Rustin tops Neshaminy, reaches quarterfinals

Rustin's Adashia Franklyn goes up for two of her game-high 25 points over Neshaminy's Madison Murray during the second quarter.
Rustin's Adashia Franklyn goes up for two of her game-high 25 points over Neshaminy's Madison Murray during the second quarter. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)
Posted: February 21, 2014

Adashia Franklyn made a decision.

It might not have been acknowledged out loud, but it was visible every time the West Chester Rustin senior had the basketball in her hands Wednesday night against Neshaminy.

After every hard move in the post, highly contested rebound, shot block, or bucket by Franklyn, you could almost see it in her eyes.

She made the decision to win and wasn't accepting any other possible outcome.

Franklyn's dominating performance in the second round of the District 1 Class AAAA tournament set the tone for the Golden Knights, and the 6-foot-1 senior got her wish, as host Rustin beat the Redskins, 56-36.

"I just wanted to win. That's really all it came down to," Franklyn said.

"Me playing hard makes my teammates play hard, and then they return the favor," the St. Joseph's signee added. "I can't cheat them by slacking or not working hard."

It wasn't easy early on for Rustin (22-4), as Neshaminy (18-4) stuck with the Knights throughout the first half, getting timely baskets and collecting most loose balls. The Redskins trailed by only a point at halftime.

Then Franklyn turned it up a notch.

But Franklyn wasn't the only player who put on a show for Rustin, ranked ninth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer.

Junior guard Noelle Powell also came alive in the second half, using her speed and great court vision to cut through the scrappy Neshaminy defense.

Franklyn (25) and Powell (20) combined for 45 of the Knights' 56 points, with 30 of the duo's points coming in the second half. Franklyn added 11 rebounds and six blocks.

"We realized that we weren't playing Rustin basketball, and we stepped it up, turned it on, and played how we should," Powell said.

Earning a berth in the state tournament with the win, Rustin will host Abington on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Neshaminy moves to the playback portion of the bracket and will face Garnet Valley.

Neshaminy 9 11 4 12 – 36

W.C. Rustin 11 10 17 18 – 56

N: Devon Storms 8, Morgan Goldenbaum 7, McKenna Mullin 6, Maddie Murray 5, Sarah Oliviera 4, Megan Schafer 3, Steph Donahue 3.

WCR: Adashia Franklyn 25, Noelle Powell 20, Katie O'Hare 4, Casey Warley 3, Emily Walls 2, Courtney Warley 2.


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