Foxboro came into Wrentham and held the home team scoreless through the first eight and a half minutes while building a 13-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the King Philip girls, they could not overcome that lack of production and fell to Foxborough, 62-54.
“We worked really hard on our man-to-man defense all week and allowed only one shot on offense,” Foxborough coach Lisa Downs said. “We knew that they were a scrappy, aggressive team that matched up kind of evenly with us.”
As the visiting Warriors knocked down 11 points in the first quarter, the home team was unable to buy a basket. It was until the early seconds of the second half when KP’s Jenna Liljberg sank one of her two free throws to erase the goose egg on the scoreboard.
While King Philip was having its share of trouble scoring, the referees were not
making it any easier on the home team, sending Foxboro to the line 15 times to
KP’s six in the first half.
“We were taking some hits, especially in the first quarter, and trying to adjust our shots accordingly. We were able to pull together in the second, third and fourth,” KP coach Megan Barry said. “In a game like one tonight there’s a lot of motion and frustration and that gets to an athlete at times. The girls worked really hard for the full 32 minutes and left it on the court — I’m proud of them.”
Finding themselves in a hole after the initial quarter, the Warriors put things together in the second behind the clutch scoring of senior Erin Fennessy, who scored seven of her 12 points in the quarter.
Despite their efforts, KP was still in a hole (30-15) as the two teams headed into the half, mainly due to Foxborough’s Ashley Snyder. In addition to the junior scoring 10 of her 13 points, her mere presence on the court made her teammates that much better.
“Snyder [a 6’ 1” center] returning to our lineup was huge, it was the first game she’s been back all season,” the Foxborough coach said. “She’s a catalyst to our team and the girls were very, very excited to have her back. We don’t have any size on the court until she joins the lineup.”
As far as the scoring went, the second half belonged to the home team as they outscored their opponent 39-32 (20-14 in the third and 19-18 in the fourth). Unfortunately, the 15-pount deficit they brought into the locker room was too much to overcome on this particular night.
KP would rattle off the first 11 points of the second half to cut the Foxborough lead to a mere four. However, every time the Warriors closed in, Foxborough would take it back.
Foxborough’s Danielle Roma led all scorers with 15 points (all but two coming in the second half when her team needed them). Sophomore Jamie Ballou would knock down six points in the second half to help Foxborough secure the victory.
The scoring from King Philip was well dispersed; Fennessy and Liljeberg each had 12 in the loss, while Ellen Wagner, Katie Brennan and Emily Richards contributed
eight, seven and six points, respectively.
King Philip falls to 4-8, while Foxborough improves to 2-8.