Below are the official Hockomock League Girls Basketball All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Emily Houle, Attleboro
Hockomock League All Stars
Sarah Deyo, Attleboro
Emily Houle, Attleboro
Emma Murphy, Canton
Cassidy Harrison, Foxboro
Ashley Sampson, Foxboro
Aubrie Kutil, Franklin
Lauren Rudolph, Franklin
Meg Hill, Mansfield
Jen Peel, Mansfield
Caroline Maher, Mansfield
Kate Irwin, Milford
Ashley Ahern, North Attleboro
Francesca Calabraro, Oliver Ames
Kayla Raymond, Oliver Ames
Alyssa Piazza, Sharon
Alecia Quinones, Stoughton
Sam Pierce, Attleboro
Hannah Jerrier, Canton
Lily Sykes, Foxboro
Olivia Adiletto, Franklin
Maddie Purdue, King Philip
Jackie Carchedi, Mansfield
Nicole Dahlgren, Milford
Emily Peters, North Attleboro
Samantha Bamford, Oliver Ames
Jordan Motley, Stoughton
Charlotte Ransom, Sharon
Jordan Wade, Taunton
WESTBORO, Mass. – As the regular season winds down, Franklin starts to look for challenges not only outside the Hockomock but also outside the South bracket. That means venturing to the 14th annual Westborough Invitational Tournament and a chance to play against potential opponents from Div. 1 Central.
On Sunday afternoon, Franklin faced Algonquin, which is on the edge of qualifying for the postseason in a first round game of the tournament, which the Panthers last won in 2011. Led by 14 points and 15 rebounds from senior forward Aubrie Kutil, Franklin pulled away from the Tomahawks to earn a 51-36 victory.
“Aubrie does so much more than rebounds and points,” said Franklin coach John Leighton. I”t’s her composure, it’s her toughness…it calms everyone else down. You never see her rattled. When we’re in the huddle pregame, she’s the one who has everyone focused.”
Kutil made an instant impact for the Panthers, who were coming off a close loss to rival Mansfield on Friday. The senior was a force to be reckoned with in the paint, scoring seven of the Panthers’ nine first quarter points.
Algonquin hung around with a late surge, scoring four points in the final minute of the quarter to cut the lead to just two. Franklin surged again at the start of the second with a 15-5 run that opened the lead to as many as 12 (24-12).
Olivia Adiletto started the second with a three on a drive and dish by Kristen Donaghey (three assists) then, after an Algonquin basket, Caroline Maguire (eight points) grabbed an offensive rebound to score plus the foul. Erin Skidmore drove to the basket for a layup and then Lauren Rudolph added four, including a layup off an inbounds play.
The Tomahawks came storming back with an 8-0 run, six of those points by Caroline Leonard, and had the lead down to four with fewer than 30 seconds left in the half. Donaghey knocked down a pair of free throws and then a controversial traveling call gave the Panthers possession again with just three seconds remaining.
Franklin got the ball up the court quickly and Maguire buried a three at the buzzer that made it 29-20 and left the Algonquin coach fuming as she walked off.
“They played a good sagging man that clogged up the middle and tried to slow down what we do,” said Leighton. “Their press was good…and on offense they just kept going to the hoop but I thought we had a lot of composure and a lot of rebounds.”
He added, “Kristen, Olivia and Margaux [Welsh] drove and kicked and eventually you knew a gap would open and it did.”
Donaghey has emerged as one of the players that Franklin can count on this season. The senior guard scored eight points on Sunday, dished out three assist and pulled in five rebounds.
Leighton said, “She was on JV last year as a junior, which isn’t an easy thing to do, and she took it as a challenge and worked her tail off last year and this summer.”
“I had hoped there would be a role and that role has just grown because she’s playing with confidence. It’s been wonderful to see a kid develop that far.”
Franklin threatened to pull away throughout the third quarter. Kutil hit a reverse that pushed the lead to 11 then added an offensive rebound and layup on the next possession. As an Algonquin player tried to save a rebound under the Panthers’ basket, Maguire stepped in for the steal and layup and then Welsh found space to cut into the lane for a pair of lefty finishes.
The only thing standing between Franklin and a blowout was Elyssa Nichols, who scored all seven of her points in the third and kept Algonquin within 12 heading to the final eight minutes.
Algonquin scored the opening bucket of the fourth but Rudolph answered with a three. The Tomahawks then scored the next five points to cut the lead down to just eight with fewer than four minutes remaining in the game.
Following a timeout, Franklin looked re-focused and managed to finally put the game away.
“Just simplify,” said Leighton about what he told the players during the timeout. “I thought we tried to get a little too fancy; we were trying to do too much…but we simplified it and it got much better.”
Kutil cut across the lane and kicked it out to Skidmore for a big three right in front of the Panthers bench that made the lead 11 again. Rudolph (nine points) added a pair of free throws and Donaghey wrapped up the win by getting into the lane for a floater.
“They got some runs,” said Leighton of Algonquin. “I thought we had a couple opportunities to close the door and we didn’t and then I thought in the last couple minutes we did and were able to play the way we wanted.”
