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Rivalry games are considered to be among the best matchups in sports.
However, on Friday night the Franklin County Rebels boys’ basketball team made a rivalry game against Tullahoma look like an extra practice session, routing the Wildcats 55-25.
A slow start offensively for the Rebels was overlooked by the team’s dominant defensive showing. In the entire first quarter, the Rebels allowed the Wildcats to score just five points.
In the first quarter the Rebels outscored the Wildcats 10-5 with a mixture of shots mostly consisting of lay-ups.
The second quarter, is one Tullahoma would probably like to forget, as the Rebels held Tullahoma scoreless, while putting up 12 points.
At the halftime break Franklin County held a commanding 22-5 lead. Rebel senior Tyler Schaub outscored the Wildcats by himself, with his team leading nine points at the break.
The second half began with much of the same results. Although the Rebels seemed to loosen up on defense, they still held control of the game by outscoring Tullahoma through the remaining two quarters.
In the third quarter, Tullahoma’s offense began to gain some ground managing to score 11 points, only to be topped by Franklin County’s 14-point effort.
The game’s final quarter was Franklin County’s best offensively, as the Rebels scored 19 points to decisively close out the game.
In the winding minutes of the game, Franklin County fans caught a small look into the future of Rebel basketball.
Midway through the fourth quarter Franklin County coach Jeff Taylor used a lineup comprised of juniors Hunter Watson, Justin Smith, Clayton Jackson, and Jay Patton, along with sophomore Dru Morris.
With 1:30 remaining in the game five freshmen graced the floor for the Rebels and showed off their immense potential, scoring six points in the short time. Freshman Tyreke Hayworth had four points, and Michael Leslie had two.
The game ended with the Rebels on top by 30 points, 55-25. Montrez showed off some of his acrobatics with an arsenal of smooth layups and a ferocious dunk, combining to lead the team with 14 points. Schaub was just a point behind him with 13.
Other high scorers included Watson and Morris, who each nearly broke into double digits with nine points each.
Part of the Rebels success came from their free throw shooting efficiency, making nine of their attempted 13 shots from the free-throw stripe.
Taylor and the Rebels squad have to be happy about the win, as it snaps a two game losing streak. The win also improves the Rebels District 8-AAA record to 4-1 and their overall record to 12-8.
Tonight the Rebels will be back in district action, hosting Lawrence County’s Wildcats.
Franklin County will have the opportunity to sweep the regular season series with Lawrence County after defeating the team earlier in the year, 53-52.
The slim margin win was big for the Rebels over the very talented district foe, which boasts an over record of 15-5, and 5-2 in the district.
Franklin County’s task won’t be easy, considering Lawrence County’s run as of late. Lawrence County’s Wildcats are riding a seven game winning streak and haven’t lost in the year of 2014.
The Rebels look to tame another group of Wildcats tonight, with tip off following the girls’ matchup.