Girls basketball: Greenfield runs past Hopkins Academy, 52-32 (PHOTOS)

  • Hopkins' Chloe Jekanowski (15) shoots against Greenfield on Thursday evening at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Azemina Cecunjanin shoots over Hopkins’ Chloe Jekanowski on Thursday at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.  Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield's Madyson Kuchieski drives around Hopkins' Cassidy Fyden in 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 High School's Madyson Kuchieski shoots vs Hopkins Thursday evening in Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield's Josie Cloutier shoots while defended by Hopkins Academy’s Cassidy Fyden (21) Thursday evening at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield's Anna Bucala shoots over Hopkins’ Sadie Cyr Thursday evening in Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 1/13/2022 8:33:34 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s transition offense gave the Hopkins Academy girls basketball team fits throughout Thursday’s Franklin County League North contest. 

The Green Wave played tough defense, didn't allow second chance opportunities and ran the fast break to perfection, using their speed to beat the Golden Hawks up the court. 

While Hopkins struggled on offense in the first half, it came out firing in the final 16 minutes of action. The margin was too sizable however, as the visiting Hawks fell, 52-32.

“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.” 

Before Thursday’s game, it had been a while since Hopkins (4-2, 2-2) had taken the court. The Golden Hawks had a two-week hiatus without a game, their last time in action being Dec. 30. 

Prattico said he hopes they were able to knock some rust off against the Green Wave. 

“Our league is tough,” Prattico said. “No games are easy and no games on the road are ever easy. We have to understand that it’s early in the season. Like every team, we’ve been hit with what’s going on in the world. We just have to keep going, stay healthy and do what we have to do to improve every day.” 

The fast break game started early for the Green Wave (3-4, 2-2). Point guard Azemina 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 quarter. 

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 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. 

“We always look to run,” Green Wave coach John 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.”

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. 

“We were able to execute more on the baseline and get buckets in the second half,” Prattico said. “I thought Tia did a good job controlling the game. We were able to get Chloe more involved. It was definitely a better second half on the offensive end.” 

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. 

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. 


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