Foxborough Girls' Basketball Stunned by Stoughton's Last-Second Hoop; Boys' Lose
Stoughton swept Foxborough High School in boys' and girls' basketball Tuesday.
With the Foxborough girls' basketball team trailing Stoughton by one, 43-42, with time running out in Tuesday's Hockomock League Davenport Division contest at Foxborough High, Ashley Snyder was fouled and she hit both free throws to put the Warriors up by one, 44-43.
Stoughton then called a timeout with 16 seconds remaining and on the ensuing Black Knights' possession, Mackenzie McGrath hit a short baseline jumper with her back to the Stoughton bench and just 1.5 seconds left on the clock, handing Foxborough a heartbreaking, 45-44 loss.
What ended up as a back-and-forth game with a dramatic finish, started with Foxborough taking a 15-8 lead at the end of one. Stoughton then nearly pulled even with a strong second quarter, cutting the Warriors' lead to just 23-21 at the half. Foxborough maintained that same two-point edge heading into the fourth quarter, leading Stoughton 33-31.
With the loss, Foxborough falls to 5-2, while Stoughton improves to 5-2.
Katherine Tamulionis led the Warriors with 14 points in the loss, while Andrea Marcotte chipped in with 12 and Snyder added 11.
Stoughton was led by McGrath, who had a game-high 18, obviously none bigger than the game-winner.
Foxborough is back on the court against Milford Friday at home, while Stoughton returns home to host Canton the same night.
BOYS' BASKETBALL: Stoughton 68, Foxborough 55
After edging Oliver Ames and Sharon in their first two Hockomock League Davenport Division games of the season en route to a 6-2 start, the Foxborough boys' basketball team traveled to Stoughton looking to beat a 2-4 Black Knights' squad coming off back-to-back losses.
But in a game Stoughton had to win, the Black Knights did just that, beating Foxborough in convincing fashion, 68-55, Tuesday night.
Stoughton jumped out to a 45-22 lead at the half, helped by six three-pointers. Meanwhile, the Stoughton defense sought to limit the three-point shooting of Foxborough's guards, namely Tim O'Halloran, Nolan Clagg and Josh Patkin, who were held to a combined three scores from beyond the arc.
"Stoughton made it real difficult on our guards," Foxborough coach C.J. Neely said. "Honestly, we didn't really show up to play in the game in the first half in my opnion. Our effort was not where it needed to be."
Despite the 23-point halftime deficit, Foxborough limited Stoughton to 23 points in the second half and the Warriors were more competitive.
"I was proud of my guys in the second half with their effort," Neely said, "but they didn't show up really ready to play today and Stoughton definitely did and they kicked our butts."
With the loss, Foxborough falls to 6-3, while Stoughton is now 3-4.
Justin Zupanick led the Warriors with 14 points, while O'Halloran added 12. Cam Seeley had 9 points and Nick Ditullio chipped in with 7.
Joe Bunce-Grenon led Stoughton with 21 points, while Marcus Middleton added 20.
Foxborough travels to Milford on Friday, while Stoughton heads to Canton the same night.