Franklin, which is the No. 2 seed in the tournament, advances in the winners’ bracket and will face No. 3 seed Acton-Boxborough, which edged Holy Name 44-40, on Tuesday at 5:15.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
Today’s games are listed below. Girls Basketball
Franklin, 51 @ Holy Name, 48 – Final – Franklin battled back and took its first lead inside the final three minutes. Kristen Donaghy had 11 points to lead the Panthers and also had three steals in the final 90 seconds of play. Carli Koffinke scored nine points and both Olivia Adiletto and Aubrie Kutil scored eight points. Kutil scored the final four points for Franklin, which swept the season series with Holy Name. Hockey
North Attleboro, 7 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final
Franklin, 6 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final– James Aldred, Jake Downie, Joe Corsi, Jack Cameron, Adam Assad and Jeremy Miller each scored for the Panthers. Mark Sheehan and Nick Hardy each had a goal for the Black Knights.
King Philip, 7 @ Milford, 0 – Final
Taunton, 7 @ Durfee, 1 – Final – Taunton qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2007. Wrestling
Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 62 – Final – North Attleboro clinched the Kelley-Rex title outright with the win. Mike Burns (106), Jake Direnzo (113) Joe Alexander (120), Steven Abusherry (145) Adam Eberle (160), Jack Donahue (170), Abhishek Ram (195) and Yaseen Abdalla (220) all had pins for the Rocketeers.
Taunton @ Mansfield, 6:00 Girls Swimming
Stoughton, 65 @ Canton, 87 – Final– With the win, Canton clinched a share of the Davenport division for the second straight season. Girls Hockey
Franklin, 0 vs. Medfield, 6 – Final
King Philip, 5 vs. Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton, 0 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 6 @ Medway/Ashland, 6 – Final
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 43 @ Mansfield, 61 – Final – Mansfield built a double-digit lead by halftime and never looked back. Matt Ehrlich had a team-high 14 points and added four rebounds, Sam Goldberg had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists and Max Boen (four rebounds), Tyler Boulter and Phil Vigeant each had six points for the Hornets. Jake Dunkley had a game-high 15 points for Attleboro, Lucas Boucicaut added 12 points and Kyle Murphy had eight points and 10 rebounds.
Milford, 68 @ Canton, 50 – Final – Dimitry Torres netted a career-high 26 points to spark the Scarlet Hawks to a road win at Canton. Dwight Anderson added 15 points and Josh Andonian chipped in with 10 points for Milford.
Foxboro, 46 @ Sharon, 49 – Final – David Roelke hit a three as time expired to lift Sharon to a key Davenport division win. Roelke had a team-high 12 points while Peter Banks (eight rebounds) and Bryce Smith each had 10 points. Foxboro’s Jason Procaccini had a game-high 18 points and added 11 rebounds and six steals. Alex DuBrow had 13 points and Rob Lowey had seven points and 14 rebounds.
North Attleboro, 57 @ Franklin, 60 – Final – Tim Prunier hit two free throws down the stretch to stretch the Panthers’ lead to three as Franklin outlasted North Attleboro. The Rocketeers trailed by nine at halftime but rallied to get a 45-44 lead heading into the final period. Prunier finished with a team-best 18 points while freshman Jay Dieterle added 13 points and sophomore Connor Peterson had 11 points. North junior Brent Doherty also had 18 points, Kyle McCarthy scored a career-high 13 points in his first start and Mario Bresko added 11 points.
King Philip, 54 @ Taunton, 62 – Final – King Philip led for three quarters but Taunton was able to overcome the deficit and get the win in the final quarter. Senior Carlos Borrero scored all 11 of his points in the second half and senior Jose Mercado finished with a game-high 17 points. Tommy MacLean added 13 points. Sophomore Tom Madden had a team-high 13 points for KP, who also got 10 points from Seth Sullivan and Pharoah David each.
Stoughton, 48 @ Oliver Ames, 70 – Final – Dylan Mahoney had a team-high 15 points while Tim Kelley, Shawn Cardoza and Nick Welch all added 11 points apiece in the Tigers’ big win. Girls Basketball
Canton, 47 @ Milford, 42 – Final – Kate Irwin was Milford’s top scorer with 10 points in the win. Jill Powers and Nicole Dahlgren each added nine for the Hawks.
Sharon, 20 @ Foxboro, 50 – Final – Ashley Sampson had a game-high 15 points, Grace Tamulionis added 11 points and MacKenzie Anderson chipped in with six points.
Franklin, 63 @ North Attleboro, 47 – Final – Franklin broke open a three-point game at the half with a 20-5 run in the third quarter. Carli Koffinke was the top scorer for the Panthers with 13, while Aubrie Kutil added a double-double with 11 points. Lauren Rudolph for Franklin and Olivia Adiletto eight. Emily Peters scored 20 points for the Rocketeers in a losing effort.
Taunton, 41 @ King Philip, 50 – Final – KP outscored the Tigers 15-5 in the fourth quarter to get the win. Rylie Dalzell led the Warriors with 13 points. KP also got 10 points each from Maddie Purdue and Christina Hathaway. Taunton sophomore Hannah Moniz had a game-high 14 points and freshman Lily Patneaude chipped in with nine points for the Tigers.
