By John Anderson
Girls basketball has been a season of extremes this winter. After last night’s win over Uxbridge, the Rockets are 12-2, and none of their victories have been by less than 13 points. Most were over 20 points.
The loss to Millbury was by 2 points and the loss to Tantasqua by 6. Both those games were winnable if the girls played with the tenacity that gave them that 13-point victory over Quaboag.
Although the Spartans put up the first 2, they were not successful in the paint for the most part. Auburn led 13-5 after one quarter and 28-8 at the half. It didn’t take long for Coach Ellen Kaschuluk to get her bench on the court, often with a starter or two for guidance.
In the second half, Kaschuluk often pulled all the starters and gave the younger players some experience. It was 38-14 after the third and 39-21 at the end.
Unlike last Friday’s 49-25 win over Oxford, the Rockets front line minimized the turnovers and were powerful on both offensive and defensive rebounds. The bench had some turnovers in the fourth as they mostly worked the ball around the outside.
Captains Erin Burke and Emily Sarkisian each scored 11 points and Jess Clifford followed with 6. Danielle Hearnlaye and Colleen Cutting both scored 4, Sarah Fahey had 2, and Hannah Harris shot 1 free throw.