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Dominant wins Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Johnson County Girls Tennis Tournament by Franklin and Whiteland have both teams advancing to the semifinals at Whiteland.

With a 5-0 win against Edinburgh, the Grizzly Cubs will face No. 2 seed Center Grove in the first of two semifinals Saturday.

Whiteland, by defeating Indian Creek 5-0, will take on defending county champion Greenwood.

The winners will meet in the championship match Saturday after the semifinals.

Franklin (4-2) got off to a fast start at the No. 1 singles position as the Cubs’ most-experienced player, senior Hannah Hook, wasted little time in disposing of sophomore Lillie Parmer of Edinburgh, 6-0, 6-1.

Hook, who teamed with Kristen Conoley last season and made it all the way to the IHSAA regionals, used her big serves and sweeping ground strokes to gain an advantage early.

After leaving the court, Hook said she’s hungry for more.

“I’m very hungry, and I just want to do the best I can,” she said. “My serve has been getting better and better every match, and I’m really feeling good about this season.”

Hook’s ever-present leadership on and off the court is a big plus for coach Rusty Hughes.

“I kind of love that role,” Hook said. “I have a big voice, and I like helping people out wherever it’s needed.”

At the No. 2 singles position, Franklin senior Mary Huffine defeated Lancers’ freshman Vanessa Hoskins, 6-2, 6-2.

In No. 3 singles, Cubs senior Sara Burns used her height advantage and ability to move laterally to get by Edinburgh sophomore Miranda Burton 6-0, 6-1.

Franklin swept the No. 1 and 2 doubles competitions.

Juniors Ashly Smith and Katie Bemis combined to defeat sophomore Albani Brown and junior Ashlyn Streeval 6-0, 6-0.

In the No. 2 doubles spot, juniors Morgan McCarter and Lexi Hash defeated Baleigh Downton and Allie Schooler 6-4, 6-0.

The host Warriors moved through their first four matches in less than 45 minutes, but at the No. 1 singles position, Warriors sophomore Madison Scott battled her way to a 7-5 first-set win against Indian Creek junior Ally Smith.

Once she got things rolling, Scott won the second set 6-0.

Seniors Emily Zietlow and Laiken Gossett gave Whiteland wins at the No. 2 and 3 singles positions with straight-set victories against Braves junior Katie Huter and senior Breanna Berger by the identical scores of 6-1, 6-0.

In the doubles competitions, Whiteland senior Catherine Morgan combined with freshman Paitlyn Gossett to defeat sophomore Baylee Wilson and Mikayla Russell, 6-0, 6-1.

At the No. 2 doubles position, Warriors senior Navdeep Kaur and sophomore Audrey Morgan blanked the Indian Creek team of sophomores Sydney Johnson and Amanda Bray, 6-0, 6-0.

Whiteland coach Mike Gillespie said his team has responded well to the early season competitions, especially in the Mid-State Conference.

“We have plenty of players and they work pretty hard, plus they learn a lot of life lessons along the way, and we have to keep our focus on that,” he said. “We talk about experience and competitiveness all the time and that transcends from the coaches to the players.”

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