The Franklin Lady Knights shook off a slow start Wednesday night, and rolled to a 65-45 victory over WPIAL runner-up Elizabeth-Forward at Slippery Rock University to move to the quarterfinal round of the PIAA girls “AAA” high school basketball tournament.
Junior Lina Starr scored 19 points to lead Franklin, and passed the 1,100 career point mark. Mara Benvenuti added 12 points, and Haley Andres and Tenasia Law tallied 10 apiece. Alison Pastore paced the Warriors with 13 points.
The District 10 champions will next face WPIAL champion South Park, a 50-46 winner over Hopewell (WPIAL #3). The quarterfinal matchup will be played Saturday at 2:30 PM at North Allegheny High School in Wexford..
Franklin (26-1) will be taking on a team that has beaten Elizabeth-Forward twice, by 25 and 18 points. South Park is 25-2.
Elizabeth-Forward closed their season at 24-4.