Auburn Girls Basketball Team Tops Notre Dame, 51-47

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Auburn's Jordann Hauge and Erin Scanlon interrupt the Notre Dame offense. Photo Credit: John Anderson
Amber Abderrazzaq slaps the ball away from a Notre Dame rebound. Photo Credit: John Anderson
Sarah Palace puts up a shot late in the fourth. Photo Credit: John Anderson
Things get heated in the paint as Erin Burke struggles for a rebound. Photo Credit: John Anderson
Within seconds left Erin Scanlon turns the ball to take time off the clock after securing a rebound. Freshman Emily Sarkisian shows her approval from the bench. Photo Credit: John Anderson

AUBURN, Mass. — The Auburn girls varsity basketball team ended its regular season on a high note by defeating Notre Dame on Wednesday night, 51-47.

It was a nice finish after the Rockets lost two games in the Lawrence Tournament earlier in the week. Both losses were to Division 1 teams, and Coach Ellen Kaschuluk hoped her team had learned some lessons.

"We didn't play to the level I thought we would," added Kaschuluk.

But against Notre Dame, Auburn led 15-9 after the first quarter and ended the half up by 26-21. It got tighter in the second half as Notre Dame pulled within one point at the end of the third, 37-36.

In the last three minutes, the Rockets cranked up both their offense and defense. Unfortunately, this put Auburn in the penalty. The Rebels had only four fouls, but this escalated as the Rockets held the lead.

Sarah Palace shot twice from the foul line to put the Rockets ahead, 51-47. In the last seconds, the Rockets moved the ball around their offensive end until the clock ran out.

Auburn's seniors made the scoring difference. Palace had 21 points while Jordann Hauge and Erin Scanlon each had seven. Molly Terry shot 17 for Notre Dame, and Meghan Sullivan had 12.

Playoffs start next week for SWCL girls basketball.

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