Jayce Byers drives to the basket for a Jets score in the team's WOAC matchup at Mississinawa Valley. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Franklin Monroe first quarter leads to win over Mississinawa Valley

Franklin Monroe Jets jump out to early 18-3 lead in WOAC win over Blackhawks

UNION CITY – The Franklin Monroe Jets went on the road and took home a Tuesday night 49-35 WOAC win over the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks.

“Whenever we come up here it’s a fight – their kids really battle,” said FM coach, Troy Myers. “I’m glad our guys were able to close that one out the second half.”

The Jets bolted out to an 18-3 lead at 6:20 in the second quarter of play but it was the Blackhawks battling back to take the balance of the game 32-31.

“Our defense is doing us well,” Myers stated. “Defensively we’re putting ourselves in position to win any game.”

Franklin Monroe took advantage of Ky Cool’s 5-points, Jayce Byers 4-points and a basket each from Karson Wright, Gabe Sargent and Ethan Garber to take the opening quarter 15-3. The Hawks lone basket of the first came by way of a Jake Dirmeyer 3-point bucket.

The teams played to an 11-11 second quarter sending the teams to the break with Franklin Monroe holding a double digit 26-14 lead. The Jets scoring came from two Wright triples for 6-points and five Garber points including a trey. Matt Pisano paced MV with 7-points, Dirmeyer knocked down his second triple of the night and Drew Anguiano added a free throw.

Mississinawa Valley won the battle of period No. 3 by a slim 2-points taking the quarter 11-9 led by Pisano’s 5-points including a 3-pointer, Anguiano 4-points and Jake Loy 2-points. Garber accounted for six FM points and Cool added a trey sending the teams to the final period with the Jets holding 35-25 lead.

“We have to find a way to shoot the basketball better than we shot it tonight,” Myers said following the game.

Franklin Monroe took advantage at the charity stripe in the fourth to take the quarter 14-10 and earn a 14-point Western Ohio Athletic Conference victory.

“I feel like our defense is carrying us right now and I hope that continues,” said Coach Myers. “If we’re not playing hard on defense and flying around, we’re just not very good. We have to get after it, we have to fly around because that creates some offense for us. Fortunate early we were able to do that which created some energy for our guys.”

The Jets went 8-10 at the fourth quarter free throw line while the Hawks struggle shooting 1-4 at the fourth period stripe.

Pisano led Mississinawa Valley and all scorers with a game high 17-points. Garber led the Jets with 16-points on the night.

BOXSCORE

FRANKLIN MONROE 49, MISSISSINAWA VALLEY 35

FRANKLIN MONROE – E. Garber 16, K. Cool 12, K. Wright 8, J. Byers 8, C. Yount 3, G. Sargent 2 – TOTALS 14 9-15 4 49

MISSISSINAWA VALLEY – M. Pisano 17, D. Anguiano 8, J. Dirmeyer 6, X. Manning 2, J. Loy 2 – TOTALS 9 5-12 4 35

3-POINTERS

Franklin Monroe 4 (K. Wright 2, K. Cool 1, E. Garber 1)

Mississinawa Valley 4 (J. Dirmeyer 2, D. Anguiano 1, M. Pisano 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

15-11-09-14 49 Franklin Monroe

03-11-11-10 35 Mississinawa Valley

Matt Pisano scores for the Blackhawks in Tuesday night home game with Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Franklin Monroe's Ethan Garber scores in the paint in the team's road game at Mississinawa Valley. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Karson Wright drains a 3-pointer for Franklin Monroe in the Jets matchup with the Blackhawks. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Hawks Drew Anguiano drives the ball up-court for MV in the team's home game with Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ky Cool handles the ball for Franklin Monroe in the team's Tuesday night conference contest at Mississinawa Valley. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Gaylen Blosser / Editor

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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