Trio to furnish future FA basketball success

FRANKLIN ACADEMY Lady Cougars are young but determined to bring their school successful basketball seasons in the upcoming years. Pictured are (from left)  Anne Elise Sartin, freshman; Katelynn Faulk, sophomore; and Shelby Dickerson, sophomore. (Sun photo by Monica Huff)

The Franklin Academy girls basketball team may have lost in the first round of the south state tournament Feb. 11 this season, but Cougar fans could possibly witness deeper playoff runs in the near future.

Thanks in part to three young players who anchored their team this season.

Sophomores Shelby Dickerson, Katelynn Faulk and freshman Anne Elise Sartin have made plans to further their court game with hard off season work and dedication in order make future playoff runs for the Lady Cougars.

The trio had a solid offensive performance this season with Dickerson averaging 12.6 points per game, Sartin 11.6 points and Faulk seven points.

Also helping Lady Cougars basketball future is the fact the group has played together since a young age and won a junior varsity championship.

“We’ve played together since junior varsity,” Faulk said. “We know how to play together, and we have a tight bond.”

Sartin agreed this season’s success and future success relied on teamwork.

“We share the ball and play as a team,” Sartin said.

When asked which game stuck out in their memory from the season, they all answered, “Tensas (Academy).”

“During the Tensas Academy game, we all played together as a team,” Dickerson said.

Dickerson had a hot night offensively, putting up 30 points against the Chiefs.

“I had no idea that I scored that many points until my mom told me after the game,” Dickerson said.

TA was known for their aggressive sometimes physical play, but that did not stop the Lady Cougars from victory during their memorable home court contest.

“We played a good game against Tensas at home,” Faulk said.

Sartin, whose high score of 25 points came against Prairie View Academy, added, “We played Tensas good.”

Dickerson, Faulk and Sartin have set the bar high with a future south state championship goal.

“Our goal for the future is to make it further in south state,” Dickerson said.

Sartin chimed in, “We want to win south state.”

With the three working hard and others developing their game, the future is bright for the Lady Cougars.

PCA 48 - FA 46

Sometimes the shots just don’t fall.

This was the case Feb. 11 when the Franklin Academy Lady Cougars battled Prentiss Christian Academy in the first round of the south state playoffs.

PCA beat FA 48-46 in Woodville at Wilkinson County Christian Academy.

“The game came down to making free throws, and Prentiss made the best of that,” said head basketball coach Paul Work. “The girls gave it all they had in this game.”

The Lady Cougars battled back from a 28-16 deficit at the end of the first half to draw close to Prentiss in the waning minutes of the contest.

“The shots just did not fall in the second half and foul trouble set in,” Work said.

One of the leading scorers throughout the season, Shelby Dickerson, was again an offensive pacesetter. Dickerson put in 14 points for the Cougars against PCA.

Another strong offensive player, Katelynn Faulk, tallied 12 points for the night.

Macie Wall, who is numbered in the group of offensive generators, notched nine points.

FA relied on the steady performance of Anne Elise Sartin the entire season and in the playoff game against Prentiss, Sartin did not disappoint. She racked up seven points.

“We had a good season considering most of our players were tenth grade and below,” Work said. “Things look promising for the next few years. These girls should be proud and set their sights on working for next year. This is a great bunch to work with, and I enjoyed them very much.”

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