Mansfield, 38 @ Attleboro, 48 – Final – The Bombardiers finished the game with a 9-0 run in the final 4:27 to clinch the win. Sam Pierce led Attleboro with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sarah Deyo had 13 points and 12 boards and Emily Houle had nine points for the Bombardiers. Mansfield was led by Jen Peel with 11 points and five assists. Meg Hill added nine points, 11 rebounds, and eight blocks.
Oliver Ames, 51 @ Stoughton, 34 – Final – Francesca Calabraro led all scorers with a season-high 23 points and added eight steals while classmate Niyera Mitchell had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Swimming Boys
Canton @ King Philip, 7:00
Taunton @ North Attleboro, 5:30 Girls
Canton @ King Philip, 7:00
Taunton @ North Attleboro, 5:30
Oliver Ames, 87 @ Stoughton, 63 – Final
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Canton, 51 @ Attleboro, 60 – Final – With the game tied, Attleboro used an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter and used that as separation to beat Canton. Jake Dunkley had a game-high 18 points and added seven rebounds, Andrew Milliken had 10 points and six rebounds and Kevin Aguirre chipped in with a career best 10 points.
Foxboro, 64 @ North Attleboro, 57 – Final – Jason Procaccini and Alex DuBrow each scored 18 points for the Warriors and Rob Lowey added 10 points. North Attleboro senior Ridge Olsen had a game-high 19 points and junior Brent Doherty added 17 points.
Milford, 58 @ Franklin, 74 – Final – Final – Milford had a lead midway through the third quarter but the Panthers outscored the Scarlet Hawks 36-18 over the final 12 minutes of play. Franklin freshman Jay Dieterle tied a career-high with 24 points while sophomore Connor Peterson chipped in 14 points. Milford’s Dwight Anderson had 19 points and Anthony Arcudi added 11 points.
Oliver Ames, 57 @ King Philip, 62 – Final – Tom Madden might have scored just eight points but KP head coach Matt Coute said they all came at a big time, including a fourth quarter three. Madden added a career best 10 rebounds as the Warriors rallied from a halftime deficit. Noah Goodwin led the Warriors with 18 points and Seth Sullivan added 16 points. Oliver Ames’ Carter Evin had a game-high 21 points and Tim Kelley added 13 points.
Sharon, 62 @ Taunton, 59 – Final – Up three, the Eagles elected to foul to send the Tigers to the line instead of giving them a chance to tie. Taunton missed the front end of the bonus and Sharon was able to hold on. Sharon had 11 players score with junior Peter Banks leading the way with 12 points, Matt Lowerre adding 11 points and Michael Zola adding nine points. Taunton’s Quan Roberson had a game-high 18 points while Tommy MacLean and Jose Mercado each added 11 points.
Mansfield, 70 @ Stoughton, 52 – Final – Junior Christian Weber connected on six three pointers for a career-high 19 points and the Hornets stretched a five point lead at the end of three into an 18 point win. Nick Baskin added 13 points and Max Boen had 11 points and five rebounds. Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 61 @ Canton, 28 – Final – Sarah Deyo scored 19 points, Emily Houle scored 14 points and Samantha Pierce added 12 points for Attleboro. Canton’s Hannah Jerrier led the Bulldogs with eight points.
North Attleboro, 53 @ Foxboro, 49 – Final – North Attleboro was led by Ashley Ahern, who scored 23 points, while Caroline Collard added 12 for the Rocketeers. Ashley Sampson had 24 points for Foxboro.
Franklin, 68 @ Milford, 42 – Final – The Panthers broke the game open with a 24-6 second quarter. Lauren Rudolph was Franklin’s top scorer with 14. Aubrie Kutil added 12 points for the Panthers and Olivia Adiletto had 10. Milford’s Kate Irwin finished with 13 points.
King Philip, 27 @ Oliver Ames, 40 – Final – Kayla Raymond paced the Tigers with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds and senior Kaitlyn McCarthy scored 12 points. With the win, OA coach Laney Clement-Holbrook broke the state record for career victories with her 634th win. KP was led by Julia Leroux with eight points and Christina Hathaway with seven.
Mansfield, 51 @ Stoughton, 36 – Final – Meg Hill and Caroline Maher were the top scorers for the Hornets, each with 17 points. Alecia Quinones had 16 points and nine rebounds for Stoughton.
Taunton, 30 @ Sharon, 43 – Final – The Eagles broke open a tight game by scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. Charlotte Ransom led the way for Sharon with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Shira Stoller had nine points and four assists and Veronica Wallace added nine as well.
Mansfield, 141.3 @ Attleboro, 139.8 – Final
North Attleboro, 132.75 @ King Philip, 130.9 – Final
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 57 @ Sharon, 73 – Final – Attleboro cut a 10-point Sharon lead at halftime down to two in the third quarter but the Eagles were able to pull away. Sharon hit 12 three pointers between three players – senior Matt Lowerre hit five, sophomore Jimmy Fitzhenry hit four and senior Tyler Smith had three. Fitzhenry finished with a game-high 20 points and Lowerre had 17 points. Attleboro junior Jake Dunkley had 19 points and nine rebounds and sophomore Nate Douglas chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds.
