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Senators hang on for 45-44 win

Mahar Regional School needed two late free throws and every last defensive stand to hold share of the Hampshire League lead.

Brendin Woodard netted two free throws with 18 seconds left, and the Senators got a late defensive stop to hold off upset-minded Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 45-44, in a HL boys’ basketball contest Monday night at the Grzesik-Bixby Complex in Orange.

“As good as Saturday’s win was (for us), this was pretty ugly,” offered Mahar head coach Chad Softic. “I thought Mohawk played great. They deserved better (tonight).”

Woodard’s two freebies completed a fourth-quarter comeback that saw the Senators erase an eight-point deficit and take a one-point lead. Mohawk had a chance to win, but Troix Adams played airtight defense and altered Javier Morales’ 12-foot jumper that missed. Jake Paul got the rebound and was fouled with a second to go. His missed free throw was insignificant because Mohawk was unable to get a shot off as time expired.

Woodard finished with 13 points, Joey Verheyen totaled 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Malik Adams contributed 8 points for the Senators (13-3 overall, 10-2 HL).

Morales led the Warriors (3-12, 1-11) with a game-high 17 points, Mark Buck netted 13 and Levin DuPree chipped in with 9.

Pioneer 65, Frontier 50 — Pioneer Valley Regional School used a 27-9 third-quarter advantage to take a 13-point lead and cruise to a 65-50 HL boys’ basketball win over Frontier Regional School Monday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

“(In the third quarter) we played no defense,” said Red Hawks head coach Ben Barshefsky. “We allowed them to get too deep in our defense.”

Lee Doiron drained a quartet of 3-pointers en route to a team-high 19 points for the Panthers (7-7, 5-6). Bard Hastings followed with 18, including three trifectas, and Lennon Robichaud pitched in with 13.

Frontier’s Ben Ruddock led all scorers with 20 points. Ian Blight bucketed 10, while Justin Farrick and Nolan Muzyka each had 9.

Frontier (4-12, 3-9) hosts Mahar Thursday night at 7:30.

Girls’ games

Athol 46, Monson 39 — Athol High School used a big second quarter to take control and went on to defeat Monson High School, 46-39, in an independent girls’ basketball game Monday night in Monson.

The Red Raiders outscored the Mustangs 18-11 in the period, making 12 of 17 free throws, and took a 27-21 lead at the break. They extended the advantage to 11 by the end of the third and cruised to the win.

“We did a good job of attacking and made those free throws,” said Athol head coach Dan Bevis, whose squad went 25-for-41 from the line in the contest. “We made it a point to get the ball in the paint.”

Julia Salmond led a balanced effort for the winners with 14 points, including 10 from the charity stripe. Molly Cleveland and Tanner Favreau each added 8 points.

Miranda Couture led the Mustangs with 8 points.

Athol (12-2 overall) hosts Hopkins tonight at 7:30.

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