What a difference a year makes.
This time last season the Foxborough High School girls’ basketball team was wrapping up a 3-16 campaign under then first-year head coach Lisa Downs and without star forward Ashley Snyder (lost to injury).
Despite the 2011-12 season ending in a 70-44 loss to Hopkinton in the Warriors Classic championship game, Downs was optimistic for "next year."
“I’m really looking forward to what next year’s gonna bring,” Downs said after last season’s loss to Hopkinton. “I have a lot of young players that now with a year under my belt they know what I expect. They know the system I try to get.”
"Next year" is now here and that experience Downs alluded to has paid dividends this winter as Foxborough just concluded a 13-5 regular season (11-5 in the Hockomock League) and will be returning to the MIAA state tournament after a year’s absence.
Downs’ system, which commands excellent player conditioning to execute an aggressive trap defense, is firmly in place this season, ranking fifth in the Hockomock League in points allowed per game this season (44.5).
A staple in Foxborough's turnaround this season has been Snyder, who is healthy again and playing great basketball. The 6-foot-1 senior finished the regular season third in scoring in the Hockomock League with 282 points scored in 18 games (15.7 average).
Snyder’s on-court presence and leadership recently netted her a full athletic scholarship to play basketball for UMass Lowell next year.
With the regular season finished, the Warriors turn their attention to the Warrior Classic tournament in advance of next week's MIAA state tournament.
The final tune-up before the state tourney begins Monday at 6:30 p.m. against Lunenburg at Foxborough High School. If the Warriors win, they will meet the winner of Hopkinton and Ursuline in Tuesday’s championship round.
WATCH: Downs discusses the upcoming Warrior Classic tournament in the video above.
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