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Mahar guard Natasha Patria drives past Granby defender Meghan Sullivan Tuesday night at the Grzesik/Bixby Complex in Orange, where the host Senators fell to the visiting Rams, 54-45, in their independent girls' basketball game.
Recorder/Mike Phillips

Mahar guard Natasha Patria drives past Granby defender Meghan Sullivan Tuesday night at the Grzesik/Bixby Complex in Orange, where the host Senators fell to the visiting Rams, 54-45, in their independent girls' basketball game. Recorder/Mike Phillips

Mahar Regional School used a big third-quarter spurt to grab the lead before Granby High School responded with a monster fourth quarter to earn a 54-45 independent girls’ basketball victory Tuesday night at the Grzesik-Bixby Complex in Orange.

Meghan Sullivan recorded a game-high 18 points and Rebecca Sapoukey tossed in 14 for the Rams, who trailed by eight but outscored the Senators 21-4 in the final eight minutes for the win.

Natashia Patria recorded a double-double for Mahar with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Ally Parker and Kaydie Jillson both added 8 points, Kianna Whitmore had 7 points, and Hannah Marshall collected 11 rebounds.

“They made a run at us and tied it (43-43) with 3:30 to go,” offered Senators head coach Larry Fisher. “Then we had three straight turnovers, we were forced to foul and they hit 6 of 7 from the line.”

In spite of the bad ending, Fisher’s outlook was overwhelmingly positive.

“(Granby) is a very good team and this was by far the best game we’ve played,” said Fisher. “We were in it until the last three minutes. I really feel we are getting close to being a decent team, and I think the kids feel it, too.”

Mahar (5-7) returns to action Friday at Frontier Regional School in a Franklin County League North Division contest at 7:30 p.m.

Athol 64, Palmer 29 — Athol High School bolted out to a 14-point lead after one quarter and never looked back in a 64-29 independent girls’ hoops drubbing of Palmer High School Tuesday night at Mallet Gymnaisum in Athol.

Tanner Favreau led three double-digit scorers with 15 points. Kiki Guerin hit for 13 and Emily Casella finished with 10 for the Red Raiders. Molly Cleveland pitched in with 9.

Emily Czaja netted 9 points and Maddie Mastriani had 8 for the Panthers.

Raiders starting center Julia Salmond sat out the game due to an injury.

Athol (8-1) plays at Hopkins Friday night at 7:30.

Pioneer 59, Cathedral 50 — Natalie Hale drained a game-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Pioneer Valley Regional School beat Cathedral High School, 59-50, in an independent girls’ basketball game Tuesday night at Boland Elementary School in Springfield.

Gabby Carpenter registered a career-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds and five blocked shots, Alyssa Llewelyn collected 8 points and seven rebounds, Katlyn Grover chipped in 7 points seven steals, and Hailey Raymond totaled eight assists, six rebounds and five steals for the visitors, who outscored Cathedral 16-4 in the third quarter to erase a two-point halftime deficit.

Marielle Caron led the host with 16 points. Nicole Denver added 11 and Emily Jackson contributed 10.

Cathedral had closed the fourth-quarter deficit to five before Pioneer hit four free throws in the last two minutes to ice it.

Pioneer (3-7 overall) hosts McCann Technical School Thursday night at 7:30.

FC Tech 22, Smith Voke 10 — Franklin County Technical School shut out Smith Vocational & Agricultural School in the second and third quarters en route to a 22-10 Tri-County League girls’ basketball win Tuesday night in Northampton.

Brooke Meuse led the Eagles with 9 points. Brittany Andrews added 7.

Franklin Tech (7-2 overall) travels to Pathfinder Vocational High School Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Ware 53, Turners 24 — Sadie Simons’ 11 points led a balanced offense to help Ware High School over Turners Falls High School, 53-24, in an independent girls’ basketball game Tuesday night in Ware.

Taylor Green and Melissa Hodgkins both added 10 points, and Becca Hurlburt chipped in 8 for the hosts, who led 27-10 at halftime.

Kylie Fleming led Turners with 10 points. Abby Loynd contributed 5.

Boys’ games

FC Tech 76, Westfield V-T 40 — Franklin County Tech reeled off a 30-9 third-quarter run and ran away from Westfield Vocational-Technical High School, 76-40, in a Tri-County League boys’ basketball game Tuesday night in Turners Falls.

Chris Wetherby powered the victory by scoring a game-high 29 points and pulling down 15 rebounds, Brian Como dropped in 19 points and Nate Boyer chipped in 15 points for the Eagles, who led only 28-23 before the third-quarter eruption.

Franklin Tech head coach Rick Recore said he had plenty to say to the team at halftime. Although he didn’t reveal specifics, he said, “I think half of Franklin County heard what I said. They got the message. ... We’re a much better team than we’ve played the past three weeks. We were just beating ourselves.”

Recore was especially pleased with the second-half performances of Brett Martin and Thomas Duffy.

Martin nearly pulled off a statistical anomaly, nearly recording a triple-double without scoring a point. He grabbed 17 rebounds, blocked 11 shots and dished out 8 assists. Duffy added 13 rebounds.

“(Martin) played so hard tonight, just unbelievable,” said Recore. “Him and Duffy were the catalysts of the defense in the second half.

Franklin Tech (5-4, 4-2 TCL) hosts Gateway Regional High School on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Putney 50, Four Rivers 41 — Four Rivers Charter School dropped a 50-41 decision to Putney (Vt.) School in boys’ basketball action Tuesday at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield.

Jackson Reeves-Henning poured in a team-high 19 points, Ben Michel added 11 and Kyle Bergmann chipped in 9 for the Otters, who trailed 27-24 at halftime.

Four Rivers (2-3) hosts Eagle Hill School on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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