Indians beat Franklin 54-47

Published 10:22 am Friday, December 9, 2011

Southampton senior Nick Doyle attempts to get around Franklin's Marcus Stephens during Tuesday night's game. -- Don Bridgers | Tidewater News

COURTLAND—Senior Nick Doyle scored a game-high 23 points to lead Southampton High School to a 58-47 win over visiting Franklin on Tuesday night.

“Great game and great rivalry,” said Franklin Coach Danny Dillon. “Both teams battled hard.”

The first quarter ended 13-12 in the Indians’ favor. Doyle hit two three-pointers in the second quarter to give the Indians a 23-20 edge at halftime.

Franklin was down by six points going into the final quarter.

Southampton remained constant with senior leadership from JayR McCain and Doyle, although a put-back by Tyshaun Lowe pulled the Broncos to within two points of the Indians with three minutes to play.

The Indians knocked down seven of eight free throws.

Lowe led Franklin with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Freshman guard Adam Grant was 8-for-12 from the line and ended with 15 points.

“As long as the Broncos play as hard as they can and show good sportsmanship, then I’m a happy coach,” Dillon said. “Tonight our (freshmen) guards handled their man-to-man defense solid for four quarters. We just missed open shots down the stretch to give us a chance to win.”

The Southampton Indians are 2-0. The Broncos are 1-1.

The Southampton junior varsity team beat Franklin 43-36. Point guard Cameron Hines had 22 points for the Indians, while Bryce Shelley scored 13 and LaQuadric Pittman added 11 for the Broncos.

“I was really proud of how the boys fought hard and played until the end,” said Franklin Junior Varsity Coach Robby Cutchins.