Bobcats Come Out on Top in Physical Game Against Franklin County
In a game in which multiple technical fouls were called and one fan was ejected, the Giles County High School boys’ basketball team kept their cool and came away with a 61-55 victory over Franklin County Tuesday night.
Both cheering sections were out in full force for each school, and the play on the court became similarly intense at times. The Rebels were called for multiple technical fouls and looked to be headed for another when a Franklin County player appeared to put GCHS’s Hayden Miller in a head lock. The incident led to one Rebel fan’s ejection, but Bobcats head coach Billy Holt said he was proud of his team for not retaliating and avoiding costly technical fouls or ejections.
GCHS led by as many as nine points in the first half when guard Aspen Bush continued his early-season streak from long range with a 3-pointer to make it 17-8. After a Franklin County player and Bush traded two more 3-point baskets, the Rebels went on a 9-0 run to pull even at 20. Franklin County pulled ahead by a slim margin of 28-26 at the half.
The Bobcats were able to draw fouls early and often in the third quarter to retake the lead, but struggled from the free throw line. GCHS went just 15-of-29 from the charity stripe in the second half, missing 3-of-4 technical foul attempts to allow Franklin County to stay close in the final minutes.
Two key baskets by Jordan Gilbert in the fourth quarter kept the Rebels at bay, though, and GCHS avenged a pair of losses to Franklin County last season with its third win of the season.
Gilbert led all scorers with 18 points. Bush chipped in 16 including three 3-point baskets. Stephan Wade added seven points, all of which came in the third quarter, and Shawn Gibson also added seven points and a number of key rebounds before going down with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.
Dru Morris scored 15 points for Franklin County followed by 11 points apiece by Cody Lester and Luke Limbaugh.