By: Tom Nappi - Tonight at Worcester State University, the Central Sectional Champion, 23 and 0 Franklin Panthers square off with the West Sectional Champion, 18 and 4 Minnechaug Falcons in a State Semi-Finals Showdown at Worcester State University.
The Franklin Lady Panthers captured their 2nd consecutive Sectional Title last Friday night as they took down Natick in convincing fashion 53 to 38. In the Franklin victory. Senior Center, Ali Brigham netted 17 points and dominated the low post pulling down 12 rebounds, Sophomore, Olivia Quinn put up 16 points and pulled down 7 boards. Junior, Liz Wilson also contributed 9 points for the Panthers
Last year the Franklin Girls lost to Springfield Central in overtime 64 to 57 at Worcester State for the State semi-finals, Springfield Central went on to lose to Braintree in the state finals, 71 to 50. This year the Panthers look to take that extra step but will have to deal with a well-rounded Minnechaug team. The Franklin girls also look to keep their record perfect, they have not lost a game all season long.
The Minnechaug Falcons ruined Springfield Central’s chance to get back to the states with a 56-49 victory over 1st seeded Springfield Central in the West Division 1 Sectional Finals. Junior, Emily Howard dropped 23 points and went 9 for 13 at the charity stripe for the Falcons in the Sectional Finals win. Junior, Lilly Grono contributed 8 points as the Minnechaug Falcons claimed their first West D1 crown since 2004.
Franklin and Minnechaug tip off tonight (3/10) 5:30pm at Worcester State University. You can hear the game on MyFm 101.3!
Minnechaug: Lauren Barry - 12 ppg, Molly Cronin - 7 ppg, Emily Howard - 11 ppg, Lilly Grono - 5 ppg.
Franklin: Ali Brigham - 21 ppg, Olivia Quin - 15.8 ppg