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Friday, November 16, 2012

FCHS girls to scrimmage twice Saturday

Franklin County's girls' varsity basketball team will scrimmage Group AA opponents Magna Vista and Staunton River Saturday at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

The tri-scrimmage begins at 10 a.m.

FCHS finished 16-11 season and reached the quarterfinals of the Northwest Regionals after capturing its fourth consecutive Western Valley District tournament championship.

Anne Crutchfield begins her seventh year as the Eagles' head coach.

Crutchfield surpassed the 100-career win mark last season. She has 91 wins as FCHS's head coach.

Leading a cast of returning veteran players is senior Charmaine Hairston. last year's Western Valley District Player of the Year and a first team All-Northwest Region performer.

FCHS will scrimmage Brookville and Floyd County next Saturday before opening its 2012-13 season Monday, Nov. 26 at Hidden Valley.

The Eagles' 2012-13 schedule is published in today's edition.


BFMS girls top Clifton to stay unbeaten

CLIFTON FORGE -- Sara Bryant netted 13 points to share game scoring honors Wednesday as Benjamin Franklin Middle School's girls' basketball team stayed unbeaten with a 36-32 non-district triumph over Clifton Middle School.

Also scoring for the Eagles (3-0 in the Roanoke Valley Middle School District, 4-0 overall) were Cameron Law with six points, Ilene Hurley with five, Kelsey Campbell with four, Brianna Parmelee and Tiffany Bennett each with three and Maggie Crutchfield with two.

BFMS has already doubled its win total from last year -- the Eagles were 2-10 in Mike Rogers' first season as head coach.

The Eagles' victory in their season opener earlier this month stopped a five-game losing streak.

Clifton's top scorer matched Bryant's output to share game scoring honors.

BFMS returns to action Monday against district rival William Byrd Middle School. Game time in Vinton is 5 p.m.

A boys' game between the Eagles and the Terriers follows at 6:15 p.m.


Fitzgerald hits game-winner for Eagles

CLIFTON FORGE -- Jonah Fitzgerald swished the game-winning basket with four seconds left Wednesday to lead Benjamin Franklin Middle School to a 35-33 non-district boys' basketball victory over Clifton Middle School.

Fitzgerald finished with a team-best 17 points.

BFMS (2-1 in the Roanoke Valley Middle School District, 3-1 overall) has tripled its win total from last year when the Eagles finished 1-11 in Mike Amos' first year as head coach.

Fitzgerald's basket produced the final count, but Clifton had two chances to tie the game in waning seconds.

Clifton, which tied the score at 33 with 50 seconds left, committed a turnover with .8 of a second showing.

But, Clifton got a reprieve because of a BFMS blunder and the Eagles were forced to survive an inbounds play at the end.

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