Division 3 girls basketball: Fast start propels Hampshire past South Hadley and into semifinals

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  • Brie Salomao, center, of Hampshire Regional, splits South Hadley defenders Paige Marjanski, left, and Kate Walas on a drive to the basket, Thursday at Hampshire Regional High School. The Raiders won the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinal, 73-41. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Brie Salomao, left, of Hampshire Regional, shoots after getting past South Hadley defenders Paige Marjanski, left, and Kate Walas, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Maggie Rubeck, top, of Hampshire Regional, shoots against Bridget Sears, of South Hadley, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Paige Marjanski, left, of South Hadley, and Delaney Marek, of Hampshire Regional, reach for a rebound, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kate Walas, right, of South Hadley, passes against Katie Taylor, of Hampshire Regional, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kacie Levrault, left, of South Hadley, moves the ball beside Maddie Pond, of Hampshire Regional, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Talia Uribe, right, of South Hadley, drives to the basket against Maggie Rubeck, of Hampshire Regional, of South Hadley, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Paige Marjanski, right, of South Hadley, moves the ball against Katie Taylor, of Hampshire Regional, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Delaney Marek, left, of Hampshire Regional, stops a shot by Talia Uribe, of South Hadley, Thursday, at Hampshire Regional High School. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Maddie Pond, center left, of Hampshire Regional, draws a foul while splitting South Hadley defenders Kacie Levrault, left, and Olivia Marion, Thursday at Hampshire Regional. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Delaney Marek, center, of Hampshire Regional, passes against South Hadley defenders Paige Marjanski, left, and Talia Uribe, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Brie Salomao, top, of Hampshire Regional, drives to the basket against Meghan Carey, of South Hadley, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hampshire Regional players a fans cheer for their team during their win against South Hadley, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Naomi Golasinski, left, of Hampshire Regional, and Kate Walas, of South Hadley, go after a loose ball, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Maddie Pond, top, of Hampshire Regional, moves the ball against South Hadley, Thursday at Hampshire Regional High School. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Maggie Rubeck, left, of Hampshire Regional, shoots against Paige Marjanski, of South Hadley, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at Hampshire Regional High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 2/27/2020 10:47:47 PM

WESTHAMPTON — Eight days off didn’t cool Hampshire Regional juniors Maddie Pond and Maggie Rubeck.

Pond splashed a 3-pointer on the second-seeded Raiders’ opening possession against No. 7 South Hadley in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinals, and Rubeck drew a foul on Hampshire’s second time down the floor.

“We said that if we come off and get a good lead to start, it’s going to be hard for them to get themselves out of a hole,” Pond said. “I thought we did a good job of jumping them.”

The Raiders scored 10 of the games’ first 12 points and kept going in a 73-41 win Thursday. They advance to the sectional semifinals and return to Curry Hicks Cage for the fourth time in the past five years. Hampshire (14-7) will face either No. 3 Hoosac Valley or No. 6 Granby. They play at 7 p.m. Friday.

“The Cage feels like home to us, we’re excited to get back there,” Rubeck said. “We love to play there and are used to playing there.”

Rubeck and Pond carried the scoring load to get Hampshire there. They combined for 51 points and each posted a double-double.

Rubeck (11 rebounds) showed her recently developed outside touch, hitting four 3s en route to a career-high 30 points.

“Once I made my first one, I knew I would keep throwing them up because they were going in,” Rubeck said.

Her first 3 put the Raiders up 29-12 with 3 minutes, 29 seconds to halftime. Hampshire kept the Tigers (10-12) off the board for the game’s first 4:27 until a pair of Paige Marjanski free throws made it 6-2.

“I thought we got good lucks early, we just missed bunnies. We couldn’t get into anything,” South Hadley coach Paul Dubuc said. “They played great, that’s the best I’ve seen them play all year.”

The Raiders beat the Tigers twice during the regular season in league play.

Hampshire pushed the lead past 20 in the third quarter when Pond converted a fast-break layup to go up 53-32 with 1:50 left. She spent a lot of time out in transition after tallying seven steals.

“I usually try to sag off a little bit and look at their eyes and see where I think they’re going to pass it to and jump the lane,” Pond said.

South Hadley’s best offense came from Marjanski controlling the offensive glass with putbacks. She gave the Tigers a handful of extra possessions and finished with a team-high 16 points after missing part of the first quarter with foul trouble.

“She settles us down offensively,” Dubuc said.

Olivia Marion added 12 points for South Hadley, eight of them from the free throw line.

Dubuc pulled his starters off the floor with 3:59 remaining, giving his even younger players some tournament experience to close the season. The Tigers will only lose one senior – Bridget Sears – from a squad that rallied from a 2-7 record to reach the sectional quarterfinals.

“A lot of people didn’t think we’d be anywhere near this place,” Dubuc said.

Hampshire, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to scout its next opponent before next week’s showdown at the Cage. Dates and times are to be determined.

“The atmosphere at the Cage is amazing,” Rubeck said. “There’s so much pressure, but it’s good pressure.”

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.

Hampshire Regional 73,
South Hadley 41

South Hadley (10-12)

Walas 0-0-0, Moroney 0-0-0, Marion 2-8-12, Carey 0-1-1, Marjanski 5-9-16, Uribe 2-0-4, Jackson 1-0-3, Season 0-1-1, Levrault 1-0-2, Laporte 1-0-2, Bessone 0-0-0. Totals 12-16-41

Hampshire Regional (14-7)

Taylor 0-2-2, J. Salomao 1-1-3, B. Salomao 4-1-9, Rubeck 11-4-30, Czarniecki 0-0-0, Pond 8-3-21, Golasinski 0-0-0, Marek 3-1-7, Colon Garcia 0-0-0, Riley 0-0-0, Shaughnessy 0-0-0, Moran 0-1-1, Allen 0-0-0. Totals 27-13-49

South Hadley

8

13

14

16

—41

Hampshire Regional

18

16

21

18

—73

3-Pointers—South Hadley 1 (Jackson), Hampshire Regional 6 (Rubeck 4, Pond 2)




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