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Franklin County’s Erinn Brooks (40) grabs a rebound between Bassett defenders Kaliya Barbour (10) and Kim Martin (34) during the fourth quarter Thursday’s Piedmont District contest between the Eagles and the Bengals at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Franklin County girls defeat Bassett by 17

Franklin County limited Bassett to single-digit scoring in each quarter Thursday en route to a 47-30 Piedmont District girls' varsity basketball triumph over the Bengals at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

FCHS (2-1 in the Piedmont, 6-2 overall) led by 10 points, 25-15, at halftime and outscored Bassett (5-1), which suffered its first loss, by seven points, 22-15, after intermission.

The Eagles led 13-9 after the first quarter and they doubled the Bengals' points output in claiming the second stanza 12-6.

FCHS won the third quarter 16-9. Each team tallied six points in the fourth quarter.

Ashlee Turner led Bassett with 10 points.

Also scoring were Aymbir Manns-Massay with five points, Kim Martin and Tahira Scales each with four, Kaliya Barbour with three and Amber Duncan and Kelsey Wyatt each with two.

Zarkia Mattox paced the Eagles with 15 points. She corralled eight rebounds and collected six steals.

Miranda Crockett netted 12 points and Daishi Dudley tallied 11.

Also scoring were Destani Mitchell with four points, India Wade with three and T.T. Hairston with two.

Turner swished two 3-point field goals for the Bengals; Wade and Dudley each hit a 3-pointer for the Eagles.


Colonial Forge downs Franklin County girls

STAFFORD -- Colonial Forge jumped out to a 13-point first-quarter lead Saturday en route to a 65-41 non-district girls' varsity basketball victory over Franklin County.

With the victory, Colonial Forge (4-0), a season removed from reaching the Group AAA state semifinals, avenged a 71-49 loss it suffered to the Eagles (2-1 in the Piedmont District, 6-3 overall) last year at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

Colonial Forge led 24-11 after the opening quarter.

FCHS cut two points off the deficit by taking the second stanza 16-14.

Leading 38-27, Colonial Forge secured the victory by outscoring FCHS 12-4 in the third quarter and 15-10 in the over the game's closing eight minutes.

Kenya Holland netted 18 points to lead Colonial Forge, while Jahla Osbourn tallied 13 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.

Seven other players scored for Colonial Forge.

Holland swished all five of the game's 3-point field goals.

Zarkia Mattox's game-best double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds led the Eagles.

Miranda Crockett finished with 12 points.

Also scoring were Erinn Brooks and Mikayla Holland each with two points and Daishi Dudley and Ayanna Saunders each with one.

FCHS returns to action Saturday against Forest Park. Tip off at Hawkins Gym is 1 p.m.


Basham to play in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Former Franklin County football standout Tarell Basham is expected to see action for Ohio University in today's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl against East Carolina.

Basham enters the game listed No. 1 on the team's depth chart at one of the defensive end spots.

The contest kicks off at 2 p.m. at Tropicana Field and will be televised by ESPN.

The match-up is the first between the two teams since 1998.

Prior to signing with the Bobcats (4-4 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC), 7-5 overall), Basham completed a post-graduate season at Hargrave Military Academy. FCHS won the last of three straight Western Valley District championships during Basham's senior year of high school.

Basham enters today's game needing three quarterback sacks to set the single-season Ohio record.

Basham's 6.5 sacks are tied for ninth on the school's all-time list for single-season sacks. He's tied for fourth in the MAC.

As a team, Ohio has 34 sacks which ranks 18th nationally in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

In 12 games, Basham has registered 29 tackles -- 13 unassisted stops and 16 assisted. He has 8.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one pass break-up.

Basham has made three starts this season: against Central Michigan, Miami of Ohio and Bowling Green.


Virginia Wesleyan routs Ferrum men, 105-64

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Wesleyan College limited Ferrum College to 20 first-half points in opening up a 32-point halftime lead and cruised to a 105-64 non-conference men's basketball victory over the Panthers Thursday.

The Panthers (3-6) suffered their fifth straight loss, while the Marlins, ranked 10th nationally by and BenettRank, stopped a two-game losing streak.

During the skid, the Marlins lost once in overtime and once in double overtime.

Ferrum is 2-4 this season against teams from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and 0-2 against teams that qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament last year.

The Panthers surrendered 100 or more points to an opponent for the first time since Jan. 14, 2012 when they were defeated in nearby Newport News by former USA South Athletic Conference rival Christopher Newport University 107-79.

