SPRINGFIELD – Hayley Suchland scored 33 points as Northeastern defeated Triad, 59-49, in OHC girls basketball.
“I’m very proud of the team basketball we played,” said Triad Coach Jeff Merklin, “but this was one of those rare cases in a team sport like basketball where a player just simply willed her team to a win. We knew about Hayley coming into the game, and we played a physical diamond-and-one defense on her, with different players taking turns guarding her. But she has a warrior’s heart; she earned every one of her points, she got every loose ball that I remember, she rebounded and she played a physical game. She was simply not going to let her team lose that game, and that’s the kind of edge we’re trying to develop in our program.”
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