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Grizzlies thump Quakers, improve HCAC mark to 8-2

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Franklin College’s women’s basketball matchup with Earlham on Saturday had no resemblance to the December meeting. Not even close.

Junior forward Lindsey Dall scored 15 points to lead the Grizzlies to a 59-36 rout of the host Quakers.

Franklin improved to 8-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and 14-3 overall with their eighth straight victory. The Grizzlies remain a full game behind league leader Transylvania, which defeated Anderson at home.

The last time the two schools met — on Dec. 8 in Franklin — upset-minded Earlham rallied late in the second half to take defending league champion Franklin into overtime. In fact, the Grizzlies had to hit a 3-point basket at the end of regulation just to get to overtime.

This time, Franklin jumped out to a 15-4 lead and built a 24-point advantage at the intermission. The Grizzlies outshot the Quakers 54.2 to 12.5 percent in the first 20 minutes.

Franklin didn’t shoot as effectively in the second period but never let the hosts get close the remainder of the contest.

Dall led all scorers, hitting 6 of 8 field goal attempts. Senior guard Lindsay Rich tallied 12 points. Senior center Jess Prewett scored seven points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Emily Sells was the lone player for Earlham (1-9 HCAC, 2-15) to score double-digit points with 10.

The Grizzlies host Transylvania in a conference showdown on Grizzly Grandparent Night at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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