It took some doing, but the Franklin College women’s basketball team is off to a 1-0 start after turning back visiting Spalding (Ky.) 59-56 in the Girzzlies’ annual Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night at Spurlock Center.
In what turned out to be a game of spurts, the Grizzlies had the last say after falling behind 44-41 with 11:40 remaining.
Fueled by a 17-2 run, the Grizzlies went from three down to 12 up thanks to some timely shooting by senior guard Lindsay Rich, freshman guard Alicia Farmer and sophomore center Lindsey Dall.
In the opening half, both teams started slow, but the Grizzlies went on a 15-3 run to take a 28-15 lead with a little more than two minutes left before the break.
But the Golden Eagles were not about to go away.
Spalding responded with a 7-0 run on the 3-point shooting of Kerstin Hayes and the inside play of senior guard Kelly Harrod.
Coming out of the break with a 29-23 advantage, the Grizzlies got back-to-back-to-back hoops from Farmer, Rich and senior point guard Annie Tarkington, respectively, to go up 35-23.