In home games on Tuesday, middle school boys basketball defeated Southbridge 42-22 while the girls crushed the Pioneers 36-4. The boys were up 19-9 at the half and extended their lead to 32-20 after 3 quarters. Every time the Pioneers tried to rally, there was only limited success, and Auburn’s 42-22 win reflects that.
First year coach Adam Fahey, a 2006 AHS graduate, said there is tremendous interest in basketball at the middle school, “I could have taken more players, but I only have 14 jerseys.” He added, “I’ve got some workers on this team.” The Rockets are now 3-2.
Nathalie Khafaga is coaching the girls once again, and they are as successful as ever, 5-0 at present. With two grade 8 players, Caroline Messina and Allie Morawski, on the bench for the rest of the season with broken hands, Khafaga asked her young grade 6 players to step up and really participate. That they did.
The coach’s instructions of “no shot, no foul” were yelled during every Southbridge possession and they were kept scoreless in the first quarter. With 2 minutes left in the second, a Pioneer was fouled and she got the visitors’ first points. Auburn was up 25-2 at the half.
The Rockets throttled back in the second half, but Southbridge only managed 2 more points. The final was 36-4. Khafaga says of her team, “They hustle hard.” Yes they do.