New Leadership outlasts Eagles

Tamar Gervais scored 19 points to lead the New Leadership Charter School to a 37-31 win over Franklin County Technical School in a Tri-County League girls’ basketball game Friday night in Turners Falls.

Gervais was one of only four scorers for New Leadership, but her 11 second-half points helped the Wildcats earn the win in their TCL opener.

The Eagles (1-4, 1-1 TCL) cut the lead to five points late in the fourth quarter, but struggled badly from the free throw line (just 7-for-31).

“We have struggled to shoot free throws all season and we have lost a couple games because of it,” said Eagles head coach Ed Marvell.

Brittany Andrews led the late charge for the Eagles, as she scored a team-high 10 points and played solid defense on Gervais throughout the game. The Eagles found themselves down 22-14 to start the fourth quarter before Andrews connected on a pair 3-pointers to pull the Eagles within reach.

“Brittany played a great game tonight,” said Marvell. “She played great defense and the team really started to turn it around when she started to score late in the second half.”

Jasmine Farr-Marcum netted 8 points for Franklin Tech, while Alyssa Andrews and Jaime Judge each finished with 4 points.

Turners 49, Mohawk 31 — Jenna Putala registered a double-double with 21 points and 10 assists as Turners Falls High School defeated Mohawk Trail Regional School, 49-31, in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball game Friday night in Buckland.

Tanisha Sanders controlled the inside, scoring 5 points and ripping down 14 rebounds, while Brittany York added 8 points for the Indians, who used a 14-5 fourth-quarter advantage to pull away.

Elizabeth Porter led Mohawk with four 3-pointers for 12 points, while Hannah Finck finished with 8 points.

Frontier 47, Greenfield 16 — Amanda Calvo netted a game-high 12 points to lead a balanced scoring attack as Frontier Regional School rolled past Greenfield High School 47-16, in FCL girls’ basketball play Friday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Jordan Rowe added 9 points for the Red Hawks, who used an 18-point first quarter to pull away from the Green Wave early. Mindy Esposito and Camilla Baronas each contributed 5 points for the winners.

Aliona Olaru and Kelsey Roberts had 7 points apiece each for Greenfield.

Hopkins 56, Pioneer 33 — Olivia Mathieu scored 11 points and Kate Sullivan added in with 10 as Hopkins Academy downed Pioneer Valley Regional School, 56-33, in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball game Friday night at Reed Gymnasium in Hadley.

Hopkins opened up a 16-6 lead after the first quarter and continued its strong play, taking a 29-14 advantage into the locker room at the half.

Kyra Michalak added 9 points for the Golden Hawks.

Natale Hale flirted with a potential triple-double, buit wound up with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven steals to lead the Panthers. Hailey Raymond collected five rebounds and three assists.


Monson sweeps Turners

Monson High School’s depth was too much for Turners Falls, as the Mustangs earned a 108-45 vicfrory in high school swimming action on Friday in Monson.

Mackenzie Phillips led the Indians by winning the 50-yard freestyle in a career-best 28.83 seconds, and taking second in the 100 free in 1:07.58.

Mackenzie Salls earned top honors in the 100 backstroke (1:16.77), while Nicole John claimed a blue ribbon in the 100 butterfly (1:18.51).

Turners’ 200 free relay team tied for first in 2:06.14. Salls, Phillips, John and Mattie Heath each swam a leg of the relay.

The boys came up shot against Monson, 133-29.

Alex Tirrell registered the Indians’ only event victory, as he captured the 100 back (1:19.60).

Riley Palmer recorded a runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:31.99), while Jay Fritz came in third in the 50 free (27.66) and fourth in the 100 free (1:02.90), both in season-best times.

Turners returns to the pool on Jan. 4 when it hosts Ludlow High School at 4 p.m.

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