Drury dumps short-handed Panther boys, 77-47

  • Above, Pioneer's Troy Emond goes in for a breakaway layup in the first half against Drury during the Panthers’ 77-47 loss Wednesday in Northfield. Below, Pioneer’s Steph Scoville is all focus as she puts up a shot during the Pioneer girls’ 57-28 loss to Drury. RECORDER PHOTOS/DAN LITTLE

  • Above, Pioneer’s Ryan Underwood drives to the basket against a slew of Drury defenders in the first half of Wednesday night’s boys’ basketball game at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield. The Pioneer junior finished with 10 points, but the Panthers suffered a 77-47 independent loss to the Blue Devils. Below, Paige Loughman puts up a jumper over Drury defender Olivia Witter-O’Neill (21) in the second half of the girls’ game on Wednesday where Drury beat the Panthers, 57-28. RECORDER PHOTOS/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer's Paige Loughman puts up a jumper over Drury defender Olivia Witter-O'Neill (21) in the second half on Wednesday during Drury’s 57-28 win in Northfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Mike Menard pulls up for a 3-pointer en route to his 19-point effort but the Panthers fell to Drury 77-47, Wednesday night in Northfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer's Ryan Underwood puts up a shot in the first half against Drury on Wednesday where his Panthers were dealt a 77-47 loss in Northfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer's Paige Loughman puts up a contested shot in front of Drury defender Mackenzie Dobbert in the second half on Wednesday. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer's Stephanie Scoville (10) takes a shot in the second half against Drury on Wednesday.. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Three missing starters was too much for Pioneer Valley Regional School to overcome in its boys’ basketball season opener.

Without three of its top players and facing a solid Division IV opponent in Drury High School, the Panthers fell behind early and never overcame the deficit during a 77-47 loss to the Blue Devils Wednesday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

“We just got outclassed today,” Pioneer coach Scott Thayer said. “Drury is a very good team and it just wasn’t in the cards for us. We will go back to the drawing board and work to improve.”

Pioneer was playing without starters Garrett Cote (point guard), who was out of school, and Brendan Emond (center) and Jordan Loughman (forward) due to injuries, which greatly limited a Pioneer team without a ton of experienced depth.

“It wasn’t for lack of effort tonight,” Thayer said.

Instead, Thayer pointed to the solid play of a Drury team that pressed well and turned the Panthers over several times. Drury also got big performances from Scott McGuire, who scored a game-high 21 points, and Reece Racette, who finished with 16, to pace the offense. Connor Clark and Hunter Sarkis each added 9 points, while Max Daugherty finished with 8 points.

Mike Menard had a strong offensive game for the Panthers with 19 points, and Ryan Underwood finished with 10. Justin Hubbard chipped in 6 points, and Karl Wheeler suit of added 5.

Hopkins 81, Turners 59 — John Earle scored 26 points and Justin Ciaglo drilled seven 3-pointers en route to a 25-point outing to lift Hopkins Academy to an 81-59 victory over Turners Falls High School in a Hampshire League South contest Wednesday in Turners Falls.

Hopkins (2-0, 1-0) led 16-8 after one quarter and 38-20 at halftime, before pouring in 30 points in the third quarter. Jon Morrison added 13 points while Erik Berg followed with eight points in the win.

Three players finished in double figures for Turners (0-2, 0-1), with sophomore Anthony Peterson leading the way with 17 points and eight rebounds. Chase Novak notched 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Tyler Lavin tallied 13 points. Jovani Williams (eight points) and Jimmy Vaughn (seven) rounded out the scorers for the Powertown.

Turners is back at it Friday night when it seeks its first win against cross-town foe Franklin County Technical School.

Greenfield 54, FC Tech 45 — A late push by Franklin Tech made things interesting, but host Greenfield High School finished the job at the foul line to pick up a season-opening 54-45 win in an independent boys’ basketball game at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

“We were a little careless with the basketball early on and the confidence wasn’t there, which I somewhat expected with a new group,” explained Greenfield coach Tim Caplice of the opening outing. “We played really well defensively throughout the game and that was something we were able to revert back to when we needed it late.”