King Philip, 66 @ Canton, 53 – Final – King Philip stormed out to a 20-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Senior Ben Smith his six three pointers for a game-high 18 points, freshman Kyle Layman had 15 points and eight rebounds, junior Noah Goodwin had 13 points and junior Pharoah Davis had 12 points. Canton senior Griffin Jerrier scored a team-high 13 points for the Bulldogs.
Mansfield, 51 @ Foxboro, 69 – Final – Foxboro used an 11-0 run in the middle of the second quarter to create separation while its defense prevent Mansfield from gathering any momentum offensively. Foxboro senior Alex DuBrow scored a game-high 22 points and had eight rebounds, senior Rob Lowey had 16 points and eight rebounds and senior Jason Procaccini added 14 points and five rebounds. Mansfield junior Sam Goldberg had 10 points to lead the Hornets.
Franklin, 83 @ Stoughton, 63 – Final – The Panthers held a six point lead at halftime (41-35) as the two teams combined for over 75 points in the first half. Franklin had a 23 point third quarter and added 19 more points in the final quarter. Sophomore Connor Peterson had a game-high 16 points while senior Tim Prunier and freshman Jay Dieterle each added 15 points for Franklin. Stoughton senior Brandon Teixeira had a team-high 14 points for the Black Knights.
Taunton, 62 @ Milford, 50 – Final – Milford held a four point lead at halftime and at the end of the third quarter but Taunton won the fourth quarter 29-13 to get the win. Taunton junior Tommy MacLean scored 20 points in the win for the Tigers. Milford sophomore Kayden Kelley had 14 points and 15 rebounds, Dimitry Torres added 11 points and Dwight Anderson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Hawks.
North Attleboro, 74 @ Oliver Ames, 70 – Final – Brent Doherty scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Rocketeers. North Attleboro held a 20 point lead at halftime (44-24) but Oliver Ames stormed back with 25 points in the third quarter and 13 more in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime tied 62-62-. Doherty connected on seven three pointers and went 3/4 from the free throw line in overtime. Sophomore Mario Bresko finished with seven points, including a key three pointer in overtime. Junior Jonny Friberg scored a career-high 18 points and had 10 rebounds for North. Oliver Ames’ Carter Evin scored 21 of his career-high 26 points in the second half to help OA get back into it. Tim Kelley added 23 points and senior Shawn Cardoza had nine points for the Tigers. Girls Basketball
Canton, 38 @ King Philip, 56 – Final – The Warriors turned the game around with a 22-4 second quarter. Shannon O’Connor was the top scorer for KP with 10. Sam Madden and Julia Lerouix each scored nine for the Warriors. Canton was led by Emma Murphy with nine points.
Foxboro, 45 @ Mansfield, 49 – Final – Jen Peel was Mansfield’s top scorer with 14 points. Juliana Newell added 10 points and pulled in 12 rebounds and Meg Hill grabbed 14 boards. Cassidy Harrison had a game-high 19 points to lead the Warriors.
Stoughton, 35 @ Franklin, 55 – Final – Olivia Adiletto was the top scorer for Franklin with 13 points. Lauren Rudolph added 11 for the Panthers, who had 10 players on the score sheet. Stoughton was led by Alecia Quinones with 11 points.
Milford, 40 @ Taunton, 44 – Final – The Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Milford 14-7, to pick up their first win of the season. Alyssa Gibson led the way for Taunton with 13 points and nine rebounds. Jordan Wade added nine and Kia Pate had 10 rebounds. Milford was led by Katie Irwin with 12 points and Nicole Dahlgren added 10.
Oliver Ames, 49 @ North Attleboro, 52 – Final – The Rocketeers were led by forwards Caroline Collard and Emily Peters who combined for 24 points. Julia Feid added 13 for North. The Tigers were led by Kayla Raymond with 15 points.
Sharon, 35 @ Attleboro, 75 – Final– Emily Houle scored 33 points and added seven steals to pace the Bombardiers to a big win. Sarah Deyo chipped in with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Sam Pierce added another 10 points. Emma Eberhardt was Sharon’s top scorer with 14 and Veronica Wallace added 11. Swimming
Canton boys, 77 @ Sharon boys, 93 – Final
Canton girls, 92 @ Sharon girls, 76 – Final
FRANKLIN, Mass. – With the game slipping away in the second half, turnovers piling up, and shots clanging off the rim, Mansfield looked like it was on the brink of picking up its first league loss of the season. Then the Hornets found a second wind, and their shooting touch, to pull out the win.
Seniors Jackie Carchedi, Caroline Maher and Jen Kemp knocked down three straight shots from beyond the arc to turn a three-point deficit into a three-point lead. After four free throws were matched by a pair of Franklin layups, the Panthers had one more chance to send the game to overtime but Carli Koffinke’s shot went halfway down and rimmed out.
Mansfield battled back in the fourth quarter for a 51-48 road victory over its rival that keeps the Hornets one game in front of Attleboro at the top of the Kelley-Rex division standings.
