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Senators blow past Frontier

Mahar's Kianna Whitmore (50) swings around Frontier defender Mindy Esposito (12) at the top of the key Tuesday night in Orange, where the host Senators beat the visiting Red Hawks, 55-38, in Franklin County League North girls' basketball action at Grzesik/Bixby Gym.
Recorder/Mike Phillips

Mahar's Kianna Whitmore (50) swings around Frontier defender Mindy Esposito (12) at the top of the key Tuesday night in Orange, where the host Senators beat the visiting Red Hawks, 55-38, in Franklin County League North girls' basketball action at Grzesik/Bixby Gym. Recorder/Mike Phillips

This had the look of an elimination game, and Mahar Regional School was able to survive.

The Senators used a dominating third quarter to extend their halftime lead to 16 and cruised to a 55-38 victory over Frontier Regional School in a Franklin County League North Division girls’ basketball game Tuesday night at the Grzesik-Bixby complex in Orange.

“I just told the girls that they’re going to make another run at us, but we need to make a run at them and we did,” said Mahar head coach Larry Fisher. “I told them to make the second the best half of the season and they pretty much did. All 12 of them played very well.”

Ally Parker led the Senators with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Hannah Marshall finished with 9 and Cassie and Keanna Whitmore both had 7. Carly Jillson chipped in 7 rebounds.

Amanda Calvo carried the Red Hawks most of the evening with a game-high 30 points, including a half-dozen 3-pointers.

Mahar improved to 8-9 overall (2-3 North), and needs to win two of its final three games to qualify for the Western Massachusetts Tournament.

Frontier fell to 6-9 (2-2 FCL) and either needs to win four of its final five games or tie for second in the North.

Mahar is off until Tuesday night at 7, when it hosts Easthampton High School.

Hopkins 54 Athol 35 — Athol High School showed no residual fatigue playing the second night of a back to back, handily beating FCL North rival Hopkins Academy, 54-35, in Athol Tuesday night.

The Red Raiders were in control from the outset, holding the Golden Hawks scoreless in the first quarter while scoring 16 in the frame.

“I was very pleased with our defensive pressure tonight,” said Athol head coach Dan Bevis. “ Hopkins is a quality opponent, I’m very happy with the way we played.”

Kiki Guerin led Athol with 12 points, Molly Cleveland pitched in 11, and Tanner Favreau dropped in 11.

Pioneer 52, Turners 19 — Pioneer Valley Regional School used a 20-point first quarter to take control early, and crushed Turners Falls High School, 52-19, in a Franklin County South contest Tuesday night in Northfield.

Natalie Hale led the way for the Panthers, scoring 14 points, and added 7 steals, 5 boards, and 5 assists. Katlyn Grover added 13 points for Pioneer, Gabby Carpenter dropped in 11 to go along with 5 rebounds, and Alyssa Llewelyn contribted 6 boards for the Panthers.

Maddie Chmyzinski and Emma Miner each scored 4 for the Indians.

Mohawk 37, Greenfield 34 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School rallied from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Greenfield High School, 37-34, in a FCL South girls’ basketball contest Tuesday night in Buckland.

Laura Ward scored 9 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Warriors, while Hope Lively also netted 9 points and Makayla Hicks chipped in with 8. Lively made two free throws in the final minute to give Mohawk (6-9, 3-1 FCL South) its three-point margin.

The Green Wave’s Erika Glabach led all scorers with 10 points, including a pair of three-balls. Molley Duclos tossed in 7 points and Kylee Monkiewicz contributed 6.

Putnam 42, FC Tech 39 — In a Tri-County league contest, Putnam Vocational High school beat Franklin County Technical School, 42-39, in Springfield Tuesday night.

Brittany Andrews dropped in 16 points for the Eagles, and Brooke Meuse tacked on 14.

Tazhane Springer led all scorers with 24 points for Putnam.

Boys’ game

Palmer 55, FC Tech 53 — After controlling the game for the first three quarters, Franklin County Technical School could not hold onto the lead down the stretch and lost a heartbreaker to visiting Palmer High school, 55-53, in an independent boys’ basketball match-up Tuesday night in Turners falls.

The Eagles came out of the gate strong, outscoring the Panthers 14-3 in the first quarter, and took a 27-18 into the half.

“It was a tale of two halves,” said Tech head coach Rick Recore. “We just couldn’t get stops in the second half.”

Chris Wetherby was the high scorer for the eagles with 29 points.

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