Beers drew multiple defenders, then whipped the ball back to a wide-open Downin at the top of the key. Downin squared up for a three-pointer that swooped in and out as if a cereal bowl covered the basket, and Graziadei secured the rebound while Cawley fouled her to stop the clock at 9.1 seconds.
“That’s a good look for (Downin),” Dutcher said. “That one kind of rolls out, and we had that layup (by Cawley with 25.2 seconds left) that could have been a three-point opportunity for us that kind of rimmed out. That’s the way basketball goes.”
Facing another 1-and-1 situation, Graziadei made the first to make it 49-46 but missed the second. After grabbing her game-high 14th rebound, Beers raced up the floor and pulled up for a deep three-pointer that fell short of the rim and bounced out of bounds.
“If you were to draw it up, we want the ball in (Beers’) hands,” Dutcher said of Franklin’s final shot attempt, which capped an 18-for-59 effort from the floor. “Maybe she didn’t get her feet totally underneath her, but that’s who we want taking that shot.”
Oriskany called a timeout with 3.2 seconds left, then inbounded to Jordan Sahl, who was fouled by Downin with 1.7 to go. With Oriskany in the two-shot bonus, Sahl made both free throws for the final margin.
Sahl finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Redskins, who jumped to a 14-4 lead after one quarter and took a 27-16 advantage into halftime.
Franklin battled back with seven points from Beers and six from Cawley in a 15-9 third quarter. Beers also hit a pull-up three from the right side with Madison Zizzi in her face, pulling the Purple Devils to 36-34 with 20 seconds gone in the final quarter.