MANSFIELD — With a dominant first quarter, Foxboro should have felt like Friday night time’s women basketball recreation with Mansfield could be a cakewalk.
But whereas the host Hornets made Foxboro work, the Warriors nonetheless earned the 50-41 win.
Foxboro improves to 14-1, whereas Mansfield drops to 10-4 after the Hockomock League showdown.
On a balanced scoring night time for Foxboro, Cam Collins led the way in which with 16 factors, whereas Kailey Sullivan added 15. Ava Hill added 9 factors and Addie Ruter had eight.
Foxboro led 22-3 after 1 / 4, however Mansfield by no means gave up.
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t our night to make layups,” Foxboro coach Lisa Downs stated. “We must have left about 16, 18 points out there that were just layups. But it’s a learning experience. We need to make sure that we’re always keeping possession of the ball and really value the ball on offense. Defensively, I thought we had a good game. We could have fouled a lot more in the second half than we did and just play smarter defense. Those are things we have to correct.”
Foxboro jumped out to an 8-0 lead, then closed the primary quarter on a 14-0 run. Collins banged in a 3-pointer, as did Hill. Ruter had a putback and a brief jumper, and Collins closed the quarter with a driving layup.
Collins discovered a number of methods to attain, and performed robust protection on the opposite finish.
“She is (a special player),” Downs stated of Collins. “She can just do it all. She didn’t have a great shooting night, but she does everything else out there well. If she’s guarding you, you’re working that night.”
“It was good preparation for the tournament,” Collins stated. “There are always things to work on. They worked hard. We worked hard as well. It was a well-competed game.”
Mansfield actually confirmed its compete degree the remainder of the way in which. The Hornets battled again to get the rating right down to 29-16 on the half. Kara Santos was efficient on the low block, and completed with 14 factors for the Hornets.
The Hornets have been in a position to slice the deficit to 33-25 within the third quarter, however Foxboro responded with an 8-2 run, punctuated by an old style three-point play from Sullivan, who had eight factors within the quarter.
Santos led a run that had Mansfield down eight within the fourth, however Collins hit a jumper to assist quell these comeback goals.
Downs was inspired by how her staff responded to the Mansfield rallies.
“It’s huge, because if you’re not challenged, you’re not going to grow,” Downs stated. “The teams make us a little uncomfortable, a little off-kilter because we’re going to be facing that every game in the postseason, and the Comcast tournament is not that far away, as well.”