Girls basketball: Greenfield eliminates Hopkins Academy from postseason contention

For the Gazette
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

GREENFIELD — Turnovers plagued the Hopkins Academy girls basketball team in a 71-47 loss to Greenfield, Tuesday.

The Golden Hawks (8-11, 1-6 Franklin North) were eliminated from postseason contention by the Green Wave (17-1, 6-0).

Despite the loss, Hopkins is looking forward to the future. The Golden Hawks host Frontier Regional in their finale, Friday.

“We’re only losing two seniors,” Hopkins junior Samantha Jenks said. “We’ve still got some bigs coming back and we’ve got some younger players coming up that will develop over the years.”

The Golden Hawks kept the game close in the opening quarter and matched the Green Wave basket for basket. Jenks scored half of her team-high 18 points as Hopkins led 20-18 after the first quarter. However, as the game progressed the offense dried up for Hopkins.

Greenfield took advantage of rebounding and turnovers in the second quarter to take a 38-29 lead at halftime.

“We had a few turnovers in a row and against a team like Greenfield, (if) you put yourself in a hole like that, it’s hard to crawl out of that,” Hopkins coach Fred Ciaglo said.

In the second half, Allison Kowal-Safron, who finished with 16 points and four 3-pointers, drilled a 3 and converted a free throw to complete a rare four-point play.

Ciaglo had a positive outlook on the program’s future.

“We’re losing two seniors, (but) we’ve got everybody coming back,” said Ciaglo, who will lose Leah Picard and Ali Stevens to graduation. “So, you know we can do some damage next year.”