LACONIA — The Sachems (5-4) fell behind early and could not dig themselves out losing to Franklin 42-40. The Sachems had trouble handling the ball, turning it over on the first four possessions of the game. The Golden Tornadoes (5-4) took advantage scoring on all four turnovers to jump out to an 8-0 lead. " I am proud of the way we played," said Laconia coach Jeff Greeley, adding, "We can't spot a team an eight point lead and expect to win. I feel we outplayed them the last 28 minutes, but it's hard chasing points."
The Golden Tornadoes held at least a five point lead for all but the final minute and a half. Laconia shortened the lead to three when freshman Helen Tautkus (6 points) collected the defensive rebound and drove the length of the court, drawing a foul on the layup. Tautkus converted both free throws. "These are the games that make me lose my hair," said Franklin coach J.J. Winters. "We came out strong and had the easy buckets early. Luckily we didn't give it away in the end." Franklin in-bounded the ball with ten seconds remaining in the game. An errant pass resulted in a steal from Cali Swormstedt, who attempted a half court pass to Kailey Nute at the baseline, only to see the ball sail over her head, out of bounds. Franklin inbounded with 5.6 seconds left and again the ball was stolen by Swormstedt. This time Swormstedt was tied up and the buzzer sounded, ending the game.
Laconia's Natalie Compton had a game high 18 points. Senior Katrina Styles led the Golden Tornadoes with 17 points. Franklin has won both matches against Laconia by a total of three points. The Sachems are back in action on Friday night when they host Newfound.