The Foxboro High girls’ basketball team completed the sweep of the Warrior Classic with a 61-48 victory over Hoosac Valley in the tournament final.
And what a difference a day made. Senior captain Chelsea Gibbons scored 20 of her career-high 26 points in the first half on Tuesday, connecting on four 3-pointers as the Warriors used their long-range shooting to beat a hectic Hurricane defensive pressure, featuring a full-court press, a 1-3-1 zone and constant double-teaming of the basketball.
Foxboro shot 8-for-12 from 3-point land in the first half as the Warriors took a 17-point lead at the break and did not allow the Hurricanes to get within single digits in the second half.
“We were shooting a lot better than last night,” said FHS coach Lisa Downs.
The Warriors were held to their second-lowest scoring output of the season in a 43-36 victory over Old Rochester Regional in the first round of the tournament.
Foxboro still committed an uncharacteristic 25 turnovers, but ultimately the hosts righted the ship when they needed to.
“We made a few extra passes, rotated the ball and were able to find the open player very well,” Downs said.
Junior center Shakirah Ketant scored all eight of her points in the third quarter as Foxboro regained its composure behind its inside presence. But it started because of the Warriors’ outside shooting, Downs said.
Warrior sophomore Katelyn Mollica (18 points) hit three of her four 3-pointers in the first half along with the offensive contributions from Lizzy Davis (five points) and Gibbons. Foxboro went on an 11-3 run in the first quarter behind eight points from Gibbons and a 3-pointer from Davis.
“Chelsea (Gibbons) hitting all those outside shots was just great, it really opened up everything else on the court,” Downs said.
Foxboro concluded the first half with a 10-0 scoring stretch behind a pair of 3-pointers from Mollica, a Gibbons pull-up jump shot and a Gibbons finish in transition as the first-half horn sounded with the Warriors leading 32-15.
The junior Davis was equally crucial with her defense as she held Hoosac Valley’s No. 1 offensive option in senior captain Lexi Mercier to just five points. Mercier scored 28 points against Scituate High the night prior on eight 3-pointers. Foxboro forced 12 Hoosac Valley turnovers, as well.
“(Davis) had no other responsibility other than keeping the ball out of (Mercier’s) hands,” Downs said. “She did a great job.”
E Prior to the Warrior Classic tournament finale, Mollica scored a team-high 14 points as the Warriors earned a 46-36 win over Old Rochester Regional High on Monday.
Ketant scored six of her nine points in the second half for the Warriors, who led by double-digits throughout much of the contest, including a 33-20 lead going into the fourth quarter. Mollica scored seven points in the first half as Foxboro took a 25-9 lead at the intermission. Foxboro forced 15 first-half turnovers while Old Rochester shot 1-for-15 from the foul line before the intermission and concluded 5-for-23 from the line in the game.
E Ketant scored a season-high 15 points as the Warriors cruised past North Attleboro 60-29 in the Hockomock League contest Friday despite the Rocketeers holding Mollica without a field goal.
Instead, Davis and Chelsea Gibbons each contributed 14 points for the Warriors, who took a 42-19 lead into fourth quarter.
E And that came after the Warriors drilled nine 3-point field goals and had nine players score in a 61-34 league victory over Sharon last Wednesday.
Mollica finished with a game-high 23 points on four treys while Hassman added 10 points on a pair of 3-pointers.
The Davenport Division champion Warriors concluded the regular season 18-2 and are expected to earn the top-seed in the Division 2 South Tournament when brackets are released Friday.