Raiders grind out 47-42 win
fct-bh-34ChrisWeatherby23CurtisDowersMP-gr-011814 #34 scored two points
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Athol's No.4 Molly Cleveland, drives the ball to the hoop past Hopkins No.10 Mackenzie Sullivan in the 2nd Qtr.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
Athol's No.10 Kiki Guerin, takes it up strong to the hoop past Hopkins No.3 Madi Stevens in the 1st Qtr.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
Athol's No.12 Emily Casella, fires up a baseline shot over Hopkins No.1 Nicole Morrison in the 2nd Qtr.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
Athol High School took early control of the Franklin County League North Division standings on Friday night with a 47-42 victory over Hopkins Academy at Reed Gymnasium in Hadley.
The Red Raiders (9-1 overall) moved to 2-0 in the North, with an early-season victory over rival Mahar Regional School serving as the other W.
Friday’s game took on a defensive tone through the first three quarters. Athol led 11-8 after one quarter and upped the lead to 22-14 at the break. The Red Raiders then outscored Hopkins, 8-7, in the third for a 30-21 lead after three.
The main reason for the Athol lead was due to the defensive work of Red Raider players Tanner Favreau and Kiki Guerin on the Sullivan twins from Hopkins — Mackenzie and Kate.
Kate, who finished with 19 points in the game, scored just 6 points in the first half, while Mackenzie did not score a point until the fourth quarter as she finished with just 6.
“We did a good job of limiting the Sullivan twins in the first half,” Athol coach Dan Bevis said. “Kiki and Tanner did a good job of shadowing them and making them work to get their points.”
The teams combined to score 38 points in the fourth quarter as desperation set in for the host Golden Hawks (5-4, 0-1 North), but Athol held on for the win to move within one victory of qualifying for the postseason.
“It’s a tough place to play down there,” Bevis said. “It’s a good environment. Their student section was loud and made it tough for us.”
Athol spread out the offense in the win and did not have anybody score in double digits. Julia Salmond led the way with 9 points, while Favreau and Molly Cleveland each added 8. Emily Casella dumped in 7, and Lindsey Hamlett tossed in 5.
Madi Stevens added 11 points for Hopkins.
Athol gets another tough test on Tuesday when it hosts Frontier Regional School.
Frontier 40, Mahar 33 — Frontier turned up the defense in the fourth quarter to snap a 27-27 tie and knock off Mahar, 40-33, in a FCL North girls’ hoop game Friday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
The game was a defensive battle throughout, but with the game on the line, the Red Hawks managed to limit the Senators to just 6 points. That carried over to the offensive end for the Red Hawks, who scored 13 points in the final period, marking the highest quarter of the game by the hosts.
Amanda Calvo scored 5 of her team-high 14 points in the final frame, including a 3-pointer in the final two minutes that gave Frontier a comfortable lead.
“We started to solidify our defense in the fourth,” Frontier coach Frank Keimig said. “We forced them into some turnovers and forced some bad shots.”
Frontier also finished 9-of-10 from the free throw line on the night. Olivia Riordan added 12 points in the win, and perhaps more importantly, held Mahar’s second- leading scorer Natashia Patria to just 1 point.
“Olivia really shut her down and she can be really explosive,” Keimig said of Patria.
Ally Parker paced Mahar with 16 points.
Pioneer 48, Turners 28 — Natalie Hale scored 22 points on Friday night as Pioneer Valley Regional School opened Franklin County League South Division play with a 48-28 victory over Turners Falls High School in Turners Falls.
Katlyn Grover finished with 11 points in the win, and Gabby Carpenter netted 7.
Maddy Chmyzinski paced Turners Falls with 7 points, while Kylie Fleming had 6.
Putnam 29, Greenfield 24 — Putnam Vocational High School came back from a five-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Greenfield High School, 29-24, in the semifinals of the Lady Falcon Hoop Classic at Smith Academy in Hatfield on Friday.
Greenfield will play High School of Commerce in the third-place game today at 4 p.m.
The Green Wave struggled from the free throw line, helping the Beavers’ comeback. Greenfield shot an abysmal 4-of-24 from the stripe.
Kiana Figueroa led the Beavers with 11 points, while Tazhane Springer netted 7.
Eighth-grader Kylee Monkiewicz played in her first career varsity game for the Green Wave and made an immediate impact, scoring a team-high 8 points. Molley Duclos added 7 points.
Gateway 76, FC Tech 63 — Gateway Regional High School dominated the boards in the third quarter to help shatter what had been a tied halftime score en route to a 76-63 victory over Franklin County Technical School in a Tri-County League boys’ basketball game Friday evening in Turners Falls.
The teams combined for 82 points in the first half but came out of it tied at 41-41. The game changed in the third quarter as Gateway took advantage of second- and third-chance opportunities to pull away, outscoring the Eagles 20-7 in the frame.
“They absolutely dominated the glass and had second and third opportunities,” Franklin Tech coach Rick Recore admitted. “That was the difference in the game. We did a great job for three quarters, but in the third, we just let Gateway get whatever they wanted.”
Curtis Dowers led the Gators (8-1) with 31 points, while Mike Orell netted 16 points, and Justin Edinger added 13.
Chris Wetherby finished with 24 points and 20 rebounds to pace the Eagles (5-5), who had three players finish with at least 15 rebounds. Thomas Duffy added 10 points and 15 boards, and Brett Martin netted 5 points to go along with 17 rebounds. Nate Boyer added 13 points in the loss.
Greenfield 8, St. Mary 1 — Greenfield High School defenseman Zach Langlois has a peculiar pre-game ritual: he eats two Munchkins from Dunkin Donuts.
On Friday night, he outdid his donut consumption with goals scored as he registered a hat trick to help the Green Wave to a 8-1 Fay-Wright Division thumping of St. Mary High School at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
Prior to the game against the Saints, Langlois consumed a pair of glazed Munchkins, costing 41 cents. It’s a ritual he has partaken in prior to each game this season. Langlois, who is among the top three scorers on the Green Wave this season, got every penny’s worth out of the donut fuel on Friday as he scored three times, giving him eight goals in the past three games.
“I’m going to bring him five donuts before next game,” joked Green Wave coach Mike Duclos.
The Wave (7-1-2 overall, 6-1-1 Fay-Wright) led 3-0 after one period and added a fourth goal in the second period. Jourdan York-Welcome finished with two goals and one assist, while Jake Elwell added one goal and two assists. Clay Richardson chipped in one goal and one assist, and Tyler Miner scored once. Tyler Townsley and Cam Woodward each had one assist for Greenfield, and Collin Mailloux recorded his first career varsity point with an assist.
Barrett Rogaleski made 19 saves in goal for Greenfield, which outshot the Saints, 25-20.