Indians rally to shock Hawks
Turners Falls High School used a 9-0 run over the final 1 minute, 17 seconds of play to overcome a seven-point deficit and take a 49-47 victory over Frontier Regional School in a thrilling Hampshire League boys’ basketball battle Friday night in Turners Falls.
The Red Hawks built a 47-40 lead that they held with 1:17 to go but Liam Ellis, making his return after missing the previous five games for the Indians, made his pressence felt in a big way. The sophomore, who leads the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game, took off a walking boot earlier in the day and had been held scoreless to that point in the game. He drained back-to-back 3-pointers with under one minute to go to cut the deficit to 47-46, the second one coming with 33 seconds left.
Frontier (5-4 overall, 5-3 HL) had a chance to run the clock down to nearly no time left, as the game clock read 33 seconds and the shot clock was at 30, but instead Quinn Hickey (five points) put up a 3-pointer that was off the mark and gave the Indians (7-4, 6-3) the ball back with 10 seconds left. The hosts pushed the ball up court and Wyatt Bourbeau (10 points) began to drive toward the hoop before he kicked the ball out Melvin Moreno (11 points), who netted a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to put the Indians up 49-47. The Red Hawks tried a desperation pass up court but it was off, and the Indians once again showed their resiliency this season.
“The kids are playing so hard, they really battled tonight,” Turners assistant Jay Liimatainen said. “They never gave in. And getting Liam back into the lineup gave the guys a bit of an emotional lift.”
Malcolm Smith continued his strong play of late, scoring a game-high 16 points to go with 12 rebounds and four steals. After averaging 4.6 points per game in the first five games of the season, Smith has averaging 15.2 points per game over the past six contests.
Peter Watroba led Frontier in scoring with 15 points, while Paul Decker netted 12, and Ryan Hoar added 11.
Swift River 32, Four Rivers 29 — Jackson Reeves-Henning scored 10 points on Friday but Four Rivers Charter School fell just short and suffered a 32-29 River Valley Athletic League boys’ basketball loss to Swift River School at Indoor Action in Greenfield.
Four Rivers is now 3-2 on the season.
Frontier 43, Turners 23 — Frontier Regional School turned in its best defensive performance of the season to earn a 43-23 victory over Turners Falls in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball game Friday night in South Deerfield.
The Red Hawks (4-5, 4-4) never allowed more than 7 points in a quarter against the Indians (5-5, 3-5) and led 25-11 at halftime.
Amanda Calvo had her best offensive game of the season, scoring a season-best 23 points, while shooting 9-for-21 from the field. Calvo is now averaging 15.4 points per game on the season.
Olivia Riordan finished with 10 points, Jordyn Roberts netted 5 points, and Katherine Miner pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Katelyn Dodge finished with 9 points to lead the Indians, Jenna Putala tossed in 6, and Tanisha Sanders added 4.
Easthampton 57, Greenfield 31 — Elizabeth Whitney scored 21 points on Friday night and Easthampton High School knocked off Greenfield High School, 57-31, in a FCL girls’ hoop game in Greenfield.
Kristen Windoloski hit three 3-pointers and finished with 9 points, while Niki Lewandowski added 5.
Siena Isotti led the Green Wave with 14 points, Tori Adams dumped in 11, and Erika Glabach added 4.
Hopkins 74, Mohawk 25 — Madi Stevens netted 21 points and Hopkins Academy was too much for Mohawk Trail Regional High School during a 74-25 FCL girls’ hoop victory Friday night in Hadley.
Olivia Mathieu registered 15 points in the win, Kayla Jacque added 10, and Lacey Waskiewicz and Kate Sullivan each finished with 8 points.
Mohawk coach Chuck Miner said that while the score may not have been indicative of it, he felt that his team played well.
“I saw a lot of good things tonight,” the coach began. “The girls are playing hard and it may not have shown in the score, but they are playing better.”
Blaze Petko-Sands led the Warriors with 8 points, Danielle Hartnett added 7 points, and Makayla Hicks tossed in 6 points.
FC Tech 38, Westfield V-T 27 — Megan Aldrich finished with 11 points to help Franklin County Technical School won for the second straight game with a 38-27 Tri-County League girls’ basketball victory over Westfield Vocational-Technical High School Friday night in Westfield.
Brooke Meuse finished with 9 points for the Eagles (3-6, 3-2), and Jasmine Farr-Marcum added 7 points and 10 rebounds.
“They played as a team tonight,” Tech coach Ed Marvell said. “I’m very proud of them. Clarisse Hutchinson and Megan Doull played great defense against Brandi VanGelder. They did a wonderful job.”
Nadine Tran finished with 9 points for the Tigers, while VanGelder, Elyza Colson and Katie Nesmelova each added 6.
Mackenzie Salls came in second in the 500 yard freestyle with a career-best time of 7 minutes, 1.41 seconds, and she also won the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:17.56 to help Turners Falls to a 43-34 victory over Holyoke High School in a C Division girls’ swim meet Friday afternoon in Turners Falls.
Nicole John won the 200 individual medley (2:56.73), and the 100 butterfly (1:17.58) for the Indians, while Mackenzie Phillips captured the 50 freestyle (29.90) and the 100 free (1:08.56).
• On the boys’ side Jay Fritz won the 50 freestyle in a career-best time of 26.96 but due to lack of the numbers the Indians fell to Holyoke, 54-27.
Fritz also picked up a victory in the 100 free in 1:01.77 on the day. Riley Palmer earned his first career varsity win with a time of 1:30.03 in the 100 breaststroke, and Alex Tirrell earned a win in the 100 back with a time of 1:16.90.