The score may not say it but the Foxborough girls’ basketball team played better than expected against a talented Franklin Panthers team. Despite the 54-37 loss to the Panthers, the Warriors managed to show improvement against an undefeated Franklin team.
“I’m looking at that as a win. I was very very happy with what the girls showed me tonight,” Foxborough head coach Lisa Downs said.
Still playing center, Ally Perry continued to thrive in a position that she is not accustomed to. The junior forward who is who has been forced to play center due to injuries brought down 13 rebounds along with eight points to kept the Warriors in the game during the first quarter.
“She’s doing well in there. It's a new role for her this year.“ Downs said. “She’s had to step up and play against girls that are five inches taller than her.”
On offense, the Warriors were forced to find the holes in the Panthers’ full court press. Timely shots to avoid the Panther’s double team helped keep the Warriors in the game and only down 25-20 at halftime. Not really relying on one player to carry the team, it was a balanced offense with no member of the Warriors scoring more than six points through two quarters.
As good teams do, the Panthers came alive during a third quarter when they started the half with a 6-0 run to get the lead up to 11. A three pointer by DJ Quadrozzi (eight points) got the lead back down to eight but six more unanswered points meant a 37-23 lead at the end of the third quarter for Franklin. The fast pace of the Panthers was a bit much for the Warriors but the effort to keep up with it was there.
“We knew our fast tempo probably wasn’t going to be working in our favor tonight,” Downs said. “The girls’ intensity wise, they were up where I knew they could be all along.”
The intensity returned for the final period that featured a few fast breaks on both ends and the scoring that was lacking in the third period.
Also scoring for the Warriors was Andrea Marcotte with six points and Brook Martyniak with seven points.
The Warriors are now 1-8 overall and 0-7 in Hockomock League play. The Panthers remain undefeated at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in league play,
The Warriors recently got some good news when they learned that they would be getting back both of their centers. Allie Peter(three rebounds) who was sidelined with a concussion returned tonight backing up Perry and junior captain Ashley Snyder has been cleared to return to practice after suffering a hairline fracture in her left ankle during volleyball season.
“No other team in the Hock has someone like her (Snyder) coming back into their program so we have an immediate contributor,” Downs said.
Both Snyder and Peter are expected to give the Warriors help down low. Snyder will be ready to go for the Warriors’ next game against King Philip on January 17th.
Also taking on Franklin High away Friday night, the Foxborough boys varsity basketball team ended the game with a loss to the Panthers 65-40.
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