Madison Rondeau added nine points for AuSable Valley (16-2). Taylor Saltus chipped in with seven points and five steals, Logan Snow had 12 rebounds and Haley Taylor grabbed six rebounds.
Rachel Lamica paced Franklin Academy with 13 points and was followed by Janelle Heden with 10 and Morgan Fountain with eight.
The Patriots held an 18-12 lead in the first half when the Huskies went on an 8-0 run to close the half and take a 20-18 advantage.
It remained close through the third, and AuSable Valley outscored Franklin Academy 10-3 in the fourth to prevail.
“We had a lot of good looks at the basket in the fourth, and with about three minutes left, Strong hit a huge 3-pointer to put us up 38-34,” AuSable Valley coach Roger Long said. “Strong also hit 4-for-4 from the line in the fourth.
“Haley Taylor, Sierra Snow and Madison Rondeau did a great job defending their post players, who hurt us the first time we played them.”
AuSable Valley 43,
Franklin Academy 37
AuSable Valley (43)
Strong 4-4-15, Knapp 0-0-0, Saltus 3-1-7, Taylor 2-0-4, Rondeau 4-0-9, L. Snow 0-0-0, S. Snow 2-1-5, McCabe 1-1-3, Douglass 0-0-0. Totals: 16-7-43.
Franklin Academy (37)
Fountain 4-0-8, Scott 0-0-0, O’Connor 1-0-2, Lamica 6-1-13, McDonald 0-0-0, LaPage 1-0-2, Heden 3-4-10, Barrett 0-0-0, Marshall 1-0-2. Totals: 16-5-37.
AuSable Valley 14 4 15 10 — 43
Franklin Academy 8 12 14 3 — 37
3-point goals: AuSable Valley (4), Strong 3; Rondeau.
Saranac 43, Elizabethtown-Lewis 30
SARANAC —Summer Gillespie scored a game-high 15 points and added six steals as the Chiefs (12-5) defeated the Lions.
Emma Newell added 11 points for Saranac, while Kaitlyn Bowman finished with eight rebounds and three steals and Kayla Napper had six assists.
Shonna Brooks tallied 10 points, and Lily Whalen added nine for Elizabethtown-Lewis.
The Chiefs outscored the Lions 18-13 in the second quarter to take a 23-17 halftime advantage. Saranac led by seven after three and held Elizabethtown-Lewis to two points in the fourth quarter.
“Both teams played with a lot of intensity at the start,” Saranac coach Tim Newell said. “They’re a very physical team. We had some opportunities in transition that we didn’t finish on in the first quarter and then settled down in the second.