Rustin routs Parkland

Rustin's Emily Walls slips past Parkland's Brooke Robertson to score in the third quarter.
Rustin's Emily Walls slips past Parkland's Brooke Robertson to score in the third quarter. (RON TARVER / Staff)
Posted: March 13, 2014

Adashia Franklyn and most of her teammates on the West Chester Rustin girls' basketball team took short naps on the hour-plus bus ride to Souderton Area High School.

The nap was to help settle down, and not let the second-round game in the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament get to the Golden Knights. Usually, Rustin is silent for the last 15 minutes of the bus ride, mentally preparing for and thinking about the game.

But on Tuesday, after Franklyn listened to "Worst Behavior" by Drake - just one of many songs on her pregame playlist to motivate her - the Knights had a little more time to relax and settle down once they got to the gym.

The extra relaxation must have done Rustin good, as the Knights rolled against Parkland, 56-36, and earned a berth in the state quarterfinals.

Rustin will play North Penn on Friday, in a rematch of a semifinal contest of the District 1 playoffs, which the Maidens won. The quarterfinal will be at a time and neutral site to be determined.

"I want some redemption," Franklyn said. "They are a very good team and I respect that, but I just want to show myself again. Definitely excited about that rematch."

Franklyn, a senior forward, and junior guard Noelle Powell led the team in scoring, netting 15 and 14 points, respectively. And the play of freshman Courtney Warley (11 points) helped ignite the Knights (26-6).

"Courtney, a freshman," Franklyn started saying, before thinking about it. "You know what, she's a sophomore now. She plays hard, she knows the system, she's very polished, and I think she will have a great career at Rustin."

The offensive output was spread around for the Knights, and their defense helped cause more than 20 Parkland turnovers.

"We trapped well. We double-teamed well, helped well," Warley said. "We had a lot of intensity."

Now, Rustin is moving on to a place that the program has never been before: the state quarterfinals.

"We are so excited," Powell said.

Parkland 12 4 11 9 – 36

W.C. Rustin 11 16 14 15 – 56

P: Erica Bross 10, Brooke Robertson 6, Erin Bross 6, Olivia Brown 5, Aubrey Beidelman 5, Nadine Ewald 2, Brynne Brouse 2.

WCR: Adashia Franklyn 15, Noelle Powell 14, Courtney Warley 11, Emily Walls 9, Katie O'Hare 3, Julie Griesemer 2, Casey Warley 2.

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