Greenfield’s defensive effort in the third quarter proved key, as Franklin Tech (1-2) was held to just five points in the period. The Wave turned a 26-21 halftime lead into a 37-26 advantage after three.

“In the third quarter, our defense really stepped it up,” Caplice said. “We imposed our will in the half court and we were able to create some easy baskets at the other end.”

The Eagles, which pulled within 49-44 late in the fourth before Greenfield iced things at the stripe, were led by Joel Farrick and Jared Bergmann. The duo tallied 10 points apiece, and each sank a 3-pointer. Max Charest scored six of his eight points from the free throw line, while Tyler Hastings drilled a pair of 3’s for six points. Garrett Cole also scored six points for Tech.

Greenfield’s offensive effort was well-balanced, as Hunter Campbell (four steals), Jake Suhl (10 rebounds) and Jonath Roman all scored nine points. Owen Phelps and Colin Cloutier tossed in eight points each.

Mahar 69, Hampshire 37 — Brennan Mailoux poured in 21 points, and a stout Mahar Regional School defensive effort suffocated visiting Hampshire Regional High School en route to a 69-37 independent victory Wednesday night at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.

“It was a nice start to the season. I thought we played pretty well for the first time out,” offered Mahar coach Chad Softic. “It was nice to see us get some baskets in transition.”

The Senators (1-0) snatched control in the second quarter, scoring 23 points in the stanza to take a 40-23 lead at intermission.

The defensive effort ramped up after halftime, as Hampshire scored just 14 points the rest of the way.

Sam Paul joined his back court partner Mailloux in double figures with 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Ryan Donaldson and Quinn Gervais added eight points apiece, while Deven Patch and Jamie Temple each contributed five points.

Mahar hosts Greenfield Friday night.

Girls’ basketball

Drury 57, Pioneer 28 — Host Pioneer held Drury star Brooke DiGennaro to just two points in the first half, but the visiting Blue Devils exploded for 26 points in the third quarter and pulled away for a season-opening 57-28 win in an independent girls’ basketball game Wednesday night in Northfield.

Buoyed by the defensive work of Steph Scoville and Charlotte Kahler, Pioneer (0-1) kept DiGennaro in check during the opening 16 minutes. Drury led just 25-15 at intermission as a result.

DiGennaro got on track a bit after the break, totaling nine points to give her 11 for the game. Eight Drury players scored points in the third quarter, as the lead grew to 51-21 entering the fourth.

Olivia Rowe led the Panthers with a team-high 11 points, and she made it a double-double with 13 rebounds while adding three assists. Scoville added eight points, while Paige Loughman scored five points and dished out five assists.

“We’ve got a lot of things to work on but there were a lot of good things tonight,” Pioneer coach Meg Burrington said of her team.

The Panthers host Southwick-Tolland Regional High School Monday.

Palmer 52, Mahar 35 — Three 3-pointers in the first quarter got Mahar Regional School off to a quick start, but the visiting Senators struggled against Palmer High School’s full-court press the rest of the way and dropped a 52-35 decision in an independent girls’ basketball game Wednesday night in Palmer.

“We run a great press break but we had trouble against their press tonight for some reason,” perplexed Mahar coach Larry Fisher said.

Mahar (0-2) led 13-11 after one quarter, sinking a trio of 3-pointers against Palmer’s zone defense.

The Panthers rebounded in the second frame, taking the lead and holding a 26-18 advantage at intermission. The lead grew throughout the second half en route to the 17-point final margin.

Senior Kianna Reilly led the Mahar offense with 10 points, while Jazmyn Vautour and Tori Tenney had six points each. Hannah Paul (five points) and Abby Bonk (four) also contributed offensively.

Kendall LeVasseur led all scorers with 18 points for Palmer (2-0), and Fisher said she controlled the interior on both ends. Alanna Niemczura hit four 3-pointers to finish with 15 points.