AMHERST — The division, the seed and the expectations were different for the Hoosac Valley Regional girls basketball team in its second consecutive trip to the Curry Hicks Cage, but the result was exactly the same.
The No. 2 Hurricanes’ active full-court defense challenged and frustrated No. 1 Sabis in the Division III Western Mass. girls basketball final Saturday afternoon, as Hoosac Valley ran away with a 72-41 victory to repeat as Western Mass. champs. Last season, as a No. 7 seed, the Hurricanes, of Cheshire, defeated Berkshire County rival Drury in the Division II final at The Cage.
The defensive pressure that has been Hoosac Valley’s calling card all season led to 26 Sabis turnovers Saturday afternoon, as the young Bulldogs struggled at times to play at the pace Hoosac Valley set in the first half. Those takeaways led to a number easy points: Hoosac Valley had a 34-24 advantage on points in the paint, and shot 20-for-32 from the free throw line.
“We put in a lot of time into that in practice. We focus on defense mainly, and then that’s how we generate our offense,” said senior Meg Rodowicz.
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