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West Franklin girls more aggressive on offense

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 12/11/2013

POMONA — The West Franklin High School girls basketball team is limiting their turnovers and being aggressive on the offensive end.

The Falcons are averaging 50 points a game through the first two games of the season. West Franklin had a hard time scoring half that a season ago.

POMONA — The West Franklin High School girls basketball team is limiting their turnovers and being aggressive on the offensive end.

The Falcons are averaging 50 points a game through the first two games of the season. West Franklin had a hard time scoring half that a season ago.

West Franklin needed all of its offense Tuesday to post a 49-43 win over Wellsville in Pomona.

“We are way more aggressive this year,” Falcon coach Kyle Conley said. We are attacking the rim a lot more. The girls have a chip on their shoulder.

“We pounded it inside. We are looking at 12 to 15 shots within eight feet every quarter. We wanted to attack off the dribble. Wellsville being a big rival, the kids were jacked up.”

Wellsville coach Brock Campbell said the Eagles made fixable mistakes.

“It is frustrating,” he said. “It was a tough game. Both teams pressing. At times, ours was working good. We had some mistakes and got out of position. I think it is good for our young girls to be in games like this. The girls played hard.”

West Franklin owned the first and third quarters and Wellsville made big comebacks in the second and fourth periods. West Franklin led 12-2 early. Wellsville rallied back to take a 16-14 lead.

The Falcons went on an 11-0 run to open a 33-23 lead later extended it to 43-26. Wellsville rallied within 45-41 in the fourth quarter.

“We battled back,” Campbell said. “We put ourselves in a hole. It takes a lot of energy to keep digging out of holes.”

Sophomore Macy Flory came up big for the Falcons with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Conley said the guards did a good job against the press to set up Flory and others.

“They did control the flow,” Conley said. “They exploited the press. We got to the weakside quick. We really came out solid in the third quarter. I am proud of the kids.”

Wellsville (43) — Sparks 14, Graniewski 2, Newhouse 15, Kayhill 9, Coons 3.

W. Franklin (49) — Reed 10, Whittington 6, Flory 16, Hedgepath-Shaffer 14, Ryan 3.

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