The daily news h.s. girls hoops franklinville too much for elba in far west final la south west college

HENRIETTA — there wasn’t much of a secret as to what the elba girls basketball team was getting into with section VI’s franklinville in the new york state class D far west regional final on saturday afternoon.

The panthers entered the day at a perfect 23-0, were the no. 1 class D team in the state and put up nearly 80 points per game in simply rolling through their 2017-18 schedule, including the postseason. For the lancers to have a shot they would have to play near-perfect basketball and be able to shut down franklinville’s high-powered offense.

Sophomore danielle haskell scored a game-high 25 points to lead three panthers in double-figures, while the lancers were unable to get much going offensively until the game was out of reach in a 60-40 franklinville victory in front of a large crowd at rush-henrietta high school.Danielle haskell

“I was impressed with how we kept fighting,” elba head coach tom redband said. “that could have gotten pretty ugly with the way they were scoring and the way we were struggling to score; with danielle haskell’s ability to get to the rack and her ability to shoot from deep it was a pick your poison-type of defensive strategy. But I was impressed with how our girls didn’t fold.”

Haskell, who came into the game having led section VI with more than 26 points per game, did it from both the inside and the outside and scored 22 of her points in the opening half as the panthers never trailed on the afternoon. The point guard also finished with six rebounds, five assists and three steals in the win.

The older of the two haskell sisters — senior allyson — then scored 10 of her 13 points in the third quarter when franklinville opened the second half on a monster run to definitively put the game out of reach.Danielle haskell

Sophomore guard abby mccoy scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half for the panthers as the lancers actually did a solid job in shutting down danielle haskell after the break, holding her to just three points on 1-of-13 shooting. But franklinville simply had too many weapons for young elba to contain.

“we started helping more in the second half but they have three pretty dynamic shooters, it’s not just (number) 22,” redband said. “we started helping more and then the other shooters got open, but to hold them to 60, you’re not going to completely stop a team like that. You just hope to hold them enough and score enough to be available to win if possible.”

It didn’t help the lancers’ cause that leading scorer and lone senior emily reynolds was limited in time of the floor because of a fairly-serious ankle injury suffered during elba’s win over wheatland-chili in the class D state-qualifier, as well as a knee injury that had been nagging her all season long.Danielle haskell

Freshman guard maddie muehlig was the only lancer to reach double figures on the night as she finished with 10 points, four assists and four rebounds.

Sophomore lauren engle hit all three of her 3-point attempts in the second half and finished with nine points as elba desperately tried to hang around in the final 16 minutes, while leah bezon finished the night with seven points, five rebounds and three assists.

With just more than a quarter of total playing time on the floor, reynolds finished her last high school game with seven points, three rebounds and two blocks as elba capped its impressive season at 21-4.

“I appreciate everything she has done and she’s a pleasure to coach,” redband said of reynolds. “she usually brings it in big games and she did her best today.Second half what a career she’s had though — two-time finals MVP, two-time GR player of the year and just a real leader and mentor to the young girls.”

Danielle haskell scored the first eight points of the game for franklinville, including six in the span of a minute that forced elba into a timeout with 4:18 left in the opening quarter with the lancers down 8-2.

A drive to the bucket from muehlig cut the deficit to 8-4 but four straight points from bri broadwell and a nifty move to the basket from danielle haskell quickly brought the lead out to 10 at 14-4 with a minute left in the quarter.

The lancers had moments where they found a way to shut the panthers down for periods of time but franklinville’s explosiveness would win out in the end.

Danielle haskell had 14 of her points in the first quarter as the panthers led 18-8 after one; six of muehlig’s points came in the opening frame for elba.Second half

“they are an offensive threat-type team and they’re kind of like the golden state warriors, no shot is a bad shot, they clearly practice long-range shooting and getting to the rim and that’s a lethal combination,” redband said.

A 3-pointer from izzy riner 15 seconds into the second quarter brought the lancers to within seven but a step-back deep triple from danielle haskell 30 seconds later started the panthers on a huge run and they would never look back from there.

Up seven, franklinville scored eight points in less than 50 seconds — the final three coming on a 3-pointer from allyson haskell — to take a commanding 26-11 advantage with 6:21 left in the half.

Those eight points were the beginning of a 14-2 run over the span of four and-a-half minutes as the panthers cruised out to a 32-13 lead with 2:30 left in the quarter; the only elba points during that spurt came on a bezon drive midway through.Danielle haskell

“we had some good looks early but we didn’t play our best offensive game,” redband said. “it’s possible that their offensive ability threw us off on offense and the energy that we put in on defense may have effected us on offense,” redband said.

Danielle haskell was 9-of-19 shooting for the first half while the rest of the panthers attempted just eight shots combined from the floor; the lancers struggled at an 8-for-27 clip in the opening 16 minutes, including just 1-of-9 from 3-point range.

Two free throws from allyson haskell started a run of nine straight panthers points over the first 2:30 of the third quarter as they stretched their lead to 41-17; a three from bezon ended that run but the franklinville spurt was eventually 17-3, aided by threes from allyson haskell and mccoy as it went up 49-20.Second half

Engle hit two more treys in the opening 3:25 of the fourth quarter as elba refused to quit but the closest the lancers could get the rest of the way was 17 at 54-37 with 4:35 left.

Elba shot just 16-of-49 for the game, including 6-of-23 from 3-point range, while the lancers didn’t attempt a single foul shot and were out-rebounded 39-32.

“I think they showed that they’re serious athletes,” redband said. “they’re serious about competing and they don’t really get too worked up with the hoopla and the flash. I think they would play in an empty gym just because they like playing and I think that helps with their nerves. They just go out and play and they don’t rattled, for anyone, especially not for freshmen, sophomores and eighth-graders. I’m impressed with their ability to do that at such a young age and carry such a heavy load.”