Mohawk tourney hopes dim
Mohawk's Sam Cairns (4) takes the ball strong down the lane to the hoop and past Smith defender Hannah Rickert (14) during first-quarter action of the visiting Warriors' 50-25 Franklin County League girls' basketball loss at Webb Gym in Hatfield.
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Mohawk'sAbbe Boswell (22) fires up a baseline shot over Smith defender Jennifer Adamites (13) during first-quarter action of the visiting Warriors' 50-25 loss to the host Falcons in Franklin County League girls' basketball action at Webb Gym in Hatfield.
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Mohawk Trail regional High school’s postseason hopes took a major hit Tuesday night in a Franklin County League South tilt, as Smith Academy used a monster second half to double up the Warriors, 50-25, in Hatfield.
What was a two-point game at halftime quickly turned into a rout when the Falcons outscored Mohawk 17-2 in the third quarter, and by a total of 31-14 in the second half. The Warriors simply had no answer on either end of the floor after the break.
Katie Yagodzinski led the way for Smith, pouring in 12 points, including two 3-balls. Ashley Higgins and Jen Adamites each scored 11 for the Falcons.
Laura Ward led the Warriors with 9 points. Sam Cairns and Emma Reid each dropped in 5.
Frontier 51, Hopkins 36 — Frontier Regional School’s postseason lives were on the line on Tuesday night.
Needing a victory over Hopkins Academy to remain alive, the Frontier offense came to life, scoring 51 points in three quarters to knock off the Golden Hawks, 51-36, in FCL South action at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
The Red Hawks (7-11) are already guaranteed to finish below .500 on the season and thus cannot qualify by winning half of their games. But Tuesday’s win kept their hopes to finish in second place in the d ivision alive, and finishing in second place would also grant the Hawks a berth. Frontier must win their FCL South finale against Easthampton High School Tuesday, and also needs Mahar Regional School to lose one of its two remaining games. It’s possible that Frontier, Mahar and Hopkins will all finish tied for second place, which would place all three — plus South champ Athol High School — in the postseason.
Frontier has played well of late, losing back-to-back games to Athol by a combined six points while holding the Red Raiders to their two lowest offensive outputs of the season. The issue for the Hawks has been putting the ball in the hoop, but the team managed to get past that for at least one night. Amanda Calvo hit three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points, while Olivia Riordan added 12. Camilla Baronas finished with 8 rebounds and 2 points, helping Frontier to a 36-26 edge in rebounding as a team. The Red Hawks also committed just 12 turnovers against the Eagles, after turning the ball over 28 times in Monday’s 41-37 loss to Athol.
Madi Stevens finished with 5 points and 9 boards for Hopkins.
Mahar 50, Easthampton 39 — Mahar Regional School kept its postseason hopes alive with a 50-39 victory over Easthampton High School in a FCL South game Tuesday night at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.
The Senators (9-9 overall) need one more win to qualify for the postseason after it seemed like a longshot just a couple of weeks back, when the Senators needed to win five of their final seven games. Since that time, Mahar has gone 4-1 to pull itself back into the tourney picture. The road ahead is not an easy one, however, as the Senators will have to beat one of the top two teams in the South, although both games will take place in Orange. Their first chance to qualify will be Friday night when Hopkins pays them a visit, and if they are unable to get it done there, it will all come down to Senior Night against rival Athol High School Wednesday.
“We’re looking forward to that game on Friday night against Hopkins,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said. “We played pretty well against Hopkins the first time. I think we lost by six points.”
Fisher was correct, as Hopkins took a 59-53 victory exactly two weeks ago. First thing was first, however, and the Senators had to deal with an Easthampton team looking to play spoiler on Tuesday. The Mahar defense came through in a big way, holding Easthampton to just 16 first-half points; and although the offense never got going, the Senators had enough to win. Part of the reason that the offense stalled was due to Mahar leading scorer Ally Parker sitting on the bench the entire second quarter after picking up three first-quarter fouls. Reserve guards Caitriona Cronin, Kadie Jillson and Keanna Whitmore filled in admirably and kept helped Mahar outscore the Eagles, 14-7 in the second quarter.
“We didn’t get into a good offensive rhythm but it was a good showing for our other guards who stepped up and filled in for her,” Fisher said.
Natasha Patria led the offense with three 3-pointers en route to a 12 points. Hannah Marshall added 8 points, Parker dumped in 7, and Cassie Verheyen tallied 5 points and 15 rebounds.
Ali Dabek led Easthampton with 13 points. Courtney Urban dumped in 11.
Greenfield 38, Turners Falls 34 — Ceaira Wolfe scored all of her game-high 9 points in the fourth quarter and Greenfield High School picked up its second win of the season, 38-34, over Turners Falls High School in a FCL North girls’ hoop game Tuesday at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.
Greenfield outscored Turners Falls, 14-9, in the fourth to come back from a one-point deficit entering the frame. Erika Glabach finished with 8 points in the win, and Kylee Monkiewicz finished with 7. Kirsten Ward added 4 points and led the Green Wave with 14 rebounds.
Michelle Leh and Aliyah Sanders each scored 8 points to pace the Indians. Haleigh Bassett added 6.
FC Tech 29, Gateway 24 — Franklin County Technical School hit the road Tuesday night and punched its postseason ticket with a 29-24 win over Gateway Regional High School in Huntington.
The Eagles (10-7) scored the first two points of the game and never trailed. Gateway closed the gap in the third quarter, but Brittany Andrews (13 points) hit a 3 to push Franklin Tech ahead and Nicole Miller hit a pair of clutch free throws in the final minute to seal the win and the posteason berth.
“We’re very excited,” first-year coach Matt Llewelyn said. “I told the girls that all the hard work they’ve put in practice has paid off by getting to 10 wins.”
Brooke Meuse added 10 for the Eagles.
Chelsi Derig led the Gators with 7 points. Alyssa Moreau put in 6.
Hopkins 80, Pioneer 61 — Hopkins Academy wrapped up a postseason berth Tuesday night and kept Pioneer out of the postseason for now with an 80-61 Hampshire League boys’ basketball victory in Hadley.
First-year coach Angelo Thomas and the Golden Hawks (10-7, 7-7) scored consistently throughout the game, netting no less than 17 points in any quarter, and held Pioneer to just 9 points in the second quarter, helping the hosts to a 35-24 lead at the break.
Zach Kelley hit three 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 25 points. Teammate Brett Morrison did him just better from behind the arc with five 3’s en route to 22 points.
Pioneer needs one more win in its final two games to qualify for the WMass Division III Tourney . Pioneer has Athol on Thursday. Lennon Robichaud paced the Panthers (9-9, 6-8) with 24 points, while Brad Hastings dumped in 10, Lee Doiron added 9, and Kyle Artus added 8.
Mohawk 61 Westfield V-T 30 — Mohawk had no trouble Tuesday night, handily defeating Westfield Vocational-Technical High School, 61-30, in an independent match up in Westfield.
Javier Morales was the game’s leading scorer, dropping in 15 points for the Warriors. Mark Buck was right behind, scoring 14, including a trey. Jay Fortier contributed 12.
Alex Stepanchuk was the high scorer for Voke-Tech with 7. Constantine Cravet added 6.