Auburn Girls Basketball In SWCL Tie After Victory Over Warriors

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Junior Ryanne Burke saves a ball from going out of bounds.
Junior Ryanne Burke saves a ball from going out of bounds. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Senior Sarah Palace lays it up for 2 and gets fouled in the process. She would make the free throw for a 3 point play.
Senior Sarah Palace lays it up for 2 and gets fouled in the process. She would make the free throw for a 3 point play. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Junior Nathalie Khafaga dives for the loose ball she just knocked away from Tantasqua's Jess Frio.
Junior Nathalie Khafaga dives for the loose ball she just knocked away from Tantasqua's Jess Frio. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Senior Jordann Hauge wrestles with Kasey Mantyla in what would become one of many jump balls during the game. Senior Sarah Palace watches from the left, and senior Erin Scanlon backs off to avoid a foul.
Senior Jordann Hauge wrestles with Kasey Mantyla in what would become one of many jump balls during the game. Senior Sarah Palace watches from the left, and senior Erin Scanlon backs off to avoid a foul. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Junior Jackie Matthews dribbles down court with Warrior defenders in hot pursuit.
Junior Jackie Matthews dribbles down court with Warrior defenders in hot pursuit. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Sophomore Amanda Bylund puts up a block to thwart a Warrior field goal.
Sophomore Amanda Bylund puts up a block to thwart a Warrior field goal. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson

AUBURN, Mass. - Thursday evening was special for Auburn High's Girls Varsity Basketball: it was senior night, their 70-37 victory put them in a SWCL tie, and the bench saw lots of playing time.

The Rockets took early advantage of the Warriors as senior Sarah Palace and junior Lyndsey Gabrielian shot back-to-back three's and senior Erin Scanlon followed with two more points. Palace ended the first quarter with another three, giving Auburn a 28-8 advantage.

Coach Ellen Kaschuluk substituted the bench early, giving spectators a glimpse of what next year's team will look like. Senior Jordann Hauge maintained her strong defensive posture, and the half ended 39-14.

The Warriors never got things going in this game despite Coach Goyette's multiple time outs to get his girls focused. Many of Tantasqua's field goals were due to the inexperience of Auburn's younger players, but this is not a weakness. As the game progressed their teamwork and confidence improved. Playing time builds skill, and the next generation of Rockets looks solid. Auburn started the fourth quarter up 55-23 and finished 70-37. The victory ties Sheperd Hill as both teams have 12-2 league records. Tantasqua finished 6-8 in SWCL Central.

Sarah Palace led the Rockets with 24 points, and Lyndsey Gabrielian had 9. Erin Scanlon scored 8, and juniors Amber Abderrazzaq and Jackie Matthews each had 6. Freshman Emily Sarkesian also scored six while sophomore Erin Burke dropped five.

Kaschuluk described the game as "a great team win". She recognized the seniors for their years of contribution to the team.

"When they were freshmen, the Auburn girls were a 500 program," she said. "Now they've won a championship."

Auburn plays Notre Dame next Wednesday in their last game of the regular season.

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