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Hawks down Cottondale, prepare for St. Joe

David Adlerstein
The Apalach Times
The Apalach Times

The Franklin County Seahawks will travel to Port St. Joe this Friday for the second time in a week, but this time they’ll face the Tiger Sharks.

In their first appearance of 2020, Coach Kameron Ashabranner’s Hawks lost a close one to Malone last Friday, in a holiday game played in Port St. Joe.

Trailing at the half 31-23, the Seahawks made up ground in the third quarter by outscoring the Tigers 17-13, going into the final stanza trailing by four. They cut that deficit in half, but Malone emerged the winner 61-59.

Junior guard Eden Brathwaite led the team with 18 points and seven assists, with senior forward Ayden Pearson pitching in 14 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Jerymiah Stephens tallied 10 points.

On Saturday night against Cottondale, the Seahawks got back on track, downing the Hornets 62-48 thanks to a rambunctious 14-4 third quarter that gave them an 11-point lead.

Franklin County jumped out to a 20-10 lead after the first quarter, and were ahead 32-25 at the half.

Pearson led the team with 25 points, while Brathwaite scored 24, with five assists. Sophomore Carter Kembro snared eight rebounds, with the six-foot four-inch forward managing an electrifying dunk off the ball off the press.

Tuesday night’s home game against Quincy Crossroad Academy was a 16-point loss for the Seahawks against the 10-3 conference leader.

The Scorpions led from the tip-off, going ahead 21-8 after the first quarter, 36-27 at the half, and 53-34 after three, before eventually going home with a 74-58 victory.

Brathwaite, Stephens and Escobar each scored 15, while Pearson had 18 rebounds and four blocks.

The 5-4 Seahawks, 2-2 in the conference square off Friday evening against Port St. Joe, now 8-3 and 4-0 in conference play.

The Tiger Sharks have lost to Bay, Stephenson, and Malone, while the Seahawks share a two-point loss to Malone, and losses to Arnold and Crossroad.