Girls basketball: Granby rolls to 71-26 state tourney win over Calvary Chapel Academy (PHOTOS)

Granby’s Sophia Gagnon (22) dribbles to the basket during the Rams’ 71-26 victory over Calvary Chapel Academy in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby.

Granby’s Sophia Gagnon (22) dribbles to the basket during the Rams’ 71-26 victory over Calvary Chapel Academy in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Granby’s Autumn Sicard (2) goes to the basket during the Rams’ 71-26 victory over Calvary Chapel Academy in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby.

Granby’s Autumn Sicard (2) goes to the basket during the Rams’ 71-26 victory over Calvary Chapel Academy in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Granby’s Brenna Moreno (1) dribbles to the basket during the Rams’ 71-26 victory over Calvary Chapel Academy in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby.

Granby’s Brenna Moreno (1) dribbles to the basket during the Rams’ 71-26 victory over Calvary Chapel Academy in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Granby’s Eleanor Szlosek during the Rams’ 71-26 victory over Calvary Chapel Academy in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby.

Granby’s Eleanor Szlosek during the Rams’ 71-26 victory over Calvary Chapel Academy in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Granby’s Aubrey Parent (40) goes into the post during the Rams’ 71-26 victory over Calvary Chapel Academy in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby.

Granby’s Aubrey Parent (40) goes into the post during the Rams’ 71-26 victory over Calvary Chapel Academy in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Granby’s Cassie Flaherty (12), right, puts up a shot defended by Calvary Chapel Academy’s Makenna Blake (32) during the Rams’ 71-26 victory in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby.

Granby’s Cassie Flaherty (12), right, puts up a shot defended by Calvary Chapel Academy’s Makenna Blake (32) during the Rams’ 71-26 victory in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Monday in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Staff Writer

Published: 02-26-2024 8:39 PM

Modified: 02-27-2024 12:02 AM


GRANBY — Ten different Granby players scored points, and the 22nd-seeded Rams recorded a resounding 71-26 home win over No. 43 Calvary Chapel Academy in the preliminary round of the MIAA Division 5 state tournament Monday night.

“This was an awesome game for us,” Granby head coach Megan Szlosek said. “I just love these games where everyone is scoring and everyone is rebounding and everybody is playing their best basketball. It makes me happy. This was fantastic.”

Granby (12-9) led 21-6 after one quarter and 41-12 at halftime.

Before Monday’s game, the Rams had a week-long layoff after a loss to Pioneer Valley Christian Academy in the quarterfinal round of the Western Mass. Class D tournament. Szlosek was hoping Granby would get a preliminary round game in the state tournament to shake off the rust and build confidence for Thursday’s Round of 32 matchup against No. 11 seed Hopedale. Monday night’s game did just that.

Sophomore center Aubrey Parent led the Rams with 19 points while Kalli White chipped in 14. Cassie Flaherty and Autumn Sicard each had eight, Brenna Moreno put up six and Sophia Gagnon and Grace Roy each scored five. Kaitlyn Curran followed with three points while Mylin Laliberte and Eleanor Szlosek each   scored two.

“(Everyone contributing) is honestly my  favorite part,”   Gagnon said. “When we all score, then we all go home so happy.”

Next up, Granby is preparing to travel to central Mass. to play Hopedale on Thursday at 5 p.m. with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line.

“They’re a tough team,” Szlosek said. ”But if   my team is playing how they did tonight then I feel really good about it.”

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Div. 4 prelim

No. 25 Hampshire 61, No. 40 Greater Lawrence 20 – The Raiders secured a dominant win of their own on Monday night.

Hampshire (9-12) advanced to the Round of 32 in the Division 4 tournament, where they’ll travel to No. 8 Sutton on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Nine different players scored for the Raiders, led by Addie Miklasiewicz’s 12 team-high 12 points. Alex Henrichon, Destiny Saltis and Shayne Moynahan all scored nine points in the win.

Hampshire led 26-15 at halftime and used a 17-3 edge in the third quarter to run away.