Last night's opening session of the Washington vs. Oregon Challenge at Franklin High School did nothing to settle state bragging rights, but the Franklin Quakers ruled the gym...
Last night’s opening session of the Washington vs. Oregon Challenge at Franklin High School did nothing to settle state bragging rights, but the Franklin Quakers ruled the gym.
Senior guard Dominique Darden scored 19 points as Franklin of Seattle built a big lead and hung on for a 63-60 win over Benson Tech of Portland.
Earlier, Franklin of Portland survived a late rally by Lakes of Tacoma for a 34-32 victory.
In last night’s other Challenge game, at Garfield, Lincoln of Tacoma faced Jefferson, the third entry from Oregon’s Portland Interscholastic League.
All those teams, along with top-ranked Garfield, resume play today in four games, all at Garfield, beginning at noon.
Seattle’s Franklin (2-2) can thank a blistering start for last night’s win over Benson. The Quakers stormed to a 24-9 first-quarter lead by shooting 9 of 14 from the field and getting three-point baskets from four players.
“It’s like the whole bench just sprung up, because we’ve never shot like that,” said Darden, a senior guard who added seven rebounds and three steals. “Not in practice, in shoot-arounds, in one-on-one. That gives us the confidence to know we can shoot.”
Although the Quakers carried an 18-point lead into the third quarter, that shooting touch deserted them in the third quarter.
With six minutes, 17 seconds left in the quarter, Benson (4-4) embarked on a 20-4 run. The Techmen cut the gap to one point, 49-48, but never gained the lead.
“We’re a young team,” Franklin coach Jasen Thomas said of a squad that includes four sophomores and two freshmen. “It seems like we come out every game like that. We’ve just got to keep on working on finishing.”
Bridginae Green worked down low for 16 points and fellow sophomore Shaneya Valdez add 11 for the Quakers.
Brea Douglas notched a game-high 23 for Benson and Amanda Boggan had 13 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Franklin (Portland) 34, Lakes 32
The Oregon team fashioned a 24-11 lead late in the third quarter, then hung on against a shorthanded Lakes squad that played the final 1:26 with four players.
Freshman Chene Cooper scored 11 points for Lakes (4-4), but her last-second shot through double-coverage bounced off the rim as time expired.
Lakes had just six players available, due primarily to travel obligations, and lost second-leading scorer Leah Williams to an apparent ankle injury midway through the fourth quarter.
Sophomore post Brittany Tillman then fouled out with 1:26 left and the Lancers trailing 33-26, but Lakes outscored Franklin 6-1 the rest of the way.
Joyce Oniah scored eight to lead a balanced effort for Franklin (6-3).