by Jonathan McNamara
FRANKLINTON — Franklinton High School Red Rams netted their first win of the season Aug. 22 against down-the-road Wake Forest High.
Brook Davis set the bar high in the game with 31 assists, 8 digs and 3 kills.
“The girls turned it on tonight. It was definitely a team effort,” coach Caitlin Withers said.
Combined with Kaitlyn Branam’s 15 kills and 15 digs, Gabriella Davis’ 8 kills and Tiara Wilkins’ 13 digs, it showed the hard work the girls have put in over the last few weeks is beginning to pay off.
The Red Rams dominated the court in a decisive win over the Cougars out scoring them by an average of 12.6 points through the course of the match.
The Cougars walked on to Franklinton’s court with one win and Franklinton had one loss. The teams are pretty evenly matched considering the Red Rams are in a 2A program going toe-to-toe with the Cougars, a 4A program.
Breaking the 3-0 win down to 25-8, 25-11 and 25-18. This shows a lot of potential for the Red Rams to be successful in the 2A Northern Carolina Conference.
“They made my job easy tonight,” Withers added.
Sitting 1-1 overall the Red Rams traveled to Durham for their first conference match.
Durham School of the Arts came out strong hanging with Franklinton in the first set, eventually going down by three points (25-22).
The Red Rams went on to control the rest of the match by winning the second set 25-7 and the third set 25-19, giving them two shut-outs in a row.
Brooke Davis had another outstanding game with 14 assists, 4 digs, 3 aces and 2 kills.
Tiara Wilkins and Kaitlyn Branam’s combined 117 digs, 11 kills and 7 aces contributed to Franklinton’s victory.
The Red Rams (2-1) will travel to Bunn today (Thursday) to play the 3-0 Wildcats. Game time is 6 p.m.