With a big lift from its defense, the Franklin College’s women’s basketball game withstood a late rally by Manchester to beat the visiting Spartans 47-43 in Saturday’s match-up against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals.
With the win, the Grizzlies have a six-game winning streak and are tied for second place with Defiance in the HCAC standings.
In command for most of the game, the Grizzlies let a 40-27 lead slip away in the final five minutes of play.
The Spartans went on a 14-0 run to take a one-point lead on a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Jamie Childress.
The Grizzlies responded with a 10-foot jumper by senior Jess Prewett to reclaim the lead at 42-41.