Lady Lions take down FC, will play for championship tonight

The Rushville Lady Lions and Franklin County Lady Wildcats faced off in game two Friday night in the 3/A sectional 29. The Lady Cats led the game until halftime where they went into the lock room up by six-points. A huge third quarter from Rushville where they outscored FC by 18-points put the Lady Lions up by 12 going into the final period.  A fast fourth quarter start for the Lady Cats got them back to within a basket of Rushville, midway through the frame. The aggressive Franklin County defense put Rushville in the double bonus and Melissa Marlow’s Lady Lions are one of the best teams from the free throw line in the EIAC. They netted 10 points from the line over the final three minutes of play and claimed a 51-44 victory. The Lady Lions will face the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers as they look to win their third consecutive sectional championship.

The Lady Wildcats got a pair of three-pointers from seniors Josie Rofles and Kassidy Schell to take the lead in the start of the first period. Briley Munchel and Belle Gossett scored for RCHS and it was 6-5 in favor of FC midway through the first frame. Schell hit another basket and Nicole Mears scored putting the Lady Cats up by five. Gossett scored again to make it a three-point game after the first period, FC led 10-7. Schell and Mears scored for FC to start the second quarter, then Rofles hit from deep and the Lady Cats led 17-9 with Leonie Boyer getting a layup for Rushville being the Lady Lions only basket for the first six minutes of the period. Gracie Buzzard scored for Rushville and Munchel scored off a steal pulling Rushville back within three of FC. Mears scored for the Lady Cats, Olivia Smith knocked down a free throw for Rushville, and with less then a second remaining, Mears sank a shot to give Franklin County the lead at halftime. The Lady Cats led at the break 21-15.

In similar fashion to their round one game against Greensburg, the Lady Lions came out of the break and took control of the game. Boyer scored the first four-points of the quarter, and Munchel sank a three-pointer making it a one-point affair. Kiersten Schell hit from deep putting FC back up by two possessions, but Rushville started a run with Buzzard and Gossett scoring, Boyer and Kylee Herbert chipped in and two minutes later Rushville’s 10-0 run put them on top 32-26. Marcy Crain scored inside for FC to start the Lady Lions run, but Rushville kept the momentum going in their favor and finished the period on a 5-0 run to take a 40-28 lead into the final frame.

Franklin County wasn’t out of the game yet, they started the final quarter with Mears getting two-points, and a Ka. Schell long ball to pull FC out of the double-digit deficit. Ka. Schell then hit another three-point basket and the score was 40-38. The Lady Cats 12-0 run was stopped by a Buzzard free throw, then the next five-points came from Rushville free throw shooters. With a minute to go in the game the Lady lions had pulled back ahead 46-38. Four-points from Mears pulled FC within four, but the Lady Lions held off the FC comeback and secured themselves a spot in the Championship game this evening against Lawrenceburg. The win puts Rushville at .500 on the season with a 13-13 record. The Lady Cats finish the season with a 16-7 record.

              1            2            3            4            F

RCHS     7            8            25          11          51

FCHS     10          11          7            16          44

Unofficial Scoring

RCHS- Munchel 17, Gossett 11, Buzzard 10, Boyer 7, Herbert 3, and Smith 3

FC- Ka. Schell 16, Mears 15, Rofles 6, Ki. Schell 3, Crain 2, and Ruby Singer 2    

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