Powered by an aggressive defense, the Mooresville girls basketball team cruised past Franklin 53-31 Thursday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Mid-State Conference matchup was the third of five games played as part of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Challenge in Indianapolis.
Cranking up the defensive pressure in the second half, Mooresville pulled away in the third quarter, when it forced 12 turnovers to take control of a game it led 20-17 at halftime.
Franklin coach Walt Raines was disappointed by the Grizzly Cubs’ second-half effort.
“Mooresville outhustled us, and they wanted the ball more than we did,” Raines said. “It’s frustrating. It’s embarrassing to put a team out there that’s not going to fight anymore than we did.
“They came out and got after us, and we just ran and hid. It’s just a lack of focus and a lack of hunger to go out there and fight for it.”
Both teams appeared tentative in the first quarter, the result of which was a 6-all tie at the end of the period.