Wildcats fall short against Hagerstown
By John Estridge, Sports Editor
A slow first half doomed the Franklin County boys basketball team in a 47-31 loss to visiting Hagerstown Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2.
Hagerstown doubled the Wildcats in the first half, 28-14.
Hagerstown sophomore Michael Howard, who stands at 6-4, made seven points in the first quarter and went on to a game-high 15 points for the game.
And a statistical oddity for the winning team is Howard shot all of the Tigers free throws in the game, as he was but 2-of-3 on the day.
The Wildcats were 8-of-10 at the charity stripe.
Eight different Tigers scored on the day.
For FC, freshman Chad Cox again led the Wildcats in scoring with 11. Fellow freshman, Bridger Bolos, scored seven. Another freshman, Aden Gerrian, added six.
Another statistical anomaly was the Tigers outrebounded the Wildcats 28-10. A dozen of the Tigers rebounds were off the offensive glass. Two Wildcats, Bolos and senior Jordan Floyd each had three boards.
Hagerstown improved to 9-7 on the season while the Wildcats went to 1-13.
In the JV game, Hagerstown defeated the Wildcat JV 57-44.
Sophomore Josh Bauman led the Wildcats with 15 points. J.D. Stokes added 10 points while Nathan Stringer contributed eight points.
The Tigers were led by 6-3 junior Jaylon Favorite's 25 points. Freshman Roman Kadence added 15 points.
FC played at Harrison, Ohio on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Results were unavailable at press time.