Girls hoop: Mahar works overtime to beat Frontier

  • Mahar’s Delaney Parker drives up the court on a breakaway against Frontier in the second half Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Delaney Parker puts in a breakaway layup against Frontier in the second half Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Saylor Kegans hits a jumper in the first half against Frontier on Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Kaitlyn Mackin, left, fights Mahar’s Micalyn Mailloux for a rebound in the second half on Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Sierra Warren (1) hits a three-pointer defended by Mahar’s Delaney Parker in the second half Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Sierra Warren, right, drives up the court defended by Mahar’s Delaney Parker in the second half Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Kaitlyn Mackin, left, takes a shot defended by Mahar’s Micalyn Mailloux in the second half on Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Saylor Kegans drives to the hoop in the second half against Frontier on Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s MaryAnne Prescott takes a shot against Frontier in the first half Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Delaney Parker (3) drives up the court defended by Frontier’s Kaitlyn Mackin (11) in the second half Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Courtney Page goes in for a layup past Frontier defender Kaitlyn Mackin in the first half Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Delaney Parker drives the ball up the court against Frontier in the first half Friday night in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 1/3/2020 10:36:17 PM
Modified: 1/3/2020 10:35:52 PM

ORANGE — When the game was on the line, the Mahar Regional School girls basketball team got the clutch plays it needed to pull off a 61-58 overtime win over Frontier Regional School on Friday night at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium.

It wasn’t only offense that helped seal the Franklin County League North contest. It was some grimy, hard work in the paint that allowed the Senators to hold off the Red Hawks.

“We had some players playing in positions that they aren’t used to playing,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said. “I am proud of the way they played. They had more spark tonight than they had the first four games. It’s good to see.”

Clinging to a 60-58 lead, Courtney Page forced a jump ball to keep Mahar in possession with under 30 seconds left in overtime. Another offensive rebound on a missed free throw by Saylor Kegans closed out the game.

The game-winning basket came from junior Abby Henne on a runner toward the rim from the right side. Henne showed no hesitation on the play.

“You always have to go for it,” Henne said. “Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to go in.”

The Red Hawks sent the game into overtime behind a clutch 3-pointer from Sierra Warren. Warren took a pass from Meghan Self and made the contested shot with just seven seconds left in regulation.

“I gave her a lot of praise for that,” Frontier coach Dave Machon said of Warren. “She’ll be in the gym for an extra hour after practice taking shots. She deserved that shot and deserved to make it.”

Earlier in the fourth quarter, another 3-pointer by Warren cut the Mahar lead to 50-49.

The Red Hawks (1-2, 0-1) had a lead in overtime but couldn’t hold on. Warren assisted on a fast break to Kaitlyn Mackin with 1 minute, 22 seconds left to give Frontier a 58-57 lead.

Mahar’s Delaney Parker drew a foul and went 1-for-2 to even the score with 41 seconds left before Henne’s game-winner.

“It was a hard-fought battle,” Machon said. “I think that maybe fatigue set in.”

Micalyn Mailloux carried most of the offense for the Senators (2-3, 1-1), scoring a game-high 21 points. But the Senators balanced out the scoring with 13 points from Parker, eight points from MaryAnne Prescott and nine points from Kegans.

“We realized that we all need to contribute,” Mailloux said. “We have to move the ball around.”

Mailloux went 1-for-2 from the line with 15 seconds left in overtime to extend the lead to 61-58. Warren had another chance to tie the game for Frontier in the final seconds of overtime but her shot rimmed out.

Warren scored eight points for the Red Hawks.

The Red Hawks trailed for most of the game until a Mackin bucket with a foul gave Frontier a 46-45 lead with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter.

Mackin scored 15 points for Frontier while Amelia Sobieski (11 points) and Marie Diemand (10 points) were also in double figures.

Mahar built its largest lead of the game in the second quarter at 24-15 after two free throws from Mailloux.

The Red Hawks had to battle their way back into the game.

“Execution fell apart a little bit,” Machon said. “But some things worked well.”

The Red Hawks used several different presses to get back into the game going into the second half. Eventually the Senators settled into a solid press break.

“We slowed the ball down,” Mailloux said. “That was the best part of the game, being able to break the press.”

Diemand had a steal and score before a Mackin basket in transition sent Frontier into intermission trailing by five points.


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