Green Wave slips past Falcons; Senators cruise past Pioneer
After winning their first game in nearly two years on Thursday, Greenfield High School continued to show that it is an improving team in the girls’ basketball landscape.
The Green Wave used a strong defensive effort on Tuesday night to earn a 36-32 Franklin County League victory over Smith Academy in Hatfield.
Greenfield (2-2 overall, 1-1 FCL) did not win a game last season and won only three games in the 2010-11 season. In fact, Greenfield has not won more than three games since the 2007-08 season.
“The kids played really hard tonight,” second-year Green Wave coach John Hickey said. “We tried to anticipate on defense as best we could and that led to some steals and some layups. We rebounded pretty well as a team tonight as well, and Siena (Isotti) did a great job of running the show for us tonight.”
Kelsey Roberts led all scorers with 12 points in the win, while Isotti netted 10. Tori Adams tossed in 8 points, and Sarah Wallitis chipped in 6.
Ashley Higgins led Smith Academy with 11 points.
Mahar 54, Pioneer 26 — Mahar Regional School held Pioneer Valley Regional School to zero points for nearly the entire first half en route to a 54-26 FCL girls’ basketball victory Tuesday night in Northfield.
The Senators (3-1, 3-0) led 13-0 after the first quarter and 30-4 at the break. Jill Valley led all players with 18 points on the night. Ally Parker netted 7 points, Chelsea Gaudette finished with 6, and Jenelle Juskiewicz and Cassie Verheyen each added 5.
Natalie Hale led Pioneer (2-2, 1-2) with 14 points. Hailey Raymond finished with 5 points and eight rebounds, and Alyssa Lewelyn added 2 points and seven boards.
Hopkins 38, Frontier 31 — Frontier Regional School turned in a solid defensive effort on Tuesday night but it wasn’t quite enough to get past Hopkins Academy as the Golden Hawks knocked off the Red Hawks, 38-31, in a FCL girls’ game in South Deerfield.
Hopkins led 16-9 at halftime and Frontier cut the deficit to three points (26-23) entering the fourth quarter. As has been the case at times in recent years, the Red Hawks were unable to muster up the offense it needed. The Hawks shot just 8-for-51 from the floor in the game.
“We had an absolutely atrocious shooting night,” first-year Frontier coach Frank Keimig said. “Defensively, Sydney Judge, who is just a premier defensive player, had a really good game on Olivia Mathieu, she was just tough on her the whole night. But we gave up a lot of baskets on pick and rolls, and back door cuts — things like that.”
Kate Sullivan led Hopkins (3-1, 3-0) with 16 points, while Mathieu, the team’s leading scorer, finished with 11.
Amanda Calvo paced Frontier (1-2, 1-2) with 11 points, Olivia Riordan added 8, and Judge tossed in 7.
Athol 59, Mohawk 16 — Alexa Whitney finished with 20 points and Athol High School cruised to a 59-16 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a FCL girls’ basketball game Tuesday night in Athol.
Tanner Favreau finished with 9 points in the win, Molly Cleveland dumped in 8, Tyler Guerin netted 7 points, and Emily Casella added 6.
Blaze Petko-Sands hit three 3-pointers for Mohawk to finish with 11 points.
FC Tech 37, Smith Voke 14 — Brooke Meuse scored 10 points and Ed Marvell earned his first career victory as a varsity coach as Franklin County Technical School opened the Tri-County League season with a 37-14 victory over Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in a girls’ hoop game Tuesday in Northampton.
The Eagles (1-2) raced out to an 11-3 lead after one quarter of play and increased it to 25-6 at halftime. Marvell said that sisters Brittany and Alyssa Andrews both played well on defense en route to helping Franklin Tech take the large lead.
“They both kept Smith Voke from getting into any kind of a rhythm offensively,” he said.
Alyssa Andrews finished with 8 points in the win, while Hailey Keene and Jasmine Farr-Marcum each chipped in 4 points.
Tech goes right back to work tonight when it travels to Westford to take on Nashoba Valley Technical High School.
Athol 56, Mohawk 45 — Mohawk could not find an answer for Adrian Sexton and the Athol big man scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Red Raiders to a 56-45 win over Mohawk in a Hampshire League boys’ basketball game Tuesday night in Buckland.
Mohawk led 12-6 after the first quarter but could not protect the lead, as the Athol offense got going and the Red Raiders outscored Mohawk, 16-8, in the second quarter to take a two-point lead at the break. The main offensive weapon on the night was Sexton, who managed the 17 points, but also helped open up other players on the team to score as Mohawk tried to contain him.
“Sexton is a good player, and he did work, and he gave us problems,” Mohawk coach Fred Redeker said. “He was a matchup problem for us. Athol wanted it more than us, and they deserved to win. We had moments where we looked like we wanted it, and we had moments where we didn’t look like we cared. We played like a team that didn’t realize the importance of this game towards our season.”
Dakota Melanson finished with 8 points in the win. Jordan Rivera netted 7 points for Athol (2-2 overall, 1-2 HL), and Andrew Poor dumped in 6 points.
Alex Buntin paced Mohawk (1-4, 0-3) with 14 points, and Mark Buck tossed in 11.
Four Rivers 42, Hartsbrook 27 — Ricky King hit three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points to lead Four Rivers Charter School to a 42-27 victory over Hartsbrook School in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ basketball game Tuesday afternoon at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield.
Jackson Reeves-Henning added 12 points in the victory.
Four Rivers (3-0) is off until Jan. 3.
Agawam 8, Greenfield 0 — Greenfield managed just seven shots on goal on Tuesday night and Agawam High School posted more goals than the Wave did shots in an 8-0 Fay Division victory at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
The Brownies (3-0) outshot the Green Wave (2-1), 34-7, for the game and led 4-0 after the first period. Corey Jenks finished with three goals on the night for Fay Division-leading Agawam. Brett Fila, Seamus Curran and Zach Cicosta each finished with one goal and one assist in the win, Cam Rivest tallied three helpers, and Kyle Jenks and Bobby Coziol each added a pair of helpers.
Anthony Ascioti stopped all seven shots he faced to register the shutout. Jack Richardson stopped 26 shots in his varsity debut in the Green Wave net.