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Greenfield’s Kirsten Ward and Turners Falls’ Maddie Chmyzinski (1) will both try to help their teams qualify for the postseason this year. For The Recorder/Beth Reynolds
TURNERS FALLS (January 24, 2014) Turners Falls vs Greenfield Varsity basketball. #4 Kylie Fleming brings the ball down the court against #4 Erika Glabach. Photo by Beth Reynolds
TURNERS FALLS (January 24, 2014) Turners Falls vs Greenfield Varsity basketball. Turners Amber Caouette #33 and Molley Duclos of Greenfield. Photo by Beth Reynolds
TURNERS FALLS (January 24, 2014) Turners Falls vs Greenfield Varsity basketball. Mirandah Coulombe #25 takes a shot against center Chloe Ellis. Photo by Beth Reynolds
TURNERS FALLS (January 24, 2014) Turners Falls vs Greenfield Varsity basketball. Turners #21 Aliyah Sanders drives past GF #4 Erika Glabach. Photo by Beth Reynolds
Michelle Leh had quite the birthday party on Friday night.
The Turners Falls High School freshman celebrated her 14th birthday with a double-double as she helped the Indians beaty Greenfield High School, 35-21, in a Franklin County League South Division girls’ basketball game in Turners Falls.
The game featured a pair of teams that looked more like junior varsity and middle school-aged rosters, as many of the players on both clubs are freshmen and eighth-graders. Turners Falls coach Ted Wilcox said that in a couple years, fans may want to buy their ticket early to the game between the schools because he sees the youthful talent.
“Both of these teams are going to do nothing but get better,” he said. “We both have young players. And neither team is pulling up players from the middle school because they want to pull players up. These girls deserve to be here.”
One of those players is Leh, who netted 10 points and pulled down 12 boards in the win. Amber Caouette, one of the eldest players on the floor as a junior, added 8 points and a team-high 14 boards, and Haleigh Bassett chipped in 6 points and nine rebounds.
Freshman Molley Duclos led Greenfield with 8 points, and Erika Glabach added 6.
• In junior varsity play, Chloe Ellis scored 8 points, and Alysha Wozniak finished with 5 as Turners edged Greenfield, 25-20.
Ali Fortin led Greenfield with 4 points.
Mahar 52, Easthampton 34 — Natashia Patria scored 13 points, 9 of them off treys, and added 10 rebounds as the Mahar Regional School girls’ basketball team traveled to Easthampton High School and returned home with a 52-34 FCL North victory.
The Senators roared out of the gate, scoring the game’s first 11 points, and led 19-3 after the first quarter. Mahar fell off a little in the second, putting up just 6 points in the frame, but Easthampton could not capitalize, putting up just 7 points of its own, and the Senators took a 25-10 lead to the locker room, and were able to cruise to the victory.
Ally Parker dropped in 12 points for Mahar, Cassie Verhyen netted 6 to go along with four blocked shots, and Kaydie Jillson had 5 points.
Ali Dabek scored 17 points, half of the total scoring for the Eagles.
Mahar travels to Hopkins Academy for a FCL North showdown Tuesday evening.
Smith Acad 43, Mohawk 37 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School got off to a slow start and it cost the Warriors in the end as they fell to Smith Academy, 43-37, in a FCL South Division girls’ basketball game Friday night in Buckland.
The Falcons (5-5) held Mohawk to just 3 points in the first quarter to take an early lead and the Warriors trailed 19-15 at halftime. Part of the reason for the lack of scoring was due to the Warriors’ having one of its offensive stars on the bench due to foul trouble. Blaze Petko-Sands, who finished with 13 points, only played about half of the opening half and did not score a point. Smith Academy upped the lead to 10 points after the third quarter (33-23), but Mohawk made a game of it in the fourth — cutting the deficit to four points late — but were unable to complete the comeback.
Laura Ward had a strong game for Mohawk with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Makayla Hicks added 6 points.
Katie Yagodzinski hit four 3-pointers to lead the Falcons with 16 points, Ashley Higgins added 10, and Olivia Cavanaugh netted 7.
Mohawk (3-9) hosts Dean Technical High School on Wednesday.
FC Tech 33, St. Mary 10 — Brook Meuse led the way for Franklin County Technical School with 12 points as the Eagles beat St. Mary High School, 33-10, Friday night in Westfield.
