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Scuffling Franklin girls basketball team may have found an answer at point guard

Schauer impresses Kathrens; but coach says team defense must improve

Jan. 7, 2014

The Franklin girls basketball team's 62-59 win against a feisty Racine Case team on Friday was not pretty, but it may have been informative for Sabers coach Tony Kathrens.

"This was a much more interesting game than we thought it would be," Kathrens said. "They (the Eagles) actually had two players that they didn't have in the (Rathke) tourney, and they were athletic as heck.

"We're still figuring out our lineup but we might have found a point guard (in sophomore Abby Schauer). She had 15 and 13 points in each of the last two games of the Rathke, and she played well tonight, too. She has great court sense and makes good passes. We wanted to go with an older lineup, but she's earned it."

The victory improved the Sabers to 3-1 in conference play and 6-3 overall. Franklin will be at Kenosha Tremper (6-4) at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Franklin was in control of the Case game most of the night, up 22-18 at the quarter and 38-29 at the half. It was still 51-40 going into the fourth.

But due to defensive lapses and an uncharacteristic lack of energy, that lead "just evaporated," Kathrens said.

He didn't have exact details but said there were a couple of key plays that kept the Sabers on the plus side in this contest.

Before she fouled out, forward Carly Graverson (team-high 14 points) made a critical steal and converted it into a three-point play and then forward Morgan McCuen hit a couple of big free throws. Paige Bobos added 11 points, Schauer 10 and Taylor Schell nine.

But Kathrens is frustrated by some disturbing trends.

"I'm looking at us and wondering why we're playing such terrible defense when we've gone over this again and again," he said. "They're (the Eagles) playing with a pride, and we were lucky to escape with a win.

"We've got to get ready for our beefed up schedule in January and February, and I'm worried about our commitment on defense. I'm looking at our feet and our hands and I'm looking for some energy, and I'm not seeing it. Teams are getting easy layups far too often. We've got to get back to basics."

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