SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin High School boys and girls basketball teams both defeated Bridgewater-Raritan on Tuesday night.
For the girls, Franklin (10-3) used a big fourth quarter offensively and defensively to pull out a 44-31 victory on the road.
Trailing 29-27 after three quarters, the Warriors held the Panthers to just two points in the final frame while scoring 17 points themselves. The win gives Franklin its fifth win in a row and seventh in its last eight tilts.
Keona Schenck powered the Warriors with a game-high 15 points. Onoseta Ufuah added nine points while Gissell Gamble had eight.
Madison Bray led Bridgewater with 11 points.
At home in Somerset, the boys topped Bridgewater, 73-42, as they shook off an early minor deficit to take control of the game. The Warriors (9-7) trailed 12-11 after the first quarter, but they outscored the Panthers (4-12) by 10, 17-7, in the second quarter. After the break, Franklin charged ahead with a 27-point third and rounded out the contest with 18 more in the fourth.
Franklin has won five in a row against Bridgewater, with the last four being by lopsided margins.
Nine players scored for the Warriors, including Joshua Kuroda-Grauer and Isaiah Cotten, who scored 13 points apiece. Anthony Milligan made three 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. Tracy Brown made two triples and had 12 as well. Ikenna Eluwa and Demi Alao chipped in with seven and six more points, respectively.
Bridgewater’s Alec Whelan netted a game-high 17 points while Alvin Cheng produced 10.
Next up, both squads take on Watchung Hills on Thursday night in a battle of Warriors. The Watchung Hills boys are now ranked No. 12 in the NJ.com Top 20 while the girls are No. 16. Franklin was swept by the Warriors from Warren back on Jan. 14.
Thursday, the boys are home at 7:00 p.m. while the girls are away at 6:00 p.m.
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