Both teams came out of the gate slowly, with the Eagles leading just 6-4 after one quarter of play, and then 12-6 at the half. The Tech defense played very well, and held the Saints to just 2 points in each of the final three quarters.
Brittany Andrews poured in 9 points for the Eagles, and Jamie Judge added 4. Karissa Foley dropped in 4 for the Saints.
Athol 52, Narragansett 38 — Molly Cleveland led all scorers with 21 points, including 2 baskets from beyond the three-point stripe, as Athol High School took down Narragansett, 52-38, at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol Friday night, securing a Division III playoff berth for the Red Raiders.
The Red Raiders started slowly, and trailed 16-11 after the first quarter, and 26-24 at the half. “We didn’t play great defense in the first half,” said Athol head coach Dan Bevis. “I was much happier with the way we looked defensively in the second.”
As well as he should have been, as the Raiders limited the Warriors 12 second half points, and we able to put in 28 of their own to win going away.
Kiki Guerin added 10 points for the Raiders, and Tanner Favreau and Julia Salmond each dropped in 7.
Raegan Mulherin led the warriors with 20 points, including two 3-pointers.
Mahar 57, Hopkins 39 — Something clicked for Mahar Regional School at halftime on Friday.
The Senators, the hottest team in the Hampshire League right now and winners of six of their past seven games, found themselves in a two-point deficit at halftime at home against an up-and-coming Hopkins Academy team that had already knocked off Greenfield High School earlier this week. Things took a drastic turnaround in the second half, however, as Mahar held Hopkins to just 12 points in the final 16 minutes, while pouring in 32 points itself and when the smoke cleared the Senators headed home with a decisive, 57-39, Hampshire League victory.
Mahar held a 14-10 lead after the first quarter but Hopkins came back to outscore Mahar, 17-11, in the second quarter and take a 27-25 lead into the break.
“To be honest with you, Hopkins played very well in the first half,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “They dug in and they made their shots.”
The third quarter belonged to Mahar swingman Nick Slattery, who erupted for 14 points of Mahar’s 16 points in the frame. Defensively, Mahar held Hopkins to just 4 points in the third to take control of the game. The Senators used a zone press to create numerous turnovers, and the Golden Hawks were never able to recover.
The win also clinched a postseason berth for the 2011-12 state champion Senators.
“We never take it for granted,” Softic said of qualifying. “We’re excited to have another opportunity, but we’re not looking ahead right now. We’ve got Pioneer on Thursday and that’s a big game for us.”
Slattery finished with a season-high 29 points in the win to go with eight rebounds. Joey Verheyen scored 2 points and blocked five shots, and Angel Biegen finished with 6 points, three assists and four steals.
Alex Curran led Hopkins with 8 points, while Brett Morrison added 7.
FC Tech 72, Pathfinder 59 — Nate Boyer hit six 3-pointers and Franklin County Technical School got a solid effort all-around en route to a 72-50 Tri-County League boys’ basketball victory over Pathfinder Vocational High School Friday night in Three Rivers.
Boyer finished with 20 points in the win, while Chris Wetherby added 22 points and 15 rebounds. Brett Martin finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots, Brian Como netted 7 points and dished out nine assists, and Thomas Duffy added 3 points, 11 boards and two steals. C.J. Daignault added 6 points and combined with Como to play solid defensve.
Andrew Roman led Pathfinder with 23 points, and Cody Letendre finished with 18.
The Eagles (7-5) head to Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School on Monday.
Smith Acad 78, Mohawk 42 — David Longstreeth scored 20 points on Friday night and Smith Academy cruised to a 78-42 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in HL action in Buckland.
Smith Academy scored the first 22 points of the game. The Falcons also qualified for the postseason with the win.
Derek McMahon scored 18 points in the win, and Keith Natale added 17.
Jay Fortier led Mohawk with 22 points, and Alex Dekoschak finished with 6.
Wahconah 52, Frontier 38 — Cole Morrison scored 15 points as Wahconah Regional High School knocked off Frontier Regional School, 52-38, in an independent boys’ basketball game Friday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
Marcus Duncan added 13 points in the win.
Ben Ruddock paced all scorers with 22 points in the loss.