Franklin County kept its perfect record intact with a road victory over Bozeman on Friday. If the Seahawks continue shooting like they did against the Bucks, it could be a while longer before they see their first loss of the season.
SAND HILLS — Franklin County kept its perfect record intact with a road victory over Bozeman on Friday. If the Seahawks continue shooting like they did against the Bucks, it could be a while longer before they see their first loss of the season.
The Seahawks made a whopping 15 3-pointers in their 75-39 victory despite being without their starting point guard and second-leading scorer Jan Lowe, who was out with an injury.
It was a shooting performance that surprised even Franklin County coach Mackenzie Williams, who, understandably, couldn’t keep track of all of his team’s long-range shots.
“Wow, I didn’t even know that,” he said after learning of the Seahawks’ 3-point totals. “I knew we hit a lot, but I didn’t know it was 15. We had some open shots and we do have some knockdown shooters. I liked the way we shared the ball. Our motto this year is ‘we, not me,’ which means we put the team before our personal business and I believe we did that tonight with the way we shared the ball.”
Eighth-grade guard Lamarius Martin led the way with six 3-pointers and 20 points for the Seahawks, with Tyler Howard following with 11 points, KK Wilson nine, and Zack Przygocki eight. Tyler Melvin, Chandler Taylor, and Nick Taylor all had eight points for Bozeman.
Bozeman dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in District 4-1A with the loss, while Franklin County improved to 7-0 and 3-0 in league play.
It has been an impressive start for the Seahawks, which includes a road win over defending district champion West Gadsden. Williams said the groundwork for his team’s early-season success was laid back in the summer.
“We call it the slow season because we don’t have an off-season,” he said. “We played a lot of games this summer with the same guys and they got comfortable with each other and it shows on the court.”
The first three baskets of the night for Franklin County all came on 3-pointers, with Zacc Townsend following with a steal and basket and then a 3-pointer to put the Seahawks up 16-5 with 2:55 left in the first quarter.
Another three from the corner by Landon Nash and a tip-in at the first quarter buzzer by Nathan Jones put the Seahawks up 21-7. Bozeman briefly rallied in the second quarter, getting a three from Dante Robinson and four baskets by Nick Taylor to cut the margin to 30-20 with 2:34 on the clock.
But Franklin County finished the first half with a flurry, getting a driving basket by Przygocki and three straight 3-pointers by Martin for an 11-0 run to make it 41-20 at the break. The third quarter started with more red-hot Franklin County shooting, as Daijon Penamon opened with a three and Wilson added two more from long distance to make it 50-22.
Howard came up with a steal and two and finished a lob pass from Wilson to close the third quarter with the Seahawks leading 64-30. A free throw by Howard with 7:47 left in the fourth put Franklin County up 35 and triggered the running the clock.
Bozeman coach Mike Memmen said the offensive onslaught by the Seahawks wasn’t that shocking given what they’ve shown so far this season.
“I think they’re averaging about 70 points per game and that’s including some good competition,” he said. “I knew they could shoot it. We tried a bunch of different defenses, but they were able to break us down of the dribble and get some looks. Once they get into a rhythm, they’re hard to beat when they can score like that.”
The Bucks will next play host to Bethlehem on Monday. Franklin County hosts Wakulla on Tuesday.
Cox 1 0-0 2, Collier 1 0-0 2, Grainger 0 0-0 0, Granville 1 0-0 3, Melvin 3 0-2 8, C. Taylor 4 0-0 8, Robinson 2 0-0 6, Dorsey 1 0-0 2, N. Taylor 4 0-0 8. Totals: 17 0-2 39.
FRANKLIN COUNTY (75)
Townsend 3 0-0 7, Penamon 2 0-0 5, Przygocki 3 0-0 8, Gainer 1 0-0 3, Nash 2 0-0 6, Howard 5 1-2 11, Martin 7 0-0 20, Jones 2 2-2 6, Wilson 2 3-4 9. Totals: 27 6-8 75.
Bozeman 7 13 12 7 — 39
Franklin County 21 20 25 9 — 75
3-point field goals: Franklin County 15 (Martin 6, Przygocki 2, Wilson 2, Nash 2, Gainer, Penamon, Townsend), Bozeman 4 (Melvin 2, Robinson 2). Total fouls: Franklin County 12, Bozeman 8. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: Howard, Melvin.
Bay 65, NBH 39
PANAMA CITY — Bay got 12 points from Gemerious Smith and six points and 10 rebounds from Jaylin Watford to improve to 4-3 on the season. Wick Moss led the Bucs with 13 points. NBH dropped to 4-3.
The Tornadoes next play Tuesday at Arnold, while the Bucs are home for Bozeman on Tuesday.