Yet to play but already ranked
One week after they lost a heartbreaking defeat in the Volleyball Regional Finals, the Lady Lions of Franklin are switching focus to a new sport. This time it’s basketball and Franklin is already ranked number 3 in the State and have not played a game.
This speaks volume for the respect the program has earned around the State. Coach John Shelton has built the Franklin Lady Lions into one of the area’s powerhouse teams. Coach Shelton will need some time to change the skill levels over to basketball, but fear not once established, the Lady Lions will be hard to handle.
The Lady Lions will have size and experience on their side once the young ladies from volleyball acclimate themselves to the sport. The Lady Lions return their entire team from a 30-4 season a year ago, including Carrie Casey, Rachel Blajeski and Kayla Walker, all of whom made All-District in 2012-13.
Their Loyola Marymount offense promises plenty of shots for everyone. Franklin will take more than the normal amount of 3-point shots and play at a much faster pace than most teams would like to play. Their 74.8 points per game average means they can and do score a lot of points.
The Lady Lions played in the Teague Tournament, November 21-23, picking up wins against Groesbeck (70-58) and Teague (66-58) and finally meeting Grandview at 2:00 pm Saturday for the Championship. Carrie Casey averaged 18 points a game, Regan Blajeski 15, Kayla Walker 11, Shelby Mullinnixs 7, and Maddie Nelson 6, for the Lady Lions in the 2 victories. Jenna Eiman, Bailey Sanders, Jessica Lopez, and Hanna McCarver all contributed in the wins.
Franklin returns home next Tuesday against Kerens High School.
Michael Cotton | Robertson County News