The Marlins (8-2) led 52-20 at halftime and pushed the spread to a high of 48 points with 9:56 remaining.

Virginia Wesleyan and Ferrum were playing for the first time since the 1989-90 season when the Marlins competed in the USA South Athletic Conference.

Virginia Wesleyan scored 40 points in the paint, 26 points off turnovers, 24 second-chance points and its bench netted 46 points.

Virginia Wesleyan surpassed the 100-point mark for the third time this season.

Greg Montgomery led the Marlins with a career-best 24 points. He was 9 of 11 from the field, 6 of 8 from the free-throw line and passed out five assists.

Also scoring in double figures were D.J.Woodmore with 19 points, Khory Moore with 15 and Sedric Nady with 11.

Eleven other players contributed points to the Marlins' victory.

Virginia Wesleyan converted 52 percent of its shots from the field. The Marlins were 12 of 27 from 3-point range.

Jamal Pullen led Ferrum with 22 points and a game-best nine rebounds. He has scored 20 or more points in seven of the Panthers' nine games. Brian Clarke finished with 17.

The Panthers made 36 percent of its shots; they were 1 of 12 from 3-point range.

Virginia Wesleyan outrebounded Ferrum 48-33.

Ferrum returns to action Jan. 3 when it opens USA South play against league newcomer Covenant (Ga.) College.

The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. in Lookout Mountain, Ga.

The next day, the Panthers visit preseason conference championship favorite Maryville (Tenn.) College. Tip off is 4 p.m.


Jefferson Forest jayvees top FCHS freshmen

FOREST -- Jefferson Forest's boys' junior varsity basketball squad bested Franklin County's freshman team 57-42 Thursday.

The Cavaliers, who defeated the Eagles for the second time this season, took command of the game in the second quarter; they won the stanza 23-11 to take a 35-16 advantage at intermission.

Jefferson Forest led 12-5 after the first quarter and the Cavaliers took the third quarter 12-8.

Trailing 47-24 entering the fourth quarter, the Eagles claimed the final period 18-10.

Camdyn Smith led the Cavaliers with 12 points,

Also scoring were John Saunier with eight points, Morgan Marshall with five, Trey Dupree, Josh Burns, Chase VanHorn and Scott Daily each with four, Matt Paul, Demel Bolden, Noah Swaney and Samuel Hunter each with three and Cody Whitten and D.K. Kinney each with two.

Jefferson Forest made 23 field goals, three of which were 3-pointers, and was 8 of 23 (34.8 percent)

Paul, Bolden and Hunter each hit a 3-pointer.

FCHS converted 13 field goals, one of which was a 3-pointer, and was 15 of 32 (46.9 percent) from the free-throw line.

Jacob Smith's double-double -- 15 points and 13 rebounds -- paced the Eagles.

Also scoring were Denzel Bernard with seven points, Logan Akers with five, Justin Campbell and Cameron Janney each with four, Brady Whitten, Tyrese Clark and Austin Turner each with two and Trenton Tolliver with one.

Akers swished his team's lone 3-pointer.

FCHS returns to action Thursday against Hidden Valley in the junior varsity bracket of the Holiday Hoopla tournament at Hidden Valley.

Tip off in Roanoke is 1 p.m.

The Eagles will play junior varsity teams from Cave Spring and Salem in the round-robin event.

All games will be played at Hidden Valley High School.


FCHS jayvee girls whip Colonial Forge

STAFFORD -- In terms of scoring, Franklin County needed just one player to conquer Colonial Forge, 46-17, in a non-district girls' junior varsity basketball contest Saturday.

Guard Cameron Law netted a game-best 21 points on nine field goals and a free throw as the Eagles (5-1) won their fifth game of the season and second in a row.

The Eagles limited Colonial Forge to single-digit scoring in each quarter and six field goals for the game.

FCHS led 18-4 after the first quarter and 23-7 at intermission.

The Eagles doubled Colonial Forge's third-quarter points total in winning the period 12-6 and took the fourth quarter 11-4 to complete the 29-point rout.

Katie Fretwell led Colonial Forge with six points.

Also scoring were Hope Elmore with four points, Vanessa Hernandez with three and Jannel Ezeagwn and Christian Chew each with two.

Colonial Forge was 5 of 8 (62.5 percent) from the free-throw line.

FCHS converted 21 field goals, three of which were 3-pointers, and was 1 of 6 (16.7 percent) from the free-throw line.

