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Franklin Co. boys beaten by North Harrison

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

HARRISON, Ohio — The Franklin County boys basketball team suffered a pair of losses at Harrsion High School on Tuesday.

In the varsity game, an 18-5 edge in the third quarter did most of the damage, as the Wildcats wound up falling by a 78-48 final.

Trailing 16-11 after one quarter, the hosts added 25 more points in the second, compared to only 19 by FC, creating a 41-30 lead at halftime for the home team.

In the third, Harrison kept the pressure on, outscoring Franklin County by an 18-5 margin, making the score 59-35 heading into the final stanza.

On a positive note, FC freshman Chad Cox finished the contest with a career-high 20 points to lead the Wildcats. Jordan Floyd added 17.

In the junior varsity game, Franklin County led 12-7 after one quarter, and took a tied score (16-16) into the second half.

Once again, however, the third quarter was the deciding factor, as Harrison outscored the Cats 17-7 to take a double-digit lead into the final frame. That proved to be the difference.

FC was led by Nathan Stringer and Josh Bauman with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Connersville Middle School wrestles against UC, Tri

LIBERTY — The Connersville Middle School wrestling team was on the road Thursday, traveling to Union County to face both the Patriots and Tri Middle School.

Stringing together one of their better nights of the season, the Spartans wound up earning two wins, beating UC by a 57-37 score and Tri by an even more dominant final, 84-17.

The pair of wins improves CMS to 9-1 on the season.

The team will be in action again at home against Greensburg on Tuesday night.

CMS girls red winds up with split against Rushville

Hosting the Lady Cubs from Rushville, the Connersville Middle School girls red basketball teams finished with a split of two games on Wednesday.

The eighth-grade team found itself against a tough Rushville squad, and wound up on the wrong end of a 53-13 loss.

The seventh-graders were more fortunate, using aggressive defense to come away with a 29-21 victory.

The eighth-grade downfall was primarily the result of 30 turnovers and missed defensive assignments, according to coach Jay King.

“We made some really good passes, but couldn’t do anything with them,” he said. “We hesitated at times when we needed to be proactive.”

Amy Rowe led CMS eighth with five points and five rebounds. Lydia Powell, Katie Mitchell, Kendra Boyd and Abbie Schwartz each added two points.

The seventh-graders got 10 points and five rebounds from Hailey Sembach, pointing them to the victory.

“This was a game controlled by our defense tonight,” CMS coach Don Crum said afterward. “The girls did a great job of taking Rushville out of its offensive sets and flustering the team with their defensive intensity.”

Paige Bennett added six points, and Taylor Watkins contributed five. Rayleigh Bresher scored four, followed by Dusti Davis and McKenna Lucas, both with two.

Eight white unable to dribble past Franklin County

BROOKVILLE — Unable to overcome a full court press throughout the game, the Connersville Middle School girls white squad suffered a 23-13 setback to Franklin County.

Connersville kept the game within reach through three quarters, facing a two-point deficit (12-10) heading into the fourth quarter.

But once more, the pressure provided by the Lady Wildcats was too much for the Spartan girls to overcome.

Harlee Dunaway and Samara Steele led CMS with five points, followed by Stella Foster (2) and Payton Orshell (1). Steele led the team in rebounds with eight.

“The ladies all played a very hard game,” coach Carin Dudley said. “We, the coaches, could not be more proud of the progress they have made this year. Each and every game, the girls continue to improve and work together more as a team.”

Middle School seventh knocked off by Tigers

HAGERSTOWN — With the score tied at halftime at Hagerstown, the Connersville Middle School seventh-grade girls white team lost its edge in the second half, and was handed a 21-6 loss.

CMS’ swoon in the second half prevented the team from scoring any points.

For the Spartan girls, Makayla Strong finished with four points, and Abigail Struewing added two.