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Franklin Quakers come away with road win at Sandy

Opening the 2006-2007 basketball season with five new starters, the Sandy Pioneers boys basketball team was defeated 62-45 by the Franklin Quakers on Tuesday Dec. 5 at Sandy High School.

Senior Ryan Trosko led the Pioneers (0-1) with eight points and seniors Andrew Verheyden, Jordan Hufendick and junior Trevor Hayward added seven each in the season opening loss. Seniors Sean Brownhill and Brook Belayneh led Franklin (2-1) with 15 each .

'I think we have a lot of guys that can contribute,' Sandy coach Chris Meyers said. 'And what we run offensively is going to allow a lot of guys to contribute each game.'

Franklin jumped out to a quick 12-3 lead by making its first six shots and led 14-5 before junior A.J. Schnell stole the ball at mid-court and drove to the basket where he was fouled by Franklin's Sean Speakmon. Schnell hit both free throws to end the first quarter trailing 14-7.

Sandy's defense opened the second quarter forcing Franklin into bad shots and five early turnovers, which the Pioneers used for a 9-4 run to cut the Quakers lead to 18-16.

'Defensively we stepped up huge in the first

half, especially the second quarter,' Meyers said. 'We forced them into some bad shots which gave us the opportunity to come down and score in the second quarter.'

Sandy forced Franklin into eight turnovers in the second quarter and took their first lead of the game when senior Jake Fenwick hit a 3-point field goal with 48 seconds remaining. Hayward added a free throw at the end of the first half as Sandy closed the second quarter leading 24-22.

Hufendick led the Pioneers with five rebounds and Trosko added five assists and four steals.

Junior Eric Anderson grabbed four steals, all in the second quarter, helping Sandy to its halftime lead.

Sandy expanded its lead to 30-24 early in the third quarter before turnovers on five consecutive drives allowed Franklin to tie the score at 30 with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter.

Sandy's offense struggled shooting 11 of 25 (.440) from the field. Franklin nailed 27 of 50 (.540) from the field, including 16 of 22 (.727) in the second half to run away with the victory.