By Marty Simpkins
WAKE FOREST — Franklin Academy’s defense shined in the 41-19 win in girls basketball at Research Triangle Jan. 5. The Patriots held their opponent to under 20 points for the fourth time this season.
Franklin Academy scored 10 points each in the first and second quarter. Meanwhile, Research Triangle only scored six points in the entire first half to give Franklin Academy a 20-6 lead at halftime.
The Patriots had their best offensive performance of the game in the third quarter by scoring 14 points. The Raptors clawed their way back with seven points of their own to make the deficit 34-13 entering the final period.
Franklin Academy outscored Research Triangle 7-6 in the fourth quarter to take the 41-19 victory on the road. The Patriots are 6-2 in away games and 2-3 at home this year.
Emma Bailey was the top player for Franklin Academy in the win at Research Triangle. The freshman led the Patriots with 13 points and made two 3-pointers. She also grabbed four rebounds and three steals, plus one block.
Although Dara McCluskey didn’t score any points, the senior forward led Franklin Academy with 13 rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks.
Carlie Clift was one point away from a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. The sophomore led the Patriots with seven offensive rebounds.
With the win, Franklin Academy improved to 8-6 overall and 5-3 in conference play. The Patriots will play Voyager Academy at home Friday at 6 p.m.