“We played inexperienced in the third quarter and that’s surprising for a veteran group,” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding. “We kind of just hung around enough and then we bang in three threes and suddenly we have the lead and didn’t feel like we should be up.”
“These are two very good rivals and this is how it always is; neither side is going to give an inch.”
The Hornets led 24-16 at halftime thanks to a big second quarter from sophomore center Meg Hill, who scored eight of her game-high 17 in the frame. Hill also added four blocks and finished with a game-high 11 rebounds. The Mansfield defense was also smothering Franklin. The Panthers did not hit double digits until there was 1:40 left in the half.
While the half was a struggle, Franklin did find a little momentum before the break. Kristen Donaghy and Margaux Welsh each knocked down threes and sophomore Grace Sameski scored on an offensive rebound to cut the lead to eight.
That energy certainly carried over to the second half. The Panthers stormed out of the locker room and took over the game, scoring the first 15 points of the third quarter and completing an 18-2 run that gave Franklin its biggest lead at 34-26.
“They got a little momentum and they cant miss,” said Redding. “We can’t make a shot and I’m trying to save a couple of timeouts for the fourth quarter. I probably could’ve used five of them in the third quarter.”
Franklin coach John Leighton laughed when asked if he had given a dramatic halftime speech to elicit that type of run. He said, “We tried to change up what we were doing defensively cause Meg Hill is a great player.”
Leighton explained, “We tried to limit the touches for the wings cause they’re such a good outside shooting team and, give her credit, Meg took advantage. In the second half, we tried to pack it in.”
Mansfield went zone to combat Franklin’s success off the dribble, but the Panthers were able to use Aubrie Kutil (eight points, nine rebounds) in the high post to draw the wing defenders into the middle and open space for the shooters. Lauren Rudolph (11 points) suddenly had space and hit a trio of threes, including one of a step-back that had the Panthers bench on its feet.
“Lauren is just such a good scorer,” said Leighton. “In the first half she didn’t get a lot of looks but in the third quarter it opened up a little for her.”
He also praised Kutil for finding space, taking Hill off the dribble, and also being able to find the right pass to pick apart the zone, including a kick out to Caroline Maguire for three of her seven points (which all came in the third). He joked, “[Aubrie’s] my center-point guard.”
“If you let Meg [Hill] stand then you’ll never get inside, so we hoped to make her move a little bit and we did, got her into a little foul trouble and it opened up some things.”
Mansfield helped out by turning the ball over in the third quarter. Redding admitted that the Hornets were “rattled” in the second half but Juliana Newell hit a jumper and Maher (six points) finally found the range on a three that cut the Franklin lead to 36-31 heading into the fourth.
Hill scored to start the quarter and cut the lead to three but junior Catherine Gray got inside and answered with a three-point play on the other end. With Franklin leading 41-35, Carchedi (nine points) hit a three only to have Welsh (six points) answer right back.
A minute later, Carchedi knocked down another big three then Jen Peel (10 points, eight assists) threw a perfect cross-court pass to Maher who was open in the corner and tied the game at 44-44.
“I don’t know when it happened but the switch came on and Jackie and Caroline came alive and got us back into it,” said Redding. “I give Caroline credit. She was in a little slump but she came through with some big ones down the stretch to get us the win.”
Carchedi was forced to the bench after a hard collision on defense (she also went flying into the stands to save a loose ball in the first half, knocking over the water jug and scattering fans behind the Franklin bench). In her place, Kemp stepped up and made her only shot from the floor to give Mansfield the 47-44 lead.
“I was surprised that Jen took the shot, she usually defers,” said Redding. “It was a gutsy shot. We had some momentum there and we were in position to rebound.”
Peel and Carchedi each hit a pair of free throws and Olivia Adiletto answered each time with layups on the other end to keep the lead at three. After a missed front end of a one-and-one, Franklin had one last chance with 12 seconds left. The Panthers swung the ball around to Koffinke in the corner and her shot looked pure but somehow bounced out allowing Mansfield to breathe a sigh of relief.
Leighton said, “I thought we had a good play and got a good look. I was happy; we always talk about end of the game three-pointers, take the shot and she took it and it was halfway down.”
Redding could only shake his head at another grueling night in the Hockomock. No complaints for the Mansfield coach, as his team remains in first.
“To win at OA and at Franklin in the same week…that’s a good week,” he said. We looked at the schedule and said those are two very dangerous road games, so to get the wins and go back home for two games next week, we’ll take it.”
Mansfield (9-2, 7-0) will be home on Tuesday to host Foxboro. Franklin (4-4, 3-4) will host Stoughton.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
By Anthony Rinaldi, HockomockSports.com Contributor
WRENTHAM, Mass.- The Franklin boy’s and girl’s basketball teams both took double-digit victories Friday night on the road at King Philip.
In the first quarter of the first game, the boy’s got off to a quick 10-0 lead. Franklin used quick ball movement, and the extra pass to the open shooter to get themselves out in front early. They kept this up throughout the quarter giving themselves a 14-point lead (26-12).
