The last time Central High School girls' basketball took on Franklin County, the Lady Raiders won at home by 20 points. Traveling to Winchester Tuesday night, CHS doubled the deficit, beating the Rebelettes 64-24.
"What a team performance you know? Jacey, Bella, Ellie, Abby, Jenna all had perimeter jump shots, all made threes," Coach Joe Pat Cope said. "Just really starting to click and its a good time of year to come together."
As a team, the Lady Raiders hit 11 shots from beyond the three-point line, helping the girls go up early and expand their lead through the game. Abby Morgan hit five, four of which came in the second quarter.
"We said a month ago in the Patch, playing this team, both 4-0 and that game that night was gonna be who took control of the district," Cope said. "To come in less than a month later and beat a solid district team by 40 points its such a good team win."
It was a slow start to the game for both teams at the top of the first quarter. After Franklin County hit the game's first point on a free throw, Bella Vinson hit a three-pointer to put CHS up 3-1. A Jacey Vaughn free throw was the game's only points for nearly four minutes before Jenna Garretson drilled a three-pointer with 3:09 left in the corner. This shot helped spark the Lady Raiders' offense, hitting 10 more points to take a 17-5 lead after one.
The Lad Raiders took off in the second quarter, hitting 25 points while holding the Rebelettes to five. Morgan opened the offensive run at the top of the quarter with a three-pointer, then closed out the first half with a three-pointer at the buzzer. Morgan ultimately finished the quarter with 18 points, her strongest performance of the night.
CHS slowed down somewhat in the second half, hitting nine points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth.
Morgan led the way with for CHS with 27 points. She was followed by 10 from Vinson, with Vaughn right behind at nine. Garretson finished the game with seven points, followed by Ellie Graham with six. Ashley Starks and Keelie Hillis finished the night with two points each, with one free throw coming from Emma Fulks.