Cook leads Franklin County by Shelby Valley

March 9, 2016 FieldsColumn

Franklin County's Malaka Frank stuffs a Shelby Valley shot attempt. (Photo by Jim Osborn)

Franklin County’s Malaka Frank stuffs a Shelby Valley shot attempt. (Photo by Jim Osborn)

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Franklin County has four 1,000-point career scorers in its lineup, so it’s rare when the Flyers go starving for offense.

So it didn’t matter that Princess Stewart, Franklin County’s top scorer this season, went 0-for-9 from the field and had only 2 points (on 2 free throws in the final minutes) in the first round of the St. Elizabeth HealthCare/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Wednesday afternoon.

Rebecca Cook stepped up to lead the Flyers with 19 points and Dasia Kilbroune added 10 in a 47-39 victory over Shelby Valley in BB&T Arena.

It was Franklin County’s first victory in the Sweet Sixteen since 1980.

“When you haven’t won a state tournament game in 36 years, I guess it’s supposed to be hard,” Coach Joey Thacker said. “We just never could turn them over and get points, so we had to grind it out in the halfcourt.”

Stewart, Cook, Kilbourne and Malaka Frank are all 1,000-point performers, so Thacker is confident his team can always generate offense.

“(Stewart) didn’t have her best day, but we’re a team, and everybody knows somebody else will step up,” he said.

Cook, a 5-foot-10 junior, also had 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Frank added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Anna Arrastia chipped in with 7 points and 4 rebounds.

Franklin County got swamped by 

Shelby Valley was Lakyn Mullins’ 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Cassidi Wright had 10 points, Kyleigh Tackett added 5 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

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