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February 17, 2014

Franklin girls wins third straight title

Wildcats lose 45-27, Lawson hurt


Cawley followed the ball’s path to the sideline, where she ran into Beers and received a congratulatory shove from her teammate.

“Cawley’s athletic as crazy,” Milford coach Jim Weir said.

Franklin (16-0) used a box-and-one during the first two-and-a-half quarters, with Mariah McNeilly shadowing Addy Lawson’s every offensive step. Lawson, a sophomore, came into the night averaging 19.2 points. She attempted five shots, making one in scoring two points before being carried off the court by teammates with 4:53 left in the third quarter after injuring her right foot.

Lawson didn’t return, but Weir said he’s hopeful she’ll be ready when the fifth-seeded Wildcats host No. 12 Gilboa in a Section Four Class D Tournament opener Tuesday.

Thereafter, Franklin switched between active 3-2 and 2-3 zones. By halftime, Milford made 6 of 30 shots and finished 10-for-53 from the field.

“We want to do three things: Control the paint, contest shots and have a one-shot mentality,” Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said. “The last 10 games of the year, those three things have held true.”

Offensively, Beers and Cawley scored all but three of Franklin’s 29 first-half points.

En route to hitting her first four shots from the field, Cawley scored inside off a pass from Jessica Downin 28 seconds into play to give the Purple Devils the lead for keeps, at 2-0. Beers hit a 12-foot pull-up jumper in transition to make it 4-0 1:05 into play.

When Cawley scored on a putback with 2:50 left in the first quarter, Franklin led, 15-4.

Milford (13-5) answered with a 7-2 run that included five points by Serena Chase, who hit a three-pointer and capped the spurt with driving layup to make it 17-11 with 29 seconds left in the quarter.

Then Franklin scored the next 10 points while holding the Wildcats scoreless for 6 1/2 minutes.

Beers made a putback with 2 seconds left in the first quarter. Her pull-up jumper two minutes into the third quarter made it 23-11. Cawley then scored on a baseline drive before hitting a layup in transition off a pass from Beers.

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