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Posted December 13, 2011
Franklin comes off bench, ignites Washington

CEDAR RAPIDS — The way Frank Howell sees it, he has six starters.

“It’s mathematically impossible to start all of them each game though,” said the girls’ basketball coach at Cedar Rapids Washington. “Because it’s illegal.”

It was Danielle Franklin’s turn in the rotation to sit at the start. But she more than made her presence felt once she entered the game.

Franklin scored 25 points as Class 4A seventh-ranked Washington shook off a shaky start and defeated 3A No. 6 Dubuque Wahlert, 50-44, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ basketball game Tuesday night at Washington High School.

“I was getting some openings and finding some seams,” Franklin said.

Danielle Franklin

And once she found them, she converted regularly. She made 8 of 13 shots from the floor (including 3 of 7 from long distance) and made 6 of 8 foul shots.

Franklin scored on a feed from Madison Kramer to tie the game at 39-39 all with 3:57 left, then hit the go-ahead free throw at the 2:32 mark as the Warriors (4-0 overall, 4-0 MVC) used a 7-0 run to turn the tide for good.

Washington was a very modest 13 of 24 from the line, but made six straight to pull away.

“We were dialed in when we needed to be,” Howell said. “Hopefully we can become a little more consistent in the first three quarters.”

Wahlert (4-2, 3-2) jumped to a 12-1 lead, and enjoyed a 14-5 advantage after a quarter in which Howell called two timeouts. He blasted his team in the huddle at the end of the period.

“I hope it woke them up,” Howell said. “It woke me up, because I hurt my hand (slapping the floor).”

“It motivated us big-time,” Franklin said. “We took it out on the floor, and we knew we wanted it.”

Washington got within 18-15 at halftime and took a 31-29 lead into the fourth quarter.

Wahlert countered with a 10-4 run for a 39-35 lead, but the Warriors made the final surge.

Abby Herb added 10 points and Aleena Hobbs scored seven for Washington. Kramer, who finished with only one point, had four assists in the Warriors’ late run.

Tessa Leytem led Wahlert with 15 points. Claire Till, a University of Iowa recruit, added eight — all in the second half.

Washington hosts Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Friday; Wahlert is at Dubuque Hempstead.

C.R. WASHINGTON 50, DUBUQUE WAHLERT 44

At C.R. Washington

DUBUQUE WAHLERT (44): Claire Till 3-11 1-2 8, Beth Walker 0-5 4-8 4, Tessa Leytem 5-13 3-3 15, Olivia Smith 2-5 0-0 5, Marissa Cody 2-6 3-5 7, Tori Ochs 0-0 0-0 0, Haley Hoffmann 0-0 0-0 0, Kristin Lent 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 14-43 12-19 44.

C.R. WASHINGTON (50): Abby Herb 4-9 2-2 10, Brooke Foreman 1-5 1-2 3, Madison Kramer 0-3 1-2 1, Jazz Royster 0-4 2-2 2, Kelli Klaus 1-5 0-6 2, Danielle Franklin 8-13 6-8 25, Aleena Hobbs 3-5 1-2 7, Colby Bjornsen 0-4 0-0 0, Lauren Goodlove 0-0 0-0 0.

Halftime: Wahlert 18, Washington 15. 3-point goals: Wahlert 4-11 (Till 1-4, Leytem 2-6, Smith 1-1), Washington 3-13 (Foreman 0-1, Kramer 0-1, Franklin 3-7, Hobbs 0-2, Bjornsen 0-2). Team fouls: Wahlert 16, Washington 18. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Wahlert 34 (Leytem 9), Washington 36 (Franklin 8). Assists: Wahlert 8 (Leytem, Smith 2), Washington 12 (Kramer 5). Steals: Wahlert 11 (Leytem 3), Washington 17 (Herb 5). Turnovers: Wahlert 24, Washington 19.

2 Responses to Franklin comes off bench, ignites Washington

  1. Nice game all around.

  2. Way to go Dani. It’s not how/if you start but how you finish.
    Keep working hard, good things happen.

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