Together with fellow senior captain Alicia Kutil , the Panthers’ leading scorer, Kirshe has helped Franklin roll to an 11-2 mark.
The team has eight seniors, and Leighton usually uses a rotation of about 11 players. In several games this season, Leighton played all 15 girls on his roster, which is more than he’s ever carried on a team.
“We’re playing together, playing good defense, running and working to score in transition,” Leighton said.
“We have good balance, and good depth. I think we go deeper than a lot of teams and I think that’s really helped us.”
Here and there
Wayland High senior point guard Jaleel Bell scored his 1,000th point last week in a 58-53 win over Boston Latin. He scored 26 total in the game to lead the Warriors. . .
Two big upsets shook up Central Mass. as the regular season shifted into its final quarter. The Nashoba Regional boys (9-6) received 9 points from senior Jordan Edmonds to pull out a 47-46 win over Mid-Wach A leader Wachusett Regional (13-2). On the same night, the Marlborough girls (6-9) eked out a 46-44 win over Algonquin (10-3).
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