Senior Myra Arsenault scored 16 points and the Mountaineers survived a fourth quarter rally, defeating Franklin 41-39 in a girls' Division III basketball game played in Berlin Friday. The Mountaineers improved to 7-1 on the regular season, while Franklin dipped to 2-6.
Neither team shot well from the field. At halftime, the Mountaineers held a slim three-point advantage, 16-13. Brianna Jurking had two hoops for the visitors. Emily Theriault and Joshlyn Lanteigne had six points each for Berlin.
"If you look at Franklin's record, one would think this game wouldn't be close," said head coach Pete Peare. "We knew that three of their losses came from teams that are predicted to be in the top four in Division III, Monadnock, Fall Mountain, and Newfound."
The Mountaineers played a solid third quarter and out pointed the Tornadoes 16-10 to lead 32-23. Hannah Hicks had two buckets for Franklin. Arsenault started to heat up and had seven markers on three hoops. during the third session
As quickly as Berlin built a lead, the Mounties went cold from the floor. Zoe Kaplan lead a fourth quarter rally with ten markers that came up one possession short 41-39. Both teams missed some key free throws down the stretch. Arsenault had six of Berlin's nine points to help them to the victory.