In the second quarter Franklin continued its team play and quick passing to build on their double-digit lead. They also continued to full-court press King Philip, which gave the Warriors trouble throughout the game. The press would allow the Panthers to get turnovers and quick buckets in transition to give themselves a 20-point lead (47-27) at halftime.
“I thought the guys shared the ball, especially early in the game, really well. We came in with that being an emphasis”, Franklin coach C.J. Neely said.
“We wanted to wear them down,” Neely said when talking about the press. “Pressure was definitely a game-plan tonight, I thought the guys did a nice job, they rotated well.”
In the third quarter with the offense not clicking as it was in the first half the Panthers relied on that press and their defense to hold the Warriors to only two points both of which came from foul shots.
“We gave up a little too many open threes, we weren’t closing out very well in the first half,” Neely said. “At halftime I challenged them to get out on shooters and make them attack the rim, I thought we did good job both at protecting the paint and contesting open shots.”
The fourth quarter was all about maintaining the lead and continuing to play hard for the Panthers, and that they did cruising to a 67-41 victory.
For Franklin the leading scorer was Tim Prunier with 14 points, Paul Mahon was the only other Panther in double digits with 12 points. For King Philip, Noah Goodwin had nine points.
Strong Start Sparks Franklin Girls
In the second game of the evening the Franklin girls’ team got off to a similar start, grabbing an early 8-2 lead through eight straight points from Aubrie Kutil. The Warriors continued to fight and try and answer the Panthers in the opening frame, but the visitors took a nine-point lead into the second quarter.
In the second quarter it was all about foul shots for the Panthers. Eleven of their 18 points in the frame came from the charity stripe.
“We got off to a run and I thought that might continue throughout the game, but give them (King Philip) credit they made six points back to back they’re a good team,” said Franklin coach John Leighton.
About the foul shots he said “In high school basketball if you make your foul shots it seems to end well.”
In the third quarter, the Panthers really played well defensively only giving up nine points again, but they could not hit a foul shot (4-12), which kept King Philip in the game going into the fourth quarter.
In that fourth, with about 4:30 left, KP hit a three and then a jumper, which brought the Panther lead down to nine and it looked like the Warriors were gaining momentum. However, senior Olivia Adiletto hit a big three with 3:45 left in the game to give the Panthers a 12-point lead (56-44). Then defensively they did not give up another point to the Warriors taking the game 64-44.
“I thought the defensive end in the fourth quarter is where it was won,” Leighton said.
“Olivia slowed everything down and got us set, to try and give different people looks…I was really proud of my tri-captains tonight as well.”
For Franklin, Adiletto was the leading scorer with a game-high 20 points. Kutil was also in double figures for the Panthers, contributing 15 points along with 13 rebounds. For King Philip, Maddie Purdue was the leading scorer with 13, Sam Madden was also in double digits with 11.
On the boy’s side Franklin (6-1, 4-1) next week has a big week as they take on Foxboro on Tuesday at home, then go on the road to face Kelly-Rex rival Mansfield three days later. King Philip (0-6, 0-5) has two straight home games, against Sharon and North Attleboro.
On the girl’s side, Franklin (4-2, 3-2) goes on the road to face Foxboro,then faces Mansfield. King Philip (1-6, 0-5) goes on the road on Saturday to play Framingham,then face Sharon on Tuesday.
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 42 @ North Attleboro, 43 – Final – Brent Doherty was the top scorer for North Attleboro with 20 points. Chad Peterson chipped in with eight points and Ridge Olsen had seven, inlcuding a three-pointer in the final two minutes that turned out to be the game-winner. Attleboro was led by Jake Dunkley with 18 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, and Nate Douglas added eight points and nine rebounds.
Canton, 50 @ Stoughton, 63 – Final – Stoughton sophomore Cam Andrews scored a career-high 24 points to pace the Black Knights while senior Brandon Teixeira had a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Canton’s Tony Harris scored a team-high 15 points for the Bulldogs.
Foxboro, 64 @ Milford, 44 – Final – Foxboro senior Rob Lowey had his best scoring night of the season, dropping 20 points to lead the Warriors. Alex DuBrow added 15 points in the win. Dimitry Torres led Milford with 15 points while Zach Tamagni had 12 points and Dwight Anderson had 11 points.
Franklin, 67 @ King Philip, 41 – Final – Franklin senior Tim Prunier scored a game-high 14 points while sophomore Paul Mahon had 12 points. King Philip’s Justin Vine had 11 points and junior Noah Goodwin delivered nine points.
Sharon, 60 @ Oliver Ames, 51 – Final – It was a balanced offensive attack for Sharon with Ricardo Ripley and Tyler Smith each scoring 12 points and grabbing a pair of rebounds. Senior Andrew Filipkowski scored 11 points off the bench and junior Peter Banks had six points to go along with 10 rebounds. OA’s Tim Kelley scored a game-high 14 points while Dylan Mahoney and Mike Graziano each scored 10 points.
Taunton, 61 @ Mansfield, 47 – Final – Taunton’s Jose Mercado had a big night, leading the Tigers with 19 points while hauling in 14 rebounds. Tommy MacLean added 15 points and Carlos Borrero had 14 points for Taunton. Mansfield’s Sam Goldberg scored a game-best 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Hornets. Girls Basketball
Canton, 40 @ Stoughton, 41 – Final – Sophomore Jordan Motley dropped a career-best 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record a double-double in the Black Knights’ win. Val Whalen, another sophomore had seven points and 14 rebounds.
