By Carey Phillips


Franklin routed Smoky Mountain 99-34 in a Mountain Seven Conference men’s basketball game Friday at Franklin.

Trey Penland scored 21 points for the Panthers. He was joined in double figures by Miles McClure with 18, Griffin Green with 12, Grant Adams with 11 and Josh Zoellner with 10.

Tanner Gerrety had nine points for the Mustangs (3-10, 0-4).

“You’ve got to give credit where credit is due,” Coach Jimmy Cleaveland said of the Panthers. “They played really well. They are well coached and have got some experienced kids. They shot it extremely well, and we didn’t. We didn’t guard well, and we didn’t shoot well. We weren’t prepared, and that’s on me.”

McClure scored seven as Franklin jumped to a 9-2 lead with 5:54 to play in the first quarter.

The margin reached 23-9 on Penland’s three-pointer with two minutes left, and it was 27-12 at the end of the period.

The Panthers broke the game open by scoring the first 16 points of the second quarter. Penland had a pair of three-pointers in the spurt, and McClure’s trey made it 43-12 with 5:03 on the clock.

Kehler Lamb’s follow shot beat the buzzer for a 55-21 halftime lead.

Green’s basket with 6:52 to play in the third period made it 62-21 and put a running clock in effect the rest of the game as the margin exceeded 40 points.

A pair of three-pointers by Brent Sleight built the lead to 75-28 with 18 seconds to go in the third quarter, which ended 75-29.

Franklin continued the onslaught by scoring the game’s final 13 points, including five by Zoellner.

Completing the SM scoring were Darien Bird with eight, Max Buchanan and Brylen Conlin with six apiece, Matthew Brown with three and Sawyer Snider with two.

The Mustang JVs are 4-5 after a 46-34 win. Hayden Moore scored 14 points, and Jayce Stillwell had 10.

SM led at quarter breaks by scores of 14-11, 28-16 and 40-23.

“We played extremely hard early and were able to build a lead,” Coach Zeb Capps said. “I was not very pleased with how we finished. They got into a half-court trap. I think we were a little impatient, and that’s part of growing. I would have liked to have been able to put them away, but we let them claw back and get a glimmer of hope.”

He singled out Moore for his offense and 12 rebounds. He also cited Stillwell and Cameron Fowler.

“Jayce was steady with his play,” Capps said. “Cam has really come into his own the past two weeks.”