Auburn Girls Head For Basketball Finals

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Erin Scanlon lays up two points for the Rockets. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Amber Abderrazzaq drives to the net. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Sarah Palace gets fouled as she shoots 2. She would score 5 from the line on Friday. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Erin Scanlon takes one for the team as she recovers a loose ball. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Lyndsey Gabrielian goes up for two of her eight points. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Emily Sarkesian drives into the paint for Auburn. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
Erin Burke grabs a rebound under pressure. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson
With her victorious teammates watching, Sarah Palace jumps in excitement before giving Coach Kaschuluk a congratulatory hug. Photo Credit: John R. Anderson

AUBURN, Mass. - The Auburn girls varsity basketball team routed Gardner in its first divisional playoff game.

Amber Abderrazzaq put up the Rockets' first two with free throws. Erin Scanlon followed with two, and Sarah Palace dropped a three to give Auburn an early lead. With 2:56 left in the 1st, the Wildcats finally scored and quickly added seven more to end the quarter, 14-9.

Both teams were in the penalty early in the second. The Rockets were called mostly in mid court by the third referee while the Wildcats primarily fouled defending their net. At 6:32, Gardner's Jill Sauvageau dropped her second three to tie the game 16-16. The half ended 24-22 in Auburn's advantage. Both teams had 10 fouls.

The second half was all Auburn as they outscored Gardner 2 to 1. Freshman Emily Sarkisian contributed a third of her team's 36 points in the half. At 5'5" she is almost always opposed by a much larger player, but her tenacity makes the difference. The third ended 40-28.

The fourth was an aggressive quarter and with 3:20 left, Auburn was up by 15 and had eight fouls to Gardner's seven.

With two minutes left, Sarkisian fouled out. Effective rebounding kept the ball in the Rockets' hands in the final minutes, and Gardner respectfully avoided the late game fouling.

Sarkisian led with 14 points and Palace had 11 for the #3 seeded Rockets. Erin Burke scored nine while Lyndsey Gabrielian shot eight. Erin Scanlon had seven. The #6 Wildcats were led by Jill Sauvageau with 17 and Denise Della-Giustina with 14.

Auburn Coach Ellen Kaschuluk said she was "very proud of the way we played. We started strong and kept our composure."

The Rockets will face #2 Nashoba on Monday, 6 p.m. at Clark University.

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bedlam:

Great job Auburn! Great pics John!

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