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Turners struggles on offense in 33-31 loss

  • Madison Chmyzinski and Turners Falls struggled on offense Thursday night. Recorder file photo



Recorder Staff
Thursday, December 21, 2017

The offensive woes continued for Turners Falls High School on Thursday.

For the second straight game the Powertown suffered an offensive power outage as it fell to Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, 33-31, in a Franklin County League South girls’ basketball game in Springfield.

Turners (3-2, 1-1) followed up a 34-32 loss to Lenox Memorial High School on Tuesday with another low-scoring, two-point loss to the Beavers, and coach Ted Wilcox said he is perplexed by his team’s offensive struggles.

“I just call it bad coaching,” he said. “I have no idea how to motivate these girls. I’ve tried many things. We are not playing as a team and until I can find the right buttons to push, we’re not going to.”

Wilcox said that while his players have been working hard, the team is committing far too many turnovers (24 on Thursday) and missing too many easy baskets (18 missed “bunnies” on Thursday), which is leading to the low offensive totals.

“It’s not like they are not out there trying, they are,” Wilcox said. “Just too many turnovers, too many missed bunnies.”

Things started well for Turners as it built a 14-7 lead after the first quarter and held a 18-14 lead at halftime. Putnam scored just one point in the third quarter and trailed 24-15 heading into the fourth but outscored Turners, 18-7, in the final frame.

Brianna Metellus had a big night for Putnam with 17 points, while Chadiah Haywood added 6 points.

Abby Loynd and Aliyah Sanders each finished with 9 points to lead the Turners Falls offense, and Maddy Chmyzinski chipped in 8.

Ware 54, Pioneer 36 — Ware High School pulled away in the second half to knock off Pioneer Valley Regional School, 54-36, in a FCL South girls’ basketball game Thursday night in Ware.

The Indians led 25-22 at halftime but limited the Panthers to just 14 points in the second half.

“We kept up with them for three quarters and proved we can play with a great team,” Pioneer coach Meg Burrington said.

Shelby Tweedie led Ware (4-1) with 15 points, while Jordan Halgas added 13, and Aidyn Welsh tossed in 10.

Steph Scoville had a nice night for the Panthers (0-2, 0-1) with 12 points to go with five steals, while Olivia Rowe finished with nine points, 12 rebounds and blocked shots. Lily Faille and Liz Lambert scored 6 points apiece.

Monument Mt. 53, Mahar 48 — Host Monument Mountain Regional High School closed the game on a 12-1 run over the final 3 minutes, 30 seconds of regulation to pull out a 53-48 win over Mahar Regional School in an independent girls’ basketball contest Thursday night in Great Barrington.

Mahar (1-3) led 47-41 with 3:30 remaining, but the visitors managed just one free throw late.

“We had a three minute spot where we couldn’t get the ball up to the hoop,” admitted Mahar coach Larry Fisher. “And our foul shooting didn’t help. We were under 50-percent.”

Mahar led 26-22 at halftime and 41-37 after three quarters.

Hannah Paul scored 22 points for the Senators, while Kianna Reilly added 7 points. Maeve Powell tossed in 6 points, while Jazmyn Vautour followed with 5 points.

Meredith Powell led Monument Mountain (2-0) with 16 points. Destiny Brown (11 points) and Fiona Horan (10) joined her in double figures.

Mahar hosts rival Athol High School on Wednesday.

Narragansett 46, Athol 35 — A slow start proved too much for Athol to overcome as the Red Raiders fell to Narragansett Regional High School, 46-35, in the semifinals of the Narragansett Holiday Tournament Thursday night in Baldwinville.

The Red Raiders will face Clinton High School in the third-place game Saturday at 5:30 at Narragansett, as the game was moved from today due to the weather.

Athol fell behind 16-5 after one quarter but played well the rest of the way, as both teams scored 30 points over the final three quarters.

“The first quarter killed us,” Athol coach Kelly Kachelmeyer said. “We came out kind of flat. They got their energy going, but just couldn’t get out of that hole.”

Hannah Chapman led Narragansett with 16 points, and Katie Chapman added 14.

Destiny Wrigley paced the Athol offense with 12 points, and Sophie Putnam finished with 11. Peyton Parker had 6 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, earning praise from her coach.

“She did a great job. She was a real workhorse tonight,” Kachelmeyer said.

Easthampton 53, Mohawk 33 — Emma Poplawski scored 10 points and pulled down 27 rebounds but visiting Mohawk Trail Regional High School was outscored by a 31-11 margin in the second half and dropped a 53-33 decision to Easthampton High School in a Franklin County League West girls’ basketball game Thursday in Easthampton.

Mohawk (2-3, 1-1) led 13-8 after one quarter, and the score was tied 22-22 at halftime before Easthampton turned things up in the second half. The Warriors managed just four points in the third quarter.

Ashley Reynolds and Ashley Walker had 6 points each for the Warriors, while Emmarae Reid added 5 points.

Emily Landry led three players in double figures with 14 points for Easthampton (2-2, 1-1).