With wrestlers out with the flu and injuries plaguing the Franklin team, West Henderson dominated the Panthers with Franklin tallying only one pin in the heavyweight class scored by Tristan Longworth. The final score was 61-15.
The Panthers are now 8-5 overall and 0-2 in the WNC Athletic Conference in dual matches.
With five matches to go in the conference, Coach Chris DiLuzio says the ultimate goal is the region and state tournaments.
Franklin High School basketball travelled to West Henderson on Friday, Jan. 11 to take on the Falcons.
The Lady Panthers beat West Henderson 52-39.
The boys basketball team came up short narrowly losing to the Falcons 55-49.
On Tuesday night, the action was back in the Panther Den when the Panthers faced the Mountaineers of Tuscola.
In a riveting double overtime match, the Lady Panthers rallied to beat Tuscola 74-64.
In another disappointing loss for the boys team, the Panthers fell to the Mountaineers by less than 10 points ending the game 62-55. Of the boys’ fives losses for the season, all have been less than 10 points, with three games ending in a three point or less scoring difference.
The basketball action continues tonight (Thursday, Jan. 17) as both teams travel to Swain County for their second meeting of the season.
The Lady Panthers crushed the Maroon Devils during the home game earlier this season, but the second meeting will allow the boys’ team a second shot against Swain after a tough 2 point loss on Jan 5.
The Panthers will once again be on the road next week as they travel to Brevard on Monday, Jan. 21, with the next home game being set for Friday, Jan. 25, against Pisgah.