A hot shooting first 10 minutes gave the Lady Raiders a 30 to 16 lead over Franklin County on Friday night in high school basketball action at the Joe Frank Patch Gymnasium. The Rebelettes clawed their way back into the contest to cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime. A physical Rebelette defensive attack and eighteen 2nd half turnovers by Coffee County helped Franklin County build a 10 point lead in the 4th quarter and hold on for the 65 to 58 win. Tyger Fenton led Coffee County in scoring with 13 points to earn the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game award. Cameron Davis had three 1st National Bank 3 pointers to finish with 15 points and Holli Smithson netted 10.
Getting out-muscled on the defensive glass allowed the Rebels of Franklin County to score at least 20 second chance points in dropping the Red Raiders 60 to 48. The Red Raiders had a strong 1st half as well as they led by as many as 9 points before a 2nd quarter Franklin County rally gave the Rebels a 28 to 27 lead at the half. The Red Raiders made a charge in the middle of the 4th quarter, but foul trouble smothered the rally at the foul line as Coffee County was forced to foul Franklin County down the stretch. Peyton Talley led Coffee County scoring as he poured in 14 points to earn the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game award. Wyatt Day finished with 12 points while J.P. Duncan added 10 points.
The Raiders and Lady Raiders will travel to Fayetteville on Tuesday night as they will take on the Tigers of Fayetteville High School. The girls game will begin at 6 PM. We will have that broadcast for you here on Thunder Radio with the Lawrence Family Motors Pregame Show beginning at 5:50.