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School Hoops: Frontier girls turn back Putnam

  • Above, Frontier’s Olivia Deane (15) drives the lane past Putnam defender Keondra Goldsberry (10) Tuesday night at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. Below, Frontier’s Amelia Sobieski (14) puts up a shot in the lane defended by Putnam’s Brianna Metellus (4). Recorder Staff photos/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Amelia Sobieski (14) puts up a shot in the lane defended by Putnam’s Brianna Metellus (4) Tuesday night at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Lexa Boyden (24) slices down the lane for a layup against Putnam Tuesday night at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Tori Speth (13), Lexa Boyden (24) and Ariana Walker (4) fight for a rebound against Putnam’s Keondra Goldsberry (10) Tuesday night at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Ella Deane (5) puts up a jumper from the wing against Putnam Tuesday night at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Ella Deane (5) takes a foul shot against Putnam Tuesday night at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Tori Speth (13) takes a shot contested by Putnam’s Keondra Goldsberry (10) Tuesday night at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Marie Diemand (20) drives the baseline to the hoop defended by Putnam’s Brianna Metellus (4) Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Tori Speth (13) puts up a jumper from the wing against Putnam Tuesday night at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier coach Marty Sanderson talks with his team during a second-half timeout against Putnam Tuesday night at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Frontier Regional School defensive machine continued to roll along by holding high-powered Putnam Vocational Technical Academy to 34 points during a 43-34 victory in a battle of two of the top teams in the Franklin County League Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier held the Beavers (11-3) to just 11 first-half points, helping the Red Hawks (11-3) build a 17-point (28-11) halftime lead. Putnam came storming back in the third quarter, outscoring Frontier, 17-6, in the frame, and then got off to a fast start in the fourth, cutting the deficit to two points with 7 minutes left.

“We really got outplayed in the third quarter,” Frontier coach Marty Sanderson said. “They turned us over a lot and got the tempo in their favor.”

Frontier turned things around by doing a better job taking care of the ball, and eventually knocked down free throws to bury the Beavers.

“I’ll give our kids credit, we were wilting a little bit to their pressure and quickness, but our kids toughed it out,” Sanderson said. “They are growing as a team, continuing to get better, and finding ways to win.”

Frontier won its ninth straight game in the process. Lexa Boyden continues to pour in double-doubles as she finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Ella Deane finished with 8 points, and Tori Speth had 6 points and 3 assists. Marie Diemand added 4 points and 3 blocked shots, and Amelia Sobieski had 4 points.

Brianna Mettelus led Putnam with 17 points.

Frontier heads to Pope Francis High School Friday night at 8.

Mahar 60, Ware 36 — Mahar Regional School jumped out to a 21-4 lead after one quarter and never looked back as it drubbed Ware High School, 60-36, in an independent girls’ basketball game Tuesday night at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.

The victory clinched a playoff berth for the Senators (10-6), who won their third game in a row and seventh in their past eighth game.

“I was really proud of the girls tonight,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said. “We didn’t give anything back in any quarter.”

Mahar led 36-18 at the half and continued to pour it on in the second half to pull away. The Senators were able to win handily against a talented Indians’ (10-5) squad as the team played well defensively, including holding recent 1,000-point scorer Jordan Halgas to just three points, all three coming on free throws. Kianna Reilly and Jasmine Vautour were the two girls tasked with defending Halgas as Mahar played a variation of a box-and-one.

“They shut Halgas down very nicely,” Fisher said. “They stayed within themselves and didn’t get into foul trouble.”

Hannah Paul finished with 16 points and 6 assists, while Vautour had 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Tori Tenney and Samantha Rowe each had 8 points, and Abby Bonk had 6 assists.

Shelby Tweedle led Ware with 8 points.

Pioneer 49, Hopkins 47 — Pioneer Valley Regional School stormed back from a 10-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to defeat Hopkins Academy, 49-47, in an independent girls’ basketball game Tuesday night in Hadley.

Hopkins began the fourth quarter with a 39-29 lead but Pioneer scored 20 points to overcome the deficit. Olivia Rowe, who finished with a team-high 23 points, scored six points in the fourth quarter, while Paige Loughman scored all 6 of her points in the final frame. Steph Scoville also scored 6 of her 8 points in the fourth.

