Indians Open Region Play with Sweep of Lions

The Stephens County Lady Indians started hot in their first region game of the season, then had to hang on at the end for a 40-39 win at Franklin County Tuesday night in Carnesville.

The Lady Indians scored the first points and continued to build the lead into a 10-point advantage at halftime 28-18.  The Lady Lions outscored the Lady Indians 12 to 5 in the third period to trim the lead down to 3.  Franklin County got within 1 point with 24 seconds left, but Stephens County’s scrappy defense would not allow the Lady Lions to tie or take the lead, and Stephens County came away with the one-point victory.  Carson Stowe led all scorers with 14 points, followed by Makiya Knox with 7 and Tytiunna Tukes with 6.  Journey Roberts led Franklin County with 9 points.

The Lady Indians are now 1-0 in Region-8 AAA play and 3-11 overall. Franklin County falls to 6-10 overall and 0-1 in the region.

In the boy’s game, Stephens County trailed at halftime 24-18, but the Indians outscored the Lions 19-5 in the 3rd quarter and cruised to a 56-42 Region 8-AAA victory.

 A.J. Russell led the Indians with 14 points, followed by Javin Gordon with 12 and Corey Ritchie with 11.  Franklin County was led by Bentley Huff with 14.  Stephens County improves to 1-0 in Region-8 AAA play and 7-6 overall.  Franklin County falls to 5-11 overall and 0-1 in region play.

The Stephens County J-V Lady Indians also won their game over Franklin County 43-31 improving their record to 4-2.  Lanesia Verdell led the scoring with 19 points, followed by Aleria Faukner with 9, Samiya Scott with 8, and Ivey Jackson with 7.  The Lady Indians J-V team will play Friday at 4 P.M. at The Currahee Arena against Oconee County.

Stephens County’s varsity teams will host Oconee County Friday night at the Currahee Arena in another region-8 contest.  The varsity girls will tip-off at 7 P.M. and airtime on 93.1 FM and AM-630 will be at 6:45 P.M.