Versailles tops Franklin Monroe in non-conference play

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Tigers defeated the Franklin Monroe Jets 63-39 in a Saturday night non-conference game.

“Our defense came to play,” said Versailles coach Travis Swank. “Held another team under 40 here tonight – was the goal. We are working as a team right now.”

Versailles took a 13-10 lead after one period of play led by Evan Hiestand with 6-points and five Ryan Martin points including a 3-pointer. Ethan Conley score 6-points for FM including a triple.

Period No. 2 went to the Tigers 17-7 with Michael Stammen leading the way with 6-points sending the teams to the break with Versailles holding a 30-17 advantage.

“I thought our kids really responded in the first half,” Swank stated. “A lot adversity with a lot of foul problems which we haven’t had all year. Had a lot of kids step up to the plate and did their job which they are asked to do in practice. They did their job here tonight.”

The Tigers took advantage of 11 Hiestand points to push their lead to 52-25 after three periods of play adding 22 points to the board while holding FM to eight points, all coming from the Jets’ Conley.

“He was a beast tonight,” Swank said of 6’2” Versailles senior forward, Evan Hiestand. “A lot of good things happen because we are willing to share the ball. He was on the end of a lot of good passes from a lot of guys as well, so his shot chart is all probably within three feet of the basket and somebody has to give him the ball in there.” so we are working as a team right now

The final quarter went to Franklin Monroe by a 14-11 score with the Jets Ethan Conley coming out of the game with 6:05 on the fourth quarter with an injury.

“I hate that he got his eye poked there at the end,” Swank said of FM’s Conley. “He’s a good player. We had to face guard, we doubled him at times and when you are a good player like that, we have to do that in order to get ball out of his hands. He’s averaging 31 for a reason. Great offensive player, but we wanted to really make him work here tonight.”

Saturday night marked the halfway point in the season for the Tigers.

“We’ve grown but we still have a lot of growing up still left to do,” said Swank. “With our inexperience at the beginning of the year, I think our gap was kind of wide but these guys have really bought in and have shortened that gap by a lot.”

Hiestand led Versailles and all scorers with a game high 19-points.

BOXSCORE:
VERSAILLES 63, FRANKLIN MONROE 39

VERSAILLES – E. Hiestand 19, M. Stammen 13, C. VanSkyock 8, A. Toner 8, R. Martin 7, B. Ruhenkamp 4, C. Naftzger 4 – TOTALS 23 8-10 3 63

FRANKLIN MONROE – E. Conley 16, C. Crist 7, J. Rhoades 4, L. Booher 4, K. Cool 3, G. Vance 2, Sargent 2, T. Kreitzer 1 – TOTALS 11 14-19 1 39

3-POINTERS:
Versailles 3 (C. VanSkyock 2, R. Martin 1)
Franklin Monroe 1 (E. Conley 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS:
13-17-22-11 63 Versailles
10-07-08-14 39 Franklin Monroe

PHOTO CAPTION: Evan Hiestand scores two of his game high 19-points for Versailles in win over Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

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