After advancing to the regional round of the high school basketball playoffs, the Rebels and Rebelettes each bowed out in the tournament’s first rounds.
Franklin County High School’s Rebelettes lost on the road to the top ranked Blackman Lady Blaze on Monday night by 55-8. The Rebels hosted LaVergne on Saturday night, losing 76-43.
Following the first round’s conclusion it became apparent that the Rebels and Rebelettes weren’t the only teams that struggled with District 7-AAA competition.
Of the eight teams that competed from District 8-AAA, four girls teams and four boys teams, not a single team advanced past the first round of the Regional, boys or girls.
The Rebelettes were faced with playing the second ranked team in all of AAA basketball and possibly state championship bound Blackman Lady Blaze.
Rebelettes coach Tom Insell began the game with a strategy in mind of slowing down the action. After the first quarter the game plan proved effective defensively, but not so much offensively as the Rebelettes trailed 8-0.
Despite their best efforts the Rebelettes were unable to slow down the Lady Blaze in the second quarter, allowing 17 more points.
In the final minute before the halfway mark, freshman Rebelette Sydney Ingle ensured the Rebelettes wouldn’t be shut out, with a driving lay-up. The basket provided the Rebelettes only points of the entire first half.
After two quarters the Rebelettes trailed by 23 points, 25-2.
Following the halftime break, the Lady Blaze continued to play superior basketball.
Senior Danielle Jordan scored Franklin County’s only points of the third quarter, as the Rebelettes were outscored 19-4.
Entering the fourth quarter trailing by 38, the clock was set to run continuously.
The Rebelettes offensive struggles continued in the final quarter. Senior Katie Hood scored the Rebelettes only two points of the quarter, while getting outscored 11-2.
As the buzzer sounded the scoreboard was hard to look at for the Rebelettes, reading Blackman-55, Franklin County-8.
Nine different Blackman Lady Blaze cagers combined to score the total 55 points in the contest.
Franklin County’s Rebels didn’t fare too well either in the team’s opening Regional round, meeting some stiff competition.
“They’re a top 15 team in the state,” said Rebels coach Jeff Taylor, of the LaVergne Wolverines.
Through half of the first quarter the Rebels and Wolverines traded baskets, the score once resting at 10-8 in favor of the Wolverines.
Depth proved to favor LaVergne, as fresh legs provided a spark to the Wolverines offense.
LaVergne closed out the first quarter with a 14-2 run to outscore the Rebels 24-10.
Senior Rebel Tyler Schaub tried to take matters into his own hands in the second quarter but wouldn’t receive much help.
Schaub scored 10 of the Rebels 13 points in the second quarter, but the Rebels were outscored 21-13.
Opening the second half trailing 45-23, the Rebels were looking for any kind of advantage they could get.
A switch to a zone defense provided the Rebels with a short-lived edge, holding the Wolverines to just nine points in the third quarter.
The rebels didn’t capitalize very much, scoring just 11 points and entered the final quarter trailing 54-34.
Franklin County’s struggles only escalated in the final period, as the Rebels were outscored 22-9, making the final score 76-43.
A tough loss to end a fantastic season for the Rebels who won 21 games this year.
The Wolverines scored most of their points in the transition game. Franklin County did a good job of not fouling, only sending LaVergne to the charity stripe three times throughout the games entirety.
Depth proved to be the Rebels kryptonite, as 13 Wolverines saw playing time, 12 of which scored at least one-point. Only six Rebels scored a basket in the game.
Schaub led all Rebel scorers with 15 points, which ends his high school career total at 1,040 points.
Fellow senior Matt Schmitz finished with nine points on the night.