Franklin Road Academy sisters Taylor and Riley Casey have been playing basketball together since they were toddlers.
The bond they share on the court was in full effect Friday night as the Casey duo combined to score all 24 of FRA’s fourth-quarter points and help the Lady Panthers rally from a 10-point deficit and take a 57-55 win over visiting region foe Davidson Academy.
“When it gets down to the nitty gritty you’ve got to look for your blood to help you out,” FRA coach Chris Hart said.
Davidson Academy jumped out to an 18-5 lead behind Peace Okeke’s six-point first quarter.
It looked as if the Lady Bears might run away with the win after scoring the first bucket of the second quarter, but FRA (13-2, 3-0 DII-A E/M) scored 16 unanswered points to end the half on a 21-7 run and take a 26-25 lead over Davidson Academy (16-3, 4-1) into the locker room.
Davidson Academy responded to the deficit with an 18-7 third quarter that helped it reclaim a 43-33 lead, and FRA once again seemed to be fading into the Lady Bears’ rearview mirror.
Enter the Casey sisters.
Junior Riley Casey got the fourth quarter started with a quick runner before Davidson Academy answered right back, but then senior Taylor Casey took over the game with a string of four consecutive 3-pointers to pull FRA within two.
“It’s really fun playing with her because we kind of know how each other plays and moves,” Taylor Casey said. “We just like to get each other open and we get in a good flow sometimes.”
After a Lucy Edosomah free throw, Davidson Academy led by three, but Riley Casey converted a three-point play to tie the game at 50-50.
She was fouled on the next possession from 3-point range and converted all three free throws to give FRA a three-point lead before adding two more free throws.
Davidson Academy pulled within two points on a pair of free throws from Bri Vandlen and forced a turnover to get a chance at a game-winning or game-tying shot, but the Lady Bears failed to get a shot off in time.
Riley Casey finished with a game-high 21 points while her sister added 17.
“Those two are very, very, very skilled basketball players,” said Davidson Academy assistant coach Bradley Farmer, who is filling in while head coach Kevin Baute is out on medical leave. “They have a lot of minutes under their belts.”
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