PITSBURG – The Franklin Monroe Lady Jets defeated the visiting Tri-County North Lady Panthers 70-23 in a Thursday night CCC match-up.
“It was one of those grit it out team efforts again,” said FM coach Abbey Moore. “It seemed like at times when someone was struggling on the offensive end their teammates picked it up and then they came down and gave a great effort on the defensive end.”
“That’s was Belle’s (Cable) story of the night tonight,” Moore added. “Some of her shots weren’t falling but she was giving her all on the other end and that made up for that effort.”
FM grabbed a 19-6 lead after one period of play with Stella Shellabarger scoring 7-points including a 3-pointer and two baskets each from Corina Conley, Kennedy Morris and Chloe McGlinch.
The Lady Jets put 26 second quarter points on the board while holding the visitors to six points. Conley led the period with 9-points including a triple, Belle Cable hit for 6-points, Skylar Bauman 4-points including 2-2 at the line, Chloe Peters 3-points and Morris and Shellabarger each with two points sending the teams to the break with FM holding a 45-12 advantage.
“It’s about the fundamentals and doing things the right way, executing our offense and sitting down on defense,” said Moore. “At times tonight we didn’t do that. We were a little too aggressive on the defensive end and we didn’t make that adjustment. Going forward I think we’ll make that adjustment.”
The Franklin Monroe girls took the third period 14-4 and the closing quarter 11-7 to earn the 47-point victory.
With the team heading into the second half of the season, Coach Moore is pleased with her team’s play at this points in the season.
“I think we are going in the right direction and we’ve been able to rebound from our early season injuries,” Moore stated. “We have a tough stretch coming up so we are looking forward to it – it will be a good test.”
Conley led Franklin Monroe and all scorers with a game high 22-points.
FRANKLIN MONROE 70, TRI-COUNTY NORTH 23
FRANKLIN MONROE – C. Conley 22, S. Shellabarger 12, B. Cable 10. S. Bauman 9, K. Morris 8, C. McGlinch 6, C. Peters 3 – TOTALS 24 10-15 4 70
TRI-COUNTY NORTH – S. Jackson 13, S. Baker 5, L. Delong 4, M. Bacher 1 – TOTALS 9 2-6 1 23
Franklin Monroe 4 (C. Conley 2, S. Bauman 1, S. Shellabarger 1)
Tri-County North 1 (S. Jackson 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
19-26-14-11 70 Franklin Monroe
06-06-04-07 23 Tri-County North
PHOTO CAPTION: Stella Shellabarger drives to the basket for the Lady Jets in win over Tri-County North. (Gaylen Blosser photo)