WENDELL — The Franklinton girls basketball team took advantage of a cold shooting night from Corinth Holders and rode a pair of hot-shooting performances itself in defeating the Pirates 46-32 in a Northern Carolina 2A Conference meeting Friday night.
Corinth Holders went scoreless from the field for the first 14 minutes of the game while the Red Rams began to slowly pull away.
Franklinton’s Diesha Davis supplied the firepower in the first half as the shooting guard paced the Red Rams with nine points over the first two quarters to help give the visitors the 20-12 lead at the break. Then Charity Snelling found the hot hand in the second half when she poured in 12 of her game-high 14 points.
Maddy Gladwell found Kris Neal all alone for an easy layup with two minutes left in the second quarter to give the Pirates their first field goal of the contest after having four made free throws account for all of their scoring in the opening period.
But easy baskets were not so easy to come by for Corinth Holders who connected from the field just ten more times.
Neal did the most damage for the Pirates with 13 points and eight rebounds with three of her buckets coming off of the offensive glass.
Morgan Hester was the only other player in double figures for Corinth Holders (4-8, 1-4 Northern Carolina Conference) as the senior forward had 10 points.
Franklinton used mini 6-0 runs at the start of both the second quarter and third quarter to put some distance between itself and the Pirates.
With the Pirates struggling on the offensive end of the court already, Snelling complicated matters even further with seven steals that jumpstarted the Red Rams attack in the second half. Four times the guard stripped Pirate players of the ball and took it the distance for a coast-to-coast layup.
Davis finished the night with 11 points for the Red Rams while Anna Moss muscled her way inside for seven points and nine rebounds.