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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The Walpole High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 3-1 on the season on Friday night as the lady Rebels took down non-conference foe King Philip, 53-39, thanks to a monster fourth quarter by point guard Sydney Scales, who finished the evening with 19 points and eight assists.
Walpole got off to an incredibly strong start thanks to its discipline and lethal 3-point shooting. The Rebels began the game on a 7-0 run after to a pair of easy lay-ins by Scales and a 3-pointer by Elisabeth Roche. Roche would drain another a 3-pointer, followed by one from senior captain Bridget Lanchester, as Walpole entered the second quarter ahead at 13-7.
Senior captain Jess Fitzgerald shot home a 3-pointer at the start of the second quarter to push Walpole’s lead to 16-7. Baskets by Jill White, Lanchester, and a great transition layup by Lanchester off a feed from Scales extended Walpole’s lead to 22-13. KP went on a 5-0 run but the Rebels concluded the half with back-to-back baskets by Scales to take a 26-18 lead into the break.
KP turned up its intensity to begin the third quarter, as the Warriors (2-3) went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to just two points midway through the quarter. Walpole responded with a pair of 3-pointers by Lanchester and White, and the Rebels extended the lead to six at 39-33 at the end of three.
The fourth quarter belonged to Sydney Scales, as the sophomore led the Rebels on a 14-6 run with six fourth quarter points while dishing out four assists. Thanks to Scales’ late dominance, the Rebels were able to ice the game and prevail with the 14-point win for their third straight victory.
At the time of print, the Rebels will look to stick to their winning ways when they take to the court against Brockton in the Rivard Holiday Tournament on December 27 before traveling to Waltham on January 3.
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