The FHS girls basketball team pulled out a close game against Westford Academy on Friday night. Josh Perry, Managing Editor, Hockomock Sports provides the complete summary of the game.
After allowing only 28 points through three quarters, the Franklin defense was opened up by Westford Academy in the fourth. The visiting Grey Ghosts, the defending Div. 1 Central champions, scored 21 points in the quarter and had the ball with 35.5 remaining on the clock, down by just one point, and with a chance to win a second straight game on their final possession.
During the timeout, Franklin coach John Leighton reminded his team to get back to the aggressive, switching defense that had made it successful.
He explained, “ We knew they were going to run a lot of on the ball screens and off ball screens -- just keep moving and try to shake someone free. We just kept switching and getting in the way as best we can.”
|Jillian Spolidoro scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Panthers edged out a one-point win to reach the D1 Central semifinal. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)|
Franklin still had to inbound the ball and Martin (six points, nine rebounds, four assists) was fouled with 1.0 left. The Panthers got it in to Julianne Pisani (four points, five assists) and the clock ran out before the whistle to secure a 50-49 win for the hosts.
Franklin will take on No. 3 seed Holy Name, which knocked the Panthers out last year, in the semifinal on Tuesday at WPI.
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