Hillers First-Half Lead Not Enough for Title

Foxborough 49 – Hopkinton 41

Tim Burdick

SPRINGFIELD, MA — The 10 point lead at the half of the Division 2 state title for Hopkinton wasn’t enough to secure the win against Foxborough.

Foxborough hadn’t won a state title in 23 years, and Hopkinton hadn’t in 17, giving both of the teams even more of a reason to bring it home for their town.

Hopkinton came out flying to start the game, completely controlling the game. Senior Ivy Gogolin, who is committed to play Division I basketball at the University of New Hampshire, was the story of the first half. Gogolin had 13 points in the second quarter, counting towards her game total of 15.

Senior Regan Keavany, who finished with 9 points, showed the Foxborough defense that she was a threat from behind the arc, as she had been all tournament. Keavany hit 2 threes in the first quarter alone, leading to a second-half adjustment from the Warriors.

To turn the tables, the second half was all Foxborough.

The Warriors opened up the third quarter with a 9-0 run and became even with the Hillers. While they went into the fourth quarter tied, all the momentum was on Foxborough’s side.

The Warriors made a huge adjustment and completely shut down Hopkinton’s top scorers, Gogolin and Keaveny.

“They upped the intensity,” Hopkinton’s head coach Mike Greco said. “Both teams played extremely hard, but they just executed better down the stretch. They did a good job of defending Ivy before the catch in the post and they did a good job of getting out on Regan and preventing any kind of open look.”

The Warriors ended the game on 15-2 run, thanks to steals, easy layups, and many free throws made due to the number of fouls Hopkinton gave.

“They made some good plays down the stretch,” said Gogolin. “They did a great job of coming back. We knew it was going to be a close game. We saw in their state semifinal game that they were a great end-of-the-game team. We knew the game was never going to be over until it was over.”