By John Anderson
After two easy wins against Grafton, 48-29, and Leicester, 60-22, Auburn came in confident against Millbury last Thursday. While the girls played well, they ended up losing 45-43.
The Rockets led by six after the first quarter, 17-11, and by seven at the half, 28-21. That would all change in the third quarter as Millbury took the lead with 3:23 left and Auburn’s Erin Burke on the bench with 4 fouls.
When Burke reentered the game, she kept her arms up and risked no physical contact although her scoring efforts gave the Rockets a brief 38-35 lead in the fourth quarter. With just over a minute left, the Woolies regained the lead and jumped ahead 45-43.
The Millbury defense was very physical throughout the game, and they exceeded 10 team fouls in both halves. A few missed calls and foul trouble seemed to frustrate the Rockets, and their lack of second half scoring was the result.
Coach Ellen Kaschuluk said, “Millbury is a great competition, but I’m disappointed we let go such a big lead.”
Burke was the top scorer with 16 points while Colleen Cutting and Emily Sarkisian each had 9. Jess Clifford had 5, and Danielle Hearnlaye scored 4. All of these players had one 3-pointer. The Rockets don’t play again at home until January 2nd.