Frontier in, Turners out
Frontier Regional School not only punched its ticket to the Western Massachusetts Tournament Thursday night, it ended Turners Falls High School’s postseason hopes in the same fell swoop.
The Red Hawks led by eight points after one quarter, extended it to 21 by halftime and never looked back in a 48-14 victory over the Indians in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball game in Turners Falls.
Frontier (10-8 overall, 9-8 FCL South) rode the 20-point performance of team scoring leader Amanda Calvo to the easy win. Jordan Rowe finished with 11 points and Sydney Judge threw in 9 for Frontier. Rowe and Judge both took advantage of the Indians’ lack of aggressive perimeter defense, draining a combined six 3-pointers.
Turners (8-11, 6-11 North) struggled against an air-tight Frontier defense, managing just three field goals in the game and scoring only 7 points after the first quarter.
Jenna Putala led the Indians with 5 points.
“I think there were some lingering effects from the Smith game,” admitted Turners head coach Ted Wilcox, referring to the tribe’s upset loss to Smith Academy in overtime last week. “It was hard. This was a live-and-learn (game). We couldn’t hit anything.”
Frontier travels to Dalton Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to face Wahconah Regional High School before finishing the regular season Monday at 6 at home against Smith Academy. Turners closes out its season Monday night at Pioneer Valley Regional School at 7:30.
Athol 74, Pioneer 34 — Athol High School had little trouble clinching the outright FCL North championship on Senior Night, bolting out to a 17-point lead at the end of the first quarter and rolling to a 74-34 win over Pioneer Thursday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.
Alexa Whitney, one of three senior starters for the Red Raiders, led all scorers with 22 points, including a rare 3-ball. Classmates Caitlin Muzzy and Shelby Bronnes also reached double digits on the evening — Muzzy draining four trifectas for 12 points and Bronnes totaling 10 points as Athol built a 46-10 lead by halftime.
Natalie Hale put up another solid performance for the Panthers with 21 points.
Athol (19-0, 17-0 North) can wrap up an undefeated regular season Monday night at Hopkins Academy. Pioneer (8-11, 6-11 North), which was eliminated from tournament contention with the loss, closes out its campaign Monday vs. Turners.
FC Tech 37, St. Mary 19 — Franklin County Technical School kept its tournament hopes alive on Thursday as it shut out St. Mary High School in the first quarter and went on to post a 37-19 win in Tri-County League girls’ basketball action Thursday evening in Westfield.
“The girls ran the offense well and the defense was there,” said Eagles head coach Ed Marvell. “They came together as a team (today), and it was a nice win for them ... a good confidence-builder.”
Brooke Meuse, who led the Franklin Tech offense with 13 points, dominated on the glass in the first half with five offensive rebounds, which led to 6 of her points. Megan Aldrich — who made her first three shots in the third quarter — added 10 points as the Eagles led 9-0 after one quarter and 18-3 at halftime.
Lindsay Hunter netted 7 points and Jeannette Peretti added 6 for the Saints.
Franklin Tech (8-10, 8-6 TCL) continues its quest to qualify for the WMass Tourney tonight at 6 when it hosts Westfield Vocational-Technical High School.
Mahar 57, Smith Academy 32 — Mahar Regional School raced out to a 20-6 lead after a quarter and was never seriously threatened as it rolled to a 57-32 win over Smith Academy Thursday night at Webb Gymnasium in Hatfield.
Jill Valley led a balanced effort for the Senators with 11 points. Natashia Patria dropped in 9 and
Krystal Fredette added 8 as Mahar led 41-12 at halftime and the starters got plenty of rest after that.
Cassie Verheyen collected 7 points and four blocked shots, Jenelle Juskiewicz chipped in 6 points and Hananh Marshall contributed 4 points and six rebounds.
Katie Yagodzinski led all scorers with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Ashley Higgins added 7 points.
Mahar (15-3, 15-2 North) hosts Easthampton High School Monday night and visits Belchertown High School on Wednesday night in its final two tune-ups before the Western Mass. Division II Tournament.
Hopkins 52, Mohawk 34 — Four players scored at least 9 points as Hopkins Academy posted a 52-34 FCL win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Thursday night in Buckland.
Olivia Mathieu led the Division III tournament-bound Hawks (11-8, 11-6 South) with 15 points. Katie Sullivan added 13 points. Madi Stevens and McKenzie Sullivan both pitched in with 9.
Danielle Hartnett closed out her Warrior career with a team-high 11 points, Blaze Petko-Sands added 9 points and Elizabeth Porter contributed 6.
Hopkins led 28-17 at the break.
Mohawk ended its season 5-15 overall (3-15 North).
Easthampton 60, Greenfield 20 — Elizabeth Whitney finished with a game-high 24 points as Easthampton rolled to a 60-20 FCL victory over Greenfield High School Thursday night in Easthampton.
Kristen Windoloski added 12 points for the FCL South Division champion Eagles (16-3, 14-3), who led 43-8 at halftime.
Tory Adams tossed in 10 for the Green Wave, which closed out its season 2-18 overall and 1-17 in the South.