With an opportunity to be the spoiler and knock the Panthers out of contention for a share of the Hockomock League Kelley-Rex Division championship, the Attleboro High School girls varsity basketball team played even with the home team for more than three quarters. But Attleboro ultimately fell 48-37 as the Panthers finished the game with an 11-0 run.
Franklin got on the scoreboard first, but a basket by Bri LaPlume knotted the game at two. Beth Clifton went on a spree, scoring the next eight points for the Bombardiers and the first quarter ended with the Panthers on top 15-10.
Coming out for the second eight minutes, Franklin once again found the range, but Attleboro's Kim Runey hit from behind the arc, bringing the girls in blue to within four of the league leaders. Free throws by Kerri Beland, a basket by Sara Blackwell and free throws by Emily Houle saw the Panthers lead dwindle to just two points. An Attleboro conversion by LaPlume tied the game at 21-21 and Kirsten Terrien's basket just inside the three-point line gave the Bombardiers their first lead of the game. Franklin's Alicia Kutil hit on two of her 21 points to tie the game and another basket by the home team gave them a 25-23 lead at halftime.
The third quarter saw very little scoring by either team and it ended with Franklin holding a three-point advantage.
In the final stanza, Runey opened the scoring for the Bombardiers with a basket from three-point range, followed by a two-point score. Terrien gave Attleboro a 35-34 lead with a shot from behind the arc. The Bombardiers' three-point shooting gave the Panthers a scare, as Beland connected on one of her own, giving Attleboro a 38-34 lead. An 11-point run by the home team closed out the game, as Attleboro was unable to match their scoring from inside the paint.
Runey led the Bombardiers with 10 points, followed by Clifton with eight first-quarter points.
The Bombardiers will travel across town Monday to take on Bishop Feehan at 2 p.m. and will entertain the Durfee Hill Toppers on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. This will close out the regular season for Attleboro and the Bombardiers will prepare for tournament play.
The Attleboro freshmen were on the short end of a 46-29 score, but a bright spot for the team was the 16 points by Olivia Reyes. The junior varsity team finished with a 38-15 loss.