Going into their third game in five days the Attleboro Bombardiers knew it would be a hard fought contest versus the league leading Franklin Panthers, but they were up for the challenge.
Kim Runey hit the mark first with a shot from behind the arc. Beth Clifton followed making 1 of 2 free throws and another basket by Runey gave Attleboro a 6-0 lead. Franklin scored the next 7 points before Sarah Deyo dropped in 1 of 2 from the charity stripe. The quarter ended with Attleboro on the short end, 11-7
In the opening of the second quarter Emily Houle was fouled on a successful lay-up and made good on the free throw. She followed with another 2. Bri LaPlume made good on the back end of her free throws and Houle ended the scoring for the Bombardiers with a 3, as the half came to an end with Franklin holding a 22-16 advantage.
Franklin continued their up-tempo game and in spite of 6 points by Deyo, 5 by Houle, a 3 by Runey and Kerri Beland adding 2, the inside shooting of the Panthers had increased their lead to 41-31, as the buzzer signaled the end of the third quarter.
Beland put the Bombardiers on the scoreboard first, in the final 8 minutes of play, hitting on both of her free throws. Houle followed with a 3 and 2 free throws by Deyo and a 3 brought Attleboro to within 4 of the league leading Panthers. A free throw and a 3 by Franklin increased their lead to 49-41, but the visitors were not to be denied! Clifton’s put back and free throws by Runey again cut into the Franklin lead. With 36.7 remaining in the game Coach Traversi called her final time out. Getting back on the court Clifton responded with 2 free throws, giving Franklin a 49-47 lead. Attleboro forced a Franklin turnover and with 10 seconds remaining in the game the Panther coach called a time out, giving Traversi an opportunity to set up the final play. What would have been a game tying baseline drive by Clifton fell short of the mark and at the buzzer Franklin had secured the 49-47 victory!
Emily Houle led all scoring with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sarah Deyo followed with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Beth Clifton added 7 points, 7 rebounds(6 being offensive)and 4 assists.
The Bombardiers are now 8-4 and will travel to Milford on Tuesday, for a 6:30 start.
JV’s Franklin 44-Attleboro 14.