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The Franklin Academy Cougars entered the district tournament this week as the top seed after a pair of important district 2-2A victories in Mississippi Private School Association action.
Last week, FA found its offensive rhythm just in time to trip up Tensas Academy in a classic defensive struggle, 36-31.
"It was the worst game we have played this season," FA assistant coach Casey Weeks said. "We were solid the entire game on defense, but a lot of times it looked as if there was a lid on the bucket."
The Cougars (12-7, 5-1) were struggling to get their shots to fall from the very opening tip of the basketball.
Tanner Wiggins had one of the most outstanding performances of his career with a game-high 16 points while Shelby Zeagler chipped in 15 points.
Neither team was overpowering at any one time throughout the first half of the contest. Franklin Academy made a late run in the second quarter to secure a 12-11 advantage as the teams headed to the lockers at intermission.
Austin Emfinger got the hot hand for Tensas Academy in the second half and finished with a team-high 12 points.
"At times it just seemed we were trying too hard," Weeks said. "The kids really wanted to win the game and it was an important one."
The Cougars mauled Tallulah in the last game on Friday night by a score of 77-53. Zeagler scored 16 points while Dusty Barefield chipped in 16 points and Caleb Kratzer added nine points for the Cougars.
Franklin Academy made a quick point of starting fast and furious on offense as they built a huge advantage.
As much as defense had been a part of their success in the game against Tensas, It was the balanced offensive attack that allowed the Cougars to cruise to the easy district win.
Jay Shivers led the way for Tallulah with a team-best 15 points in defeat as turnover problems plagued Tallulah for the majority of the contest.
Now Franklin Academy moves into the district 2-2A tournament and will play Friday against the winner of the Riverdale and Tensas match-up.
The depth and offensive punch of the Cougars has carried them through so many good district contests this season, and it is expected to be their key to a ticket to the state tournament.