Stephens County drops a pair of basketball games in Franklin County.
The Indians and Lady Indians both lost Friday night in non-region play in Carnesville.
In the girls’ game, Stephens County was within three points in the fourth quarter until the Lady Lions ended the game on a 20-3 run to defeat the Lady Indians 44-24.
Abby Hunter led the Lady Lions and all scorers with 18 points, while Autumn Brooks hit four three-pointers in the final quarter for Franklin County to finish with 12 points.
Lexie Cash and Emily Mote each scored six points to lead the Lady Indians.
The loss drops the Lady Indians to 5-4 on the year, while Franklin County moves to 8-2 with the win.
Moving to the boys’ game, Stephens County trailed by 14 in the second half, but fought back to within a point before coming up just short in a 52-49 loss to the Lions.
Up 50-49, Franklin County’s Kalep Leverette hit two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to extend the lead to three points. Then, Franklin County intercepted Stephens County’s final inbounds pass to win the game.
Leverette had 19 points for the Lions to lead all scorers, while Dot Smith chipped in with 10 points.
Chris Jones had 13 points to lead the Indians and Tavoris Davis added nine points.
The Indians fell to 2-7 with the loss, while the Lions improved to 3-7 with the win.
Stephens County is back in action tonight at the Currahee Arena against Elbert County.
Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. with air time on AM 630 WNEG and wnegradio.com set for 5:45 p.m.