Framingham 52, King Philip 38

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Framingham

Last season wasn't quite what Framingham girls' basketball coach Dee King had in mind as she returned to coach the program at her alma mater. In her first season, King and the Flyers showed flashes of promise and grit, but Framingham struggled through a winless regular season. So this offseason, Framingham prepared from the ground up, recommitting to the fundamentals of basketball. And so far, their work has paid off. Behind an impressive showing from junior guard Leah Douty, the Flyers were able to notch their first win in nearly two years with a 52-38 non-league victory over King Philip Tuesday. ‘‘They literally never backed down,'' King said. ‘‘Even though we were winless last year, the girls left season with a good feeling, which I think is pretty unique. You don't always get a group like that. They understood their wins weren't reflected in their record but the smaller things they were able to build upon.'' Douty finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals for the Flyers' first victory since Feb. 4, 2011, when Framingham beat Bay State rival Walpole, 38-26. A 2001 graduate of Framingham High School and three-year varsity member, King replaced her former coach, Chip DelPrete, who resigned after 28 years. She said DelPrete and others have been supportive as she works to bring Framingham back to the top of the Carey division. One of those supporting cast members is former Flyer Denise Beliveau, a four-year player at the University of New Hampshire, who worked with the girls in the offseason to improve their ball-handling skills as well as their defense. According to King, their improvements this season were evident on both ends of the floor. King said the girls have been buying in to her vision for the program since Day 1, and though this is an important win for the program, they cannot — and will not — be complacent. ‘‘We're going to go up against teams with more pure basketball talent than us,'' King said, referencing the deep Bay State Conference. ‘‘We need to just make sure we're controlling things we are able to control, and that's what we were able to do tonight.''

Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:11 a.m.

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