FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Seeing is believing. The Lady Warriors were on a mission to reach the Tournament of Champions Final, and they played like they were in a hurry to get there.
Camille Gray powered the Lady Warriors with her team-high 20 points to upset No. 1 seeded Rutgers Prep, 66-57, in the Tournament of Champions semifinals at Pine Belt Arena on Sunday.
Tiana Jackson hit two back to back free throws in the second quarter with 4:10 left, that gave the Lady Warriors a 24-22 lead that they would not relinquish.
During the season Franklin and Rutgers Prep split their season match up games, with Franklin winning a late December matchup only to fall in their January competition.
"The confidence, the speed, they just believed," Head Coach Audrey Taylor said to reporters after the game."...That made a huge difference between the last one [game] and this one. I don't have to tell them to go hard, they go hard without me saying so. Free spirit and they are awesome they are a family. There is no envy there is no jealousy everybody wants everybody else to be successful, and when you have that the sky is the limit."
Franklin Head Coach Audrey Taylor discussing the play of Gray, Jackson and how the team came together to pull off such a big win:
The Lady Warriors have now won eight straight games and will face No. 2 Manasquan Monday night, March 20, at Sun Bank Arena in the TOC finals.
Diamond Miller added 15 points of her own, and Tiana Jackson dropped 12 points as well.
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