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Perry Meridian hangs on to down resilient Franklin

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Franklin made a furious comeback in the final three minutes but ultimately couldn’t make up for a one-sided second period in its 44-40 loss to visiting girls basketball foe Perry Meridian Thursday night.

The verdict improved the Falcons to 9-7 overall and dropped the Grizzly Cubs to the same mark.

After Perry Meridian guard Elizabeth McIntyre appeared to have given the visitors a comfortable lead of 11 points with her 3-point basket with 2:57 remaining, Franklin regrouped and kept fighting back.

Though Cub guards Brooke Pleak and Maci Eads weren’t able to complete basket-and-one three-point plays, those two possessions proved to be enough for the hosts to seize the momentum.

Franklin continued its 8-0 run with a pair of free throws by senior guard Tara Parmer and a bucket by senior teammate Vanessa Kinsey to whittle the Falcons’ advantage to just three points with 43 seconds to go.

The Cubs then got another break when Perry Meridian guard Jenny Sims missed two free throws. Franklin nearly tied the ballgame when freshman guard Delanie Hill was squared up for a 3-point shot.

Hill’s shot looked good all the way but rattled several times before rolling out, and the Falcons rebounded.

Perry senior guard Morgan Landis then hit one of two foul shots with a half second left to salt it away.

The Cubs nearly sent the game into overtime after a one-sided second quarter left them down by nine at halftime. After scoring the first basket to open the period, the Falcons manufactured a 15-0 run to take command.

Sims led the winners with 11 points, and Riley Taylor added eight. Forward Cassie Baird, a 6-foot-2 senior, was a big problem for Franklin under the basket, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking four shots.

The Cubs were paced by Julia Smith, who tallied 12 points. Eads followed with seven.

In addition to struggling to shoot the ball from the floor (31.9 percent from the field to Perry’s 43.2 mark, Franklin hindered its own cause considerably at the foul line, making just five of 14 free throw shots.

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