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Franklin Academy has had its ups and downs during the 2008-2009 basketball season.
The Cougars recently found a groove and enter a district game Friday night on a high note.
Last week, Franklin Academy (9-6) got back-to-back wins to build solid momentum heading into a game as host of Huntington Friday.
"These kids have a whole bunch of hunger," FA head coach Tommy Kimbrough said. "We are playing good basketball right now and looking to keep progressing."
Caleb Kratzler, a transfer from Harrisonburg, has only been with the squad for three games and has made an immediate impact.
Kratzler scored a game-high 24 points in the Cougars 68-52 win over Red River on the road last week. Shelby Zeagler is also averaging double-digits this season.
Zeagler came through with 14 points to add to Kratzler's big night. Inside, the team has had point production from Ryan Ellington, who averages near 10 points per game.
On Friday night the Cougars defeated Tensas 62-29 behind a huge game from Zeagler. The junior poured in 29 points to lead a second-half surge for Franklin Academy.
The Friday district game, complete with fan excitement, pits two district contenders. Huntington and Franklin Academy are expected to main rivals for the crown.
Huntington beat the Cougars 52-30 in December when Franklin's Dusty Barefield and Zeagler were held out for disciplinary reasons. Tanner Wiggins also was battling an ankle sprain that sidelined him during the game.
Franklin Academy's boys posted their biggest win of the season on January 6, defeating District 6A leader Wilkinson County Christian Academy, 56-42.
Zeagler led Franklin with 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Kratzler added 16 points and hauled in seven rebounds.
Wiggins netted 11 points and had eight rebounds.
"The boys played well together and it was one of our better games," said Franklin assistant coach Casey Weeks. "We've had some injuries that have slowed us down, but we feel good about where we are right now."
The Lady Cougars fell to Wilkinson Country Christian, 62-32.
WCCA jumped to a 15-7 lead after one quarter of play and by halftime was leading 33-13.
The Lady Cougars fell to the Lady Chiefs, 57-18.
Franklin trailed only 11-6 after one period, but was outscored 18-2 in the second quarter.
Katie Little led Franklin Academy with eight points.
Both Franklin Academy teams have an open date following Friday night's games against Huntington Academy.