Franklin County played good basketball for most of the first half before falling to the host Lawrenceburg Tigers, 60-47 Tuesday night, Dec. 3.

FC stayed with the Tigers in their season-opening game until the third quarter when the Tigers opened up a double-digit lead two minutes into the third quarter, 32-22. 

Prior to then, the Wildcats hung in, whittling away at the Tigers and keeping it close. Sophomore Chad Cox hit a field goal with 4:30 left in the second quarter to pull the Wildcats within four points, 20-16. Cox went on to be the game's high scorer with 18 points. It was the second straight game Cox was the Wildcats leading scorer. 

From there, the Tigers extended their lead to as many as 22 points in the second half, 52-30, with 5:32 left in the game.

However, the Wildcats did not have any quit in their vocabularies. The Wildcats kept paring away the Tiger advantage in the game's final five minutes eventually carving it down to 11, 47-58, before junior Reece Denning made the game's final two points on free throws with 10 seconds remaining in the game.

Besides Cox, freshman Brant Ertel contributed nine points for the Wildcats while senior Drew Dixon scored seven points.

The Yoon brothers, Garrett and Gavin, each scored 15 points for the Tigers. No other Tiger was close to double figures.

FC won the rebound battle with four more boards, 25-21. Cox also led the Wildcats in that category with seven rebounds. Sophomore center JD Stokes was next for the Wildcats with five, three off the offensive board.

Brant Ertel also led the Wildcats in assists with three. Sophomore Bridger Bolos was next with two.

FC dropped to 0-3 on the season and 0-2 in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference while the Tigers are 1-0 in each category.

Lawrenceburg defeated Milan 65-50 Saturday night and plays host to EIAC opponent Batesville (1-1) Friday night, Dec. 13. Batesville lost to EIAC perennial power Greensburg 52-48 Friday night.

FC defeated Centerville 42-38 Saturday night and travel to EIAC foe Rushville (0-2) Friday night.