Faith Doyle leads Foran to 3-0 start to season

Faith Doyle went coast to coast down two with 10 seconds left and converted the layup and free throw to give Foran a 46-45 home victory over North Haven on Friday.

“Faith has a tremendous amount of poise and confidence as a freshman and is a true pleasure to coach. She received the inbounds pass and went the length of the floor and converted the free throw for the traditional three-point play,” Foran coach Bob Asmussen said of Doyle who scored seven of her 15 points in the final quarter.

“It was a physical battle for four quarters. I’m proud of my girls as they battled back to close the quarter 11-7 after North Haven opened the game 11-0,” he said. “It took us a bit to match their quickness and physicality. Once we figured that out and settled down, we were able to get some defensive stops and rebounds that led to us getting out on the break and scoring in transition.”

Courtney Musante contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals, and four blocks as Foran improved to 2-0.

“Courtney hit a jumper at the first half buzzer to close the deficit to 23-15,” Asmussen said. “She is a huge key to us as she plays incredibly hard on both ends of the court for the entire game.”

Mary Rodrigues scored 10 second-half points. Mia Loewenberg had three baskets.

Asmussen said: “In the second half I thought we really picked up the intensity and played great team defense. With mixing in so many young girls with our experienced returners. it’s going to take some time to gel as a team offensively.

“But the girls are improving daily on the offensive side of the ball and have committed themselves to being a much tougher defensive team as well as being stronger on the glass. This aggressive defensive and rebounding led us to getting conversions in transition which led to open jumpers that helped us score 31 points in the second half. It was a total team effort with a lot of contributions.

“North Haven (1-1) is a good team. I told the girls all week that we had to battle for 32 minutes, as the game would likely come right down to the wire,” he added. “It’s a nice win but we are excited to keep working hard and improving every day.”

Foran upended Barlow 58-24 on Monday to move to 3-0. Doyle made seven 3-pointers and scored 22 points. She had six steals and five rebounds. Freshman Ava Deitelbaum had a career high 11 points. Senior Mia Loewenberg collected 11 rebounds to go along with six steals. Musante scored six points. Megan McTigue and Gracie Brooks had 3-pointers.

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