Franklin County Lady Wildcats started hitting their shots, opening up a 12-point lead against the Shelbyville Lady Golden Bears before holding on and defeating the visitors 47-44 Friday night, Dec. 6.

This season the Wildcats have been struggling shooting field goals and free throws. However, Friday night, they shot 48 percent in two-point field goal attempts and 69 percent from the line.

After a slow first dozen minutes of the game, the Wildcats took their second lead of the game and one they would not relinquish with 3:45 left to go in the second quarter. Senior Ashlan Hill nailed a field goal at that point to put the Wildcats in the lead, 14-12. It followed a sophomore Jenna Bruns field goal tying the game 12-12 about a half a minute earlier.

FC received the ball to start the second half and holding a three-point lead, 18-15. By quarter's end and on the strength of freshman Macy Crain's putback, the lead went to eight points, 32-24.

In the final quarter, the Wildcats held a 12-point lead, 39-27, on a sophomore Alex Gillman field goal with less than four minutes to go in the game.

However, the Golden Bears came roaring back, hitting threes. Sophomore guard Jaidyn Tackett nailed a three from the right wing for the visitors with just 20 seconds left in the game to move her team within three, 45-42.

However, three seconds later Tackett fouled out of the game trying to stop the clock. She left the game with 13 points. She fouled FC junior Kloe Bolos who hit her first free throw. Then, Shelbyville coach Becca Hoefler called timeout in an attempt to ice Bolos. It did not work as Bolos calmly hit her second free throw to give the Wildcats a 47-42 lead. 

Freshman guard Kylee Edwards hit a putback for Shelbyville as time expired for the final score. Edwards was the leading scorer for the game with 15 points.

Two Wildcats finished in double figures, seniors Taylor McCreary and Kairee Hodapp. They each scored 10 points. Hill finished with nine while Gillman and Bruns had six points each.

FC also won the battle on the boards with a 33-28 advantage.

Hodapp also led the team in that category with nine. McCreary pulled down six misses while Bruns and Hill each had five boards. Hill also dished out half of the team's assists with a team-high five.

FC improved its record to 3-5 and traveled to 4-5 Richmond Tuesday, Dec. 10. Results were unavailable as of press time. Shelbyville went to 1-5 on the season before defeating Batesville, 65-63 Saturday night. The Golden Bears traveled to New Palestine Tuesday night. 

FC's next game after Richmond is playing host to 3-5 South Ripley Saturday at 12:30 p.m.