Foxboro, 66 @ Milford, 55 – Final – Ashley Sampson scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Warriors while Cassidy Harrison paced Foxboro early, finishing with 14 points. Milford’s Jill Powers had 15 points and six rebounds while Nicole Dahlgren had 10 points and five rebounds.
Franklin, 64 @ King Philip, 44 – Final – Franklin’s Olivia Adiletto scored a game-high 20 points while Aubrie Kutil registered a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Panthers. Maddie Purdue had 13 points, Sam Madden had 11 points and Hadley Zolak and Julia Leroux each had six points for KP.
Taunton, 32 @ Mansfield, 59 – Final – Meg Hill scored 10 points and added nine rebounds and six blocks for the Hornets. Lindsay Dalton added a career-high seven points for Mansfield. Taunton was led by Hannah Moniz with eight points.
Attleboro, 51 @ North Attleboro, 43 – Final – Attleboro had three players earn double-doubles. Sam Pierce scored 15 and had 12 rebounds, Emily Houle had 13 points and 11 boards, and Sarah Deyo had 13 and 10, despite missing all but 1:17 of the second half. North Attleboro was led by Emily Schromm and Samantha Taggart, who each scored nine points.
Sharon, 30 @ Oliver Ames, 62 – Final – Oliver Ames junior Niyera Mitchell had a career day, scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in the big win. Kaitlyn McCarthy added 14 points for OA and Francesca Calabraro had 11 points. Alyssa Piazza led Sharon with 12 points. Swimming Boys
Canton, 103 @ Franklin, 63 – Final
Foxboro, 44 @ Sharon, 77 – Final Girls
Canton, 65 @ Franklin, 100 – Final
Foxboro, 74 @ Sharon, 87 – Final
2014-15 Record: 14-9 (10-6) 2014-15 Finish: Lost in Div. 1 South first round Head Coach: Rick Patch
The Bombardiers were disappointed at a first round tournament exit last season and are using that as motivation as they enter the second season under coach Rick Patch. Attleboro enters 2015-16 as one of the favorites in the Kelley-Rex Division and are getting plenty of hype from opposing coaches who feel that the program can win its first Hockomock title.
Expectations are extremely high because Attleboro returns all but two players from last year. The keys pieces will be senior guard Emily Houle and junior forward Sarah Deyo, who were both among the league’s leading scorers a season ago and have had strong off-season playing for their AAU teams. Each is capable of reaching the 1,000-point plateau for their careers but, maybe more important, both also emerged as elite defensive players last season.
Attleboro did not lose much from last year and added a second transfer in as many years with Julia Strachan coming from division rival North Attleboro. The junior forward adds depth to the forward position, shooting touch from deep, and another strong rebounder. Last year point guard Fatima McDonald came into the program and the senior adds toughness to the lineup with more expected from her now that she has a year of experience under her belt.
Sophomore Sam Pierce and senior Emma Vlashi were productive forwards last season and freshman Jordyn Lako is a newcomer to watch for the Bombardiers. Patch said, “Everyone is excited…We have taken the ‘hard hat’ mentality in putting forth a blue collar, blue pride effort. Our players have really focused on becoming great teammates and leaders.”
2014-15 Record: 19-6 (13-3) 2014-15 Finish: Reached Div. 1 Central final Head Coach: John Leighton
Most programs that lose all but one starter from a team that reached a sectional final would be thinking about rebuilding and the need for a transition year as new players get integrated. Franklin is counting on its system and the depth in its program to reload rather than rebuild this year.
The Panthers reload will benefit from a healthy Lauren Rudolph. The senior guard missed a large portion of last season with an injury sustained during soccer season and added a big scoring punch off the bench when healthy, This year, Rudolph will take on a much larger role as Franklin’s primary scorer, but she also gives them a boost defensively and is good passer in the Panthers’ dribble drive set.
The lone returning starter is senior Aubrie Kutil, who gives Franklin size and strength in the post on both ends of the court. Kutil will be aided by senior forwards Erin Skidmore and Caroline Maguire (who recovered from a volleyball injury to play in the opener) to crash the boards. Senior point guard Olivia Adiletto saw a lot of action last year and will take over as a starter. Junior Carli Koffinke is another player that will step into a bigger role as an offensive spark off the bench.
Newcomers like juniors Isabella Faught and Margaux Welsh will help Franklin make another run at the Kelley-Rex title. Leighton said, “We’re blessed to have depth. We have girls that buy into the system and are willing to play their roles, which is huge for us.”
2014-15 Record: 5-15 (3-13) 2014-15 Finish: Missed playoffs Head Coach: Martin Crowley
King Philip has been a competitive program since Martin Crowley took over two years ago with its focus on aggressive defense, rebounding, and being difficult to play against. Although last season did not finish the way that the Warriors had hoped, more than one opposing coach has mentioned KP as a sleeper pick to make a run this year.
