Wave dumps Frontier, 51-16

  • Above, Greenfield junior guard Raegan Hickey uses a pick set by Lizzy Howland to drive past two Frontier defenders during the Green Wave’s 51-16 win in FCL North girls’ hoop action Wednesday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Below, Green Wave forward Kirsten Ward battles for a rebound. Recorder photos/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield forward Kirsten Ward battles for a rebound on Wednesday where the Green Wave defeated the Red Hawks, 51-16, at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield forward Samantha Smith drives to the hoop on Wednesday night where her Green Wave defeated Frontier, 51-16, in FCL North action at Nichols Gym in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield freshman guard Katie Haselton puts up a shot on Wednesday night where she scored a game-high 16 points to help the Green Wave past Frontier, 51-16, in FCL North action at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield guard Leah Bosco drives to the hoop on Wednesday night and the Green Wave went on to defeat Frontier, 51-16, in a FCL North game at Nichols Gym in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Above, Green Wave forward Lizzy Howland (24) is fouled as she puts up a shot Wednesday night during the Wave’s 51-16 victory over Frontier in FCL North action in Greenfield. Below, Greenfield’s Samantha Smith drives to the hoop. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

GREENFIELD — If the Greenfield High School girls’ basketball team has visions of playing at the Curry Hicks Cage dancing in their heads, contributions will need to come from a variety of positions.

Several of those players showed they are more than capable of hanging points on the scoreboard with care Wednesday night.

In its final game before Christmas, the host Green Wave sent a message that the Franklin County League North will likely go through Nichols Gymnasium. Greenfield rode the performances of freshman Katie Haselton (16 points) and senior Lizzy Howland (9 points, 9 rebounds) to breeze past Frontier Regional School, 51-16, in North action.

While top offensive options Raegan Hickey (8 points) and Samantha Smith (12) still made their mark offensively, Haselton and Howland showed they can be counted on to handle things if called upon.

Howland scored all nine of her points in the first quarter, sinking all six of her free throws in using her rebounding propensity to force her way to the charity stripe.

Haselton took over in the second quarter. With her team leading 16-6, the freshman guard scored 16 of the next 18 points in a span of 5:40. She hit three 3-pointers during the spree, including one late in the frame to give Greenfield a commanding 34-6 lead at intermission. All 16 of her points in the win came in that second quarter.

“Teams are going to key on Raegan and Sam this season,” explained Greenfield coach John Hickey. “That’s when others are going to have to step up and fill the void. That’s what good teams do. We have some players that are capable of doing that. You saw some of that tonight.”

Frontier hung around early in the first quarter, as Ella Deane drained a 3-pointer and Lexa Boyden added a layup that cut the Greenfield deficit to 7-5 with 3:52 remaining.

Using a suffocating full-court press, however, Greenfield was able to keep Frontier (2-2, 1-1) out of an offensive rhythm. Howland recorded four steals and three blocks to key the charge, while Hickey notched six steals.

“We played some good team defense,” coach Hickey offered. “We were able to score off some turnovers.”

Greenfield’s defense was dominant in the opening half. Frontier was held without a field goal for a span of 12:41 between the first and third quarters, and the Red Hawks didn’t score a point in a second-quarter where they were outscored by a 19-0 margin.

Deane and Marie Diemand hit 3-pointers in the third quarter to get Frontier going, but the Green Wave still outscored the Hawks by a 17-10 margin after halftime to pull away for the 51-16 win.

Greenfield improved to 3-1 overall, 1-0 in the North. The Wave next travel to Hopkins Academy on Dec. 28.

“For our first league game, we’ll take the win,” Hickey said. “To be 3-1 after playing a few tough teams. ... I’m happy.”

Frontier returns to South Deerfield the same night to host Wahconah Regional High School.