SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin boys and girls basketball teams split with Hunterdon Central on the hardwood on Tuesday. The girls convincingly defeated the Red Devils at home, 48-20, while the boys fell on the road in a close contest, 62-54.
In Somerset, coach Audrey Taylor’s squad (7-3) won their third game in a row since falling to Watchung Hills, is now ranked No. 3 in the Courier News Top 10.
Franklin, which is missing senior Kennady Schenck due to injury as she joins sophomore Christina Midgette on the bench, outscored Hunterdon Central (3-10), 40-12 over the course of the final three quarters after it was tied at 8-8 after the first.
Onoseta Ufuah netted a game-high 17 points while Keona Schenck joined her in double figures with 14. Kyierah Dempsey-Toney added nine points, Gissell Gamble contributed six, and Morgan Jones chipped in with two as well.
Lily Testa and Jessica Mastriano both scored six points each for Hunterdon Central.
Keona Schenck, who leads the Warriors in scoring, has scored in double digits in every game this season, including a 34-point performance last time out at Hillsborough.
Franklin was named the No. 3 best team of 2010-2019 by NJ.com. Over the last decade, Franklin won two Tournament of Champions titles in three appearances, including last season when Diamond Miller and crew went 34-0. It also racked up four group titles and 194 wins.
The No. 5-rated Warriors in the CN Top 10 next play Gill St. Bernards, No. 4 in the CN Top 10, on Thursday at home. Gill topped Franklin earlier this month in Gladstone by seven, 60-53. Kennady Schenck played in that game.
As for the boys, Hunterdon Central (7-6) used a big third quarter to help pull away from Franklin (7-6), winning by a final score of 62-54. The Devils outscored the Warriors in the frame, 22-12 after leading by two points at the break.
Matt Ciskowski scored 16 points to lead Hunterdon Central while Charles Gillikin made three 3-pointers and finished with 13. Brian Johansson netted 12 points as well.
For Franklin, Anthony Milligan bucketed a team-best 16 points. Edward Turay added nine while eight others scored at least two points including Demi Alao and Isaiah Cotten, who scored five points apiece.
Joshua Kuroda-Grauer, Rajah Wilcox, and Cameron Snowden, tallied four points each. Anthony Edmunson drilled a 3-pointer and Ikenna Eluwa and Tracy Brown each deposited two points.
Entering the contest, Franklin was ranked No. 9 and Hunterdon Central No. 10 in the CN Top 10.
After a few days off, Franklin re-takes the court on Saturday afternoon at home against Lawrence at 1:00 p.m. The Warriors won the last matchup, 54-48, on Feb. 22, 2019.
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