Beyond the numbers: Greenfield-Hoosac 

  • Greenfield's Raegan Hickey (5) drives past Hoosac's Shaleigh Levesque (12), Saturday, at UMass. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Katie Haselton (4) goes up for a layup past Hoosac defender Riley Robinson (20) on Saturday. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Sam Smith (32) puts in a reverse layup over Hoosac defender Riley Robinson (20) in the fourth quarter of the WMass Div. 3 championship on Saturday at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus in Amherst. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 3/10/2019 7:26:17 PM

AMHERST — When Samantha Smith won the opening tip in Saturday’s WMass Division 3 championship game, it was far from surprising. Recorder sports editor Jason Butynski guaranteed that exact outcome in his game preview in the weekend edition of the newspaper after a discussion with Berkshire Eagle sports editor Geoff Smith.

“They won’t even jump for it,” Geoff Smith said of Hoosac Valley, a team big on talent but short on bigs.

Samantha Smith had a decisive advantage inside, but the Greenfield senior forward made it just 36 seconds into the game before picking up two fouls and sitting for the remaining 7:24 of the first quarter.

Both fouls were calculated moves by Hoosac Valley. They wanted to go at Smith, get her in foul trouble and take away what for them was a disadvantage. A lot had to go right for the Green Wave to take home a title against the Hoosac juggernaut. Losing your leading scorer and rebounder less than a minute into the game? Not quite what the doctor ordered.

Big 3, big numbers

The scoring totals this season were staggering. Smith wound up the team’s leading scorer, going for a whopping 408 points in 22 games. That’s an average of 18.5 points. Raegan Hickey was the team’s No. 2 scorer, finishing with 354 points (15.4 ppg), while Katie Haselton notched 340 points (14.8).

With Smith and Hickey’s basketball careers at GHS now complete, here’s how the school’s girls basketball all time scoring list looks:

1. Raegan Hickey (1,522 points); 2. Ann Brissette (1,333 points); 3. Samantha Smith (1,234 points); 4. Kathy Couture (1,108 points).

Haselton countdown to 1K

While Greenfield is graduating two 1,000-point scorers, they will return a player closing in on that mark next season.

Haselton, a sophomore, has already amassed 835 points. With two years of eligibility remaining, she is on a path where she could threaten Hickey’s newly-minted school mark by the time her career is finished.

First comes the pursuit of 1,000 points, however. She needs 165 points to get to the magic number, and if averages hold, she should get there sometime in the middle of next season. Haselton scored 162 points as an eighth-grader, 333 as a freshman and 340 as a sophomore.

Hickey win totals 

“We have long-term goals.”

That was a quote taken from the Recorder’s basketball preview entering the 2014-15 season from Greenfield coach John Hickey.

That’s easy for any coach to say with a decade of futility surrounding their program. But Hickey knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel with the talent moving up the youth ranks.

In eight seasons as Greenfield’s head coach, Hickey has amassed a 91-75 mark. That number is even more impressive after the team started just 3-54 in his first three years with the program. The past four years? The Wave have posted a ridiculous 78-10 mark (.887 winning percentage), with two trips to the Cage.

Hoosac Valley’s path forward

After securing their sixth WMass title in seven years with the 56-46 win over Greenfield on Saturday, the Hurricanes (19-4) now set their sights to the state tournament.

That run in Division 3 begins Tuesday night against central Mass. champion Millis (23-1), a 59-31 winner over Sutton in its sectional title game over the weekend. Hoosac and Millis will play a 5:30 p.m. game at American International College in Springfield, with the winner earning a spot in Saturday’s state final against the winner of the other semifinal between Archbishop Williams and St. Mary’s of Lynn. That semifinal will be played Wednesday at the TD Garden in Boston (2 p.m.).

In its last state tournament appearance two years ago, Hoosac beat Lunenberg in the semifinals before falling to Archbishop Williams in the title game.

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