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Schools: Senator girls’ hoop wears down Tahanto, 51-43

  • Above, Mahar’s Victoria Tenney (4) and Tahanto’s Meaghan O’Day (12) fight for possession of a loose ball in the first half Saturday at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. Below, Mahar’s Victoria Tenney (4) drives for a layup past Tahanto defenders Meaghan O’Day (12) and Chrisoula Moraitis (34). RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Hannah Paul (10) drives the lane over Tahanto defender Makenzy Herron (10) in the second half Saturday at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Kianna Reilly (5) fights for a loose ball against Tahanto’s Meaghan O’Day (12) in the second half Saturday at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Hannah Paul (10) sinks a foul shot in the first half against Tahanto, going 6-6 from the line Saturday at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Victoria Tenney (4) drives for a layup past Tahanto defenders Meaghan O’Day (12) and Chrisoula Moraitis (34) in the second half Saturday at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Abby Bonk (15), left, and Hannah Paul (10) fight for possession against Tahanto’s Sophia Morena (11) in the second half on Saturday at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Victoria Tenney (4) breaks away for a layup in the second half against Tahanto Saturday at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Hannah Paul (10) drives to the hoop for a layup in the second half against Tahanto Saturday at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Victoria Tenney (4) puts up a shot along the baseline in the first half against Tahanto Saturday at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Abby Bonk (15) lets a 3-pointer fly in the first half against Tahanto Saturday at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



Recorder Staff
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hannah Paul and the Mahar Regional School defense took over in the fourth quarter on Saturday and the Senators closed out 2017 with a hard-fought, 51-43, victory over Tahanto High School in an independent girls’ basketball game at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.

Mahar (3-3) trailed by four points (23-19) at halftime and fell behind by eight early in the third quarter. Then the Senators rallied to tie the score at 29-29 entering the fourth. The turnaround came when the Mahar defensive pressure finally exhausted the Tahanto backcourt, causing several turnovers late in the third quarter and throughout the fourth. Mahar outscored Tahanto, 10-6, in the third and then 22-14 in the fourth to pull away.

Mahar took the lead early in the fourth and pushed it to six points at the midpoint. The Senators managed to pull away with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left when Abby Bonk drained a 3-pointer.

While Bonk’s basket was a crucial one, the offensive outburst in the fourth was led by Hannah Paul, who scored 14 of her game-high 23 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

“She took the game over in the fourth,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said. “We were down by eight points in the third quarter and could have caved, but the girls showed a lot of heart.”

Fisher said he was also pleased with the effort his team put forth to guard Tahanto senior Rachel Wilhelmy, who was limited to just six points (all on free throws) after coming into the game averaging over 20 per game.

Sam Rowe added 7 points in the victory, Tori Tenney finished with 6, and Kianna Reilly chipped in 5.

Meaghan O’Day led Tahanto with 16 points, while Rose Salerno chipped in 9.

Wrestling

Tech wins Otter Valley

Franklin County Technical School placed 10 top-four wrestlers in their weight classes, helping the Eagles win the Otter Valley Invitational Tournament Saturday at Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon, Vt.

The Eagles finished with 139 points in the 12-team field to win the team championship.

Kyle Brunelle finished 3-0 on the day at 126 pounds and pinned Eric Godin from Milton High School, 2 minutes, 22 seconds into the finals to win the weight class for Franklin Tech. He was joined in the weight class by Peter Saladino, who went 3-2 on the day and dropped a 7-5 decision to Otter Valley’s David Williams in the consolation finals to finish fourth.

Joining Brunelle atop the championship podium was 182-pound Chris Ludwig, who went 3-0 and defeated Nick Williams of Burr & Burton Academy 7-2, in the championship match to strike gold.

Franklin Tech also had three second-place finishers. Spencer Telega made his way through the 160-pound bracket and met Dylan Lee of Fairhaven High School in the finals, where he dropped a 9-4 decision to place second. Ayden Stacy went 2-1 on the day at 195 pounds but fell to Jonah Goodhue of Fairhaven by pin 48 seconds into the championship to place second.

Ian McClure was the third Eagle to place second, at 152 pounds. McClure faced Logan Sprague of Mt. Anthony High School in the title bout but lost a 6-2 decision. He was joined in the weight class by Matt Sullivan, who also scored points for the Eagles as he made the consolation finals and finished with a 3-1 record on the day (all wins by pin) by stopping Mickey Bernard of Mt. Anthony 1 minute into the bout to take third place.

Sullivan was one of three third-place Franklin Tech finishers. Jaden Sadlowski finished 3-1 at 138 pounds with three pins, including his 1:40 pin of Colchester High School’s Ben Stapleton in the consolation finals. Brody Wood also got in on the act at 170 pounds by pinning Fairhaven’s Gable Shaddock in 1:23 in the consolation finals to place third.

Caleb Ellis added a fourth-place finish at 113 pounds. His day was stopped by Oter Valley’s Levi Cram, who pinned Ellis 4:54 into the consolation finals.

Franklin Tech will host Hampden Charter School of Science Wednesday at 7.