Haskell Sisters Shine As Panthers Breeze Past Sherman
Sherman has long been known as a team that plays great defense and uses timely offense to be successful.
Against a team like Franklinville, that’s just not good enough.
Senior Ally Haskell had 26 points and 10 rebounds while her sophomore sister Dani Haskell added 25 points, 10 assists and five steals as the second-seeded Panthers beat the third-seeded Wildcats, 78-45, in a Section VI Class D semifinal Thursday evening at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex.
“This whole season, Ally has been solid. She is kind of our rock,” Franklinville coach Allen Dunlap said. “She does a little bit of everything. She guards the best player most of the time. … She’s able to control the defensive side of the floor.”
Franklinville, the New York State Sportswriters Association’s top-ranked Class D team, will now face the state’s third-ranked team Panama, in the sectional final for the third straight year Saturday at noon. Top-seeded Panama got by No. 5 Pine Valley, 70-38, in Thursday’s second semifinal. Franklinville failed to beat Panama in 2015, losing 70-44, and in 2016, losing 79-68.
“For a year now we’ve talked about it. We were talking about it on the ride home last year on the bus,” Dunlap said. “(Panama is) the one. They’re the best until somebody beats them. We’re excited about getting another chance at them. They have great kids, great players and a great coach. … It would mean the world to our kids.”
Dunlap’s team made quick work of Sherman on Thursday, using an early 15-0 run featuring 9 points from Ally Haskell, to take a 13-point lead. Wildcats senior Zoey Charrette answered with 3-pointers on two of the next three possessions, but late back-to-back 3-pointers from Ally and Dani Haskell helped the Panthers lead 27-12 after the opening eight minutes.
“We were riding high on emotion right away and then we kind of hit a little wall,” Dunlap said. “We went to a 2-3 which slowed things down a little bit. We’re not great playing slow and our kids had to make an adjustment to that.”
After sophomore Abby McCoy’s opening bucket of the second quarter, Franklinville failed to score until 3:18 remained in the half, but Sherman was unable to take advantage, scoring just 7 points over the span. Dani and Ally Haskell combined to score the final 11 points of the quarter for the Panthers, who took a 20-point lead into halftime.
“We were fortunate that we had a lead at that time,” Dunlap said. “Against a team like we are going to play Saturday, we can’t have a lull like that because you might not be able to come back from it.”
Franklinville put the game away with a 14-0 run to open the second half. Sherman freshman MacKenzie Gratto ended the spurt with a bucket with 4:37 left in the third quarter. Sophomores Carrie Sands and Maggie Myers followed with buckets before senior Hannah Murdock’s basket capped an 8-0 Wildcats’ run, but by that point they were still trailing by 26 on Panthers junior Renee Szymanski’s basket with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter.
“We want to anticipate rebounds and steals, and fly. We want to get down the floor as fast as possible,” Dunlap said. “It’s a whole lot faster to throw it down the floor than dribble it.”
While trailing her sister in scoring for most of the game, Dani Haskell nearly caught up with a 9-point fourth quarter that helped send Franklinville to their third straight sectional final.
“Dani is the total package. She can score in bunches and I don’t think she played particularly well tonight. Her not playing well is still pretty darn good,” Dunlap said. “We go how she goes. She demands so much attention … and we get really good looks because of that.”
Charrette led Sherman with 11 points while Gratto had 10 points and nine rebounds. Murdock also had 10 points and six rebounds.
NOTES: Myers and junior Emily Starceski each had three assists for Sherman, which shot 18 of 61 from the field, including 3 of 17 from 3-point range, while turning the ball over 20 times. … McCoy added 10 points and six assists while senior Amy O’Neal had 12 rebounds for Franklinville, which shot 32 of 72 from the field, including 11 of 35 from 3-point range, and turned the ball over just five times.
NO. 3 SHERMAN (45)
Charrette 4 0 11, Carris 0 0 0, Myers 2 1 5, Luden 0 0 0, Starceski 0 0 0, Lewczyk 0 0 0, Gratto 5 0 10, Sands 3 3 9, Hayes 0 0 0, Cady 0 0 0, Murdock 4 2 10. Totals 18 6 45.
NO. 2 FRANKLINVILLE (78)
Nugent 0 0 0, Milligan 0 0 0, Broadwell 3 0 7, Wolfer 0 0 0, Burrell 0 0 0, AHaskell 11 0 26, Anderson 0 0 0, DHaskell 9 3 25, McCoy 4 0 10, Szymanski 2 0 4, O’Neal 3 0 6. Totals 32 3 78.
3-point goals–Charrette 3, Broadwell, AHaskell 4, DHaskell 4, McCoy 2.
Sherman 12 8 13 12 — 45
Franklinville 27 13 19 19 — 78