Nolensville scored 20 points in the first period, then needed nearly 24 more to post the Lady Knights last 22 in a 42-31 win over Franklin Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the Middle Tennessee Invitational Tournament at the loser's gym. The two teams combined to hit their first seven shots combined. Five were 3-pointers, giving the Lady Knights a 12-7 lead early. But Franklin's defense got sticky in the second, holding Nolensville to a single lay-up in the first five minutes. "We just had to find a way to grind it out," said Chris Ladd, head coach at Nolensville. "I told them our defense has really been good these last two days and that's what keeping us in the game. Sometimes you offense is not going to be there and good hard defense will keep you in the game."
Nolensville 20 5 8 9 42
Franklin 10 6 13 2 31
NOLENSVILLE (42) – Zoe Piller 10; Leftwich 8; Ladd 8; Matas 5; Nighan 4; Mickulin 4; Baird 3.
FRANKLIN (31) – Sydney Ryan 16; O'Neil 7; Doran 6; McKnight 2.
FT's: Nolensville 6-of-7 (85.7%); Franklin 8-of-10 (80%)
Turnovers: Nolensville 10, Franklin 17
Personal Fouls: Nolensville 14, Franklin 9
Halftime: 25-16 Nolensville
Source: Williamson Herald