By Jamie Wilson
TROY – Franklin Monroe started off strong and then held off a second-half comeback attempt to defeat the Troy Christian girls basketball team 32-29 on Monday night at the Eagles’ Nest, snapping the Eagles’ six-game winning streak.
Franklin Monroe scored the first points of the game, which was back and forth in the opening minutes. Midway through the first the Jets went up by four, eventually leading by seven points, 12-5, at the end of the quarter.
The Jets extended their lead to 10 points midway through the second quarter and went up by 15 with 49 seconds to play in the half, going into the halftime break up 23-8. Corina Conley scored 11 of her game-high 16 points before the break.
Troy Christian came out of the halftime break strong and cut Franklin Monroe’s lead to eight points. The Eagles outscored the Jets 10-4 in the third, reducing the deficit to 27-18 by the end of the quarter.
Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter Troy Christian drew to within five points. However, the Eagles then started missing baskets and turning over the ball to slow down their comeback attempt. With 3:24 to play, Troy Christian cut the lead down to three points, but Audrey Cable connected to make it a five-point game.
Troy Christian connected on a pair of late free throws to make a three-point game once again, and with 14 seconds remaining the Eagles had one final chance at a game-tying 3-pointer. They couldn’t make it, though, preserving Franklin Monroe’s 32-29 victory.
For Troy Christian, Kenley Blake and Lauryn Lavy each scored six points, Sarah Earhart and Kathryn Lee both scored five, Hailey Peters added four and Jalyn Farrer scored three.
Troy Christian (6-2) — which defeated Legacy Christian 41-33 in Metro Buckeye Conference play on Thursday — is off until next calendar year, hosting Mississinawa Valley on Jan. 3, 2017.