By John Anderson
There are certain games that are “must sees” each season, and Tuesday’s rematch with Shepherd Hill was certainly one. After an 8-point, 58-50 loss on January 10th in Dudley, the Rockets were ready for another game and Coach Ellen Kaschuluk had a plan.
Kaschuluk is not shy about using her bench, but not on this night. With the exception of sophomore Emily Sarkisian, all the players who saw time were seniors. The Coach wanted her most experienced on the court, and it worked.
The Rockets jumped out to an early lead after two quick baskets and then a 3-pointer from Sarkisian. The Rams missed several shots and Auburn was up 11-3 halfway through the first quarter. The first ended 17-10.
The Rams closed the gap to 30-27 in the second, but their last scoring drive was thwarted by Erin Burke as she blocked the last shot.
Although the Auburn defense was excellent all night, the third quarter was stellar. The Rams were held to 6 points as the Rockets racked up 10. Auburn led 40-33 at the buzzer.
With 5:35 left in the fourth, Auburn had a ten point, 43-33 lead and each team had 5 fouls. With 47 seconds left and both teams in the penalty, Lyndsey Gabrielian was fouled in the back court and shot a 1 and 1 to lift the Rockets to 49-41. A steal and basket by Emily Sarkisian gave Auburn their 8 point win, 51-43.
Sarkisian led the Rockets with 17 points, and Erin Burke scored 14 along with 10 rebounds. Coach Kaschuluk said, “This was a great team win. All these girls have confidence in each other”
Kaschuluk added, “Games are little bit tougher now with Notre Dame and undefeated Northbridge coming up.” The playoffs will be coming soon as well, and the girls are looking solid at 12-4.