The final 19-point margin on the scoreboard wasn’t the only thing Franklin girls basketball coach Walt Raines didn’t want to look at.
He had already seen enough of his team being too often a spectator itself in a 44-25 loss to visiting Mid-State Conference rival Mooresville.
The contest improved the Pioneers to 4-0 in the Mid-State and 12-2 overall, while Franklin dropped to 2-2 in the league and 9-6 overall.
“(The Pioneers) were going after the ball, and we were playing on our heels,” Raines said. “Mooresville is a strong, physical basketball team, and we didn’t go after it with the same intensity they did.
“They played at a different speed level than we did. They went after the ball, and we just stood there.”
Mooresville coach Mark Hurt wasn’t exactly thrilled with his ballclub’s double-digit turnovers in the first eight minutes of play. But he liked what he saw in his team’s efforts to put the clamps on Franklin senior guard Tara Parmer, along with its overall hustle all game long.
Parmer hit a pair of field goals and added two foul shots in the second quarter to help the Grizzly Cubs trim a 14-point deficit to eight. The senior ended up with a game-best 12 points.
“We did a nice job with the Parmer girl, limiting her shots,” Hurt said. “She got a little loose in the second quarter, but we held her after that.”
The Pioneers were led by sophomore guard Lauren McBryar, who sank a pair of 3-point buckets in the opening quarter and finished with 12 points, matching Parmer’s game-best tally.
Junior guard Kellie Cavanaugh added nine points and grabbed five rebounds.
McBryan also had five steals, and Cavanaugh made two thefts, keying several fast-break baskets for the visitors.
“Lauren and Kellie cause a lot of havoc,” Hurt said. “I thought our defensive pressure was pretty good.”
Hurt noted his Pioneers did well to pick up leading scorer Sarah Corbin, who was in foul trouble. Corbin scored all seven of her points in the second half.
Franklin also had an exceedingly difficult time putting the ball in the basket, hitting just 7 of 37 field-goal tries for 18.9 percent. Mooresville made 15 of 32 shots for a 46.8 mark.
Franklin’s next game is Jan. 16 against visiting Perry Meridian.