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Scales reaches 1000-point milestone

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By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The Walpole High School girls varsity basketball team hosted Foxboro on Thursday evening for a little late-season non-conference matchup.

The Warriors (17-2, 14-2) came to town with the Hockomock Davenport Division already secured, and will likely be the top seed in the Division II South playoffs. The Rebels (13-7, 8-5) entered looking to secure a resume-boosting win to help their seeding in the Division I South playoffs.

The teams went blow-for-blow throughout the opening quarter as Foxboro carried an 11-10 lead into the second. With Walpole trailing 13-12, the Rebels exploded with an 11-0 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from senior captain Ainsley Dundon (12 points) and senior captain Elisabeth Roche (seven points), as well a pair of buckets by senior captain Sydney Scales (team-high 15 points). The run gave Walpole a 24-13 lead and forced Foxboro to a timeout. Following the break, the Warriors responded with a 13-2 run to tie things at 26 as the game entered halftime deadlocked.

Foxboro quickly began to flex its muscle as one of the top teams in the state, seizing a 37-31 lead late in the third quarter. Walpole hung tough and fought back to within one at 37-36 following a layup-and-one by Dundon. Foxboro’s own 1000-point scorer and junior guard, Katelyn Mollica (26 points), put home a layup just before the buzzer as the Warriors took a 39-36 lead into the final quarter.

Pictured while moving the ball around the perimeter, Walpole High senior captain and point guard Sydney Scales (15) joined the 1000-point club on Thursday night during the Rebels’ home contest against Foxboro.

Pictured while moving the ball around the perimeter, Walpole High senior captain and point guard Sydney Scales (15) joined the 1000-point club on Thursday night during the Rebels’ home contest against Foxboro.

Another layup by Mollica extended the Foxboro lead to 41-36 before a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Natalie Griffin made it a one-score game at 41-38. Following a steal on the other end, Scales banked home a layup to pull Walpole to within one. The bucket also put Scales in the 1000-point club and forced the game to a timeout to honor her accomplishment.

Following the break, Foxboro went on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 50-40. A 3-pointer by Dundon and a layup-and-one by Scales got Walpole back to within six at 56-50, but that would be the closest the Rebels would get. Mollica sunk a trio of late free throws and the Warriors prevailed by a 59-52 final.

Walpole now waits to find out where it will be seeded in the Division I South playoffs.

For funny and insightful sports analysis as well as video highlights of games, follow Mike Flanagan on his personal Twitter and Instagram @flano0.

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