BROOKVILLE – The Franklin Monroe Lady Jets defeated the Bradford Lady Railroaders 50-29 in OHSAA sectional tournament play Tuesday night.
“All year I have been pushing these girls and they respond to that,” said Franklin Monroe Coach Abbie Moore. “It’s going to be another week of them getting pushed to be ready for next Tuesday (Sectional Championship game).
Franklin Monroe jumped out to an early 8-2 lead and never looked back taking a 15-6 advantage after one period of play with five Lady Jets getting in the scoring column.
“We wanted to come out and put that pressure on them,” Moore said. “We stepped it up on that defensive end and that led to easy buckets for us to start the game.”
The Lady Railroaders played close in Period No. 2 with Franklin Monroe taking the quarter by a 12-10 score sending the teams to the break with the Lady Jets holding a 27-16 lead.
The FM girls were 10 better in the third quarter putting 17 points on the board while Bradford was limited to seven sending the teams to the final period with the Lady Jets up 44-23.
“We put pressure up on the guards and force them to think that that’s opened up on the floor and then; Corina (Conley),” said Moore. “It’s just unbelievable how much floor she can cover being so long and tall. That proved tonight at what she’s able to do. She had six blocks – that’s just her agility and being able to move and be in the right position.”
The two Darke County schools would play to a 6-6 fourth quarter draw with the Lady Jets slowing down the pace for a 21 point FM tournament victory.
“We can’t sit back and say poor us or we’re going to be better next year because we’re a year older,” said McKee. “It doesn’t happen like that. We’re going to work hard in the offseason – we’re going to get better.”
Bradford freshman Skipp Miller led all scorers with a game high 16 points. FM sophomore Corina Conley paced the Lady Jets with 15 points.
FRANKLIN MONROE 50, BRADFORD 29
LADY JETS – C. Conley 15, B. Cable 9, C. Brumbaugh 8, A. Cable 8, C. Peters 4, K. Morris 3, T. Goubeaux 3 – TOTALS 16 3-9 5 50
LADY RAILROADERS – S. Miller 16, H. Fout 6, E. Canan 3, B. Fair 2, B. Keener 2 – TOTALS 11 7-8 0 29
Franklin Monroe 5 (B. Cable 3, K. Morris 1, T. Goubeaux 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
15-12-17-06 50 Franklin Monroe
06-10-07-06 29 Bradford
PHOTO CAPTION: Corina Conley score for Franklin Monroe in tournament win over Bradford. (Gaylen Blosser photo)