Leading scorer Emily Sullivan graduated and Crowley noted that “her scoring can’t be replaced with only one player,” but he feels that the pieces are in place to make up for that loss in production. Senior Maddie Purdue will take over at the point guard position this season and she emerged last year as a solid ball-handler and shooter and never shied away from contact as she took the ball to the basket.
Purdue will get plenty of help from a host of versatile and athletic forwards that gives KP plenty of rebounders and active defenders in and around the post. Senior captain Riley Dalzell showed the ability to step back and knock down shots and she will be joined by classmates Sam Madden, Jen Lacroix, and Olivia Dort.
Freshmen Julia Leroux and Shannon O’Connor will also be added to the mix, as Crowley looks to get the Warriors back into the postseason. He said, “I like where we’re at so far. I like our athleticism and we have good depth. We’re trying to get everyone involved.”
2014-15 Record: 19-5 (13-3) 2014-15 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South semifinal Head Coach: Mike Redding
There is plenty of buzz about the Hornets this season, as Mansfield brings back arguably one of the deepest rosters in the league, including four of its five starters from last year’s team that reached the sectional semifinal. Head coach Mike Redding always says that the goal is to be in the mix for the title at the end of the season, but several coaches have noted that the Hornets could be a threat in Div. 1 South not just the Hock.
Mansfield has loads of experience on its roster. Senior guard Caroline Maher, a former HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year, can stretch the defense with her range and is also an elite finisher on the break. Fellow senior Jackie Carchedi was last year’s HockomockSports.com Defensive Player of the Year and adds wing scoring for the Hornets. Seniors Julianna Newell and Sarah Mullahy, fresh off a league title in volleyball, add depth to the forward line.
Jen Peel is back to lead the Hornets as the starting point guard after leading the team in assists and tying for the team lead in points last year. Peel’s ability to get to the basket opens up room on the perimeter for the shooters and draws defenders away from sophomore center Meg Hill. Hill is a double-double threat every game and as she develops more offensively will be a primary weapon for Mansfield this season.
Add in senior guard Jen Kemp, sophomore Ann Maher, among others on the roster and the options are plentiful for Redding. He explained, “We need to work harder on defense, find a good balance on offense with our options and be playing our best ball in February…The parts are all there, we need to put them together and develop some chemistry on and off the court.”
2014-15 Record: 17-6 (14-2) 2014-15 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South semifinal Head Coach: Derek Herber
The graduation of Melissa Beaupre and Danielle Perron and the transfer of Julia Strachan to rival Attleboro have many people assuming that the Rocketeers’ run of three straight league titles will surely come to an end. However, even with the turnover on the roster, North Attleboro has the talent to stay in the mix again in its last season in the Kelley-Rex (for at least four years).
One of the main reasons for optimism is the return of junior guard Ashley Ahern, who flirted with the option of transferring to prep school, but returned to North at the start of the school year. North coach Derek Herber called Ahern’s decision to stay “great not only for the team but for the league.” Ahern gives the Rocketeers a primary scorer at the two guard position and another solid ball-handler on the perimeter.
Joining Ahern on the perimeter will be junior point guard Samantha Taggart and junior Emily Schromm, who will be the third guard in the rotation. The strength of the Rocketeers this season is in the post with senior forward Emily Peters providing leadership and toughness and juniors Caroline Collard and Liz Morehouse adding scoring punch. Collard, in particular, had a breakout season as a sophomore and could be a player to watch offensively for North this year.
The losses from last season’s squad were important, but Herber brings seven players back and is bullish about what the Rocketeers can accomplish. “It’s not going to be helter skelter and run and gun like it was last year,” he said, “but we’re going to play good, solid man-to-man defense.”
2014-15 Record: 9-13 (5-11) 2014-15 Finish: Missed playoffs Head Coach: Walter Harrigan
Taunton struggled with injuries early last season and got off to a sluggish start. As the Tigers got healthier, they finished the season with momentum and ended the year with nine wins. Taunton coach Walter Harrigan is hoping that the momentum will carry over to this winter and give Taunton a chance at getting back to the postseason.
Unfortunately, injuries have popped up again. Senior forward Abby Small, who Harrigan thought was poised for a great season, injured her knee in the soccer team’s playoff game at Wellesley and will be out for at least a while. Harrigan is hopeful that Small can get back on the court at some point this season and give the Tigers a boost. At the start of the season, the Tigers will turn to senior guard Jordan Wade and senior forward Alyssa Gibson to lead the way as both have been in the program for five years.
Junior point guard Jessica Regan will be “critical,” according to Harrigan, as she will get Taunton into its offense every trip. Fellow junior Abbey Kingman is another player that the coach expects to make a big jump this season. There are also seven freshmen and sophomores on the roster highlighted by sophomore wing Hannah Moniz, who at nearly 6 feet tall has the size to cause any team problems and has the athleticism to play on the perimeter or in the post.
Freshman Lily Patneaude could join Moniz in the starting lineup when she returns from an early season injury. Harrigan said, “I’m excited for the season. We’re not really deep, but we’re athletic. Our defense has really improved and I think we have a chance to sneak into states.”
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