Sports

Girls Basketball: Franklin Survives for 56-45 First-Round T of C Win over Old Tappan

2789a0d98710b43b45e0_IMG_5425__2_.JPG
Camille Gray (12) drives with Kiersten McCloud (12) the trailer on the play. Credits: Guy Kipp
b333fdcbcfb5d3c03786_IMG_5413__2_.JPG
Diamond Miller (1) drives underneath. Credits: Guy Kipp
01b8889d20cafa664827_IMG_5398__2_.JPG
Keona Schenk (10) finishes on the break. Credits: Guy Kipp
a23c61c46d2903ac7c1c_IMG_5390__2_.JPG
Kennady Schenk (11)
3fe2a839ace30cb6c0ef_IMG_5388__2_.JPG
Diamond Miller Credits: Guy Kipp
4573cf7f97eb4689331d_IMG_5378__2_.JPG
Diamond Miller drives. Credits: Guy Kipp
871e53f1f7fabeb7a7b3_IMG_5440__2_.JPG
Tiana Jackson (4) drives left. Credits: Guy Kipp
c4bd121d9a805478fe3c_IMG_5433__2_.JPG
Breakaway battle at the end of a break Credits: Guy Kipp
44bb5d0ac1aca4dfdc8a_IMG_5426__2_.JPG
Keona Schenk (10) Credits: Guy Kipp
2789a0d98710b43b45e0_IMG_5425__2_.JPG

TOMS RIVER, NJ - Nothing came easily for the Franklin girls basketball team Wednesday night.

The Warriors' first-round matchup in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions against Old Tappan was a physical grind from start to finish, but in the end, third-seeded Franklin advanced with a 56-45 victory and moved on to Friday night's semifinal round at 5:30 p.m. against second-seeded St. Rose of Belmar.

That game will be back on the campus of Toms River North High school as the front end of a semifinal doubleheader. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Sun National Bank Center Arena in Trenton.

Sign Up for E-News

Junior forward Diamond Miller finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks for Franklin (24-7). Miller netted 18 of her points in the second half.

Wednesday night was not the first time the Warriors needed more than a half to get control of a game, but it was one of few games in which Franklin was never able to unleash one of its withering runs to devastate an opponent with its usually lethal combination of pressure defense and sleek transition game.

Sixth-seeded Old Tappan (28-5), a strong defensive team that committed itself to bodying up to Franklin and playing physical basketball, was like a cold, snowy month of March--they just wouldn't go away.

"We didn't play our game tonight," said Miller, a 6-foot junior who just made a verbal commitment to the University of Maryland last week. "We didn't execute, and we just were not passing the ball like we usually do. It was a very ugly game."



That ugliness was partly by design from Old Tappan's standpoint. The Bergen County team slowed the game down, did not allow Franklin to dictate the tempo and banged the Warriors around a bit when they put the ball on the floor and ventured into the lane.

"They were physical. They may have been a little too physical," Miller said of Franklin's opponents. "I don't think the refs controlled the game the way they should have."

The game was still tied, 17-17, late in the first half before Camille Gray sank a jumper and then Miller buried a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left to give Franklin a 22-17 lead going into the half. The Warriors shot just 36 percent in the first half and committed nine turnovers. However, Franklin's defense, as stout as ever, forced Old Tappan into 14 turnovers in that first half.

But Old Tappan continued to hang around, and was back within a single point, 28-27, after a driving layup by Noelle Gonzalez with 2:03 left in the third quarter. Gonzalez led Old Tappan with 18 points and four steals.

With Old Tappan breathing down the Warriors' necks and back within a point, Miller took over the last two minutes of the third quarter, scoring eight points and handing out an assist in that stretch. She drove for a basket, drained a 3-pointer and then, after Old Tappan scored on an offensive rebound, Miller was fouled on a driving layup and converted the and-one for a 3-point play with 20 seconds left. Then Miller rifled a pass to Gray underneath for a layup with four seconds left to give Franklin a 38-29 lead.

"They came out with crazy high energy," Gray said of Old Tappan. "When we're not hitting our shots, we either have to board off our missed shots, or drive the lane."

Gray turned in a solid game in several areas with 11 points, a team-high six thefts and three rebounds.
Old Tappan's last charge brought the Bergen County squad within six, 46-40, with 2:06 left, but Franklin responded with a 10-2 run ignited by Miller's feed to Gray for a layup and then a driving bucket by Miller with 1:20 left.

While the finished product may have lacked Franklin's customary assortment of picturesque highlight plays, the Warriors nonetheless dug down and defended like their lives depended on it, holding Old Tappan to just 20 percent shooting (7-for-35) in the second half. Keona Schenk finished with nine points and four steals for Franklin, which made 18 of 48 (.375) in the game and sank 68 percent (17 for 25) of its free throws.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Warren

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

A Hidden Gem in the Suburbs – Spring Academy Montessori Pre-School helps children reach their full potential by fostering an innate love of learning!

July 16, 2018

Located on a quiet residential street in Warren, NJ, Spring Academy Montessori Preschool opened its doors to the public in late November 2016.  Spring Academy wanted to fill a niche that was missing in the community -- a pre-school with a Montessori philosophy combined with an emphasis on language immersion.  Since then, parents have been coming from all over to enroll their children in ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sings Conclude with Verdi ...

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, October 3, 7:00 PM

SCLSNJ's Warren Township Library branch, Warren

A History of the Old Presbyterian Graveyard in ...

Government Other

Obituaries

Jul 28, 1955 - Feb 8, 2018
Owner/Chef of Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes  Beloved Husband, Father, Brother and ...
Read more

Get Ready Warren: Fireworks, Food and Family Fun At Mt. Carmel Feast

July 13, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. – It’s time again for the annual Mt. Carmel Feast, a four-day festival full of food, music, games, rides, fireworks, and other family fun, located at Mt. Carmel Field in Berkeley Heights.

The fairgrounds will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 13 through Monday, July 16. Those four nights will include concerts, games, and ...

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Danielsen Sponsors New Medical Marijuana Bill

July 22, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D), who represents the 17th District in New Jersey State Assembly, recently unveiled his sponsorship of Assembly No. 10, a bill revising the requirements to authorize and access medical marijuana.

This announcement comes in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s plans to open six more dispensaries claimed to help better serve New Jersey’s ...

White Supremacist Actions Denounced

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Two groups denounced Identity Evropa, a white supremacist group posting of fliers in multiple Central New Jersey towns. Both statements lay blame on President Donald Trump.

The New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and the Somerset County Democratic Committee issued statements today. 

"The promotion of a racist and ...

White Supremacist Fliers Found in Central New Jersey Towns

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of Bridgewater, Somerville, Morristown and surrounding communities are mobilizing for action after they found posters around town promoting Identity Evropa, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has labeled a white supremacist group.

According to Bridgewater resident Stacey Friedlander, a member of the “Not In Our Town – Bridgewater/Raritan” ...

Viewing and Funeral Mass Set for 1-Year-Old Boy Killed in July 7 Crash, Fundraiser Established

RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales.

3rd Annual Meadowlands BBQ Battle a Smokin’ Success

July 18, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Seven competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's 3rd Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 14, all vying for $2,000 in prizes and most importantly, bragging rights. 

The BBQ categories of best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, came with a $500 prize to the winner of each category. A panel of five judges conducted a blind ...

3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ set to Celebrate Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Make the Call, Save a Life

July 10, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There is much focus on preventative opioid abuse education. Rightfully so. However, the goal in addressing the opioid epidemic is saving lives. Even if that means just saving one life. While people are becoming increasingly aware of resources relating to rehabilitative services, support groups for friends and family of addicts, and training parents for signs of opioid and ...