SOMERSET, NJ - A good start and solid finish were good enough for the Franklin High girls’ basketball team Tuesday night.
The Warriors ended a two-game losing streak with a 47-35 victory over Bridgewater-Raritan. The Warriors, coming off losses to Gill St. Bernards and Trenton Catholic, improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Skyland Conference Delaware Division play. Bridgewater-Raritan fell to 2-4 and 0-4.
Franklin enjoyed a 27-16 halftime lead and led 37-24 after three. The Panthers cut their deficit to eight at 41-33 on three straight baskets by sophomore guard Danielle Orecchio, but the Warriors scored the next six points to seal it.
Franklin beat B-R for the 12th straight time. The Panthers last victory in the series was Jan. 19, 2015.
Not many of those games were close. Franklin was in command for the most part in the latest matchup, but the Panthers were never completely out of it.
“Once their (Franklin players) energy is up, and they want to do something, and they are passionate about it, they lock in and are focused, and we are a better team. But sometimes we seem to get too lax and comfortable with a big lead,” said Franklin coach Audrey Taylor. “Kudos to Bridgewater. They don’t stop. They play every possession and that’s exactly what you should do. We can’t just sit back. We have to have that motor at all times.”
Senior guard Keona Schenck beat the buzzer to give the Warriors their 27-16 halftime cushion. Keona Schenck had 12 at half and finished with 20. Freshman Gissell Gamble finished with 10.
‘We are struggling on the offensive side and finding our identity, pretty much,” said Taylor. “We have had moments when we played good defense, there were moments, but outside of that honestly we have a lot to work on. “We have had our ups and downs,” added Taylor.
Next up is Immaculata Thursday night in Somerville.
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