Franklin's inside play gives City inside track

January 17, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

The job of a basketball center-forward is not always pretty, but City's Kelly Franklin seems to fill the position beautifully.

It is a position where most of the scoring comes from second-chance opportunities or by shots within a 10-foot range. And it is a position that the 5-foot-11 senior is beginning to master.

Franklin is leading the Knights in scoring (16.6 points per game) and the metro area in rebounding (17.4 per game) this season.

Thursday, in an 87-11 loss to No. 1 Western, she was held to seven points.

"She gets a lot of her points down in the paint," said first-year City coach Crawford Dennard. "She scores off rebounds, off set plays and off the inbounds. We run a lot of plays off of her."

Franklin's best effort this season came on Dec. 8, when she scored a game-high 36 against Carver in the Knights' 78-35 win.

"Most of her points were scored inside. She was getting a lot of rebounds and taking them back up and scoring," Dennard said.

Franklin said: "I'm trying to do it [score 30] again, maybe get it a little higher. If I could do it again, it would really say something.

"I couldn't have done that [the 36-point game] without my teammates. They gave me lot of good passes, set picks for me and contributed to most of the points."

Franklin has yet to have another 36-point effort, but her everyday job of scrapping for rebounds and follow-ups has helped City (4-5, 2-3) in the City-Wide 4A League, which includes top-ranked Western and No. 14 Lake Clifton.

In addition to being a four-year varsity basketball player, Franklin plays first base and third base for City's softball team. Softball was Franklin's first love before she was introduced to basketball by her brother Troy, who volunteers his time with City's basketball program.

"I used to like softball, but my brothers told me I needed to play basketball because I was so tall," Franklin said.

Her efforts have been noticed. Franklin said she recently received a letter of interest from Bowie State.

Franklin, an honors student who describes herself as "very good in math," said she would like to study either engineering or communications/journalism in college.

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