Franklin girls put together winning streak

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, December 28, 2022

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Franklin High School’s varsity girls basketball team moved above .500 recently by creating a winning streak against Tri-Rivers District opponents.

On Dec. 19, the Lady Broncos went on the road and defeated Sussex Central High School by a score of 50-17.

Franklin ended its play the prior week with a 58-20 road win over Appomattox Regional Governor’s School on Dec. 16.

The win streak started Dec. 14 when the Lady Broncos beat visiting Surry County High School 51-36.

“This was a big win for us,” Franklin Head Coach Dennis Sumblin said. “We have not beaten Surry in the past 10 years.”

The Lady Broncos earned the lead early against the Lady Cougars and held it the entire game.

“We have battled with them but could not come up with a win,” Sumblin said. “I told the team at halftime, ‘They have been at us for 10 years, but tonight we have an opportunity to get them back,’ and the girls went out there and made it happen. We led the whole ballgame by at least 10-12 points. We played good defense, and I think that we are good to go.”

Junior guard Ariana Picot led the Lady Broncos in scoring with 17 points, while senior guard Arbani Wiggins had 12 points. 

On Dec. 9, Franklin fell 60-48 to host and undefeated district rival Windsor High School, but FHS officials noted in a school news release that the score was not indicative of the game the Lady Broncos played. 

The girls came out strong, winning the first quarter, but the Lady Dukes rallied back, knotting the score at 27-27 for the first half. The third quarter also ended in a tie, and the score wavered back and forth in the fourth quarter, with the Lady Dukes pulling ahead in the last two minutes of the game.

Wiggins gathered her first double-double, with 17 points and 11 rebounds, to go with two assists and four steals. Junior forward/center Roshanda Hoskie followed with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Sophomore forward/center Mykira Barrett contributed eight points, 12 boards, three steals and two blocks.

The junior varsity Lady Broncos defeated the JV Lady Dukes by a score of 22-16.

The varsity Lady Broncos (5-4, 3-3 Tri-Rivers) return to action Friday, Jan. 6, when they visit Central Lunenburg High School. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.