Jackets lose to Franklin County, 59-47
“The game was decided in the first minute of the game if you ask me,” said WCHS Coach Ryan Wilson. “We decided that we weren't going to play defense or try to execute. We weren't going to try and do anything that we practice. We never made that one play that changed the momentum of the game. We have plenty of work to do. If we decide that we aren't going to play tough, we can be a pretty bad team. If we play the way we are capable, we can be a hard to team to handle.”
The Flyers started the game on a 8-2 scoring run in the first two minutes with all of the Flyer points coming in the paint. The Jackets were getting good looks at the basket early on, but could not get their shots to fall. WCHS senior forward Nick Smith stole the ball at half court and scored on a layup to cut the lead to two. WCHS junior Brandon Cromwell scored on a driving basket, weaving through Flyer defenders to score. The game was physical with the officials stepping in to break up a pair of shoving matches early on. Cromwell scored again on another drive to the basket and junior point guard Anthony Tabor scored on a layup to bring the Jackets within two points at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter was high energy with both teams racing up and down the court. Junior guard Ryan Duke drew a charge under the Flyer basket and the Jacket bench erupted after the play. After a Cromwell miss, junior forward Corey George grabbed the offensive rebound and found Smith cutting for an easy layup. Then, George blocked a Flyer shot but the Jackets turned the ball over to Franklin County. The Flyers went on a 4-0 run prompting Wilson to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, George was fouled while scoring in the paint. George completed the three-point play and the game was tied at 18. The Flyers scored on a pair of layups and the Jackets free throw woes continued. George scored two more points in the paint and Cromwell added a jump shot to bring the Jackets within a point with three seconds left. Junior guard Ben Nash heaved a half court shot at the buzzer but came up short.
The Jackets took the lead to start the third quarter when Cromwell scored on a layup. The Flyers answered with a three-pointer to reclaim the lead. Smith hit a three but it was waived off due to a three second violation on the Jackets. The Flyers were on a 7-0 run when Cromwell dove on the ground to steal the ball and passed to Smith. Smith was fouled on a layup attempt and made both free throws. Cromwell hit a three-pointer and the Flyers called a timeout. The game continued its frantic pace with both teams exchanging baskets. One scary moment came when Cromwell dove after a losse ball and crashed into first row of the bleachers. Cromwell looked to be in pain but would be okay and continued to play after walking it off. The Flyers led 40-39 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter started with Nash throwing a perfect alley-oop to Smith for a score but Franklin County quickly went on a 8-0 run. The Jackets called timeout but could not slow down the Flyers. The Jackets turned the ball over and Franklin County added another three-pointer to take a 10-point lead. The Jackets turned the ball over multiple times down the stretch and the Flyers held on for the win.