HS Roundup: Greenfield girls return to the court, runs past Hopkins (PHOTOS)

  • Greenfield's Azemina Cecunjanin (10) pulls up for a shot during the Green Wave’s 52-32 win over Hopkins Academy on Thursday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield's Maddy Kuchieski drives to the basket past Hopkins’ Cassidy Fyden during the Green Wave’s 52-32 win on Thursday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Hopkins center Chloe Jekanowski skies for a rebound against Greenfield Thursday evening at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Maddy Kuchieski shoots near the basket during the Green Wave’s 52-32 win over Hopkins Academy on Thursday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield's Josie Cloutier (2) pulls up for a shot over Hopkins’ Cassidy Fyden during the Green Wave’s 52-32 win on Thursday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Hopkins' Chloe Jekanowski shoots against Greenfield Thursday evening at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Anna Bucala readies for a shot over Hopkins’ Sadie Cyr during the Green Wave’s 52-32 win on Thursday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 1/13/2022 9:09:37 PM
Modified: 1/13/2022 10:04:02 PM

GREENFIELD — Every point guard loves to play in transition and Greenfield’s Azemina Cecunjanin had a multitude of chances to lead the fast break on Thursday against Hopkins. 

The Green Wave played stifling defense against the Golden Hawks and didn't allow any second chance opportunities, allowing them to use their speed to get up the court on the other end. 

Greenfield ran every chance it could, and the hosts were able to consistently get good looks at the rim by beating the Hopkins defense up the court. That transition work ultimately led to a 52-32 Franklin County League North victory. 

“It felt really good to have that fast paced game,” Cecunjanin said. “It felt good knowing you had someone on your team ready to hit a layup. You knew you were getting a bucket once you got that rebound.”

After not playing since Dec. 27, the Green Wave (3-4, 2-2) hope the win can build some momentum going into the heart of the season. 

“That was a good confidence builder,” Greenfield coach John Hickey said. “We needed that. We hadn’t played in so long. We needed to get out and play a game. If we can run like that, we’ll be in games.”

The fast break attack started early for the Green Wave. Cecunjanin hit Lillia Kachelmeyer for two easy layups to open the game, and Kachelmeyer scored again in the quarter before Anna Bucala and Maddy Kuchieski added buckets to give Greenfield a 10-3 lead at the end of the first period. 

Sadie Cyr had all three Hopkins points in the first quarter. 

The Green Wave pressure on the defensive end of the court continued to give the Golden Hawks (4-2, 2-2) trouble in the second quarter. Greenfield didn’t allow Hopkins to get the ball inside, forcing shots on the perimeter that weren’t falling. 

Cecunjanin scored off an offensive rebound, Kachelmeyer made a free throw and Josie Cloutier scored down low to give the Green Wave a 15-3 lead with four minutes to go in the half. 

Cyr broke the ice for the Golden Hawks with 3:50 to play in the quarter but baskets by MacKenzie Goncalves, Cecunjanin, Kachelmeyer, and a buzzer-beating layup by Cecunjanin gave Greenfield a 23-8 lead at the half. 

Chloe Jekanowski scored the final three points of the quarter for Hopkins. 

“Greenfield had some good pressure high up on us,” Golden Hawks coach Mike Prattico said. “We tried to play on the perimeter instead of looking for back cuts and looking underneath the basket. Making that adjustment helped us in the second half.” 

Both teams found a rhythm on offense in the third quarter. Kachelmeyer knocked down a 3 for the Green Wave and Kuchieski drained two 3’s early in the quarter to give Greenfield a 34-14 lead. 

Cyr stayed hot on offense for Hopkins, scoring six points in the frame while Jekanowski, Tia Fyden and Cassidy Fyden scored to cut the Green Wave lead to 36-20 midway in the quarter. 

Greenfield's fast break game took over to end the frame, with Cecunjanin, Kachelmeyer (twice) and Kuchieski all scoring on transition layups to close the quarter on an 8-0 run and give the Green Wave a 44-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter. 

“We always look to run,” Hickey said. “Our motto this year has been to play good defense, move the ball, run your lanes and let it fly. We take the first good shot we can get.”

After having success in the first half, Greenfield wanted to keep its foot on the gas in the second half and continue to run on the Golden Hawks. 

“We hyped each other up in the locker room,” Cecunjanin said. “The first half went very well, we didn’t think they could guard us so we came out hyped. We also communicated really well on the court.”

Jekanowski got involved to start the fourth quarter, scoring Hopkins’ first seven points but the Golden Hawks were never able to dig themselves out of the 24-point hole they faced heading into the quarter. 

Kachelmeyer led the Green Wave with 16 points. Kuchieski and Cecunjanin each had 12 points while Cloutier added six points in the win.

Cyr finished with 14 points while Jekanowski added 12 points in the loss. 

Turners 52, Smith Academy 31 — The Thunder raced out to a 33-19 halftime lead and didn’t look back, pulling away with a Franklin County League South victory on Thursday in Hatfield. 

Taylor Greene dropped 13 points for Turners while Lily Spera tallied 12 points. Madi Liimatainen scored 10 point while Emily Young and Abbi Holloway each added eight points in the win. 

Franklin Tech 40, Pioneer 36 — The Eagles have been practicing their foul shots. 

Leading 26-24 heading into the fourth quarter, Franklin Tech knocked down 12 fourth quarter free throws to pull out a Franklin County League South win over the Panthers in Northfield on Thursday. 

Lea Chapman finished with 16 points for the Eagles. Kaitlyn Trudeau scored nine points and Kendra Campbell tallied seven points in the win. 

Caroline Ring recorded 11 points for Pioneer, with Hailey Ring adding 10 points and Sofia Walker scoring six points in the loss. 

Boys basketball

Franklin Tech 71, PVCICS 30 — Leading 32-23 at the half the Eagle defense locked in for the final 16 minutes, holding the Dragons to just seven second half points to pull away with an independent victory in Turners on Thursday. 

"It was a good win,” Tech coach Tim Artus said. “It was similar to our game against Turners this week where we didn't play our best defense until second half. We have to work toward 32 minutes of that. A lot of things went well for us on offense that made up for it."

Ty Sadoski paced the Eagles (4-4) with 18 points. Gabe Tomasi and Robbie Murphy  each had 13 points, Vin Renaud had 12 points and Noah Ausikaitis adde d nine points in the victory. 

Wrestling

Franklin Tech 42, Hampshire 12 — Josh Brunelle was  the lone Eagle to win his match, defeating Raider Adin Clifford b  y pin at the 1:24 mark of the first round at 152, with Franklin Tech ultimately winning the meet due to forfeitures. 

Only two other weight classes had matches, with Hampshire’s Alex Willard beating Jordan Lamarche at 145 and Raider Luke Johndrow defeating Franklin Tech’s Dillan Gagnon at  160. 


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