After a lackluster first half of basketball, the Auburn girls varsity players focused their energy and came out strong in the 3rd quarter. With a halftime lead of 29-25, the Rockets needed to break the close score, and nobody on the Auburn side of the court was disappointed. The Rockets held the Highlanders to a mere 4 points in the 3rd while racking up 27 of their own.

Entering the final quarter, Auburn had a 56-29 lead and Doherty was in trouble with 8 fouls. The home team added another 10 points in the 4th as Coach Ellen Kaschuluk relieved some starters and even played some junior varsity talent. Doherty answered with 10 points of their own, and they launched countless 3-point attempts in an effort to catch up.

Asked about her preview of the game, Coach Kaschuluk said she expected a tight game, much like what occurred in the first half. As for the second half, the team “got patient and ran an offense.” The coach was very pleased with the communication and cooperation on the court. The balanced scoring by the Rockets reaffirmed her desire for unselfish play.

Erin Burke and Emily Sarkisian each scored 15 points while Amber Abderrazzaq scored 13. Lina Graham scored 17 for Doherty while Delaney Sylvester had 14.

Nathalie Khafaga goes up for two. ©John R. Anderson

Nathalie Khafaga goes up for two. ©John R. Anderson

Lyndsey Gabrielian takes a shot in the paint. ©John R. Anderson

Lyndsey Gabrielian takes a shot in the paint. ©John R. Anderson

Jess Clifford earns a charge on her way to the net. ©John R. Anderson

Jess Clifford earns a charge on her way to the net. ©John R. Anderson