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Hickey passes 1,000-point milestone

  • Above, Greenfield’s Raegan Hickey (5) puts up a shot for her 1,000th point defended by Mohawk’s Ashley Walker (10) during the first quarter Saturday at Nichols Gym in Greenfield. Below, Hickey (5) goes up for a layup past Mohawk’s Ashley Walker. RECORDER STAFF photos/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Raegan Hickey (5) goes up for a layup past Mohawk's Ashley Walker (10) in the first quarter, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield fans hold up signs for Raegan Hickey's 1,000th point, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s newest 1,000-point scorer, Raegan Hickey (5), drives past Mohawk defender Ashley Walker (10) during the first quarter Saturday at Nichols Gym in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Raegan Hickey (5) goes in for a layup in the first quarter against Mohawk, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

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  • Greenfield’s Raegan Hickey (5) drives to the hoop for her 1,000th point in the first quarter against Mohawk Saturday in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Raegan Hickey (5) takes a foul shot the second quarter against Mohawk, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield celebrates Raegan Hickey's 1,000th point in the first quarter against Mohawk, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Raegan Hickey celebrates her 1,000th point in the first quarter against Mohawk, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Raegan Hickey celebrates her 1,000th point in the first quarter against Mohawk, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield head coach John Hickey hugs his daughter Raegan Hickey after scoring her 1,000th point in the first quarter against Mohawk, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield head coach John Hickey hugs his daughter Raegan Hickey after scoring her 1,000th point in the first quarter against Mohawk, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



Recorder Staff
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Four years ago, John Hickey and his Greenfield High School girls’ basketball team opened the season playing in the Eagles Holiday Classic Tournament at Franklin County Technical School.

Hickey started his daughter, eighth-grader Raegan Hickey at point guard that year, and it did not take long for him to see what the future held.

“That first game, she got a breakaway, and did a Euro step as a 13-year-old,” Hickey said. “I looked at (assistant coach Roy Emerson) and I said, ‘It could be a few fun years.’”

The coach was certainly on to something that night as his daughter has been a crucial piece in reviving the program. On Saturday night, the junior sharpshooter celebrated a milestone by becoming the fifth GHS player, boy or girl, to notch her 1,000th point. Her layup with 2 minutes, 11 seconds left in the first quarter pushed her over the coveted milestone during the Wave’s 67-30 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School at Nichols Gymnasium.

Hickey’s eighth-grade season seems a far cry from the current team, which sits at 13-1 following the victory and is a top contender in the hunt for the WMass Division III crown. As an eighth-grader, she was stepping in at point guard on a team that was coming off a 2-18 season. It did not take long for her to begin displaying she was a difference-maker.

“She only averaged about 7 points per game that season, but she ran the show for us,” John Hickey said. “She’s a special kid, and not just because she’s my kid. She’s unselfish, she works hard and is tough as nails.”

While Hickey currently leads the area in scoring with 17 points per game, she is equally as talented at dishing the ball off to her teammates, averaging 8 assists per game to go with 6 rebounds and 5 steals. That was on display early Saturday. Despite entering the game needing just six points to hit 1,000, Hickey appeared content to notch assists in the early going, as she assisted on a basket by Katie Haselton on a 2-on-1 break upcourt, then fed Samantha Smith for another assist. With three minutes to play in the first quarter, Hickey had as many assists (two) as points. She was later fouled and went to the line and drained both shots to move within two points of the mark. Then, with 2:11 to play, Smith got a steal on the defensive end and looked ahead, where Hickey had peeled off and broke free. Smith passed the ball ahead and Hickey took it to the hoop, laying the ball in as the large Nichols Gymnasium crowd erupted.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Hickey said as she celebrated with family and friends after the game. “It was definitely a lot of pressure and I’m glad it’s over. I was nervous tonight.”

The play was also special because Smith, also a junior and another huge piece in the program’s revival, is in line to break 1,000 points next winter. Hickey said she hopes to get the chance to assist her teammate next season, and return the favor that Smith paid her on Saturday. Smith said she was happy to get the chance to assist Hickey, who has assisted her so many times throughout their playing days.

“Raegan is the most unselfish player I have ever played with,” Smith said. “She would have a wide open layup for her 1,000th, and she will pass it. That’s just who she is. It’s really fun to play with her.”

After Hickey hit the mark — joining Angelo Thomas, Ann Brissette, Kelly Doton and Kathy (Couture) Bresciano as the other 1,000 point scorers in GHS history — the weight seemed to be lifted, as she scored two quick baskets to help the Green Wave open up a lead after a slow start. Mohawk actually held a 7-6 lead with 4:01 to play in the first quarter, but Greenfield went on a 24-2 run to end the frame and took a 30-9 lead into the second quarter. Hickey scored 5 points in the second quarter and seven more in the third before taking a seat for good and finishing with a team-high 22 points. She added 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals on her special night.

Smith finished with 14 points and 11 boards, and Haselton netted 11 points. Lizzy Howland added 4 points and 6 rebounds, and Racquel Provost chipped in 6 points.

Grace Poplawski led Mohawk with 11 points, and Emma Poplawski added 10. Grace Ward tossed in 5 points.