SCARSDALE — Sabriana Franck said she shoots 50-80 free throws each day at practice. Aside from the fact that Mount Vernon coach Ayo Hart drills the necessity of good free-throw shooting into his players, Franck practices for moments like Monday.
The junior went 11 for 14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and scored a career-high 22 points to help the 4-8 Knights snap a five-game skid with a 59-49 win over host Scarsdale.
Normally a starter, Franck sat out the first half due to what Hart described as “disciplinary reasons.”
“It was unusual for her not to start. She knew she was going to have to sit and I wasn’t sure how everybody else would respond,” said Hart, who was losing her voice after the emotional win.
“I tell the girls all the time, ‘It doesn’t matter who starts, it’s who finishes,’ ” Hart said. “ ‘You have to be ready — I might call your name at any time.’ ”
The second half was a two-player tandem between Franck and Knights freshman Curstyn Moore.
The 5-foot-11 forward took over the third quarter to give Mount Vernon a small lead, and then Franck closed it out in the fourth quarter.
Moore (pictured left), the niece of former Knights coach Patrice Wallace-Moore, finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds — six of each in the third quarter.
“I was tired of losing, so my head was in the game and I just wanted to win. I told (the team), ‘I’m not losing this game,’ ” Moore said.
“I’m proud of my team — we fought.”
Scarsdale coach Mike Blanco said before the game that his team would focus on rebounding. But with the exception of Rachel Cohen, the 8-6 Raiders had a difficult time on the boards against the Class AA Knights, who outrebounded them 48-34.
Cohen matched Moore’s stat line, scoring a team-high 18 points to go with 14 rebounds. The Raiders had seven other scorers but nobody else in double figures.
Coming off the bench, Mount Vernon sophomore Mireille Loto grabbed 12 rebounds.
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