The Wildcats of Franklin-Simpson hosted a boy/girls Panthers doubleheader on Friday. The district meetings were the final of two match ups with the Cats this regular season. Franklin-Simpson proved to be too much to handle for both Panther teams. The boys fell 57-36. The girls almost came back to grab a win, but the Lady Cats earned their sixth district win of the season with a 41-33 final.
The Lady Panthers were down by ten points at the half. The Lady Cats tried to slow the pace in the first half, holding Russellville to only seven points at the break. The ladies picked up some speed in the second half. The Lady Panthers picked up 16 points in the third quarter. Going into the 4th quarter, the Lady Cats held on to a 30-23 lead. Russellville pulled within one point before Franklin got hot at the free-throw line and put the Lady Panthers down for good. The 41-33 loss put the Lady Panthers at (1-4) in the district. With only one district game remaining, The Lady Panthers appear to be on track to play Logan County in the opening game of the district tournament this year.
In the boys game, The Panthers were held to their lowest point total of the season. The (19-6) Wildcats showed no mercy dispatching the (16-9) Panthers 57-36. Franklin-Simpson star Tavin Lovan scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the win. The Wildcats are now (6-0) in the district. The Panthers will finish second in the 13th district with a current record of (4-2.) Russellville will play another district game on Friday. They travel to meet the (8-13) Todd County Central Rebels.