By Richard Doyle
WADSWORTH — From the moment Wadsworth girls basketball coach Andrew Booth first laid eyes on a group of youth players several years back, he knew they were going to be something special. Those five players are now seniors and didn’t disappoint in a convincing 85-52 victory over Highland in Suburban League action Wednesday.
“When I first got here eight years ago, I saw these girls play, and over the years they just weren’t losing any games, so I knew when they were going to be seniors it was going to be a special time,” Booth said. “The good thing about them is they continue to work and they’ve stayed humble. Best of all, they’re great kids. It was nice to see them christen the new gym and cut down the nets for winning the Suburban League.”
“It feels good to start a new tradition,” senior Haley Hassinger added.
All five Wadsworth seniors left a lasting impression. Hassinger (3 steals, 2 points) and Sabrina Parsons (6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals) made life difficult for Highland ball handlers.
The tandem also was content to let classmates Taylore Robinson (19 points), McKenzie O’Brien (19) and Rachel Goddard (16, 4 assists, 5 steals) fill up the box score.
“We’ve been playing together since we were in the third grade,” Parsons said. “Honestly, they are like my family. I wanted to play hard for them.”
Highland battled point for point in the first quarter, as it matched Wadsworth’s up-tempo style. AnnMarie Kirchner scored 10 of her team-high 14 in the first half, while Mallory Adams added 10 points to keep the score respectable at halftime (45-30).
“Highland was obviously fired up,” Goddard said. “They always play hard, so we give them a lot of credit. They’re a great team.”
Wadsworth pulled away early in the 3rd quarter, which it ultimately won 23-9.
“I think tonight was a great culmination of our career at Wadsworth, but I think it’s also a new beginning for our tournament run,” Robinson said.
Each of these athletes has a piece of the net to prove it.
Wadsworth’s junior varsity won 43-19 behind 14 points from Aubrey Virgin and 12 from Courtney Palange.
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