For most of the first half, the Franklin girls basketball team hung with visiting Class 3A No. 7 Mount Vernon (Fortville).
Unfortunately for the Grizzly Cubs, it was a dramatically different story in the second half.
In the final two quarters, Mount Vernon broke open what had been a closely contested game to cruise to a 69-37 win.
Franklin trailed by as many as eight points in the first half but went into halftime trailing only 25-21. That was despite hitting 47 percent of their shots, compared to 34.5 percent by the Marauders.
Franklin also out-rebounded Mount Vernon 16-12 in the first half.