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Schools: ‘Big 3’ power Green Wave

  • Above, Greenfield’s Katie Haselton (4) drives past Southwick defender Caroline Clark Monday night as the Green Wave toppled the Rams, 67-21, in independent action at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Below, Lizzy Howland drives up the court. RECORDER PHOTOS/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Lizzy Howland takes the ball up the court during the Wave’s 67-21 win over Southwick Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Kristina Reed (12), center, fights for a loose ball between Southwick's Caroline Clark (left) and McKenna Leary (right) in the second half of Monday’s 67-21 Greenfield victory. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Sam Smith goes in for a breakaway layup in the second half of the Wave’s 67-21 win over Southwick Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Raegan Hickey drives up the court after a steal in the second half against Southwick on Monday at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Katie Haselton goes up for a layup in the second half of the Wave’s 67-21 win over Southwick Monday night in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



Recorder Staff
Monday, January 15, 2018

The Big 3 of Samantha Smith, Raegan Hickey and Katie Haselton combined for 54 points, and host Greenfield High School showed no signs of a letdown after its huge come from behind victory at the HoopHall Classic.

The Green Wave stormed out to a 36-5 halftime lead and cruised to a 67-21 win over Southwick-Tolland Regional High School Monday night in an independent girls’ basketball game at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

After charging back from a 22-point deficit in Saturday’s win over Hampshire Regional High School, Greenfield decided to play from ahead on Monday night. The hosts outscored Southwick by a 29-2 edge in the third to take a 65-7 lead into the final stanza when Wave coach John Hickey emptied the bench.

Smith led the way with 20 points and 6 steals, while Hickey and Haselton had 17 points apiece. Hickey dished out 10 assists and added 6 steals. Kirsten Ward had 5 points, while Lizzy Howland and Racquel Provost tossed in 3 points.

Greenfield stays at home for another independent game tonight when it welcomes Mohawk Trail Regional High School for a 6 p.m. start.

Frontier 39, Ware 38 — Another night, another player stepping up for Frontier Regional School.

Marie Diemand hit a driving pull-up jump shot with just 8 seconds remaining, and the visiting Red Hawks held on at the other end to capture a 39-38 victory over Ware High School in an independent girls’ basketball game Monday night in Ware.

It was the third one-point victory in the last four games for Frontier, which improved to 7-3 overall.

“We’ve had two different players hit game-winning shots in a row here,” Frontier coach Marty Sanderson said, whose team received a game-winning hoop from Olivia Deane last time out against Lenox Memorial High School. “The kids are learning how to win close games, which is a good thing.”

Ella Deane scored 14 points, including three 3-pointers, while Diemand added 9 points. Lexa Boyden and Olivia Deane each tallied 6 points.

Frontier led by double figures in the first half, as the Hawks stormed out of the gates to a 21-9 advantage after one quarter.

Ware led 38-37 in the waning seconds, however. But the visitors got a stop on defense, and Diemand scored to make it a 39-38 game. The Indians tried to steal the home victory, but Jordan Halgas’ attempt did not go and Frontier headed home with another razor-thin win.

“I thought our kids did a good job on Halgas,” lauded Sanderson, whose team limited Halgas to 11 points on just one field goal (9 free throws). “We made her work hard.”

The Red Hawks head to Hatfield Thursday night for a game against Smith Academy.

Mohawk 59, Pope Francis 31 — A dominating first half effort was more than enough to seal the deal, as visiting Mohawk held Pope Francis High School to just five points in the first half and rolled to a 59-31 win in a Franklin County League West girls’ basketball game Monday night in Chicopee.

Mohawk (4-5, 3-1) led 15-5 after one quarter and outscored Pope Francis by a 16-0 margin in an impressive second quarter.

“We played intense defense tonight,” lauded Mohawk coach Larissa Miner. “And offensively, we were more relaxed. We moved the ball really well.”

Emmarae Reid poured in a game-high 18 points to lead the way for the Warriors, as she drilled four 3-pointers. Sophomore Reagan Dupree went for 10 points, while Emma Poplawski had 6 points and 11 rebounds. Ashley Walker and Grace Poplawski also had 6 points each, while Ashley Reynolds added 5 points. Grace Ward tossed in 4 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, and Mackenzi Coulombe also tallied 4 points.

Mount Everett 58, Pioneer 46 — Gwen Carpenter dropped 29 points, and host Mount Everett Regional School held serve with a 58-46 win over Pioneer Valley Regional School in an independent contest Monday in Sheffield.

Pioneer (2-6) trailed just 24-19 at halftime, but missed free throws plagued the Panthers in the second half. The squad missed 12 free throws after halftime.

“We took the ball to the hoop and got to the foul line. Unfortunately, you can’t win games going 18-for-35 from the foul line,” Pioneer coach Meg Burrington offered.

Paige Loughman scored a team-high 13 points for the Panthers, and the freshman added 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Liz Lambert tallied a career-high 12 points and pulled down 13 boards for a double-double, while Olivia Rowe also notched a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds, while adding 4 blocks.

“The girls played hard all four quarters on offense and defense,” Burrington said.

Steph Scoville added 5 points, while Aliyah Kimball scored her first career varsity points in the loss.

Pioneer returns home to play Southwick Wednesday night.

Hockey

Greenfield 6, Chicopee 2 — Bryan Baumann registered a hat trick, scoring twice in the third period, as Greenfield High School avenged an early-season loss to Chicopee High School with a 6-2 win over the Pacers in an independent hockey game Monday at Smead Arena in Springfield.

The Green Wave (6-3-1) led 3-2 entering the third period, but Evan Simmons tallied 2 minutes, 7 seconds into the frame and Baumann notched his second of the night just 26 seconds later to extend the advantage to 5-2.

Baumann closed out Chicopee with a power play goal midway through the stanza.

“In between periods we challenged them to really define themselves as a team,” offered Greenfield head coach Adam Bouchard of the second intermission pep talk. “We’re halfway through the year, so we want to define what type of team we’re going to be. We want to finish teams when we get the lead and we were able to do that tonight.”

Simmons got the scoring started just 7 seconds into the game, as he stole a pass and broke in for a goal to stake the visitors to a quick 1-0 lead.

“We knew the first time around (a 5-2 loss to Chicopee), we played right with them despite the loss,” Bouchard said. “For us to come out and score 7 seconds in was a huge spark. We never really let our foot off the gas pedal.”

Chicopee tied the game 1-1 later in the opening period, but Greenfield scored the next two tallies in the second period with goals from Bryce Jordan and Baumann’s first of the night to make it 3-1.

The Green Wave held a 35-29 edge in shots on goal, with Riley Drew recording 27 saves. Mike McGoldrick had two assists in the win, while Cam Barnes, Sean O’Sullivan, Baumann, Doug Hanieski and Simmons notched single helpers.

Greenfield returns to Wright Division action Wednesday night with a road trip to North Adams to play Drury High School at 7 p.m.