Journal Sentinel picking Franklin boys basketball to go to state

In Division 1, Sectional 4, the Journal Sentinel reports:

No. 2 Franklin (18-8) vs. No. 6 Mukwonago (13-13)

If Mukwonago wants to pull the upset in a rematch of a 85-72 loss to Franklin on Feb. 11, it will have to protect the ball better than it did last month. Sixteen team turnovers cost Mukwonago dearly in that first meeting with the Sabers, a number which cannot be that high if Mukwonago expects to remain competitive. One thing going for Mukwonago in its two WIAA postseason games thus far has been its ability to make halftime adjustments. A 42-point second half against No. 11 Badger helped Mukwonago pull away in a 70-47 win, before a 48-point second half against No. 3 Muskego proved pivotal in a 63-55 win in the regional final. Senior Will Gardner has been relied upon heavily by the Sabers, with 58 points across their two wins of 90-65 over No. 15 Racine Horlick and 62-55 over No. 10 Janesville Craig. Gardner had 28 points in the first meeting with Mukwonago, as his Sabers outscored Mukwonago 51-38 after halftime.

Franklin (18-8) vs. Mukwonago (13-13), at Oak Creek, Thursday, March 9, 7:00

Journal Sentinel prediction: Franklin, 66-58

—Journal Sentinel, 3/07/2023

If Franklin wins Thursday it would play the winner of Thursday’s Kettle Moraine-Kenosha Indian Trail game Saturday at Kettle Moraine, 1:00.

Journal Sentinel Sectional final prediction: Franklin, 74-69

3 thoughts on “Journal Sentinel picking Franklin boys basketball to go to state

  1. A tribute to your excellent Franklin school system. Interesting blend of diversity in the team photo for a metropolitan basketball team and staff.


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