School Hoops: Mahar boys blow past Turners Falls

Recorder Staff
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Buoyed by a suffocating second-half defensive effort, Mahar Regional School picked up one of its best victories of the season Thursday night.

The host Senators outscored Turners Falls High School 36-21 after halftime and captured a 61-45 independent girls’ basketball victory in Orange.

“We created some turnovers and got some baskets in transition, which was nice to see,” Mahar head coach Larry Fisher offered.

Fisher lauded the play of Tori Tenney, who didn’t score on the night but grabbed 12 rebounds and recorded 5 steals. Jazmyn Vautour went for a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, and she filled the stat sheet with 6 assists and 5 steals.

Turners (6-3), which played without leading-scorer Maddy Chmyzinski (illness), trailed just 25-24 at halftime before Mahar ramped up the pressure and took control.

The Powertown received a team-high 12 points from Aliyah Sanders, while Chloe Ellis was also in double figures with 11 points. Abby Loynd tossed in 8 points on the night.

Hannah Paul led all scorers with 14 points for Mahar (6-5), while Kamryn Reilly added 10 points. Olivia Rowe (8 points) and Delaney Parker (7) also aided the offensive effort.

FC Tech 43, Sci-Tech 41 — Trailing 41-40 with just over a minute remaining in regulation, host Franklin County Technical School closed things out in fine fashion Thursday night. The Eagles hit the go-ahead shot with 53 seconds left, and Brooke Adams added a free throw late to lift her team to an impressive 43-41 victory over Springfield School of Science & Technology in a Tri-County League North contest in Turners Falls.

Sci-Tech (6-2, 1-1) had a look at the game-tying shot in the waning seconds, but the Eagles grabbed the rebound and Jocelyn Crowningshield managed to dribble out the clock and preserve the victory.

Crowningshield had 10 points, while Jordan Hurlbert led the way offensively with 11 points. Amber Merritt played well in the win, scoring 10 points.

“I’m very impressed with her,” Franklin Tech coach Sean Knightly said of Merritt, a senior. “She’s coming into form for us.”

Adams scored 8 points in the win, handing Sci-Tech just its second loss of the season in the process.

The Eagles (5-3, 1-1), who trailed 26-22 at halftime, travel to Westfield Technical Academy on Tuesday.

Ware 54, Mohawk 28 — A sizable rebounding edge was more than enough for visiting Ware High School Thursday night. The Indians outscored Mohawk Trail Regional High School in every quarter en route to a 54-28 win in Buckland.

“The energy was there, we just ran out of steam,” Mohawk head coach Larissa Miner offered. “Boxing out killed us tonight. … We were not rebounding at all.”

Ware (8-2) led 21-10 at halftime before outscoring the Warriors by a 33-18 margin in the second half.

Mohawk (3-5) was led offensively by Grace Poplawski’s 7 points. Ashley Reynolds and Emmarae Reid had 6 points each while Emma Poplawski added 5.

The Warriors are off until Monday when they travel to Pope Francis High School.

Frontier 44, McCann Tech 27 — A balanced scoring attack and a big fourth quarter were more than enough for the Frontier Regional School girls’ basketball team Thursday night.

The host Red Hawks held a 15-4 advantage in the fourth quarter to pull away for a decisive 44-27 win over McCann Technical School in an independent contest at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Lexa Boyden paced Frontier (5-3) with 13 points, and she added 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks. The rest of the lineup was well-balanced, as Olivia Deane and Marie Diemand had 6 points each, while Ella Deane, Tori Speth and Amelia Sobieski all added 5.

Frontier led 9-4 after one quarter and 21-11 at the half before the Hornets (5-5) pulled within 29-23 entering the fourth.

Grace Towler paced McCann Tech with 13 points, and she hit three 3-pointers.

The Red Hawks are right back at it tonight when they welcome Lenox Memorial High School to town.

Southwick 48, Athol 38 — Trailing by just two points at halftime, Athol High School picked a bad time for its offense to run cold.

The host Red Raiders managed just two points in the third quarter, and their deficit proved to be insurmountable as Southwick-Tolland Regional High School picked up a 48-38 win in an independent girls’ basketball game at Mallet Gymnasium.

Athol (0-6) trailed just 20-18 at halftime, but Southwick outscored the Raiders by a 9-2 margin in the third.

“We had a very rough third quarter,” admitted Athol head coach Kelly Kaczmarczyk. “None of our shots seemed to fall. We couldn’t seem to bounce back from that.”

Amber Mahony and Haley Bigwood led the way offensively for Athol, as the duo each finished with 12 points. Taylor Cleveland added 5 points on the night, while all three players sank 3-pointers.

Hanna Burke led all scorers with 18 points for Southwick (3-4).

Athol heads to Narragansett Regional High School Saturday night for a make-up game against Clinton High School.

Boys’ games

Pioneer 53, Duggan 48 — Duggan Academy is certainly happy that Pioneer Valley Regional School isn’t on the schedule the rest of the regular season.

The visiting Panthers closed out a season-sweep of Duggan Thursday night, as three players scored in double figures to power Pioneer to a 53-48 victory in an independent boys’ basketball game in Springfield.

Both Duggan (7-2) losses this season have come against Pioneer. The Panthers also won a 67-58 decision on Dec. 21 in Northfield.

“They’re a good team,” offered Pioneer head coach Scott Thayer of Duggan. “We built a lead and they came back at us. It was a nice mental challenge and hurdle that we got over on the road. We made the plays at the end to get the win.”

Michael Menard sank four 3-pointers en route to 12 points for Pioneer (6-2), while Jordan Loughman added 12 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Garrett Cote joined them in double figures with 10 points to go with 8 assists and 3 steals. Troy Emond added 8 points while Karl Wheeler tossed in 5.

Pioneer led 46-32 after three quarters, and the lead grew to as many as 16 before Duggan responded in the fourth quarter. The hosts outscored the Panthers by a 16-7 margin in the final stanza, but Pioneer was able to hold on and head north on Route 91 for the win.

“We gave a few possessions away but were able to get control in the final couple minutes,” Thayer said. “It was two really good games against (Duggan). We could very well see them again in the Division IV Tournament.”

Pioneer is back in action tonight for an interesting road trip to Orange and a Hampshire League South matchup against Mahar.

Belchertown 73, Turners Falls 67 — Mitch Medina continued to score points in droves, and the Belchertown High School senior registered 31 Thursday night to lead the visiting Orioles to a 73-67 win over Turners Falls High School in a Hampshire League South boys’ basketball game in Turners Falls.

It was the second consecutive 30-plus point outing from Medina, who helped Belchertown improve to 5-5 overall, 1-3 in the South.

Turners (3-7, 0-4) led 22-20 after one quarter, but Belchertown outscored the Powertown by a 20-10 margin in the second and took a 40-32 lead at intermission.

Anthony Peterson led three players in double figures for Turners, as the sophomore scored 21 points in the loss. Tyler Lavin hit four 3-pointers en route to a 16-point night, while Chase Novak tossed in 12 points.

The two teams meet again on Wednesday night, when Belchertown hosts Turners at 7 p.m.