By Greg Lawson
For Bluegrass Basketball
In a season, and a regional championship, that was completely unconventional – the outcome was completely conventional. The Franklin County Lady Flyers won their fifth 11th region title in the last seven years, and their sixth in school history. Their latest title came at the expense of the Lafayette Lady Generals who raised some eyebrows by posting on social media, “#notdoneyette as we EARN our way to the region championship this Saturday!” Most readers saw this as a reference to the fact that Franklin County and Tates Creek were unable to play their semi-final matchup due to a positive case of COVID-19 in the Lady Commodore program, forcing them to withdraw from the 11th region tournament.
Whether the forfeit gave Franklin County any real advantage was unclear. What was clear in this championship game was that Lafayette had Franklin County’s full attention, especially on the defensive end. FCHS shut out the Lady Generals in the first quarter, ending the frame ahead 13-0. They methodically stretched their lead in second and third quarters, at one point pushing the margin to over 20. Lafayette was able to cut into the lead as the fourth quarter progressed and using a full court press with their starters against the Lady Flyer third-stringers, Lafayette was able to push the final score to 53-38.
And, with that, Joey Thacker leads the Lady Flyer program back to the Sweet 16. The 11th region champion faces a tough road to the championship. Franklin County will face the 13th region champion in the first round of the Sweet 16 held at Rupp Arena on Wednesday, April 7th at 5:00 pm. The 13th region will crown their champion Monday, March 29. If the Lady Flyers get through the first round, most likely will have a rematch with the number one team in the state, Anderson County. The Lady Bearcats defeated Franklin County 64-32 on January 12. It should be a great week of basketball at Rupp Arena for the Girls’ Sweet 16. Watch out for the 11th region champs, the Wizard and his lady birds might have a few tricks left up their sleeve after they EARNED their way back to the state tournament.
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