The Warriors, ranked No. Three within the nationwide Division Three ballot and idle since Dec. 10, have the nation’s main junior faculty scorer in Ty Hawkins at 38.6 factors per recreation.
For the second straight yr, the Massasoit Group Faculty ladies’s basketball staff is undefeated and nationally ranked to start January.
The Warriors, idle since Dec. 10, are off to a 9-Zero begin and are third within the Nationwide Junior Faculty Athletic Affiliation Division Three ballot behind a pair of groups from New York state – Nassau Group Faculty of Backyard Metropolis (13-Zero) and North Nation Group Faculty of Sarnac Lake (11-Zero).
Presently a yr in the past, Massasoit was sitting atop the nationwide ballot with a 12-Zero report on the best way to a 20-Three end.
After a four-week break, the Warriors return to motion on Tuesday evening, touring to Newport, Rhode Island to face Naval Prep, their first recreation since a 100-85 win at Gateway Group Faculty on Dec. 10.
Massasoit returned only one participant from a yr in the past, guard Alyson Reid, however the newcomers have made a fast transition with the Warriors outscoring their opponents by a mean of 106.1-47.
They’ve reached 100 factors in all however three video games, and the 15-point win over Gateway was the closest margin of the season.
In contrast to a yr in the past when Massasoit had an inside presence, the Warriors have been keyed by quickness with the staff averaging 24.Four steals per recreation.
“They’re completely completely different groups,’’ mentioned second-year coach Mark Leszczyk. “Final yr, we had lots of switch youngsters and we have been post-oriented. We had some good guards, however we have been lots larger. A whole lot of our offense got here from the put up the place this yr we’re lots smaller, lots faster.
“We rely just a little extra on full-court defensive stress. That is the smallest staff I’ve had in my profession, prime to backside.’’
Ty Hawkins, a switch from Jones County Junior Faculty in Mississippi, is main the best way for Massasoit.
The Brentwood, New York resident is the highest junior faculty scorer nationally in all three divisions, averaging 38.6 factors on 55 % taking pictures.
The 5-foot-Four Hawkins exceeded 40 factors in three straight video games towards Holyoke, Roxbury and Bunker Hill and later scored 43 towards Bristol. She can also be averaging 6.9 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 steals.
Hawkins spent only one semester at Jones County JC, coming off the bench for a Division 1 program earlier than returning residence.
“She’s been an absolute pleasure to teach and she will gentle it up,’’ mentioned Leszczyk. “She’s opening lots of eyes on the four-year degree.
“She is a shooter, however what’s enjoyable to teach with Ty is she has each offensive component there may be. She will be able to shoot the three, she pulls up within the paint. She has a mid-range recreation. She will be able to get to the rim, she passes the ball properly. She handles the ball properly. She’s a incredible defender, too.
“Ty’s a Division 1 basketball participant. There’s no ands, ifs or buts about it.’’
The opposite guard is 5-foot-Three Shardajah Collins of Winter Haven, Florida, who’s scoring 24.7 factors on 49 % taking pictures with 6.2 assists.
“She got here off the bench for a staff that gained two state championships in Florida and was ignored,’’ mentioned Leszcyzk. “We have been lucky to get her out of highschool.’’
The remainder of the staff consists of Adrianna Grant (16.eight factors, 12.1 rebounds, 5.6 steals), Aliza Bell (10.Three factors, 11 rebounds), Ranasha Fraizer, Reid and Kashly Reyes of Brockton, a Holbrook Excessive graduate.
“We’re taking part in a really up-tempo fashion, each offensively and defensively, to maximise our velocity,’’ mentioned Leszczyk. “Groups which have huge youngsters to provide us troubles, however we’re undefeated. We have now to do a great job denying entry passes into the put up and maintain their guards. Up to now, so good.’’
Massasoit will probably be internet hosting the Area 21 event Feb. 29 and March 1 when a berth within the NJCAA Division Three tourney in Rockford, Illinois will probably be on the road.
“I all the time say the purpose of the season is to not win a nationwide championship,’’ mentioned Leszczyk, who lately gained his 300th recreation in a profession that has included stops at Dean and Roxbury. “The purpose is to place ourselves ready to win a nationwide championship and I believe we will try this.’’
The Warriors will probably be touring to Maryland later this month to play Cecil Faculty on Jan. 11 and Anne Arundel Group Faculty on Jan. 15. They may also be internet hosting Union County Faculty (10-Four) of Cranford, New Jersey on Jan. 25.
Leszczyk mentioned that along with the proper report on the courtroom, his gamers excelled within the classroom in the course of the first semester.
“This can be a nice group,’’ he mentioned. “They’ve the very best staff GPA I’ve ever had. It’s spectacular how properly they did within the classroom. It’s been a enjoyable yr with this staff.’’
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