Franklin Co. clips Jefferson in 2 OTs
MEADVILLE — A standing-room-only crowd watched the FranklinCounty Bulldogs pull out a thrilling 61-57 double-overtime victoryover the Jefferson County Tigers Friday night. Junior point guardDeandrea Cameron hit 4 straight free throws in the final 30 secondsto secure the Division 7-3A victory.
In the varsity girls game, Franklin County smashed JeffersonCounty 71-35, powered by Victoria Hunt’s 22 points.
On Tuesday night, Franklin County hosts Port Gibson for adivision test. The varsity girls game starts at 6 p.m., followed bythe varsity boys at 7:30.
The Bulldogs (9-3, 3-2) got 12 points and 11rebounds from Zach Thomas plus 5 blocked shots, 2 steals and 2assists. Guard Ronnie Williams scored 13 points. Junior playmakerDeandre Cameron had 10 points, 7 assists and 2 steals.
In regulation, the Bulldogs had a chance to win it but JasperO’Quinn’s trey rimmed out. In the first overtime. Cameron hit 2free throws to push the Bulldogs ahead 54-52. Dudley Guice took along pass and was fouled by Thomas as the buzzer sounded. Guiceignored the rowdy crowd and made both free throws to force a secondovertime.
In the last 30 seconds of the second overtime, Cameron went4-for-4 at the free throw line. Williams sacked a trey which putthe Bulldogs ahead 57-54.
“This was huge win for us tonight,” said FC boys coach ChrisJordan. “It was an up and down game the whole night. This is whatour district is all about. We have tough games every night.”
Jefferson County (10-12, 6-2) got 17 points from Guice, a recenttransfer from Natchez Trinity Episcopal. Guice has made a verbalcommitment to sign a football scholarship with MississippiState.
The Tigers are coached by Marcus Walton. They led 24-19 athalftime.
The Lady Bulldogs (8-4, 3-2) got 8 reboundsapiece from Ashley Weathersby and Hunt. Weathersby also had 12points. Hunt, 5-7 sophomore, had 3 blocked shots, 2 steals and 2assists.
Shelena Wilcher accounted for 14 points, 4 steals and 4 assists.She also had 6 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.
“This was a good win for our team,” said Franklin Count girlscoach Charles Moore. “We played the best ball I’ve ever seen usplay in the first quarter,” recalling his team’s 25-pointexplosion.
“We are a young team so our potential is based on a game by gameprocess,” Moore added.
Jefferson County (10-12, 3-4) got 16 points from center DanielleShorter.