Green Wave crushes Sabis, 70-30

  • Greenfield’s Raegan Hickey shoots a jumper over Sabis defenders Vannessa Williams (20) and Samantha Townsend (33) on Monday where she scored 17 points and finished one assist shy of a triple-double as the Green Wave opened the season with a 70-30 victory. Below, Wave guard Katie Haselton dishes off a pass in front of Sabis defender Paris Lizana on Monday night. Haselton scored a game-high 18 points in the Wave’s win. RECORDER PHOTOS/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Katie Haselton dishes off a pass mid-air around Sabis defender Paris Lizana on Monday night. Haselton scored a game-high 18 points and the Wave rolled, 70-30, at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Sam Smith puts up a free throw shot in the second quarter of Monday night’s 70-30 win over Sabis in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Sam Smith pulls up for a jumper over Sabis defenders Sydney Barklow (24), Vannessa Williams (20) and Samantha Townsend (33) on Monday as the Wave opened the season with a 70-30 win in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Katie Haselton drives the lane past Sabis defender Paris Lizana on Monday night as the Green Wave dumped the Bulldogs, 70-30, in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Kirsten Ward drives to the hoop for a layup in the first quarter of the Green Wave’s 70-30 win over Sabis Monday night in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Monday, December 11, 2017

A year after winning 19 games, Greenfield High School picked up right where it left off Monday night.

The host Green Wave stormed out to a 47-10 halftime lead and cruised to a 70-30 win over Sabis International Charter School in a season-opening independent girls’ basketball game at Nichols Gymnasium.

“I thought we executed well on offense, played pretty good half-court defense and rebounded well,” lauded Greenfield head coach John Hickey. “We made some steals and turned them over and that led to some easy offense in transition.”

Three players finished in double figures for the Green Wave (1-0), as Katie Haselton led all scorers with 18 points. Raegan Hickey scored 17 points to go with 10 steals, nine assists and five rebounds, while Lizzy Howland tossed in 13 points.

Greenfield led 19-4 after one quarter and followed that up with a 28-point second quarter to power ahead. Howland scored 10 points in the second quarter alone, while Samantha Smith added five of her seven points in the frame. Kirsten Ward notched four points in the frame, leading to the 48-10 advantage at the break.

Bry Rivera finished with five points for Greenfield, while Leah Bosco contributed four points in the win.

“It’s always good to win the opener,” said Hickey.

The schedule ramps up for the Wave this weekend, as they take to the Berkshires to play in a tournament with some high-profile schools. Greenfield opens with South Hadley High School on Friday night, and it plays either host Hoosac Valley Regional High School or Auburn High School on Saturday.

Lenox 62, Mohawk 33 — A slow start doomed host Mohawk Trail Regional High School Monday night, as the Warriors scored just two points in the first quarter and never recovered in a 62-33 loss to Lenox Memorial High School in an independent girls’ basketball game in Buckland.

Lenox (1-0) led 13-2 after one quarter and upped the lead to 29-10 at intermission. The Millionaires poured in 28 points in the third quarter to take a commanding 57-15 advantage into the fourth before Mohawk responded with 18 in the final stanza to close the gap.

Ashley Reynolds led Mohawk (0-2) with 12 points, while Grace Poplawski tossed in seven points. Emma Poplawski and Ashley Walker notched six points apiece on the night.

Lenox was buoyed by an offensive performance that featured 10 3-pointers. That included four from Kristen Parkinson, who scored a game-high 14 points. Alice Najimy also wound up in double figures with 13 points.

Mohawk hits the road to play at Franklin County Technical School Wednesday night.

Boys’ basketball

Southwick 43, Frontier 40 — Carsten Carey poured in a game-high 20 points, but Frontier Regional School had difficult protecting the basketball Monday night. The Red Hawks had a look at a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, but a contested shot was off the mark, and visiting Southwick-Tolland Regional High School captured a season-opening 43-40 independent boys’ basketball win in South Deerfield.

“They held onto the ball much better than we did,” admitted Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky of Southwick. “We were trying to push the ball and weren’t seeing the guys in the green jerseys. We made some passes we’d like to have back.”

Southwick led 41-40 with 37 seconds remaining. Frontier elected to let the Rams play the clock out, hoping for a stop and a chance at a game-winner. But Southwick (1-0) scored on a back-door cut with 10 seconds to play. On the other end, the Hawks’ 3-pointer was off the mark just before the final buzzer.

Danny Scharmann paced Southwick with 17 points, as the Rams turned a 24-21 halftime deficit into a lead after outscoring Frontier by a 12-6 margin in the third quarter.

Sophomore Donovan Hoffman joined Carey in double figures with 11 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Kalen Evans added seven points for Frontier (0-1), which is back in action Thursday on the road at Hoosac Valley Regional School.

Lee 73, Athol 47 — Athol High School struggled with foul trouble and turnovers on Monday night and the long trip to Lee High School was made longer as the Wildcats earned a 73-47 victory in an independent boys’ basketball game in Lee.

Athol (0-1) hung around with the Wildcats for the first half, going into the break down 32-20. The Red Raiders came out of halftime and actually cut the deficit down to 7 early, but Lee went on a run and pulled away.

“We scored the ball but didn’t play defense particularly well,” Athol coach Dan Bevis said. “We got into foul trouble and turned the ball over way too much. We put ourselves in bad spots.”

Julian Nejaime led Lee with 19 points, while Myles Whitney-Nason and Ben Harding each scored 15 points.

Mark Ferrari led the Athol offense with 15 points in the season-opener. Angel Rivera and Bryce King each scored 9 points, and Evan Saisa and Brymere Edwards each added 5.