CHESHIRE >> There was nothing vintage about Hoosac Valley in the first quarter of Friday night's game against Auburn at Hoosac's own Holiday Tournament.

The following three quarters, though, showed off what the Hurricanes are all about.

After falling behind early due to a sloppy start, Hoosac put the clamps down defensively to roll to a 66-43 win over Central Mass. school Auburn.

"I think we came out with energy, but it wasn't constructive energy," Hoosac coach Ron Wojcik said. "We missed layups, we were taking bad shots, we were throwing passes away, it was just We talk about running on offense but slowing it down once you have the ball, and we didn't do that in the first quarter."

The Hurricanes fell behind 11-8 after one due in large part to their own miscues. Auburn's Emily Sarkisian (12 points) looked to pile on the misery when the second started, taking the ball to the rack for an easy bucket.

That, though, was the high-water mark for the visitors.

On the back of their defensive work, Hoosac started turning things around in a hurry in the second when Lexi Mercier (9 points) canned a 3-pointer on a pass from Alie Mendel, sparking a seven-minute stretch in which the Hurricanes outscored the Rockets 21-5 to take a 32-18 lead into the break.


"We are a bunch of hard-working girls. In the beginning we weren't hitting shots, but we knew we had to keep shooting," Hoosac's Fallon Field, the leading scorer with 21 in the game, said. "What's special about our team is, we have a lot of teamwork. We don't care who scores. We look for the open girl, and eventually [the shots] will fall."

In the third, Hoosac kept control right from the start when Kailynne Frederick drew Sarkisian's fourth foul of the contest just 20 seconds in. The Hurricanes again trounced the Rockets on the scoreboard, putting up 18 third-quarter points to Auburn's eight, while the defense just kept going. First it was Field and Madi Ryan (14 points), who exchanged passes with each other for consecutive 3-pointers early in the second. Field then scored on a drive to the rim and a pair of free throws, then Mercier hit her second triple of the day to put Hoosac up 46-21. After three, Hoosac led 50-26.

"[Field] gives us basically another inside game with her drive," Wojcik said. "It's not a post-up inside game, but we are getting the ball into the paint. And the more she drives, they more other teams pinch the paint and that opens things up for our shooters."

To start the fourth, Field hit Mendel for a three then Ryan scored on a layup to put Hoosac up 55-26 to effectively see off the game.

Field finished with a double double by adding 10 rebounds. Ryan finished with eight steals to lead the defense.

Hoosac is now 2-0 on the season, and the Hurricanes will play in the championship game of their own tournament today at 4:30 p.m. against South Hadley, which topped Monument Mountain in the other game on Friday.


Auburn (43)

Sarkisian 4-3-12, Cutting 4-6-16, Anusauskas 1-2-4, S. Hynes 1-0-2, Harris 1-1-3, K. Hynes 1-0-2, Courteau 2-0-4. Totals 14-12-43

Hoosac Valley (66)

Field 6-8-21, Ryan 6-0-14, Mendel 3-1-8, Mercier 3-0-9, Case 2-0-5, Frederick 2-1-5, McMahon 1-0-2, Barrow 1-0-2. 24-10-66.

3-point goals: HV (Mercier 3, Ryan 2, Field, Mendel, Case). A (Cutting 2, Sarkisian).

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Contact Geoff Smith at 413-496-6254.