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|Wossman next for Patriots after two wins|
The Franklin Parish Patriots (22-6) will be hosting No. 3 Wossman Wildcats (22-6) in a district showdown Friday night at 6 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to be played on Thursday night but the game was moved to allow Wossman players to attend the Lady Wildcats playoff game on Thursday.
The Franklin Parish girls finished the season with a 15-15 record and missed the playoffs by just 10 points in the power rankings.
For the boys, Franklin Parish is coming off a pair of district wins last week. The Patriots downed West Ouachita 76-54 on Tuesday behind the strong play of Roosevelt Walker and Brandon Sims.
On Friday, Franklin Parish rolled to another victory at Ruston, 62-59. The game was moved from its original Thursday slot last week because of a snow storm that left as much as five inches of snow in some areas of north Louisiana. Sims scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Patriots. Walker added 19 points for the Patriots.
Coaches are still not happy with the teams rebounding on the defensive end and have worked hard on that coming into Friday's contest against Wossman, one of Monroe's elite teams.
"We have been working on rebounding and our defensive pressure," FPHS head coach Wyscee Kerry said. "We have to be ready to battle because (Jonathan Ross) is so physical inside for Wossman. They are one of the best teams in the state right now."
The top 32 teams in each classificaiton will qualify for the LHSAA Class 4A playoffs next week. Franklin Parish is ranked No.13 and Wossman is the third best team according to LHSAA power rankings this week.
Along with Neville and possibly West Ouachita, district 3-4A could have as many as four teams in the playoffs and no fewer than three in the final field of 32.
Ross is averaging double-digits in both rebounding and scoring. Keeping the ball away from him will not be the only concern for the Patriots on defense against Wossman.
"Miquel (Gibson) hit five three-pointers in one quarter last time," Kerry said. "We have to pressure him and then cover Ross and double him. We need to deny the ball down in the low post."
Wossman downed Franklin Parish 85-68 for their worst loss of the year on Feb. 2. Not only is key playoff rankings on the line in this game, avenging a huge loss is also a motivating factor for all the Patriots this week.