Athol trims Mahar

Athol High School was able to stay unbeaten, but the win certainly didn’t come easy.

The Red Raiders jumped out to an 13-point halftime lead and withstood a late rally to hold off arch-rival Mahar Regional School, 60-57, in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball game Tuesday night at the Grzesik-Bixby Complex in Orange.

Caitlin Muzzy, who led the Red Raiders (15-0 overall, 13-0 FCL North) with 18 points, drained a critical hoop with 2 minutes to go when she nailed a 3-pointer on the possession after Mahar had cut the deficit to four.

“We had a defensive lapse and let Muzzy get open,” lamented Senators head coach Larry Fisher afterward.

Alexa Whitney played well down low and had 14 points, Shelby Bronnes pitched in with a dozen points and Tanner Favreau contributed 7.

Jill Valley had another stellar outing for the Senators (11-3, 11-2 North), logging a game-high 21 points to go along with five assists and five steals. Jenelle Juskiewicz totaled 14 points, Cassie Verheyen had 6 points and 10 boards, and Natashia Patria tossed in a pair of treys.

“We wanted to win the third and fourth quarters and we did that,” said Fisher, whose squad outscored Athol by five in each of those periods. “It shows we can play with the best of them. We would love to see them again in the playoffs.”

Frontier 42, Greenfield 20 — A big third quarter propelled Frontier Regional School to a 42-20 FCL win over Greenfield High School Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Jordyn Roberts led the Red Hawks (8-6, 8-5) with 11 points, while Sydney Judge tossed in 8 points and Amanda Calvo contributed 6 points and six steals.

Siena Isotti finished with 6 points and Erica Glabach had 5 for the Green Wave (2-13, 1-12), which led 9-8 after one quarter.

Boys’ games

Greenfield 39, Frontier 32 — In a game filled with defense, Greenfield High School managed to hold on and edge Frontier Regional School 39-32 in a Hampshire League boys’ basketball game on Tuesday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

The Green Wave (13-0, 13-0 HL) was playing without leading scorer Lew Borden but managed to play superior defense and hold Frontier (8-6, 8-5 HL) to 14 second-half points and remain undefeated.

“Frontier really played well tonight,” said Green Wave head coach Scott Thayer after the victory. “They played us tough and played well defensively. We were able to make a few plays down the stretch and came out with a hard-fought win.”

Frontier came out of the locker room playing well, as the Red Hawks held the Green Wave to just four first-quarter points to take an 8-4 lead. Greenfield managed to find its offense in the second quarter but went into halftime trailing Frontier 18-17.

The Green Wave held Frontier to just six third-quarter points and took a one point lead into the final frame. Greenfield then pulled away in the final quarter behind junior Robin Marchese, who scored a game-high 16 points and helped the Green Wave pull away.

Garrett Hudson and Vincent Funari each had 6 points for Greenfield. Peter Watroba led the way for the Red Hawks, netting a team-high 8 points

Mahar 76, Athol 58 — Brendin Woodard scored 19 points while teammate Joey Whitman scored 16 as Mahar Regional School rolled over Athol High School, 76-58, in a Hampshire League boys’ basketball game Tuesday night at the Grzesik-Bixby Complex in Orange.

To go along with Woodard and Whitman, Mahar used a balanced scoring attack to down rival Athol. Malik Adams and Troix Adams each netted 7 points for the Senators while Nick Slattery added eight points in the win.

The Senators used a huge first half to pull away from the Red Raiders, who jumped out to an 18-11 lead after the first quarter and continued their torrid pace in the second, taking a 42-20 lead into halftime.

Adrian Sexton played well for Athol, netting 25 points in the loss.

Turners Falls 73, Mohawk 37 — Malcolm Smith netted four 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 25 points to lead Turners Falls High School to a 73-37 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a Hampshire League boys’ basketball game Tuesday night in Buckland.

To go along with Smith, Wyatt Bourbeau scored 23 points to lead the Indians (10-5, 9-4 HL) to their 10th win of the season.

Jay Fortier scored 13 points to lead Mohawk (1-13, 0-12 HL).

Pioneer 56, Hopkins 51 — Lennon Robichaud netted a game-high 17 points to help Pioneer Valley Regional School outlast Hopkins Academy, 56-51, in HL boys’ basketball action Tuesday night at Reed Gymnasium in Hadley.

Drew Hastings bucketed 13 points and Brett Hastings contributed 10 for the Panthers (5-9, 4-9), who led 24-20 at halftime.

Andrew Omer led the Golden Hawks (1-12, 0-12) with 12 and Zach Kelley had 10.

Dean Tech 59, FC Tech 52 — Franklin County Technical School bolted out to a 13-point lead after one quarter but could not sustain the momentum as Dean Technical High School rallied for a 59-52 win in Tri-County League boys’ basketball action Tuesday night in Holyoke.

Edgar Acevedo drained 24 points to lead the Hawks (8-2, 6-0 TCL), who closed the halftime gap to three (30-27) and took control with a 19-12 advantage in the third quarter.

Jake Earl poured in a game-high 27 points for the Eagles (4-9, 3-5). Chris Wetherby totaled 10 points, 15 rebounds and two blocked shots, Nate Boyer threw in 8 points, Brett Martin collected nine boards and two blocks, and Gerald Richardson dished out six assists.

Four Rivers 31, Eagle Hill 19 — Four Rivers Charter School rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to beat Eagle Hill School, 31-19, in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ basketball game Tuesday in Hardwick.

Ben Garbus led the Otters with 14 points, while Kyle Bergmann chipped in with 9. Alex Thacker contributed 6 points and six blocked shots.

Four Rivers travels to North Adams on Thursday to face Buxton School.

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