Second Quarter Run Leads to Lady Bobcat Victory at Home

The Giles County High School girls’ basketball team more than made up for a slow start, using a top-flight second quarter effort to defeat Franklin County 67-52 Tuesday night.


The Lady Bobcats traded baskets early on against the Rebelettes, leading just 18-15 at the end of the first quarter. Defensive stops and points in transition led to 11-straight points in under two minutes for GCHS in the second quarter, highlighted by a trio of shots from beyond the arc by Grace Gerlach. Gerlach scored 10 points in the second quarter alone, marking the sixth time the sophomore has reached double digits in her first seven career starts this year.


The run helped GCHS take a 41-26 lead into halftime, and Keneisha Love picked up the offensive slack in the third period, scoring nine points on four made baskets. Erin Freeman added five points in the third as well, and the Lady Cats’ defense did the rest, holding Franklin County to just 10 points in the final quarter.


Love scored a game-high 19 points followed by 10 points by both Taylor McNairy and Gerlach. Six different players finished with at least seven points for GCHS in a balanced scoring effort. Freeman finished with nine points. Kaileigh Bedingfield added eight, and Alexis Rose scored seven points.


Franklin County was led by a 17-point effort by Laura Henley. Sarai Smith also contributed 12 points.