Girls basketball: Frontier falls to Wahconah

  • Frontier’s Sierra Warren dribbles up the court between Wahconah’s Morgan Marauszski (13) and Noelle Furlong (3) in the Red Hawks’ 54-28 independent loss on Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier’s Kaitlyn Mackin tries to get past a host of Wahconah defenders in the Red Hawks’ 54-28 independent loss on Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Marie Diemand of Frontier, left, dribbles with Wahconah’s Noelle Furlong defending in the Red Hawks’ 54-28 independent loss on Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier’s Amelia Sobieski goes to the basket defended by Wahconah’s Jilly Cote in the Red Hawks’ 54-28 independent loss on Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Kaitlyn Mackin of Frontier dribbles into the paint against Wahconah in the Red Hawks’ 54-28 independent loss on Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier’s Kylie Laford goes up for a layup against Wahconah’s Morgan Marauszski in the Red Hawks’ 54-28 independent loss on Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier’s Kaitlyn Mackin looks to shoot over Wahconah’s Morgan Marauszski in the Red Hawks’ 54-28 independent loss on Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 12/16/2019 10:43:56 PM
Modified: 12/16/2019 10:43:52 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It was an aggressive attack from the opening tip by the Wahconah Regional High School girls basketball team against Frontier Regional School on Monday night.

The visiting Warriors used their length to force multiple turnovers, as the Red Hawks struggled to get into any rhythm offensively.

While the defense was stout, Wahconah was also deadly from behind the arc, knocking down 10 3-pointers en route to a 54-28 independent girls basketball victory at Goodnow Gymnasium.

“They have length, they have an inside game and they have an outside game,” Frontier coach Dave Machon said of Wahconah. “It’s an assault from every angle. We just didn’t have the ammunition to take care of it.”

The Warriors did a great job of slowing down Red Hawk leading scorer Amelia Sobieski, who finished with six points. Marie Diemand led Frontier with eight points and Meghan Self had five points.

Warrior Noelle Furlong finished with a game-high 23 points, knocking down five 3s. Fifteen of her points came in the first half. Maria Gamberoni added 10 points and dished out a plethora of assists, controlling the pace of the game.

“She was unstoppable,” Machon said of Furlong. “I’ll give it to Gamberoni, she takes care of the entire floor. I challenged the girls to improve and show me something, they dug down and guarded her. They guarded [Furlong], too. My bench gave me some good minutes.”

Turnovers plagued the Red Hawks early in the first half. Both teams traded 3s early, then Furlong and Gamberoni took over the game.

Gamberoni got to the rim and finished, then Furlong drilled a 3. A deep jumper by Jilly Cote was followed by a Gamberoni 3, with Furlong and Gamberoni each making a pair of free throws as well. Suddenly the Warriors held a 17-3 lead after eight minutes of action.

The Frontier offense began to settle in during the second quarter, but for every basket it made, Wahconah had an answer.

The Red Hawk offense went through Diemand in the quarter, as she scored six points, but Frontier continued to struggle with the press and getting into its offense. The hosts trailed 29-13 at the half.

Going into the game, Machon knew his team would be challenged against a Warrior team that made it to the Western Mass. Div. 3 semifinals a year ago. The Warriors were also returning the bulk of their roster. The Frontier coach hopes his squad can grow from a game like this.

“I wouldn’t have scheduled teams like this if I didn’t want to learn from them and get better from it,” Machon said. “They have an arsenal of coaches over there. I’m glad to learn from the seasoned coaches and seasoned players.”

The Red Hawks began settling into the game in the second half, getting into their offense and getting better looks at the rim. Defensively, they closed out well on shots, but Wahconah couldn’t miss, knocking down four 3’s in the third quarter to take a 49-21 lead going into the final period.

Frontier held Wahconah to just five points in the fourth quarter, but only scored seven itself.

“We closed out for a little while but we couldn’t get there late in the game,” Machon said. “It’s a very good press. We have some things to work on.”

The Red Hawks have two weeks off before taking on Greenfield in their Franklin County League North opener on Dec. 30.


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