FRANKLIN — The Warren Central Lady Dragons flipped the script Monday with a 42-29 win at Franklin-Simpson.
Warren Central (11-14) held the Lady Cats to seven points or less in three out of four quarters, avenging a 50-33 loss to Franklin-Simpson on Dec. 29.
“We’ll chalk that first loss up to coaching errors,” WC coach Chris Stunson said. “I went back and watched the film and really analyzed what they tried to do and how they beat us. If I had changed up my game plan, that game would have probably been a little different. That’s what we did tonight.”
The focus was keeping Franklin-Simpson out of the paint and not allowing offensive rebounds, Stunson said.
Warren Central worked that game plan to near perfection. The Lady Cats shot 26.1 percent, with junior forward Sydney Gooch held to four points.
“We were very prepared after Sunday’s practice,” WC junior forward Angel Hill said. “I’m glad he makes us practice the way we do, because it makes us better. It helps get us focused.”
Warren Central used an 18-1 run to build a 21-4 advantage midway through the second quarter.
Franklin-Simpson (16-9) started 1 of 10 from the field and went almost nine minutes without a field goal before making a push to trim the deficit to 24-11 at halftime.
The Lady Cats cut the lead to 28-23 after three quarters but wouldn’t get any closer. A five-minute stretch to start the fourth quarter featured five turnovers and five missed shots.
LaShae Halsel led the Lady Dragons with 13 points. Hill scored 12 and grabbed 12 rebounds.
“We’ve told LaShae that she has to be a key for us, playing big inside,” Stunson said. “I got on Angel. Sometimes you have to be real with her. I told her, ‘You are not playing good. You went from being a freshman that was one of the best players in the region to taking a step back in your junior year.’ I think tonight she took that to heart and really played well for us.”
Jenna Curtis and Tasia Covington finished with six points each to lead Franklin-Simpson.
“I thought we were really bad all night,” FSHS coach Josh Matthews said. “Our execution offensively was really bad. I don’t know what it is. I think some of it is a letdown from playing all the district games and looking ahead to the district tournament. Maybe that’s something, but I don’t know. I don’t really have any excuses.
“I give credit to Warren Central. I think Warren Central had a lot to do (with our play). They are athletic and they did what they needed to do.”
The Lady Cats host South Warren at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Warren Central will visit Greenwood at 6 p.m. Friday.
WCHS 8 16 4 14 – 42
FSHS 4 7 12 6 – 29
WC – Britt 4, Halsel 13, Satterfield 2, A. Hill 12, Barnett 4, Patterson 2, Z. Hill 5.
FS – Krantz 4, Babb 3, Morrow 4, Brooks 2, Covington 6, Gooch 4, Curtis 6.