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Big night for Senators on hardwood

Jill Valley finished with 16 points and eight steals to lead Mahar Regional School to a 62-19 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in the 2012-13 Franklin County League girls’ basketball season-opener Monday night at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.

Natasha Patria finished with 12 points in the win, and Ally Parker added 6 points and six steals. Eighth-grader Cassie Verheyen netted 5 points to go along with eight blocks and seven rebounds, while Jenelle Juskiewicz, Kianna Whitmore and Krystal Fredette finished with 6 points apiece.

Danielle Hartnett led Mohawk with 11 points.

Boys’ hoop

Mahar 53, Frontier 46 — Mahar recovered from a four-point deficit with five minutes to go in the game to earn its first win of the season with a 53-46 boys’ basketball victory over Frontier Regional School on the season-opening night of the Hampshire League Monday in South Deerfield.

Mahar used an 18-7 edge in scoring in the first quarter to take an early lead but Frontier cut the deficit to six points at halftime and then grabbed a lead when Sam Tillona hit a basket at the buzzer as the third quarter ended to take a 38-36 lead. That lead grew to 43-39 with five minutes to play in the game, but the Senators (1-1) went on a 14-3 run to end the game.

Joey Whitman finished with a game-high 16 points for the Senators and also grabbed a game-high 11 boards as Mahar held a 32-22 edge in rebounding. Brendin Woodard finished with 12 points in the win, Nick Slattery and Troix Adams each netted 7 points, and Joey Verheyen scored 6 points to go with eight rebounds.

Paul Decker paced Frontier with 15 points, while Peter Watroba netted 12 points. Quinn Hickey finished with 8 points, Tillona netted 6, and Ryan Hoar scored 2 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Frontier finished 1-for-8 from the free throw line on the night.

Greenfield 63, Athol 37 — This isn’t your father’s Greenfield High School team.

The Green Wave didn’t score a single 3-pointer on Monday night and got scoring from all over the place as it cruised to a 63-37 victory over Athol High School in its HL season opener at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Greenfield has been known as a team that shoots a lot of 3-pointers over the past few seasons, but it went in a different direction in the season-opener, getting points from its big men en route to the easy victory. The Green Wave was playing without starting point guard Robin Marchese, who is out with an illness, but it didn’t seem to matter as the team used 25 turnovers to knock off a Red Raider team that gave it trouble last season.

“I think the pressure really got to them,” Greenfield coach Scott Thayer said. “We got out in transition and our ball movement on offense was great. I was pleasantly surprised.”

Lew Borden finished with 18 points to lead all scorers in the win, and Tyler Miller picked up a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Garrett Hudson finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and six steals, and Connor Eckstrom finished with 9 points and 10 boards.

Brad Bousquet paced Athol with 7 points.

Turners 71, Hopkins 36 — Turners Falls High School used a strong defensive performance to earn a 71-36 victory over Hopkins Academy Monday night in Hadley.

Wyatt Bourbeau led all scorers with 20 points in the victory, while backcourt mate Melvin Moreno netted 19. Liam Ellis finished fir 12 points, and Nick York and Summer Forest-Bulley each added 5.

Greg Pipczynski led Hopkins with 17 points.

Smith Academy 86, Pioneer 42 — Mat Sulda drained three 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 19 points and Smith Academy cruised to an 86-42 victory over Pioneer Valley Reigonal School in HL play Monday night in Northfield.

The Falcons finished with 10 3-pointers on the night as Derek McMahon matched Sulda with three bombs. McMahon finished with 17 points to go along with eight assists and seven steals. David Longstreeth finished with 11 points, and Seaver Rickert added 6 points and 14 rebounds.

Lee Doiron led Pioneer with 15 points, and Lennon Robichaud tossed in 10.

Easthampton 54, Mohawk 46 — Easthampton High School jumped out to a big first-quarter lead and held off a comeback attempt from Mohawk to earn a 54-46 victory in a HL boys’ hoop game Monday night in Buckland.

The Eagles led 18-4 after the first quarter but it was the only frame in which they outscored the Warriors. Mohawk lost three players to fouling out of the game, and was unable to finish the second-half rally.

Easthampton was led by a pair of freshmen as Dakota Wheeler scored 17 points and Shaheim Torres netted 10. Senior center Chris Starcun drained seven free throws en route to 13 points, and Sam Garcia added 9.

Mark Buck had a big night for Mohawk with 17 points. Ryan Spitzer finished with 7 points for the Warriors, while Dustin Brown and Josh Willis each netted 6.

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