FRANKLIN — One night after a last-minute win over South Warren, Franklin-Simpson took care of business again late in the game Friday.
The Wildcats got 22 points from Tanner Clark and hit 13 fourth-quarter free throws to beat Allen County-Scottsville 61-51 at Wildcat Gymnasium.
FSHS (13-12) didn’t need the heroics of Thursday night, when Kevin Flippin flipped in a scoop shot with 3.2 seconds left to beat SWHS 39-37.
The Wildcats instead had a combination of players combine to beat the Patriots (14-12).
Clark had 22 points on 7 of 17 field-goal shooting and 5 of 6 free-throw shooting. Flippin added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Tavin Lovan had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Drew Talley had six points and a team-high four assists.
“Last time we played (back-to-back nights) we got out butts handed to us a little bit,” FSHS coach Dee Spencer said. “They did a great job of being focused and coming out ready to play.”
The Wildcats won despite being outrebounded 35-27. ACS coach James Willett said a big reason his team lost was because it relied too heavily on 3-pointers.
The Patriots took just one less 3 (25), than they did two-point field goals (26). ACS hit eight of those 25 long-distance shots.
“We just weren’t making many shots inside and that led to us taking too many from outside that didn’t go down,” Willett said. “Shot selection is a key with this team. When we take good shots, we’re pretty good.
“The guys that were taking the 3-pointers were guys that are usually making them. They just weren’t making them tonight.”
One of the 3s that did go down, a long-range shot from Austin Napier, cut the Wildcats’ lead to 51-47 with 1:46 to go.
After an FSHS turnover, the Patriots’ Matthew Holder drove in for a layup to trim the deficit to 51-49 with 1:19 remaining.
But that’s when the Wildcats took over from the foul stripe. Demaris Payne and Flippin hit free throws on back-to-back possessions to stretch the lead to 55-49 with 52 seconds left.
Then, after a Holder layup, the Patriots’ Jordan Witcher tackled Flippin on a run-out layup attempt. Witcher was called for an intentional foul.
Flippin hit the two free throws to push the lead back to six. Talley and Clark each hit a pair of foul shots over the next 10 seconds to put the Wildcat lead at its final count of 61-51.
“Kevin Flippin, Drew Talley and myself hit our free throws at the end,” Clark said. “That was big.”
Holder scored 13 points to lead ACS. Jarod Walden added 11 points and Napier tallied six assists.
ACS returns to action at 7 p.m. Monday at Adair County. Franklin-Simpson hosts Warren East at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
ACS 15 10 13 13 — 51
FSHS 16 13 12 20 — 61
ACS — York 5, Holder 13, Harper 8, Napier 3, Walden 11, Sikes 9, Williams 2
FSHS — Talley 6, Payne 6, Flippin 10, Clark 22, Lovan 10, Hurt 5, Figert 2
Gregory, Rich bury Lady Wildcats
Allen County-Scottsville’s girls added another tally to an impressive season Friday, beating Franklin-Simpson 49-31 at Wildcat Gym.
Morgan Rich did everything for the Lady Patriots (21-3) in the win. She poured in 19 points, grabbed nine rebounds, tallied five steals and had four assists.
Savannah Gregory added 16 points.
“We told our girls going in that (FSHS) would be a lot more athletic, but we just had to get the job done,” ACS coach Brad Bonds said. “I felt like we did. We played well.”
The Lady Patriots outrebounded the Lady Wildcats 28-16, had 11 assists as compared to their four, and turned the ball over eight fewer times.
“We passed the ball a lot and we played defense as a team really well,” Gregory said.
ACS also played well against FSHS star Sydney Gooch. The Lady Patriots held the younger sister of WKU forward Chastity Gooch to nine points, while forcing her into four turnovers.
Lady Wildcats coach Josh Matthews was frustrated by his team’s performance one night after a 45-28 win over South Warren, he said.
“This is our third game this week, and I thought our legs and our fatigue were big factors,” Matthews said. “But we’ve got to mature past that.
“We’ve got to be able to play whenever we’re tired. We’ve got to be able to execute when we’re tired and we’ve got to have good attitudes and listen when we’re tired. Throughout the season, that hasn’t necessarily been the case.”
FSHS (17-10) will host Warren East at 6 p.m. Tuesday. ACS will be back on the court at 7 p.m. today at Clinton County.
ACS 13 10 15 11 — 49
FSHS 6 8 11 6 — 31
ACS — Brooks 3, Rich 19, Robinson 4, Gregory 16, Rippy 7
FSHS — Covington 14, Krantz 5, Gooch 9, Curtis 3