Cougars victorious over Northeast Baptist

FRANKLIN ACADEMY’S Jacob Banks, a 6 foot 8 1/2 inch junior, blocks one of Northeast Baptist’s shots in Winnsboro last week. FA beat Northeast Baptist 56-31. (Sun photo by Monica Huff)

The Franklin Academy Cougars overcame a slow start to put Northeast Baptist away in the second half.

The Cougars beat Northeast Baptist 56-31 to improve their early season record to 2-1.

“We had a very slow start but turned it around in the second half,” said head coach Paul Work. “We have to get going earlier in the game.”

Even with a slow start, the Cougars outscored the opposing team in the first quarter. Cougars managed to notch 11 points and limited Northeast Baptist to just six points in the first quarter.

Northeast Baptist made a run in the second quarter to catch up with the Cougars by halftime. Northeast Baptist put in 14 points in the quarter and at the end of the second quarter, FA only led by one with the score at 21-20.

Second half proved to be better for the Cougars as they scored a total of 35 points and limited Northeast Baptist to just 11 points.

Loren Rollins led his team to its second win of the season with 20 points in the matchup. Chris Fife put in 14 points for the night.

River Oaks 66 - FA 43

Franklin Academy fell to a tough River Oaks team Nov. 19.

With the 66-43 loss, the Cougars record is now 2-2 heading into Thanksgiving break.

River Oaks played solid defense throughout the game and held FA to six points at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Cougars fought back but still trailed River Oaks 27-13 going into the second half.

In the second half, River Oaks kept applying the pressure and making timely baskets. At the end of the third quarter, the Monroe team led 47-28.

“It was a tough night shooting the ball,” Work said. “River Oaks shot very well and played very good defense. We will get things going after the Thanksgiving break.”

Rollins again led his team in points with 13, and Jacob Banks contributed with 13 of his own points in the contest.

Lady Cougars

run past River Oaks

River Oaks was no match for the team effort put on by the Franklin Academy Lady Cougars.

The Lady Cougars improved their early season record to 2-1 as they beat River Oaks 48-28 in a home contest, Nov. 19.

In the first quarter, FA played tough defense allowing River Oaks to score only two points. In the same quarter, FA scored seven points.

The Lady Cougars would get things going offensively in the second quarter by dropping 13 points against River Oaks. Going into halftime FA led River Oaks 20-11.

The second half proved to be much of the same for the Lady Cougars. By the end of the third quarter, FA doubled the score on River Oaks. They led 33-16 going into the fourth.

“We played well as a team and had a very good defensive game,” Work said. “I hope to keep improving throughout the season.”

Shelby Dickerson led the team offensively, scoring 12 points in the matchup.

Both Anne Elise Sartin and Natalie Roberts put in nine points each, and Hallie Herron contributed with seven points.

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