Girls Basketball: Frontier wins with feverish defense, diverse offense

  • Athol’s Sophie Putnam, center, fights for a jump ball against Frontier’s Rebecca Bridwell, left, and Alena Maes-Polan in the first half Tuesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Kaitlyn Mackin, right, puts in a breakaway layup past Athol defender Geca Baptista in the first half Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Amelia Sobieski, right, puts in a layup past Athol’s Emma Bacigalupo in the first half Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Athol’s Geca Baptista, left, and Frontier’s Marie Diemand fight for a loose ball in the second half Tuesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Athol’s Jenna St. Cyr, left, takes a shot against Frontier in the first half Tuesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Kylie Laford hits a shot against Athol in the first half Tuesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Amelia Sobieski, right, puts in a layup past Athol’s Emma Bacigalupo in the first half Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier Sierra Warren, right, hits a shot against Athol in the second half Tuesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Athol’s Haley Bigwood (12) dishes a pass against Frontier in the first half Tuesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Athol’s Haley Bigwood, right, takes a shot against Frontier in the first half Tuesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Athol’s Taylor Cleveland, left, takes a shot against Frontier in the second half Tuesday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 1/14/2020 10:36:04 PM
Modified: 1/14/2020 10:35:15 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD —  A feverish defensive effort mixed with diverse offense carried the Frontier Regional girls basketball team to a 65-36 win over Athol High School at Goodnow Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

The defense created turnovers and the offense was efficient for the Red Hawks in the Franklin County League North win.

“We really work on being diverse,” Frontier coach Dave Machon said. “I tell the girls they are all guards. Nobody is a forward on this team. We all have to dribble and play defense like guards.”

Using multiple presses and defensive schemes, the Red Hawks kept Athol from getting into any type of rhythm.  Amelia Sobieski scored eight points and played a huge role on defense for Frontier.

“Everyone was really scrappy on defense,” Sobieski said.  “We all put our heads together and got into it. It was a whole team effort. Everyone was everywhere.”

The Red Hawks defense stayed active in passing lanes throughout.  Kaitlyn Mackin was a presence on both ends for the Red Hawks. The sophomore notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. 

“We work very hard on defense,” Machon said. “We want to be an up tempo team. I was very proud of them. In the fourth quarter, we were still getting rebounds and pushing it up the floor. They are starting to get their identity.”

Marie Diemand and Meghan Self jump-started the offense in the first quarter. The Red Hawks (4-3, 2-1 FCLN) opened with a 10-0 run and closed the first quarter with a 23-9 lead.  Diemand scored in the paint, from outside and in transition for the Red Hawks.

Diemand used an up-and-under move on the block at one point to score. The move got her an easy basket as the defender went for the fake. As a team Frontier scored from inside and out, attacking the basket when there were lanes. 

“When teams take away one thing we have many other things to go to,” Diemand said. “We have a lot of people who can shoot from the outside. But we can also go inside. They can’t take just take one of us away. They have to play across the board. That makes us much stronger.”

Diemand scored 15 points for the Red Hawks, with Self adding nine. Kylie Laford also reached double-figures with 10 points. 

The multiple looks the Red Hawks can throw at a team is a positive according to Sobieski.

“If we are doing a full-court press then we can do another play and get them confused,” Sobieski said. “That can cause a lot of turnovers. I like switching it up.”

The offense was contagious for the Red Hawks early in the game. 

“We work in practice on everybody getting shots from all those spots,” Machon said. “Finally we are starting to see that.”

Athol (5-5, 1-4) went with a different starting lineup than usual, with Haley Bigwood and Geca Baptista coming off the bench.  The move was a coaching decision by coach Kelly Kaczmarczyk. 

“Obviously, we saw that they are a much better passing team,” Kaczmarczyk said of Frontier. “We just couldn’t finish our  bunnies. Our simple lay ups. We have to work on finishing those.”

In limited minutes, Bigwood scored 16 points while Baptista came off the bench to score 10 points. 

Self hit a baseline jumper to start before the Red Hawks began attacking the rim to build their lead, which increased to 38-20 going into the intermission.

Alena Maes-Polan played some feisty third quarter defense for the Red Hawks, collecting three steals in the frame and finishing with four for the game.    


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