Haselton closing in on 1,000 points

  • Mahar’s Saylor Kegans hits a jumper earlier this season against Frontier. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • John Hickey addresses the Greenfield High School basketball team before the beginning of the fourth quarter against Mahar Regional, Monday in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

Staff Writer
Published: 1/7/2020 12:17:00 AM
Modified: 1/7/2020 12:16:28 AM

ORANGE — Katie Haselton’s offensive arsenal traveled well to Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium on Monday night.

Haselton scored 31 points for the Greenfield High School girls basketball team in a 65-42 win over Mahar Regional in Franklin County League North action.

The outburst puts the junior 28 points from 1,000 for her career with the Wave.

“I don’t really keep track,” Haselton said. “The win is all I really care about. But I think I am close.”

Greenfield (3-3, 3-0) plays at McCann Tech on Thursday before returning home on Friday to host Amherst.

Haselton was a menace all over the floor, collecting 10 rebounds with seven assists and four steals. When the Senators switched to a box-and-one to slow down Haselton, it worked, briefly.

“We run different plays to other people,” Haselton said. “We run them in practice expecting that. As a team we try to build everyone up to shoot in those situations.”

Haselton scored several different ways: 3-pointers, foul shots, mid-range jumpers and attacking the basket. She finished with four 3-pointers and went 9-for-11 from the free throw line.

During a second quarter run for Mahar, the Wave needed offense from a different source to quell the threat. Lillia Kachelmeyer stepped up to score seven of her 11 points when the offense needed it most.

“Usually I think way too much,” Kachelmeyer said. “I tuned everything out and tried to stay focused.”

The Wave held Micalyn Mailloux, Mahar’s leading scorer, to six points. Greenfield opened in a man-to-man defense with Racquel Provost guarding Mailloux.

“I just knew I couldn’t let her score,” Provost said. “I tried to stay low and move my feet. My teammates were there to help me.”

Greenfield was quick to double or switch quickly on Mailloux when Mahar used perimeter screens.

“On ball screens, we tried to double,” Provost said. “We communicated whether to double or switch. Communication was a big factor tonight.”

Provost produced on offense, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds.

“When we move the ball and are unselfish, we get good looks,” Greenfield coach John Hickey said. “When they focus on Katie like that, other people are going to have to step up.”

Delaney Parker scored 12 points to lead Mahar (3-4, 2-2). Saylor Kegans had another strong game with nine points.

Greenfield jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter before a timeout by Mahar with 5 minutes, 48 seconds left in the frame.

“We rebounded off that,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said of his team’s slow start. “I was proud of them that the came back. The box-and-one slowed them down a little bit. They caught on. Give credit to their other players. Their other players hit some shots.”

Mahar didn’t get on the board until Kegans scored on an inbounds play with three minutes left in the opening quarter.

Mahar used several different looks in an effort to slow down Haselton.

“She is a rock,” Fisher said of Haselton. “Strong all the way through. She doesn’t have any lack of energy. Ever. We just didn’t cover off the ball very well. Haselton had a great night but you have to give credit to the other players.”

Mahar went on a 9-2 run to start the second quarter, switching to that box-and-one on Haselton. The defense stalled the Greenfield offense.

The outside shooting of Kachelmeyer cooled down Mahar and gave the Wave a 29-17 lead going into halftime.

The Wave pulled away with a strong third quarter. Greenfield outscored Mahar 25-16 after the intermission with Haselton scoring 11 of her 31 points in the third frame.

Provost knocked down two 3-pointers during the third quarter run.

The Senators visit Belchertown in an independent game on Thursday night.

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