Girls Basketball: Franklin Tech Eagles soaring up standings

Staff Writer
Published: 1/28/2020 9:37:08 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Despite being short a pair of key rotation players, the Franklin Tech girls basketball team put together one of its most dominant outings of the season on Tuesday night.

The host Eagles blanked Gateway from jump street, scoring the game’s first nine points and never looking back en route to a 50-15 independent victory.

The win has Franklin Tech sitting at 11-3 overall, as the club looks to continue to pile on the wins in hopes of improving its postseason seeding.

“I think we executed well tonight,” said Franklin Tech coach Joe Gamache. “We came in with a good approach and the girls had some goals they wanted to accomplish that I think they were able to do.”

Using a tenacious full court press against Gateway (7-6), the Eagles jumped out to an 18-2 lead after one quarter. Jocelyn Crowningshield’s steal and bucket at the buzzer had Franklin Tech riding high with a 16-point cushion after eight minutes. The Gators were held off the board completely for the first 4 minutes and 50 seconds of the game, and struggled mightily getting into offensive sets as a result of Tech’s defensive intensity.

“When we execute it well, that’s our best style of play,” offered Gamache of his team’s pressing style. “Tonight they ran it really well.”

Franklin Tech led 29-10 at halftime, and behind nine third-quarter points from Isabelle Duga, the hosts made it a 42-15 advantage entering the fourth. Gateway was unable to find the scoreboard in the final period.

Duga led all scorers with 16 points, while Crowningshield followed with 13 points and 10 steals. Jordan Hurlbert also poured in 13 points and added nine rebounds and eight steals, while Desiree Doane added six points, seven assists and four steals. Emily Ryan paced the interior defensive effort with 11 rebounds and five blocks.

Sitting at 11-3, the Eagles hope they can continue to win games and climb up the seed line for the WMass Div. 4 tournament. They also sit atop the Tri-County League North at 5-0, and are looking to lock up a No. 1 seed in the State Vocational tournament as well.

“Right now, we kind of control our own destiny in a lot of things,” Gamache said. “We’re 5-0 after the first time through the league schedule. Our goal for the second time through against those same teams is to continue on that path and try and take care of business again.”

Next up comes the second in a back-to-back stretch tonight when the Eagles meet St. Mary’s. Gamache wants to see his team rise to the occasion, noting that all three of his team’s losses so far this winter have come on the second nights of back-to-back stretches.

“Hopefully, we can carry some momentum over and break that streak,” he said. “St. Mary’s is another team fighting for a tournament berth so we’ve got to be ready to go.”

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