SOMERSET, NJ -- The Franklin girls basketball team, the defending winner of the 2019 Tournament of Champions, defeated Hunterdon Central, 38-25, Thursday night in the quarterfinal round of the Section 2, Group 4 state tournament.

Hunterdon Central (14-16) kept the game close until the fourth quarter against a heavily favored opponent, trailing, 20-12, at halftime and 27-19 after three quarters.

Jessica Mastriano led the Red Devils with 13 points. Onoseta Ufuah led Franklin (21-5) with 20 points. Franklin will play at Bayonne in the sectional semifinal on Saturday.