Franklin County played a good first half but lost traction late in the third quarter eventually losing to South Dearborn, 71-56.

With sophomore point guard Bridger Bolos on the bench with three fouls, the visiting Knights put on a three-quarters court 1-3-1 trap. It turned the game around. At the time the Knights put it on, 3:54 to go in the third quarter, the Wildcats led 35-34. Sophomore Chad Cox hit a field goal about 25 seconds later to elongate the Wildcat advantage to three, 37-34. FC's last lead of the game came with 2:20 left in the third when senior Drew Dixon stole the ball and went down for a layup, making the score 39-36.

However, for the remainder of the quarter, the Knights outscored the Wildcats 13-3 to open up a seven-point lead, 49-42, entering the final quarter.
Several Wildcats played almost the entire game, including Cox, freshman Brant Ertel and junior Lucas Stacy. Fatigue in the last eight minutes seemed to be a factor for the Wildcats against the Knights who were deeper on the bench.

SD outscored the Wildcats 22-14 in the final eight minutes.

In the game's first 20 minutes, the Wildcats outplayed their visitors. SD went with a small starting five and was off and running at every opportunity. It was the season’s second game for the Knights, and subsequent turnovers on the fast breaks did not seem to bother neither the Knights nor their coach, Kevin Reinhardt.

However, that incessant running seemed to wear on the Wildcats, who are not as deep.

Cox and Brant Ertel each scored six points in the initial quarter. That meant they combined for a dozen of the team’s 14 first-quarter points.
At halfime, the Wildcats took a one-point advantage into the locker room, 24-23.

Bolos nailed a trey with just five seconds left in the initial half to give the Wildcats the advantage.

And it seemed the Wildcats carried that momentum with them in the third quarter, going up by three points several times before the 1-3-1 trap and the incessant fast breaks wore them down.

One of the results of the fast breaks and the Knights’ ability to penetrate down the middle of the paint was a shocking 21-of-28 (75 percent) performance in two-point field goals.

Also, especially in the fourth quarter, the Knights grabbed several offensive boards off their own missed free throws, showing they apparently had fresher legs.

Cox led the Wildcats with 20 points. Brant Ertel had a dozen points.

SD senior Alex Shackelford’s and junior Austin Thies each scored 24 points.

Bolos led the Wildcats in rebounds with six and assists with four. Brant Ertel was next on the rebound list with five. Cox also shared the assist lead for the team with four.

FC outrebounded the shorter Knights 24-17.

The junior varsity Knights also won that contest 54-49.

South Dearborn is 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the EIAC.

They play at Holmes, Kentucky on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

FC fell to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the EIAC.

The Wildcats traveled to EIAC opponent Lawrenceburg Tuesday night, Dec. 3. The results were not available at press time.

It was the season and home opener for the Tigers.

FC will travel to undefeated Centerville Saturday night, Dec. 7.