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|Patriot split, prepare for district play|
Just about all District 2-4A eyes will be on the Franklin Parish Patriots this week after splitting a pair of games last week on the road.
The Patriots opened district play last night in Bastrop and took a 18-6 record into the contest. Friday their second district away game will be in Monroe against Neville.
Brandon Sims, a junior on a senior-laden squad, continued his dominance on the court as he scored 33 points in a 82-74 loss at Vidalia. Sims was a second team all district player last year.
Sims is averaging 25 points per game and has been instrumental in the great start this season for the Patriots.
Vidalia played stiff defense and controlled the boards in the second half to hold off a late push in the fourth quarter by Franklin Parish.
"We are getting better," Patriots head coach Wyscee Kerry said. " think our rebounding and defense keeps improving. Our free throw shooting was real good this week."
Franklin Parish missed just one free throw at Vidalia as a team and that continues to be a strength of the team.
The Patriots fought back into the win column on Friday with an impressive 71-53 victory at Sicily Island.
Sims led all scorers again with 28 points while Sidney McMillan scored in 12 points and J.C. Winn chipped in 16 points for Franklin Parish.
The Patriots built a large halftime lead and would not relent on the smaller Sicily Island team.
Again Franklin Parish crashed the boards and made Sicily Island pay for every missed shot.
Franklin Parish also saw their defensive effort create numerous turnovers and transition baskets in the game.
While Carroll has had a hold on the district crown as of late, it is expected to be a good battle for playoff position with Neville and Bastrop this season once again.
"These are important games," Kerry said. "We have to continue to get better and start the district season off on the right foot. It is a real good district again this year."
On the girls side of things, Franklin Parish is breezing through the competition as they also prepare for district road games at Bastrop and Neville this week.
The Lady Patriots (12-12) defeated the Vidalia Lady Vikings 59-45 on Tuesday. Jasmine Jones scored 22 points and Brendolyn Johnson chipped in 14 points for Franklin Parish.
Jones again came through in a big way three days later in an 87-10 dismantling of Sicily Island. Jones and Johnson are averaging 20 points and 18 points respectively as the high scorers for the Lady Patriots.
It will once again be a battle for playoff position on the girl's side as well. Carroll, with a 16-1 record, looks like they could run away with the championship.
Bastrop and Neville are both accustomed to being in the playoffs so coaches look at this week as an opportunity to steer both Patriot teams toward the postseason.