It could've been slightly warmer, but man was it nice to be out in the sun. Will be back out tomorrow for Rocky Grove visiting Maplewood, which is where I went today before finding out it was postponed a day. So I ventured down the road a piece to good ole Cochranton to watch four innings of Cardinal domination. They ended up putting Youngsville to bed in five with the ten run rule coming into play.
Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders are tall. They spread their defense out to cut down on the looks the sharp shooting Franklin Knights from the outside. BG put tall kids an short guards and it worked to keep the high scoring Knights under 50 points. It was a strategy that worked as Franklin began launch off-target bombs in the fourth that resulted in enough key misses that the Marauders capitalized on with a couple easy buckets and a solid performance at the free throw line.
Franklin's very solid year came to an end just shy of the state championship.
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In a game that started slow and sloppy for the Cambridge Springs Blue Devils, the inspired team showed poise and tenacity when it counted. The first half was riddled with fouls and only a couple of the players putting the ball in the hoop. Madison Yanc and Hailee Rodgers accounted for nearly all the squad's points at the break. All of the starters had multiple fouls and some key players were in serious foul trouble.
They would have to play error free against the five-time defending champ West Middlesex Big Reds to come out with a win.
And that is what they did.
Not a single Cambridge player fouled out and coach Ryan Mckissock masterfully rotated bench players in to keep his girls from fouling out while having to apply tough defense.
Neither squad looked like they wanted to win during a very low scoring third quarter.
Cambridge just shut down the Big Reds the entire second half keeping them to just nine points. Cambridge was also stellar at the foul line down the stretch to put the score out of reach.
Smart, focussed play in the second half put the District 10 hardware in the Blue Devil trophy case for history.
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Whether it was the adjustments he made or just a break in the momentum it was the right call at the right time.
Sharpesville 's coach also had several strategic timeouts and this came went down to the wire. It was tie with a couple minutes to play. And then it was the practice at the free throw line that made the difference down the stretch.
Franklin now enters the state playoffs with site and time to be determined.
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They head to Mercer County Saturday to take on the Big Reds who held off a scrappy Saegertown team that was playing emotionally hard for coach Scott who passed away at the beginning of the season.
I got a chance to cover these old teams with new players again thanks to my friends at The Meadville Tribune who asked if I could help out with photography tonight. I was very pleased to do so.
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The Knights to face Sharpesville Friday night
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Yost was the lone Seneca player in double digits with 11 points, while Kibbe and Shouey each scored eight.
Franklin will host Greenville, Tuesday. Greenville handled Girard in a tight 46-44 game.
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Franklin hosted Warren in afternoon games Monday with the Junior Varsity kicking off the day. Franklin's athletic director Becky Barnes said the school expects to host a first round playoff game Friday night and thinks her Knights will have a high seed.
Route 8 Rivalry is a website dedicated the long history of the Oil City and Franklin football rivalry by former sports editor Penny Weichel. It is an amazing labor of love and valuable resource for history. It is our go-to here at 8and322.com.