“The girls played the best non-selfish basketball they have played all year,” Pioneer coach Meg Burrington said. “With every sub that went in, there was no let down.”

Pioneer shot 9-of-12 from the free-throw line in the final frame. Liz Lambert added 6 points in the win, and Alina Cecunjanin scored 4 points for the first points in her career.

Sammy Jenks led Hopkins with 18 points.

Athol 41, Mohawk 39 — Destiny Wrigley drained four 3-pointers and poured in 21 points, leading Athol High School to its second win of the season Tuesday night.

The Red Raiders built a lead and held on in a tense fourth quarter, edging Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 41-39, in an independent girls’ basketball game at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Athol (2-10) led 36-27 entering the fourth quarter, but the Raiders managed just five points on the offensive end in the final eight minutes. Still, the hosts never relinquished the lead and escaped with the two-point win.

“The fourth quarter was kind of rough for us,” admitted Athol head coach Kelly Kaczmarczyk. “We were able to hold on and run the clock out. We’re happy. We’ll take it.”

Taylor Cleveland added 9 points for Athol, while Angelica Baptista added 5 points and Amber Mahoney tossed in 4. The Raiders led 14-6 after one quarter and 24-19 at halftime.

Mohawk’s Emma Poplawski tallied 21 points in the loss. Grace Ward followed with 6 points, while Grace Poplawski (5 points) and Ashley Walker (4) also contributed offensively.

Turners Falls 51, McCann Tech 37 — A stellar second-half effort enabled Turners Falls High School to turn things around in a big way Tuesday night.

The Powertown trailed 27-21 at halftime but stepped things up defensively to the tune of just 10 points allowed after intermission. The result was a solid 51-37 win over McCann Technical School in an independent girls’ basketball game in Turners Falls.

“Something in the second half clicked for us,” admitted Turners Falls coach Ted Wilcox, whose team switched defenses and suffocated the visiting Hornets. “And the girls also stepped it up offensively.”

Maddy Chmyzinski led all scorers with 19 points for Turners Falls (8-5), hitting a pair of 3-pointers on the night. Dabney Rollins hit four of her five field goals and finished with 11 points in an impressive outing, while Aliyah Sanders (8 points), Chloe Ellis (7 points, 10 rebounds) and Abby Loynd (6 points) all made key contributions in the win.

Turners led 16-7 after one quarter but the Hornets (4-10) outscored the hosts by a 20-5 margin in the second frame to take a 27-21 lead at the break. The Powertown committed nine turnovers in the first half, and Wilcox said the squad missed no fewer than 14 open layups.

Grace Towler paced McCann with 16 points.

Renaissance 47, FC Tech 25 — Desiree Crawford nearly outscored Franklin County Technical School herself, and the Renaissance School junior finished with 23 points in leading her squad to a 47-25 victory in a Tri-County League North girls’ basketball game Tuesday night in Springfield.

Renaissance (12-1, 5-0) set the tone immediately at home. The Phoenix led 15-2 after one quarter and outscored Franklin Tech (9-4, 3-2) by an identical margin in the second to carry a convincing 30-4 advantage into halftime.

Amber Merritt paced the visiting Eagles offensively by scoring 15 points to mark her seventh double-digit scoring outing of the season. Brooke Adams tossed in 4 points on the night.

Boys’ game

Hampden Charter 58, FC Tech 43 — A slow start doomed Franklin County Technical School and Hampden Charter School of Science went on to defeat the Eagles, 58-43, in a Tri-County League North boys’ basketball game Tuesday night in Springfield.

The Eagles scored just 13 points in the first half, netting five points in the first quarter and eight in the second. That allowed the Wolves to build a 36-13 lead at the break. Franklin Tech managed to cut the deficit down to seven at one point in the second half before Hampden Charter pulled away.

Sam Monette led Hampden Charter (7-7) with 19 points, while Justin Rodriguez finished with 18.

The Eagles (6-7), who were without Seth Aldrich, Joel Farrick and Max Charest on the night, were led by Jared Bergmann, who finished with 14 points. Cole Littlewood added 9 points, and Garrett Cole went 8-for-8 from the line to finish with 8 points. Tyler Hastings and Jared Vielmetti-Perusse each added 5 points, and Ryan Bergmann scored his first varsity points as he had one field goal to finish with 2 points.