Frontier closes in on tourney, 45-23
Frontier 11 Amanda Calvo keeps the ball away from Mohawk 11 Elisabeth Porter during a girls basketball game at Frontier Monday evening
Frontier2 Sydney Judge shoots the ball over Mohawk 20 Jenny Dawson during a girls game at Frontier Monday Evening
Frontier 11 Amanda Calvo catches a loose ball before Mohawk 11 Elisabeth Porter during a girls game at Frontier Monday evening
Frontier Regional School moved to within one win of qualifying for the postseason for the fourth consecutive season after knocking off Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 45-23, in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball game Monday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
The Red Hawks (9-7 overall, 9-6 FCL) played strong defensively in the win, holding Mohawk to just eight second-half points as they pulled away. The defense has been a staple of the team all season and now, with four games to play, the Hawks find themselves in a position to make the WMass Division III tournament for the fourth straight winter.
“We need one more,” first-year coach Frank Keimig said. “I’m concerned that we don’t put up more points, but our defense has been solid.”
The Red Hawks forced 31 turnovers en route to the victory, which sends the team into Thursday night’s home game against unbeaten Athol High School with some momentum.
“That would be huge for us,” Keimig said of upsetting Athol. “That would put us right in the conversation.”
Amanda Calvo led the charge in the win with 16 points, six rebounds and five steals. Camilla Baronas added 12 points, and Olivia Riordan finished with 5 points and 12 rebounds. Keimig also said that the bench players played well in the win, including senior Brice Gagnon, who finished with four points and was strong defensively.
Makayla Hicks and Hannah Finck both scored 6 points for Mohawk, while Elizabeth Porter added 5 points.
Mahar 58, Turners Falls 37 — For the second straight game, Jill Valley set a career high.
Valley followed up a 31-point effort in Thursday’s win over Hopkins Academy with a 32-point effort on Monday to help Mahar Regional School to a 58-37 FCL girls’ basketball victory Turners Falls High School in Turners Falls.
The senior has scored 309 points in 16 games this season for the Senators (13-3, 13-2) and is now averaging 19.3 points. After scoring 20 points in the first half to help the Senators to a 29-23 lead at the break, she added 12 more in the second half to put the game away.
“She can go inside or outside, it doesn’t matter,” Turners Falls coach Ted Wilcox said. “We played a 1-3-1 to stop her on the outside, and she goes inside. We then go to a 2-3 defense and she goes outside. She’s a very smart player. Some college coach is going to be very happy next year.”
Jenelle Juskiewicz finished with 8 points in the win, and Natasha Patria added 7 points.
The Indians (7-9, 5-9) hung around in the first half but turnovers hurt the team in the second half.
“We did it to ourselves,” Wilcox said of being outscored 29-14 in the second half after trailing by just six points at the break. “They pressed us and we broke the press. But it’s our own passing that got us into trouble. That and not getting back on defense.”
Wilcox said that while the team came up short, the fact that they were close for the first 16 minutes of play is something to build on.
“Each individual player knows what they need to work on,” he said. “This is a smart team, too. They know that if they work on those things, and passing is one of those, that they are going to be very successful.”
Jenna Putala led the Indians with 14 points. Tanisha Sanders netted 8 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, and Brittany York chipped in 6 points.
Easthampton 43, Pioneer 23 — Elizabeth Whitney finished with 17 points on Monday night and Easthampton High School upended Pioneer Valley Reigonal School, 43-23, in a FCL girls’ hoop game at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.
The difference in the game was the second quarter, when Easthampton outscored the Panthers, 18-0. The other three quarters of the game saw the Eagles (14-3, 12-3) hold a 25-23 edge in scoring. Pioneer coach Meg Lilly said her team simply stopped doing what made it successful in the lopsided frame.
“We got stagnant offensively,” she explained. “We didn’t move the ball, we didn’t penetrate, we didn’t take shots. You can’t score points when you don’t shoot.”
Lilly said that despite losing, she was pleased with the effort her team put forth in the other three quarters, and that the result was an improvement from the two teams’ first meeting exactly one month to the day when the Eagles took a 64-19 victory.
Kristin Windoloski hit four 3-pointers for Easthampton, while Ali Dabek added 6 points.
Natalie Hale led Pioneer (6-9, 4-9) with 17 points, six rebounds and five steals, and Kiley Hubbard added six rebounds.
Athol 62, Smith Academy 13 — Nicole Guerin scored 12 points and grabbed 19 rebounds on Monday night and Athol High School cruised to a 62-13 FCL girls’ hoop victory over Smith Academy in Hatfield.
Alexa Whitney registered 11 points and six rebounds in the win. Julia Salmond each finished with 11 points. Caitlin Muzzy added 7 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals, Molly Cleveland netted 6 points, and Tanner Favreau finished with 6 points, four assists and three steals.
Ashley Higgins led Smith Academy with 8 points, and Kate Yagodzinski added 5 points.
Hopkins 51, Greenfield 13 — Hopkins Academy jumped out to a 16-4 lead afrer one quarter and cruised to a 51-13 FCL win over Greenfield High School in girls’ basketball play Monday night at Reed Gymnasium in Hadley.
Kate Sullivan and Olivia Mathieu each netted 16 points and McKenzie Sullivan added 8 for the Golden Hawks (9-7, 9-5 South).
Kelsey Roberts and Valenka Kosick each had 4 points for the Green Wave.
Mohawk 63, Hopkins 59 — Mark Buck poured in a season-high 23 points and Mohawk held off a late rally to beat Hopkins, 63-59, in a Hampshire League boys’ basketball game Monday night in Buckland.
Connor Maloney aided the win with 12 points, and Josh Willis and Alex Buntin each chipped in 8 for the Warriors (2-14, 1-13 HL East), who led 27-25 at halftime.
Brett Morrison and Greg Pipczynski both tossed in a dozen points and Zach Kelley contributed 11 for the Golden Hawks (1-14, 0-14 West).
Mohawk hosts Frontier tonight at 7:30. A food drive will be held before the game — all children who bring two cans of non-perishable food will be admitted free. All food will be donated to the Ashfield Food Pantry.
Easthampton 1, Turners 1 — Turners Falls inched closer to qualifying for the Western Massachusetts Tournament as it earned a 1-1 tie with Easthampton High School in an independent hockey game Monday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
The Eagles’ Cody Cleveland opened the scoring 1:15 into the second period, assisted by Tim Pfau and Rob Carmel.
Cody Booska’s power-play goal — his 14th of the campaign — evened the score for the Indians with 11 seconds remaining in the middle frame. Tim Atkins registered the assist.
Brandon Bryant stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced for Turner. Easthampton’s Matt Sarafin turned aside 34 shots.
“I thought we outplayed them but it was a good game overall,” said Indfian head coach Kevin Brennan. “Both goalies were right on top of their games.”
Turners (8-6-1 overall) faces South Hadley High School Wednesday night at 8 at Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke.