BRIDGEWATER – Offense is what introduced Foxboro to the Div. 2 state semifinals, nevertheless it was their protection that introduced them one win away from a state title at Bridgewater-Raynham Monday night time.
After a back-and-forth first three quarters, the fifth-seeded Warriors stepped up on protection in addition to offensively over the ultimate quarter and a half to defeat top-seeded Walpole 51-37 within the Div. 2 state semifinals.
“As disappointing as it is not to play this game at the TD Garden, the excitement that this gym had and the effort that we gave, I’m not even disappointed that we didn’t get to play at the Garden to tell you the truth,” mentioned Foxboro coach Lisa Downs about her group’s effort.
Next up, Foxboro will face off towards No. 6 Dracut within the Div. 2 state ultimate at Tsongas Center this weekend. The Warriors final made it to the finals in 2020 and ended up co-state champions with Taconic after profitable the Div. 2 state semis at TD Garden over North Reading 52-35.
With a 22-18 benefit on the half that noticed six lead adjustments and 5 ties, Foxboro (23-1) fell down 23-22 after Walpole (21-3) began the third on a 5-0 run. The Warriors protection then held the Timberwolves 0-for-7 from the sphere to construct a 30-23 lead late into the third. The lead was 30-25 after three.
“We just always go into the next play wanting to get the ball,” junior captain Camryn Collins mentioned in regards to the defensive strain. “We needed to have starvation going into the third quarter as a result of we all know whoever goes into the third quarter goes to win the sport. We simply needed to have power going into the third quarter
The protection additionally held the Timberwolves from hitting 13 straight subject objectives from the tip of the primary half to the beginning of the third quarter throughout an 8-0 run that introduced the Warriors from an 16-14 deficit to a 22-18 lead.
In the fourth, second likelihood factors aided the Warriors run as they went on a 19-7 run to finish the fourth with eight of these factors coming from sophomore Addie Ruter with 5 of these approaching second likelihood alternatives.
Ruter additionally grabbed 9 boards. Sophomore Kailey Sullivan scored 5 straight second likelihood factors within the fourth as properly.
“That’s something we really work on because if we are one and done every time then we aren’t going to win many games,” Downs mentioned in regards to the a number of offensive alternatives. “We have to make sure we are anticipating a miss. If we score, then great. If we don’t then we grab it.”
Collins led the offense within the first half with eight of her game-high 17 factors coming within the second quarter. Sullivan added 12 factors.
No Walpole participant scored in double figures as senior captain Haley Brigham led with 9.