BROOKVILLE – The Franklin Monroe Lady Jets bowed out of the Division IV Ohio High School Athletic Association sectional tournament on Saturday, falling to league rival Newton by the score of 58-33.
Franklin Monroe played even with the favored Newton Indians early on in the contest.
Tara Goubeaux got the scoring started on a drive to the basket with the left-handed layup.
Moments later Kinsey Goins’ 12-foot jumper tied it at four before Newton scored seven unanswered points to go up 11-4.
Kennedy Morris stopped the run with a right-handed floater and on the foul converted a three-point play to cut the margin to 11-8 at the 1:16 mark.
The Indians answered with another seven-point run to close out the first quarter strong to go up 17-8.
The Indians picked up where they left off to start the second frame as their pressure yielded some easy scores and resulted in a 31-12 halftime lead.
After the break things didn’t get much better as Newton added to its lead, going up 45-17 after three quarters of play.
In the final stanza the Jets would squeak out a moral victory, winning the quarter 16-14 but falling short on the scoreboard for the game 58-33.
“The way we finished the game today was something to build on for next year. We went 4-for-4 from the beyond the arch in the fourth quarter and scored 16 points,” Franklin Monroe girls basketball coach Abbey Moore said.
“Carrie Baker, our lone senior, wasn’t pleased with the results … but to go out making two 3-pointers in a row was a good way to leave the stage. She came off the floor to a standing ovation,” Moore said.
“It says a lot about her character and showed courage to come back out this year and give up her time and give it to this team. It’s means a lot to this program, and those are the kinds of players we want in the program,” Moore added.
“I’m certainly proud of our group. It’s always a tough one to lose when you lose in the tournament. No one wants to go home. We’re competitors, and we want to perform well and win,” Moore said.
“I’ve seen a lot of high school programs who don’t have a lot of talent and tend to give up in games … but our girls always played hard till the end, and I’m proud of them for that, and I think we showed that here tonight with the way we finished.
“We’re excited for what the future holds … when those 28 days are up we are going to get to work right away. We need to get stronger and improve our skill level.
“Girls basketball is back at Franklin Monroe, and I hope the girls are excited about it … the future is looking bright,” Moore concluded.
Score by quarters:
FM … 08 … 04 … 05 … 16 – 33
NE … 17 … 14 … 14 … 14 – 58
Franklin Monroe (2-21)
Allyson Masterson 4, Tara Goubeaux 10, Carrie Baker 8, Kinsey Goins 8, Kennedy Morris 3
Totals 5-7-4 – 33
Tatum McBride 6, Maddie Mollette 23, Macy Flanary 8, Elizabeth Carroll 10, Britney Oburn 4, Aliya Stine 6, Mallory Dunlevy 4 – Totals 1-27-1 – 58
FM – 5 (Baker 2, Masterson 1, Goubeaux 1)
NE – 1 (McBride 1)