Foxborough High School girls’ basketball coach Lisa Downs said when her team is firing on all cylinders they are “pretty fantastic to watch.”
That was true Monday night.
The Warriors (14-5) turned in a complete game Monday, cruising past visiting Lunenburg, 85-37 in the opening round of the Warrior Classic tournament.
“[We] came out executing and played smart defense,” Downs said. “Our press was working much better [Monday] then it had been last week. … Offense rotated the ball in and out and our shot selection was much better.”
It is rare that a high school basketball team can put a game away in the second quarter, but that’s exactly what the Warriors did when they outscored Lunenburg, 29-5 in the second frame to take a 48-18 lead into halftime.
“The second quarter we definitely opened the gates and the starting five was doing everything I know they can do,” Downs said.
Foxborough’s insurmountable lead grew bigger in the second half as the Warriors’ reserves took full advantage of their playing time, outscoring the Knights 20-9 in the third quarter and 17-10 in the fourth.
“In the second half we were able to get everybody into the game and make everybody feel apart of the team. They are a great group of girls. … Against this competition it’s easy to get complacent and play sloppy and they didn’t do that so I was happy to see that.”
Downs said this is the part of the season where teams need to rally together and take their game to the next level. Monday was a step in the right direction.
“I think it is only going to bode well for us to have that energy behind us coming out of a game like [Monday],” said Downs.
Foxborough senior captain Ashley Snyder led the Warriors with 16 points scored in the three quarters, including 14 in the first half. Jamie Ballou was also a key contributor, netting 15 points and Andrea Marcotte and Katherine Tamulionis netted 10 apiece. In all, 11 Warriors scored.
Lunenburg was led by Hannah Keehan with nine.
Next up for Foxborough a rematch with last winter’s Warrior Classic champions, the Hopkinton Hillers, who beat Foxborough, 70-44 in last year’s title game. Downs said while she was happy with her team’s effort Monday she knows it will take “nearly flawless” execution to beat the Tri-Valley League and MIAA Division 2 powerhouse.
Downs tells us in the video above what she expects from Hopkinton Tuesday.
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