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Girls basketball: Franklin Central wins its holiday tournament

12:00 AM, Dec. 27, 2012 EST

Franklin Central's Abbey Titzer (34) drives against Mooresville. She scored 17 points in Thursday's final. / DOUG MCSCHOOLER / For The Star

Franklin Central's Lizzie Pedigo likes it when there's pressure.

So when the Flashes were tied at 41, it was her time to step up. She scored the go-ahead basket midway through the fourth quarter and the Flashes (9-2) went on to knock off Mooresville 53-51 to win the Franklin Central Holiday Tournament on Thursday.

"It's my favorite," Pedigo said of playing under pressure. "I love it when the crowd gets into it; it just makes me perform well."

After taking the lead, Pedigo made a steal and found Julia Arnold, who hit a 3-pointer. Abbey Titzer then converted an old-fashioned three-point play with a basket and a free throw to push the lead to 49-41 with 2:12 to play.

Titzer led the Flashes with 17 points. Kennedy Archer had 12 points and Pedigo had nine.

Lauren McBryer scored 17 points and Sarah Corbin 16 to lead the Pioneers (10-3).

It was a perfect ending for a team that has won four straight, including a 68-57 win over Center Grove in the Flashes' tournament opener Thursday afternoon.

"It's good for them and it's hopefully a confidence builder," Flashes coach Brian Hacker said. "I've told them, 'You are one of the better teams in the state, but nobody knows it until you prove it against the teams that you need to prove it against.' "

The win over Mooresville was a start. The Pioneers had won seven straight after defeating Brownsburg 51-45 in their afternoon opener.

Brownsburg (8-3) beat Center Grove (9-4) 61-50 in the consolation game to finish third.

In the championship, the Pioneers never found a way to get over the hump. Their only lead came at 27-26 with 1:02 left in the first half.

"It was disappointing," Mooresville coach Mark Hurt said. "We worked hard; we got back into position. I thought Franklin Central did a better job of finishing than we did."

Franklin Central led 28-27 at halftime.

The Flashes jumped to a 10-2 lead at the start.

Archer hit a 3-pointer to start the game and Pedigo scored the next seven points, including a three-point play, to cap the early run.

"We dug ourselves a 10-2 deficit to start the ball and we really struggled offensively to score," Hurt said.

But the Pioneers came back in the second quarter to get within three.

Corbin scored and McBryar hit two 3-pointers to make it 17-14 midway through the quarter.

"This is my first time winning the tournament in my four years in high school," Pedigo said. "It's our first championship this season so it just makes me more excited for the state tournament."



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