SOMERSET/WARREN, N.J. -- Franklin High School varsity basketball went 1-1 on Thursday night as the girls defeated Watchung Hills at home but the boys lost in Warren.
Diamond Miller, Keona Schenck, Tiana Jackson, and Kennady Schenck all scored in double figures for the ladies, which jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter. Miller netted a game-high 17 points, Keona followed with 16, Jackson had 14, and Kennady recorded 10. Keona drained three 3-pointers while Miller and Kennady both made two triples apiece.
The Warriors finished with eight made shots from behind the arc in the game.
Onoseta Ufuah also chipped in with seven points, Kyierah Dempsey-Toney and Morgan Jones each bucketed four points, Christina Midgette recorded two, and Luese Ufuah sank a free throw.
“I think going on the big run in the first quarter really set the tone of the game,” Jackson said. “Knowing that we could do that is exciting and reassuring that we are playing well. That feeling made us want to keep that momentum going.”
For Jackson, her 14 points matched a career high, which she got last season.
“I wasn’t aware of how many points I had until I left the locker room,” she said. “I was playing good defense and did a good job of being there for my team to get a rebound and score the putback.”
With the win, Franklin improved to 16-0 overall and 9-0 within the Delaware Division of the Skyland Conference. The Warriors next play against No. 17 Warren Hills on the road on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
As for the boys, they let a three quarter slip away in the fourth.
Watchung Hills, which trailed by one, 34-33, at the end of the third, outscored Franklin 22-15 in the final frame for the win. Michael Bressler and Pat Stefurak both netted 14 points to lead the way while Trevor Bokach added 10 for Hills.
Watchung Hills made 11 shots from the foul line compared to just four for Franklin and those points proved vital.
For Franklin, Dominic Bacallao-Wright netted a team-best 10 and Joshua Kuroda-Grauer scored nine. Jared Williams and Trevin Midgette both poured in seven points each. Franklin had seven players score at least five points as the balanced attack continued, but it wasn’t enough.
Franklin will resume action next Tuesday night at home at 7:00 against Hillsborough for senior night.
Due to the weather this past Wednesday, the NJSIAA announced that the new cutoff date is Feb. 4 instead of Feb. 2 regarding power points and the postseason.
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