Panthers beat Senators, 61-51
FCTS Mortin is mauled as he grabs a rebound Recorder/Paul Franz
FCTS 3 Boyer drives. Recorder/Paul Franz
Chris Welherby takes a shot. Recorder/Paul Franz
FCTS 24 Como vies for loose ball Recorder/Paul Franz
Lennon Robichaud led Pioneer Valley Regional School with 17 points as the Panthers beat Mahar Regional School, 61-51, in a Hampshire League boys’ basketball game Friday night at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.
Brad Hastings added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, Eric Pratt had 12 points and and Lee Doiron contributed 11 points for the Panthers.
“Robichaud controlled the paint for them (tonight), we just never found an answer for him,” said Mahar head coach Chad Softic.
For the Senators, Brendin Woodard dropped in 14 points, 12 of those on 3-pointers. Big man Josh Paul scored 13, and Nick Slattery tacked on 10.
FC Tech 54, Smith Voke 45 — Franklin County Technical School scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to rally for a 54-45 Tri-County League boys’ basketball win over Smith Vocational & Agricultural School Friday night in Turners Falls.
Colin Gould was the leading scorer for Tech, scoring 17 points including one 3-pointer and eight free throws. Nate Boyer added 13 points, Chris Wetherby had 12 points and 15 rebounds, and Brett Martin added 6 points, 15 boards, and 8 blocks for the Eagles.
Wahconah 50, Turners 49 — Turners Falls High School missed a last-second 3-point attempt and fell 50-49 to Wahconah Regional High School in independent boys’ basketball play in Dalton Friday night.
Liam Ellis drained a game-high 19 points for the Indians, including three 3-pointers. Melvin Moreno added 11 points and Jalen Sanders had 9.
Cole Morrison led the Warriors with 14 points, and Marcus Duncan and Colin Parrott each added 11.
Athol 72, Mohawk 64 —Athol High School outscored Mohawk, 22-8, in the fourth quarter to post a come-from-behind, 72-64, HL boys’ basketball win Friday night in Athol.
The Red Raiders (1-3) trailed 56-50 entering the fourth but the defense stepped up and the offense drained a couple of big shots to swing momentum. Zach Dodge scored 10 of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter to pace the comeback. Alex Page scored 10 points for the Raiders, and Tanner Pavilionis added 9.
Jay Fortier had a career night in the losing effort with 29 points for the Warriors (2-4), while Levin Dupree netted 11 points, and Javier Morales tossed in 9.
Athol 66, Pioneer 25 — Athol began the game on a 21-0 run and never looked back en route to a 66-25 win over Pioneer in an independent girls’ basketball game Friday in Northfield.
Kiki Guerin paced the Red Raiders (6-0) with 17 points, Tanner Favreau added 14, and Julia Carey and Molly Cleveland each dumped in 8.
Natalie Hale finished with 14 points and six steals for Pioneer (0-4), and Gabby Carpenter chipped in 7.
Mahar 60, Greenfield 21 — Mahar stepped up the defense in the second half of Friday night’s independent girls’ basketball game against Greenfield High School to win going away with a 60-21 victory in Greenfield.
The game was closer than some may have thought it would have been at the break with Mahar leading 33-17 but the Senators limited Greenfield to four points in the second half (two points in each quarter).
Ally Parker led Mahar with 16 points, while Cassie Verheyen scored 13, and Natashia Patria netted 7.
Molley Duclos and Erika Glabach each scored 4 points for the Green Wave.
Easthampton 47 Turners 12 — Kristen Windoloski scored 17 points for Easthampton High School, including five 3-pointers, as the Eagles trounced the Indians 47-12 in an independent girls basketball game in Turners Falls Friday night.
Haleigh Bassett led the Indians with 6 points.
FC Tech 44, Dean Tech 11 — Brooke Meuse scored 19 points on Friday night to lead Franklin Tech to a 44-11 win over Dean Technical High School in an independent girls’ basketball game in Holyoke.
Franklin Tech led 29-6 at halftime.
Brittany Andrews added 9 points for the Eagles (3-1), Nicole Miller dumped in 8, and Megan Blais tossed in 6.