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Hampshire girls hoop flawless, wins Bi-County East title

  • Lauren Aldrich of Hampshire Regional, right, begins against Belchertown defenders Tea Spellacy, left, and Sarah Woodcock Monday in Belchertown.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Lauren Aldrich of Hampshire Regional, right, begins against Belchertown defenders Tea Spellacy, left, and Sarah Woodcock Monday in Belchertown.
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  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, right, shoots against Jillian Cavanaugh of Belchertown Monday in Belchertown.JERREY ROBERTS

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  • Lauren Aldrich of Hampshire Regional, center, goes to the basket between Belchertown defenders Marissa Kopacz, left, and Sarah Woodcock Monday in Belchertown.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Lauren Aldrich of Hampshire Regional, center, goes to the basket between Belchertown defenders Marissa Kopacz, left, and Sarah Woodcock Monday in Belchertown.
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  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, center, tries to intercept a pass to Marissa Kopacz of Belchertown, left, from Jillian Cavanaugh, front, Monday in Belchertown. Bri Weltlich of Hampshire, right, defends.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, center, tries to intercept a pass to Marissa Kopacz of Belchertown, left, from Jillian Cavanaugh, front, Monday in Belchertown. Bri Weltlich of Hampshire, right, defends.
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  • Bri Weltlich of Hampshire Regional, left, shoots against Jillian Lund of Belchertown Monday in Belchertown.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Bri Weltlich of Hampshire Regional, left, shoots against Jillian Lund of Belchertown Monday in Belchertown.
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  • Laura Whiteley of Hampshire Regional, left, shoots against Marissa Kopacz of Belchertown Monday in Belchertown.JERREY ROBERTS

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  • Jillian Lund of Belchertown, left, shoots against Lauren Aldrich of Hampshire Regional Monday in Belchertown.JERREY ROBERTS

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  • Tea Spellacy of Belchertown, right, moves the ball against Chelsea Moussette of Hampshire Regional Monday in Belchertown.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Tea Spellacy of Belchertown, right, moves the ball against Chelsea Moussette of Hampshire Regional Monday in Belchertown.
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  • Belchertown players Jillian Cavanaugh, left, and Marissa Kopacz, right, reach for a rebound against Katy O'Connor of Hampshire Regional Monday in Belchertown. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Belchertown players Jillian Cavanaugh, left, and Marissa Kopacz, right, reach for a rebound against Katy O'Connor of Hampshire Regional Monday in Belchertown.
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  • Lauren Aldrich of Hampshire Regional, right, begins against Belchertown defenders Tea Spellacy, left, and Sarah Woodcock Monday in Belchertown.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, right, shoots against Jillian Cavanaugh of Belchertown Monday in Belchertown.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Lauren Aldrich of Hampshire Regional, center, goes to the basket between Belchertown defenders Marissa Kopacz, left, and Sarah Woodcock Monday in Belchertown.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, center, tries to intercept a pass to Marissa Kopacz of Belchertown, left, from Jillian Cavanaugh, front, Monday in Belchertown. Bri Weltlich of Hampshire, right, defends.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Bri Weltlich of Hampshire Regional, left, shoots against Jillian Lund of Belchertown Monday in Belchertown.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Laura Whiteley of Hampshire Regional, left, shoots against Marissa Kopacz of Belchertown Monday in Belchertown.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Jillian Lund of Belchertown, left, shoots against Lauren Aldrich of Hampshire Regional Monday in Belchertown.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Tea Spellacy of Belchertown, right, moves the ball against Chelsea Moussette of Hampshire Regional Monday in Belchertown.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Belchertown players Jillian Cavanaugh, left, and Marissa Kopacz, right, reach for a rebound against Katy O'Connor of Hampshire Regional Monday in Belchertown. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

BELCHERTOWN — A flawless first half helped the Hampshire Regional girls basketball team cap a perfect season in the Bi-County East Monday night.

The Raiders scored 44 points before halftime and never looked back en route to a 64-45 win on the road.

“That was definitely our best half of basketball, especially when you consider how talented and how well-coached (the Orioles) are,” Hampshire coach Rich Moussette said. “We had one turnover and numerous assists. And when you hit shots against a zone (defense) the way we were, it makes things easier.”

Hampshire led 20-12 early in the second quarter, but went on a 20-4 run that essentially ended the game.

“We moved the ball so well through the middle and back to the outside,” Hampshire junior guard Anna Dziok said. “We made it hard to cover us with their zone.”

The Raiders (16-3, 8-0 Bi-County East) scored 17 field goals, including five 3-pointers, in the opening 16 minutes.

“They played very well,” Belchertown coach Jason Woodcock said. “They did everything right and we did everything wrong. I didn’t think we could give up 44 in a half.”

The Orioles (13-6, 6-2) allowed fewer than 44 points in an entire game 12 times this season.

“They were hitting every shot” in the first half, sophomore guard Téa Spellacy said. “Our defense wasn’t the best and our offense was terrible.”

Playing in her first game since reaching the 1,000-point mark, Hampshire senior forward Sarah Kober finished with a game-high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds and seven steals. Chelsea Moussette added 11 points and three steals, while Dziok (nine), Laura Whiteley (eight), Jess Kowal (seven) and Lauren Aldrich (seven) each had contributions offensively as Hampshire won its second league title in three years.

“It definitely feels great,” said Dziok, whose team split the championship with Belchertown in 2010-11. “We had three goals coming into the year. We wanted to make the tournament, win the league and get to the (Curry Hicks) Cage.”

The Orioles played better in the second half, outscoring the Raiders 23-20 after the break, but that was little consolation to Spellacy as her team prepares for its regular season finale Wednesday at home against Mahar Regional (16-3).

“We need to forget about this game and move on,” she said. “It was one of the worst of the season, especially in the first half.”

Spellacy finished with a team-high 19 points, five rebounds and four steals, while Marissa Kopacz added 13 points.

Woodcock said he believed the tough final two contests would be a good preparation for the postseason, which begins next week.

“That was just how the schedule worked out, that we had (Hampshire and Mahar) as the last two games,” he said. “Some teams are already done, but I’d rather be playing good teams than not playing or playing against teams that aren’t very good.”

Hampshire has won 14 of its last 15 games heading into Wednesday’s game regular season finale at Easthampton (15-4). The game will start at 5:30 and be the opener of the a doubleheader with the boys’ teams.

The yearly twinbill “brings a lot of team and school spirit,” Dziok said. “It is a lot of fun for us every year.”

Jim Pignatiello can be reached at jpignatiello@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter at GazetteHS.

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