Monroe junior Taylor Robins drives the ball through defenders
during a game earlier this
season. Robins scored 16 against Covington Wednesday but the Buccs prevailed 47-36, bouncing the Jets out
of the tournament. FM ended its season with a mark of 8-13 on the
season. CNO File Photo by George Starks
Lady Jets Fall
Short In First Round
By Ashley Studebaker
Brookville- The Franklin Monroe Jets girls basketball team knew that
this was going to be a tough game and they found out the hard way by
losing their first-round tournament game to the Covington Lady
The Jets went up 11-5 at the end of the first, but when the second
quarter rolled around there seemed to be some problems.
A lack of point production. The Lady Buccs went on a 13-0 run to go
into halftime with a load of confidence riding on their backs. The Jets
went into halftime, scoring zero in the second quarter doing the
complete opposite of the Buccs going into the locker room.
When asked about this issue, the Jets coach, Gavin Spitler explained:
“We lost our focus,” Spitler admitted. “We got most of our points in
the first quarter and every time they got a basket to go in, we just
couldn’t get anything going. We couldn’t get anything stopped and we
couldn’t get any transitions. It happened a lot in the second half too.
We would make a run and they would answer right back.”
The Lady Jets seemed to lose their defensive intensity as the game went
on as well.
“We’ve talked about that in the last couple weeks that we needed to get
an up and down game going and we just couldn’t get one tonight.”
Spitler pointed out.
Despite their loss, the Jets came out of halftime and picked it up a
bit after their scoreless second quarter. They scored 12 in the third
One thing the Jets wanted to make the Buccs do was hit from the
perimeter. Covington did exactly what it needed to do. When the Buccs
started to hit, the Jets stopped.
“We just needed to focus on the fact that we need to get defensive
stops and when we do get those stops in this game, we scored,” Spitler
said. “We did this for a period of time, but they caught up with us and
if we could’ve gotten a couple more stops in a row, we would have won.”
Not taking any credit away from Covington, Coach Spitler spoke on the
“We thought we would force them to shoot (from the outside) and Heidi
Snipes stepped up tonight and made some good shots. A couple of times
we lost focus of Shelby Kihm on the inside so she was able to make
shots when needed for them too.”
Allison Snider went down hard at the end of the third quarter. After
the game, she was taken to the hospital with a possible concussion.
Haley Gray, also, went down in the first half with hitting her opposite
hip that acted up during the season as well.
Shelby Kihm came up big for the Buccs. She ended with a double-double,
scoring a game high 17 points with 13 rebounds while Julianna Simon
made some important free throws in the fourth quarter and ended the
game with 15 points.
The player who definitely seemed to show up for the Jets was junior
Taylor Robins with 16 points and four rebounds.