The Franklin D. Roosevelt High School girls basketball team cruised to a 45-24 win over Marlboro behind the all-around efforts of sophomore forward Allison Pritchard at the Coaches vs. Cancer benefit game on Sunday at Marist College’s McCann Arena.
Pritchard led the Presidents (9-2) with 13 points and was the key player in a 14-0 run for Roosevelt in the second quarter.
“We played really well today,” Pritchard said. “We were really unselfish passing the ball around, not just taking it yourself, but getting it to the next person so they could get the points.”
With FDR leading 8-4 early in the second period, sophomore Madison Lee hit a 3-pointer and Pritchard followed with a driving layup to give Roosevelt a 13-4 lead with 7:01 left in the half.
The run grew to 14-0, culminating in a pair of back-to-back jumpers from sophomore Darien Demelis (seven points) to give the Presidents a 22-4 lead with 3:37 left in the quarter.
“We just played well together (in the run),” Pritchard said . “We kept our heads up, kept playing and just kept going against them to get them down.”
Roosevelt coach Cliff Sauer was impressed with the play of his leading scorer during that run and throughout the game.
“Allison is a constant for us,” he said. “She always comes to play. I’ve never coached a girl who’s a better competitor. She competes at everything. She just competed again today. She does all the little things for us. She made the extra pass and she’s really becoming a complete player. I’m proud of her progress.”
Roosevelt led 25-6 at the half and continued to control the game in the third quarter, building a 33-11 lead heading into the fourth.
Marlboro (6-4) fought back with a 10-0 run of its own to cut the deficit to 37-21 with 3:25 to go.
But Roosevelt recovered and Pritchard found Kayla O’Grady for a layup to beat the Dukes’ press and give FDR a 41-21 advantage with 1:59 left in the game.
“I thought as a whole we played very, very well,” Sauer said.
“I thought our girls adjusted well to the big court. Early on, we got in a little bit of trouble with the 3-point line being far out, but I thought the girls handled the moment very well. We executed very well on defense.”
Roosevelt (9-2) is setting high goals for the remainder of the season.
“I think we can go really far,” Pritchard said. “We have a lot of big opportunities this year.”