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Mahar rides big 3rd quarter to rip Palmer

Mahar Regional School played its best quarter of the season in the third quarter of Sunday’s third-place game at the Belchertown Holiday Tournament, outscoring Palmer High School 21-4 to lead the Senators to a 55-32 victory in Belchertown.

The Senators fell to Taconic High School, 50-47, in Saturday’s semifinals.

Mahar (3-2) got off to a slow start, scoring just four points in the first quarter to fall behind, 8-4. The Senators got going in the second quarter, outscoring Palmer 17-12 to take a 21-20 lead into halftime. Things opened up in the third quarter when Mahar unleashed a full-court press on defense to force the Panthers into numerous turnovers and set up some easy baskets for Mahar.

“That may have been our best quarter ever,” Senators coach Larry Fisher said. “We got at least seven turnovers and turned those into some easy buckets.”

Natasha Patria hit four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 16 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Ally Parker finished with 11 points, Cassie Verheyen tallied a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards, and Kaydie Jillson collected a career-high 9 points.

• On Saturday, Nyanna Slaughter scored 14 points to lead Taconic High School to its win over Mahar.

Cortnee Clemons added 11 points for Taconic, which led 26-20 at halftime and held on for the narrow victory.

Patria led the Senators with 12 points, and Verheyen added 11.

Mahar travels to rival Athol High School tonight at 6.

Hockey

Chicopee 8, Turners Falls 4 — Chicopee High School scored four times in both the second and third period to knock off Turners Falls High School, 8-4, in a Fay-Wright Division hockey game Saturday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

Devan Longtin scored three goals and added one assist to lead the Pacers. Dan Garvey finished with two goals and one assist, and Brian Turnbull collected one goal and one assist. Ryan Kazeroid and Christian Salamon each chipped in two helpers, and Jaeny Santos stopped 15 shots to earn the win in net.

Tim Atkins scored twice for the Indians (0-3-0), while Cody Booska and Jordan Cutting each collected two assists. Zack Demars finished with one goal and one assist, Ryan Lenois scored once, and Devin Rivera collected his first career varsity point with a helper. Brandon Bryant made 36 saves in the Turners goal.

Wrestling

Eagles place third

Kyle Laffey pinned Rich Lonardo from Johnston (R.I.) High School in 2 minutes, 32 seconds in the championship match at 160 pounds to lead Franklin County Technical School to a third-place finish at the Eagles’ Holiday Bash wrestling tournament Saturday in Turners Falls.

Laffey was named the Outstanding Wrestler for the upper weight classes and won every match via pin.

Johnston was the top team in the tournament, while Monument Mountain Regional High School came in second. Brooks School came in fourth, and Athol High School took fifth.

David Weed also took first place for the Eagles at 170 pounds with a 9-8 victory over Brian Cormier of Ludlow High School in the title bout. Jonathan Rawls came in fourth at 220 pounds after getting pinned by Framingham High School’s Michael Ramos in the consolation finals, and Kane Rich took fourth at 285 pounds after South Hadley High School’s Mike Duran pinned him in 2:17 of the consolation finals.

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