Girls Basketball: Mahar rides full-court press to win over Mohawk Trail

Staff Writer
Published: 1/29/2020 10:23:58 PM

BUCKLAND — A suffocating press worked wonders for the Mahar Regional School girls basketball team on Wednesday night.

The Senators went on a huge run using full-court pressure to run away from Mohawk Trail Regional, 63-40, in an independent contest.

Mahar used the athleticism of Micalyn Mailloux and Delaney Parker to disrupt the Warriors’ offense before they could even get started.

That was pertinent for the Senators, because Mohawk came out gunning in the opening quarter.

“We underestimated them, I think,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said. “We went to the press to wake up a little.”

The Senators (9-5) went on a 23-2 run at the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter to take control of the game.

Mailloux scored 24 points for the Senators. The Warriors started strong and had a 14-11 lead early.

Grace Poplawski was hot from outside for the Warriors (3-11) but had to sit down with three fouls for most of the second quarter.

Things unraveled for the Warriors with Poplawski on the bench with foul trouble. Despite having to sit, Poplawski stayed positive.

“It was still exciting cheering on the team,” Poplawski said. “Really seeing what we need to work on as soon as I got back on the floor, what I could do.”

Poplawski finished with a team-high 19 points with three 3-pointers. In the first quarter, before heading to the bench, she scored eight points.

“We had a lot of quick passes,” Poplawski said. “Knowing what we are going to do with the ball.”

During the decisive run for the Senators, multiple players chipped in with the help of the press. 

Courtney Page attacked the Warriors’ offense from the outside to start, then started moving toward the rim for Mahar. 

Page finished with 13 points with a 3-pointer and two more outside shots.

“I knew I could get by them to the left,” Page said. “Coach has been working with me on my confidence. It’s much better than what it was last year. We have so many plays that go inside. They are working.”

Page has slowly improved since returning from a knee injury.

“She is starting to get her basketball legs under her,” Fisher said of Page.

Parker hit consecutive jumpers while MaryAnne Prescott, Mailloux and Page all hit from deep during the run.

With Poplawski back in the lineup, the Warriors played a solid third quarter. Grace Ward scored four of her 13 points in the third.

“Defensively we do OK,” Mohawk coach Larissa Harrison said. “Offensively we just need to breathe and slow the ball down.”

Ward played well on the glass and on defense, collecting 14 rebounds and five blocks. Center Stella Clark chipped in with eight rebounds.

Having Poplawski on the bench with foul trouble definitely affected the Warriors, according to Harrison.

“Not that we put a lot of pressure on giving the ball to her,” Harrison said.“But she is definitely a game-changer. She takes control offensively and defensively. I thought the first quarter we were doing alright, but the second quarter killed us.”

Behind Poplawski’s shooting, the Warriors had a 11-5 lead in the first quarter but Page and Mailloux hit consecutive 3-pointers to answer for the Senators.

Mailloux hit another 3-pointer in the third quarter just as the Mohawk crowd started to get back in the game. The shot gave Mahar a 41-26 lead.

Abby Henne and Prescott both had five points for Mahar.


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