CARBONDALE — The Lady Falcons got a narrow win Monday to advance to the winners bracket. A 50-49 victory over Metro Academy in the Ike Cearfoss Tournament at Santa Fe Trail High School has the West Franklin girls basketball team playing 6 p.m. today against host Santa Fe Trail in the semifinals.
Santa Fe Trail beat Osage City 41-29 Monday to advance.
Against Metro, West Franklin got off to a sluggish start, scoring just two points in the first quarter. The team responded by putting up 20 points in the second quarter off nine field goals to take a 22-18 lead at halftime.
Metro outscored the Lady Falcons 19-9 in the third quarter to take a 37-31 lead into the final period. West Franklin went 9-11 from the free-throw line in the final eight minutes, outscoring Metro 19-12 to pull off the win.
Madison Shotton and Megan Rogers scored six points each in the fourth quarter. Shotton led the team with 11 points, and Rogers followed with 10. Macayla Harmon also put up double-digit points with 10.
West Franklin (50) — Shotton 11, Harmon 10, Rogers 10, Flory 8, Sheldon 7, Hutchison 2, McCurdy 2.
CARBONDALE — A good comeback effort wasn’t enough for the Falcons to pull off a win Monday. Metro Academy downed the West Franklin High School boys basketball team 75-64 in the opening round of the Ike Cearfoss Tournament at Santa Fe Trail High School.
West Franklin plays 7:30 p.m. today against Osage City at Santa Fe Trail, which lost 61-48 to the host team in the opening round.
The Falcons got down early against Metro, who had a dangerous combination of speed and good shooting, Micah Tempel, WFHS head boys basketball coach, said.
“They came out and made a ton of threes on us,” he said. “We didn’t do a very good job of adjusting until halftime.”
Metro’s lead was cut to six in the fourth quarter, but that was as close as it would get. West Franklin trailed by as many as 20 early in the game.
“The guys battled tremendously, but it is tough to come back against a team like that,” Tempel said.
The Falcons were led by Hunter Lewis, who put up 30 points. Riley Milliken scored 11 points, and Tanner Sink had 10.
Metro Academy (75) — Desousca 14, M. Spaedy 2, Ream 3, Paul 22, C. Spaedy 10, Frisbie 24.
West Franklin (64) — Lewis 30, Milliken 11, Sink 10, Seyler 9, Noyons 2, Gilkey 2.