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JV ’Cats take gold in holiday tourney

The Franklin County junior varsity girls' basketball team won three out of its four games during the annual Whitewater Valley Classic at FCHS last week. A solid double-digit victory in the final contest helped the reserve Lady Wildcats keep the championship trophy in Brookville.

The first two games of the tourney were played on Wednesday, December 27. Franklin County opened the event with a contest against Guerin Catholic. The Lady Wildcats dominated from the start, doubling up their opponent in the first quarter, 14-7.

Guerin was doubled up in the next two quarters as well. Franklin County won the second quarter by a 12-6 margin and the third quarter by a 10-5 margin.

The fourth quarter started with FC holding a comfortable lead. Both teams scored just four points apiece, giving the Lady Wildcats a 40-22 win, and a hot start to the tournament.

Franklin County was led in scoring by Kairee Hodapp with 12 points. She was followed by Karlie Hahn, who posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Collectively, the Lady 'Cats registered 21 steals in the contest.

Later that afternoon, FC battled Jennings County in the second round of games. After the first quarter, the Lady Wildcats were clinging to a 9-8 lead. The second quarter did not go FC's way, as the team was outscored by a 12-2 margin, trailing by a 20-11 margin at halftime.

The second half of the game did not start any better for FC. The home team was outscored, 10-4, and when the final seven minutes of action started, the Lady Wildcats had scored half as many points as Jennings County, 30-15.

The fourth quarter was a different matter, however. The Lady Wildcats dominated from the start of the period and pulled off an incredible comeback. Franklin County scored 23 points in the fourth, holding JC to just three points. When the final horn sounded, the Lady Wildcats were 38-33 winners.

Hahn was the scoring leader for FC in the second game, registering 12 points. Hodapp scored nine and pulled down 10 boards. Twenty-one more steals helped the home team pull off the comeback.

The next morning, on Thursday, December 28, the JV Lady 'Cats were back at it with a game against Bishop Chatard. After falling behind by six points in the first quarter, 10-4, FC was never able to recover. Despite outscoring Chatard by four points, 13-9, in the second period, the visitors dominated the third period, 16-6. Both teams scored nine in the final quarter, giving Chatard the 44-32 win.

Alexis Ball was the lone FC player to score in double digits with 11. Hahn registered 10 boards, while Jenna Orschell pulled down seven rebounds.

The final game of the day, and the last game of the tournament for FC, pitted the Lady Wildcats against Marquette Catholic. For the second straight game, FC was outscored by a wide margin in the first quarter, 11-2. The Lady 'Cats responded, however, giving up just two points in the second period and owning a 15-13 lead at halftime.

Seven total points were scored in the third quarter, but FC outscored Marquette, 15-5, in the final quarter. The 35-20 win for Franklin County gave the team first place in the holiday tourney.

Twelve points and 10 rebounds in the finale helped Hahn lead FC to the title. The sophomore finished the tournament with a team-high 38 points and 38 rebounds. Hodapp finished with 34 points in four games.