Earlham Athletics Saturday Roundup

Scores:
Men’s Basketball: Franklin 81, Earlham 73
Women’s Basketball: Franklin 61, Earlham 48
Men’s Basketball Clipped by Franklin 81-73
 
RICHMOND, Indiana – Franklin College scored on its final eight possessions of the game to secure an 81-73 road victory over the Earlham College men’s basketball team in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action at Schuckman Court on Saturday.

Franklin led 8-7 in the early going after a layup from Braxton Day at the 17:53 mark of the first half. The Quakers responded by scoring on four of their next five possessions resulted in an 8-0 run and a 15-8 Earlham lead.

Franklin stopped the run with a jumper from Aaron Mann, but a three-pointer from freshman Kenneth Stalling Jr., a free throw from sophomore Darrell Hutchison, and a jumper from sophomore Chainey Zolman put the Quakers up 21-10 with nine minutes remaining in the first half.

The Grizzlies stiffened up on defense, however, ending the first half on a 26-9 run to take a 36-29 lead into halftime.

Earlham got within five points at 45-40 on a Hutchison jump shot with 15:09 to play in regulation, but Franklin stretched its lead back to ten points on a pair of free throws from Robbie Prather.

The Quakers continued to battle and got within two points (60-58) after two free throws from junior Elijah Wilson-Thomas with 6:45 to play. Franklin would score the next five points, but a three-pointer from Wilson-Thomas and two free throws from Hutchison with four minutes to play got Earlham within two points (65-63) once again.

Franklin would score on its final eight possessions to seal the close victory.

Hutchison finished with 21 points, four rebounds, and three assists while converted a career-high nine free throws. Wilson-Thomas also tallied 21 points to go along with six boards.

Braxton Day led the Grizzlies with 23 points on 10-16 shooting from the field. Mann finished with 21 points despite making just 5-20 field goals. Prather added 18 points.

Earlham shot 48 percent (24-50) from the field compared to 39.4 percent (26-66) for Franklin. The Quakers made 10-20 three-point attempts while Franklin converted 9-24 attempts from distance. The visitors won the rebounding battle 39-31.

The Quakers return to action at Defiance College on Wednesday.

Hannah Franklin Scores 1000th Career Point in Women’s Basketball Loss to Franklin
 
RICHMOND, Indiana – Franklin College ended the first quarter on an 18-0 run and held the lead in a 61-48 victory over the Earlham College women’s basketball team in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Saturday.

The game started off promising as senior Maya Luney scored the first point in a free throw, but Sarah Taylor swung the favor toward the Grizzlies 7-5 with five minutes to play in the first quarter. The Quakers tried to take back the advantage, but failed to score as the Grizzlies took an 18-5 lead into the second quarter.

The second quarter started off with Taylor scoring in a layup, but freshman Shannon Pittman quickly responded by scoring a layup at 9:25 as well. With eight minutes on the clock, freshman Kyndall Spears came through with a three-point jump shot and freshman Amy Weisner followed that with a layup pulling Earlham within eight points (20-12).

Franklin scored the next five points to grow its lead to double digits. With three minutes to go, Mallory Cast made a jump shot putting the Grizzlies up by a dozen, but seniors Shania Feathers and Hannah Franklin both managed jump shots with two minutes on the clock putting Earlham within eight points. Grizzly Melissa Beer ended the first half with a free throw putting Franklin up 33-24 at the break.

The Quakers trailed by as many as 14 points in the third quarter (44-30), but ended the quarter on a 7-0 run capped by a layup from Shannon Pittman.

A jumper from Franklin to open the fourth quarter, the jumper that gave Franklin 1,000 career points, pulled the Quakers within five at 44-39. Both teams scored five points over the next several minutes, but the Grizzlies put together a 7-2 run to regain a double-digit lead and close out the game.

Mandy Fisher gave the Grizzlies 21 points while Hannah Franklin gave the Quakers 12. While the Grizzlies got more rebounds at 46-32, Earlham managed to 12 assists within this game.

The Quakers continues HCAC play against Defiance College on Wednesday. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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