As much fun as it is to watch the Hastings girls’ running the floor, the level of enjoyment rises to another level for the players.
But the Yellow Jackets are not all run-and-gun. When the option to get out in transition is there, they take it. When it is not, though, they are just as potent when running their set offense.
It makes for a serious headache for opposing coaches — worsened by the fact that Hastings has several lethal shooters from behind the arc as well as a strong inside game.
On Feb. 24 at Dobbs Ferry, all of the Yellow Jackets were on full display.
Northwestern-bound Melannie Daley hit on three treys, but also distributed the ball on a number of drive-and-dish moves to the basket on her way to a game-high 27 points. In addition, future Manhattan Jasper Lindsay Drozd drained a quartet of three-balls and finished with 14 points. The recipient of most of the inside looks was Paige Martin, who chipped in with 16 points.
The final result was a 75-42 win for the Jackets — their third victory in as many outings to open this shortened season.
“In terms of getting out on a fast break, we can run,” Daley said. “We can push the tempo and we are really good at it, but we can also run a set offense.”
She continued, “When we are in our set offense, there is a lot of moving and cutting and passing, and it is very hard to defend us. Whether you play man-to-man against us or try to play a zone, we are hard to defend because of all the moving. We like it when everybody gets to touch the ball. It is just so much fun to play this way.”
In the game’s opening 2 minutes, Daley canned a 15-foot jumper and a trey and Luisa Scioscia converted an offensive rebound to stake the Jackets to a 7-0 lead. The game was never in doubt from that point. Hastings made 9-of-15 field goal attempts in the first period and outrebounded the host Eagles 11-2 as they grabbed a 24-10 lead.
For the game, the Jackets shot 57% (33-of-58).
Hastings then flexed their muscles on defense in the second stanza, limiting the Eagles to one field goal on 14 attempts as the lead grew to 43-12 at the break.
“Defense is a big factor why we can run so well,” Daley said. “Our defense is the spearhead of what we can do on offense.”
From there, Hastings put it in cruise control.
Julia Schwabe led Dobbs Ferry with 25 points, while Kayla Halvorsen added 15. Dobbs Ferry shot 30% (17-of-57) from the field.
Hastings outrebounded the Eagles, 42-36, though Dobbs Ferry held a 14-12 edge on the offensive glass.
The Jackets committed 17 turnovers — 12 came after the intermission. Dobbs Ferry turned the ball over 15 times.
Irvington 40, Bronxville 19: Grace Thybulle scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for host Irvington on Feb. 25. Katie LeBuhn chipped in with nine points and 12 rebounds.
“Both teams played excellent defense,” Irvington head coach Gina Maher said. “It was a very hard-fought game.”
Hastings 73, Dobbs Ferry 60: In their rematch on Feb. 26, the game between Hastings and visiting Dobbs Ferry was much closer.
Melannie Daley had 33 points to lead all scorers, while Lindsay Drozd had 17 points. Paige Martin added 13 points for the Jackets.
Julia Schwabe paced the Eagles with 28 points and 15 rebounds, while Kayla Halvorsen had 14 points and dished out seven assists.
“We played so much better; with more confidence and more energy,” Dobbs Ferry head coach Stephanie Mills said. “We were up by five with 4 minutes left in the second, Julia picked up her third foul, and we went into halftime down by 10.”
The Eagles trailed 37-27 at the intermission.
Irvington 44, Bronxville 38: The visiting Bulldogs completed the sweep of Bronxville on Feb. 27. Irvington built a 13-5 first-quarter lead and then held off the Broncos. Grace Thybulle led Irvington with 16 points, while Katie LeBuhn added 14.
“Again, Bronxville played very hard,” Irvington head coach Gina Maher said. “They are all very athletic and have great court sense, especially when it comes to defense.”
She added, “Offensively, they [Bronxville] have improved and are playing very well. We played hard and came through with big foul shots in the fourth quarter. Our team is getting better every day and the girls are working incredibly hard.”
Pleasantville 55, Dobbs Ferry 47: Visiting Dobbs Ferry became Pleasantville’s fifth successive victim on Feb. 27. Kayla Halvorsen paced Dobbs Ferry with 23 points, including seven three-pointers.
“We are kicking ourselves in the foot with all of our unforced turnovers,” Dobbs Ferry head coach Stephanie Mills said. “We are right there in most games. We just need to find a way to get a win one of these days.”
Hastings 73, Mount Vernon 47: Melannie Daley had 24 points, nine rebounds, and four assists for visiting Hastings on Feb. 28. Paige Martin added a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Lindsay Drozd chipped in with 16 points and six rebounds.
Irvington 30, Dobbs Ferry 27: Grace Thybulle’s 13 points led host Irvington on Feb. 28. Katie LeBuhn added 11 points for the winners, while Dobbs Ferry was led by Julia Schwabe’s 15 points.
“Both teams played hard, just had difficulty scoring,” Dobbs Ferry head coach Stephanie Mills said.
Dobbs Ferry 65, Woodlands 34: Julia Schwabe gave herself a Senior Day to remember as she poured in 31 points and pulled down 27 rebounds at home March 1. Kayla Halvorsen added six points and a dozen assists, while Taylor Broccoli chipped in with 12 points.
Irvington 62, Woodlands 39: Grace Thybulle’s 22 points and 13 rebounds led the host Bulldogs to the easy win on March 2. Katie LeBuhn added 10 points and nine boards.
Team records through March 2: Hastings 5-0; Irvington 5-1; Ardsley 2-2; Dobbs Ferry 1-5