Lady Spartans coach Kari Goodwin asked friend and veteran Franklin coach John Wild after the game how he's coached for as long as he has. "I said, 'Coach Wild, I don't know how and why you have done this for so long, because this is unbelievably overwhelming,'" Goodwin said. "And he said, 'Goodwin, look at my hair. There's none left.'" The stresses of the game were definitely apparent, especially late in the contest. Neither team was able to gain much separation in the district battle before Taylor Penning's outside shooting gave the visiting team a 37-31 advantage – the biggest lead of the game – early in the fourth. Penning found holes on the perimeter and knocked down seven 3-pointers for a game-best 21 points. She hit back-to-back over the end of the third and start of the fourth to give the Lady Spartans their first two-possession lead. "We knew that (Ellie Colson) was either going to be taken away or they where just going to collapse in on her so our shooters just had to be ready to let it fly," Goodwin said. Kate O'Neil provided a late offensive spark by netting five straight and scoring seven of her 10 points in the final frame for the Lady Rebels, who jumped in front with a 10-0 run over the next five minutes. O'Neil's follow with 1:20 to play gave Franklin a 41-37 lead, but the Lady Rebels lost Penning in transition and the sharp-shooter knocked down a triple just seconds later to set up Andersen's eventual game-winner.
Summit girls 42, Franklin 41
SHS – 8 13 13 8 – 42
FHS – 10 11 10 10 – 41
SHS (42) – Taylor Limprevil 8, Marli Andersen 7, Taylor Penning 21, Ellie Colson 4, Megan Easterly 2.
3-point goals – SHS 8 (Penning 7, Andersen); FHS 8 (Allee 5, Ryan 3). Total Fouls – SHS 14; FHS 6. Fouled Out – None.
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Source: Williamson Herald