CHARLOTTESVILLE — Friday night’s girls basketball game between Eastern Hancock and Franklin County certainly had the officials busy, as they called 43 total fouls.
How the teams responded to the whistles played a major role in the outcome.
EH stepped it up at the foul line while the Wildcats could not, and the Royals pulled out a tight one, 48-42, for their second straight win.
After the score became tied at 33 with one quarter to play, EH (2-1) made 10-of-13 free-throw attempts while FC (1-2) went 4-for-10.
The Royals ended 13-for-19 at the stripe, where as the Wildcats missed 20 of their 36 tries.
“We shoot free throws individually every day, and when they’re not at 60 percent they’ve got crunches or some type of thing that they have to do,” EH coach Jeremy Powers said. “It’s starting to pay off. The girls are gaining confidence in themselves. They’re allowing us to finish games and I know they’re going to hit their free throws.”