there was a loose ball on the court, Bohman was guaranteed to be in the middle of the pile, seemingly having a good time.

“Not having Meredith Bohman hurt a lot because she provides us with great energy,” Adams said. “And we had a couple girls sick throughout the week, which I think hurt us some too.”

At halftime, the lead had elongated to nine, 27-18. FC got it down to four points, 27-23 after senior Jenna Orschell nailed two free throws with 6:04 left in the third period. But the Golden Bears outscored the Wildcats 14-8 to end the third quarter with a 10-point advantage.

“This goes back to them hitting open 3's,” Adams said. “We fought back a couple times and got it down to six. It seemed like they'd come down and answer with a 3.”

Also, the Golden Bears ran at every opportunity and substituted liberally.

“Shelbyville kept the pace high, which I didn't mind,” Adams said. “Unfortunately, I think we were so flat, the pace was too much for us to keep up with.”

Jenna Orschell led the Wildcats with 10 points. She was 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Fellow senior Abby Orschell and juniors Karlie Hahn and Kairee Hodapp, each contributed eight points. Jenna Orschell also led the Wildcats with nine boards.

“Even when we lose, there are some bright spots,” Adams said. “Again, Jenna Orschell does what's asked of her, and she continues to give us great minutes at the forward position. Although Kairee Hodapp didn't have a good shooting percentage, I'm glad she's finally gaining the confidence to shoot the ball when open. She's a really good shooter who just needs to

see a couple go in. Once her shot really starts falling like it could, she'll be really hard to defend.”

Shelbyville had two players come off the bench to score in double figures. Junior Olivia Byrd led all scorers with 13. Fellow junior Makayla Terrell added a dozen.

FC fell to 3-5 while Shelbyville finished the weekend at 2-5. Shelbyville fell to Batesville on Saturday 44-32.

In the JV game, the Wildcats defeated Shelbyville 40-21. Sophomore Kloe Bolos led the Wildcats with 10 points. Freshman Jenna Bruns added eight points and sophomore Rae Ertel added six points. Junior Grace Wilson had five points. For the Golden Bears, freshman Sophie Parker led the team with nine points and freshman Madison Bassett had eight points.