Senior Chase Salmon did his part for Seymour’s boys basketball team Monday night by draining 3-pointer after 3-pointer.
But he couldn’t keep up with a trio of Franklin Community seniors who combined for 50 points.
The Grizzly Cubs shot 22 of 32 (68.8 percent) from the field and 13 of 15 from the free throw line on its way to a 58-43 victory against the visiting Owls.
“When we can shoot high-percentage shots, we have kids who can make them,” Franklin coach Jerry Bomholt said.
Seymour (2-13) certainly had a locked-in shooter, as Salmon scored a game-high 22 points on 6-of-10 accuracy from beyond the 3-point arc.
But Franklin (12-3) had more offensive options.
Seniors Bryce Platfoot, Nick King and Tyler Thomas put on a show, making 20 of 25 shots. Platfoot led the way with 21 points on 9 of 9 shooting. With makes on all five of his free throws, King finished with 16 points. Thomas scored 13.
“I thought our three (starting) seniors did a fantastic job,” Bomholt said. “Free throw shooting was phenomenal again. I think the last four games we’ve got to be close to 90 percent.”
With senior Alec Bertsch coming off the bench to score six points, Franklin’ s four playing seniors scored 56 of its 58 points.
Despite playing the second half to a 30-30 tie and getting 19 of Salmon’s 22 points in the half, the Owls couldn’t overcome a 28-13 halftime deficit.
“I thought our kids were a little more aggressive in the second half,” Seymour coach Kyle Clough said.
“Chase obviously getting hot a little bit helped. He’s been really shooting the basketball well.”
But Franklin’s 1-2-2 zone defense stymied the Owls most of the game, forcing them to shoot 16 of 31 shots from beyond the 3-point line.
“We never had an inside presence the whole game,” Clough said. “(The Cubs) get all the credit for that. That’s a really well-played zone. We’re not the first team it’s given a lot of trouble to.”
Franklin opened with a 10-0 lead it extended to 13-2 late in the first quarter before the Owls got some momentum.
Seymour went on a 9-2 run and pulled within 15-11 with about five minutes left in the first half.
But the Cubs got back to their defensive principles, and the offense was very efficient.
King converted a three-point play to start scoring on five consecutive possessions, sparking a 13-2 Franklin run. Thomas added a two-point bucket, King drained a 3-pointer, Thomas converted his own three-point play, and Platfoot finished the half with a bucket inside.