Lady Bulldogs claim pair of wins at home

by Sean Dunlap

Franklin County’s varsity girls basketball team claimed back-to-back early season wins last week by knocking off Amite County, 41-31, on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and downing North Pike, 41-39, on Thursday, Nov. 3.

The pair of home wins boosted the Lady Dawgs to a 2-1 mark on their 2022-2023 campaign.


Franklin County led from start to finish against the Lady Trojans — thanks to a 13-4 run in the first eight minutes of regulation followed by a 9-6 edge in the second quarter.

The teams battled to a 9-all tie in the third frame with Amite outpacing Franklin 12-10 in the final period.

FC’s Ja’Kya Brown paced all players with a game-high 21 points — with 10 of those coming before intermission and the remainder after the mid-game break.

DeAsia Buie scored four field goals for the Lady Dawgs while Harmoni Porter hit a trey and a field goal along with a free throw for six total points.

Da’Shara Hannon and Kennedy Washington both chipped in a two-pointer each with Niyla Wright and Saiyon Harris hitting a free throw apiece.

Wright, a senior, suffered a leg injury, which limited her mobility in the contest.

As a team, Franklin County hit 7-of-21 shots (33.3 percent) from the charity stripe against Amite County.


In a see-saw battle between Franklin County and North Pike, the Lady Dawgs ultimately prevailed after taking a 9-6 lead coming out of the first quarter, but trailed at intermission after the visiting team went on a 16-11 run in the second eight minutes of the contest.

FC charged back with a 10-6 run in the third with the teams battling to an 11-all stalemate in the fourth frame.

Two Lady Dawgs scored in double figures in the affair as Porter led with 18 — including a trio of second-half three-pointers — while Brown wrapped up her effort with 15.

Buie had a pair of field goals for four points with Washington and Harris scoring two each.

Franklin County was 10-of-19 at the free throw line with Porter shooting 5-of-7, Brown hitting 3-of-5 and Harris going 2-of-4.



After trailing the entire first half of junior varsity girls action, Franklin County stormed back after intermission — thanks to a 13-0 run — to claim a 17-12 win over the visiting Lady Trojans on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FC’s Jessany Harness and Teearlynn Faust recorded their team’s lone two point buckets in the first 16 minutes of regulation while the JV Lady Dawgs were 0-of-7 from the line in trailing 12-4 at the mid-game break.

Franklin County stymied Amite County after intermission as Harness drained a three and two field goals to finish her night with a team-high nine points in the game.

Raine Edmond and Faust sank a two-pointer each in the second half and Zy’Kiyah Middleton went 2-of-2 from the stripe to cap the Lady Dawgs’ comeback.


Franklin County’s varsity girls were slated to return to hardwood action on Thursday, Nov. 10 with a home game against North Pike following a 5 p.m., JV girls game.

The Lady Dawgs will battle Tylertown at home on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and will travel to take on Loyd Star on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Following the Thanksgiving break, FC’s girls will play at McComb on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and at Brookhaven on Friday, Dec. 3.

The JV girls will battle Ole Brook beginning at 5 p.m.