Also scoring for the Eagles were Kelsey Campbell with five points, Bre Parmelee, Jasmine Doyle, Leah Wood and Lauryn Smith each with four and Kelsey McPherson and Autumn Jennings each with two.

FCHS returns to action at home Saturday against Patrick Henry. Tip off at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium is 11:30 a.m.


Eagles jayvee girls edge Bassett, 51-50

Franklin County's girls' junior varsity basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter Thursday for a 51-50 Piedmont District victory over Bassett at Harold Ramsey Gymnasium.

The Eagles (2-1 in the Piedmont, 4-1 overall) trailed by one point, 38-37, entering the fourth quarter. They won the final stanza 14-12.

Bassett led 13-9 after the first quarter and the Bengals outscored the Eagles 12-10 in the second period to make the count 25-19 at intermission.

FCHS pulled to within a point of the lead by winning the third quarter 18-13.

Bassett made 20 field goals and was 10 of 18 (55.6 percent) from the free-throw line.

Tiasia Dillard led the Bengals with 14 points, while Megan Smith tallied 12 and Danielle Barbour finished with 10.

Also scoring were Za'Tasia Wells with six points, Jasmine Tinsley with four and Kayla McGhee and Megan Hering each with two.

The Eagles converted 21 field goals, six of which were 3-pointers, and was 3 of 4 (75 percent) from the free-throw line.

Kelsey Campbell paced the Eagles with a game-best 17 points, while Cameron Law netted 12 and Sara Bryant finished with 10.

Also scoring were Leah Wood with six points, Bre Parmelee with four and Lauryn Smith with two.


CHA drops three games in tournament

ROANOKE -- Faith Christian School's play in the middle quarters Saturday guided the Warriors to a 52-33 boys' varsity basketball triumph over Christian Heritage Academy Saturday in the Jingle Ball tournament, a two-day event that they hosted.

CHA lost all three of its games in the tournament.

Faith Christian led 11-10 after the first quarter before outscoring the Knights 15-5 in the second stanza and 13-5 in the third period to take command.

Each team tallied 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Nick Alterio netted 17 points to pace Faith Christian and six other players scored.

Kenny Toomey paced CHA with 14 points and Garrison Jamison finished with 10.

Also scoring were Joseph Keenan with six points and Jake Anderson with three.

•The Knights dropped a 67-56 decision to Roanoke Valley Christian Friday.

Toomey paced CHA with 25 points and Kennan tallied 19.

Kennan swished five of the Knights' six 3-point field goals, while Toomey hit the other trey.

Also scoring were Bronson Boone with six points and Jamison with four.

The Knights led by nine points, 35-26, at intermission after winning the first quarter, 17-9, and taking the second stanza, 18-17.

Roanoke Valley Christian erased that deficit by claiming the third quarter, 19-8.

The Eagles secured the victory by winning the fourth quarter, 22-13.

Andrew Mullen led Roanoke Valley Christian with 28 points, while Luke Stump tallied 14 and Hank Connor added 13.

Four other players contributed points to the Eagles' win.

•CHA fell to Parkway Christian, 61-46.

Kennan netted 20 points to lead the Knights. He tallied 18 of those points by draining six 3-pointers.

Toomey finished with 17 points.

Also scoring were Jamison with six points and Boone, Jake Anderson and Zhenya Andersen each with one.

CHA led 20-15 after the first quarter, but was outscored by 23 points, 33-10, in the second and third stanzas.

The Knights won the fourth quarter 16-13.

Lawrence Huff finished with a game-best 26 points for Parkway Christian and five other players scored.

Huff hit all four of his team's 3-pointers.

CHA returns to action Friday, Jan. 3 at Timberlake Christian. Tip off is 6:30 p.m.


BFMS tops two foes in tri-match

Benjamin Franklin Middle School's wrestling team defeated Staunton River Middle School and Glenvar Middle School in a tri-match at home last week.

The Eagles (4-0 in the Roanoke Valley Middle School District, 8-1 overall) were victorious over Staunton River, 58-46, and triumphant over Glenvar, 66-48.

Winning their bouts by pin in the Staunton River match were David Fisher, Daniel Settle, Hunter Richards and Toby White.

Winners by decision were Quint Seagle and Eric D'Heron.

Winning by forfeit were R.T. Adkins, Emila Martinez and Nick Doyle.

Winning their bouts by pin in the Glenvar match were Fisher, Richards, White and Joshua McNeely.

Winning by forfeit were Settle, Seagle, Justin Motley and James Shively.

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