SCHS Indians, Lady Indians drop region opener at Franklin County

Stephens County High School basketball opens region play with losses at Franklin County.

Both the Indians and Lady Indians lost in Carnesville Friday night in the Region 8-AAA opener for both schools.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Lions used a 14-0 run to start the second half to propel themselves to a 56-52 win over the Lady Indians, holding off a fourth quarter Stephens County comeback.

Bre Taylor led the Lady Indians with 23 points, including nine three-pointers. Kiki Howard added 11 points for Stephens County.

Paris Gaye had 16 points to lead Franklin County and Bailee Aderholdt added 13 points.

The loss drops the Lady Indians to 7-4 overall and 0-1 in region play. The Lady Lions are 7-5 overall and 1-0 in the region.

In the boys’ game, Franklin County pulled away late to defeat the Indians, 58-49. The teams were tied entering the fourth quarter, but Franklin County pulled ahead and maintained the lead with late free throws.

Corey Richie led the Indians with 19 points and Tyrece Mackie added 13 points.

The Lions were led by David Witcher’s 20 points and 19 points from Keylan Rutledge.

Stephens County’s boys drop to 6-5 overall and 0-1 in the region with the loss. The Lions are 5-5 overall and 1-0 in the region.

The Lady Indians return to action with a pair of make-up games at home on Monday versus Rabun Gap and Tuesday versus Habersham Central.

WNEG’s next broadcast will be next Friday when the boys and girls host Oconee County for a region doubleheader.