ANSONIA – Franklin Monroe got 32 points from senior guard Skylar Bauman and held off two comeback attempts by Ansonia then pulled away late in the 4th quarter to take a 55-44 Western Ohio Athletic Conference win.
Prior to the contest the Lady Tigers recognized two seniors, Lauren Burns and Emma Barga.
Lauren is the daughter of Yvonne and Scott Burns and is a 3-year letter winner in basketball. She also was letter winner in cheerleading for football, basketball and dance. Lauren also lettered in softball and was named 1st team all-conference as a junior. Upon graduation Lauren plans to attend Bowling Green and major in Human Resources.
Emma is the daughter of Janel and Randy Barga and is a 3-year letter winner in basketball. Emma has also lettered in volleyball and track and field. Emma is a member of the National Honor Society. Upon graduation Emma plans to attend Edison State Community College and then transfer to Wright State main campus to major in Accounting and Finance.
Franklin Monroe got off to a good start in the game going up 16-8 in the opening quarter with Skylar Bauman connecting on 8 points and Maura Yount 5.
The Tigers would mount a charge late in the 2nd quarter getting two triples from Maddie Buckingham and 6 points at the half as they closed to withing a point trailing 23-22 at the break.
Ansonia took a brief lead to start the 3rd period on a Bailey Schmit fielder to go up 24-23. But Franklin Monroe wrestled back control as Bauman connected on back to back triples and by the 4 minute mark the Jets were up 32-24.
The Tigers struggled to find offense and trailed the Jets went 36-29 heading into the final stanza.
But there was no quit in the Ansonia team, once again they battle back using full court pressure and half court traps for turnovers. They also got a lift from senior Bailey Schmit scoring 7 of her 9 points in the game as the Tigers closed the gap to 42-38 at the 4:00 minute mark.
But was time ticked away Ansonia had to put the Jets at the free throw line where Bauman went 9-for-9 in the period and 14-for-15 in the game. She ended the game up with 32 points a new career high as the Jets closed out the game with the 55-44 win.
Franklin Monroe improved to 3-17 on the year and 3-7 in the conference and will host National Trail next Thursday.
Ansonia fell to 4-12 overall and 2-6 in the league and will play at Parkway on Saturday.
“This was Skylar’s night scoring 32 points and displaying her senior leadership. We really missed not having her for last 4 weeks so I’m happy for her knowing we just have a few regular season games left and then tournaments, hopefully this win will give us some confidence,” Franklin Monroe coach Zane Shellabarger said.
“We had a nice lead twice only to see Ansonia fight back and even take the lead in the 3rd quarter, but we handled those runs and the pressure. Skylar was a big part of that helping the other girls maintain composure. You can even take the 32 points out of the equation, just her mentally being out there helped keep the young girls mentally in it, telling them where to be and keeping them calm at the end, that was huge for us … it’s so good to see Skylar back,” Shellabarger concluded.