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Quabog shines at Curry Hicks; Hoosac, Sabis take crowns


AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — The Western Mass high school basketball season concluded Saturday with six contests at Curry Hicks Cage on the campus of UMass.

Quabog, representing the one-seed on both the boys and girls side of the Division IV tournament, walked away with staple victories.

After three frustrating years of finishing runner-up in the title game, the Quabog girls basketball ended the campaign on the victorious side of the ledger topping Ware, 46-33.

Guard Jess Korzec, the lone senior and one of only three upperclassmen, paced the Cougars with 14 points and four steals. Brittany Herring added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Sadie Simmons lead Ware with 16 points.

Entering Saturday, Quabog boys basketball had never been synonymous with “Western Mass champion.” That would change after edging Smith Academy, 63-49, to earn the program’s first title.

Will Watkins carried the offensive workload with 20 points and five three-pointers made. The notable story line came on the defensive end as the Cougars kept the Falcons’ offensive standout, Keith Natale, to only 14 points on four of 16 shooting from the field.

Sabis and Hoosac Valley met in both the girls and boys matchups for the Division III title.

Reigning champion Hoosac Valley used their offensive onslaught to route Sabis, 72-41, to claim the Western Mass girls championship. Jennifer Gale’s 28 points and Emily Rosse’s 17 points led the Lady Canes. Janaiya Sanchez topped the Sabis scorebook with her 12 points.

As he has done through out the entire postseason, the Bulldog’s Nelson Zaya powered his team to the program’s third Western Mass title in five years in the 71-56 win. Zayas scored a game-high 24 points.

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