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Turners tames Panthers

Turners Falls High School is easily having its best girls’ basketball season in 15 years.

If the Indians can keep getting production like they did Monday night, a Western Massachusetts Tournament berth could become reality.

Four players reached double figures for the first time this season as Turners rallied from a five-point deficit late in the first half to defeat Pioneer Valley Regional School, 58-52, in a Franklin County League contest in Turners Falls.

The Indians, who trailed by two at halftime, were led by Katelyn Dodge’s 15 points and six assists. She also played an integral part in the win by holding leading Panthers scorer Natalie Hale to just 6 second-half points.

The Indians also received big efforts from Tanisha Sanders, Jenna Putala and Brittany York while improving to 6-5 overall (4-5 FCL North). Sanders registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Putala threw in a dozen points and dished out five assists, while the defensive-minded York drained a season-high 12 points — 11 in the second half alone — and grabbed 10 boards to record her own a double-double.

Hale finished with a game-high 20 points — her third straight outing with at least 20 — and Katlyn Grover tossed in 14, including 11 in the second half to help keep the Panthers close.

Turners will get a test Thursday when it heads to Reed Gymnasium in Hadley to face Hopkins Academy.

Athol 65, Hopkins 46 — Kaitlin Muzzy led four double-figure scorers with 13 points to help unbeaten Athol High School beat Hopkins, 65-46, in FCL girls’ basketball action on Monday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Molly Cleveland hit for 12 and Alexa Whitney and Tanner Favreau both netted 11 for the Red Raiders, who led 26-18 at halftime and broke the game open with a 22-7 third-quarter advantage. Shelby Bronnes contributed 6 points and five assists. Nicole Guerin pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.

Olivia Mathieu led all scorers with 20 points and Madi Stevens added 7 for the Golden Hawks.

Mahar 59, Easthampton 44 — Mahar Regional School allowed Elizabeth Whitney and Kate Windoloski to score 34 points but the rest of their Easthampton High School team accounted for just 10 and the Senators earned a huge 59-44 victory in a FCL girls’ hoop game Monday night in Easthampton.

Whitney, the Eagle center and one of the leading scorers in the FCL this season, led Easthampton with 19 points, scoring four field goals and shooting 11-for-21 from the free-throw line. Windoloski, the outside threat, drained five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points. That was all part of the plan, according to Mahar coach Larry Fisher, as his Senators shut down the rest of the Eagles (9-2, 7-2) and earned the relatively easy victory over the FCL South-Division leaders.

“To a certain extent, we shut down the other players,” he said. “Their two scorers scored but we shut down the rest of the team pretty well. And offensively, we managed to hit some outside shots.”

The Senators (8-2, 8-1) finished with nine 3-pointers on the night. Jenelle Juskiewicz led the outside barrage with three 3-pointers, while Jill Valley, Natasha Patria and Caitriona Cronin each made a pair. Valley, who netted her 1,000 career point on Friday night, had a game-high 20 points to go along with seven steals. Patria finished with a double-double, netting 13 points with 10 boards. Ally Parker finished with 3 points and seven assists. Cronin and Cassie Verheyen each added 6 points.

“It’s a great road win for us,” Fisher said. “They’re a really good team and it makes for a nicer ride home.”

Mahar travels to Frontier Regional School on Thursday night at 7:30.

Mohawk 29, Greenfield 20 — Hannah Finck registered a double-double and Mohawk Trail Regional High School earned its first league win of the season, 29-20 over Greenfield High School in FCL girls’ hoop play Monday in Buckland.

The teams both started out slowly on offense, as the Green Wave (2-9, 1-8) led 2-0 at the end of the first quarter. Mohawk (2-8, 1-8) got going in the second quarter and the teams went into the break tied at 8-8. The third quarter saw Mohawk pull away, outscoring Greenfield 14-4 to take control of the game.

“The third quarter was what really sparked everything,” Mohawk coach Chuck Miner said. “We ran our plays a little better and we stepped up defensively. It’s a very good feeling for the kids.”

Danielle Hartnett added 5 points in the win. Sam Cairns tossed in 4.

Tori Adams, Kelsey Roberts and Aliona Olaru each netted 6 points for Greenfield.

Frontier 51, Smith Academy 21 — Frontier bolted out to a 14-2 lead after one quarter and never looked back as it defeated Smith Academy, 51-21, in FCL girls’ basketball play Monday night at Webb Gymnasium in Hatfield.

Amanda Calvo led the Red Hawks (5-5, 5-4 FCL) with 16 points. Olivia Riordan turned in a solid all-around effort with 8 points, nine rebounds and five steals, Sydney Judge netted 8 points and Jordan Rowe contributed 6 points and eight steals.

Katie Yagodzinski led the Falcons with 9 points.

FC Tech 47, St. Mary 24 — Megan Aldrich recorded a double-double with 10 points and game-high 11 rebounds as Franklin County Technical School drubbed St. Mary High School, 47-24, in a Tri-County League girls’ basketball game Monday night in Turners Falls.

Jaime Judge (seven rebounds) and Brooke Meuse each added 9 points and Alyssa Andrews contributed 6 for the Eagles (4-6, 4-2 TCL), who built a 26-10 lead by halftime and cruised to the easy win.

Lindsay Hunter had 9 points and Jeannette Peretti 6 for the Saints.

Boys’ game

Pioneer 51, Mohawk 44 — C.J. Artus returned from injury to play his first game of the season and Pioneer responded with a 51-44 Hampshire League boys’ basketball victory over Mohawk Monday night in Northfield.

Artus missed the Panthers’ first nine games due to an injury but came back and scored 5 points in a limited role. The senior, who averaged 13 points last season and finished as the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, and was second on the team in assists, gave the team an air of confidence despite scoring just 5 points in his return.

“Obviously, he needs to get back into basketball shape, but having him on the court brought a certain confidence,” Pioneer coach Dave Hastings said. “You could just feel it across the gym when his name was read for the starting lineup. It’s very nice for him. The fans were very responsive and the players enjoyed having him on the court.”

The two teams played evenly in the first quarter, with Pioneer holding a 13-12 lead after one. From there, the game turned into a seesaw affair, as Pioneer outscored Mohawk, 18-8 in the second quarter for a 31-20 halftime lead before Mohawk battled back in the third quarter, using a 16-7 scoring edge to cut the deficit to two points entering the fourth.

“We started doing a little more pressure defense in the second quarter and they threw a couple of balls away and we were able to take advantage of some steals,” Hastings said. “But we came out flat in the third quarter and they just took advantage of that.”

Pioneer held on in the fourth quarter for the win and moves to 4-6 on the season. With Artus now back in the lineup, and having dropped close games to the likes of Turners Falls and Frontier already this season, Hastings said he hopes the team can start winning the close ones and fight to get back to .500 and make a postseason run.

Drew Hastings and Lennon Robichaud each finished with 10 points to lead the Pioneer offense. Lee Doiron netted 9 points. Kyle Artus and Brian Llewelyn each finished with 5.

Alex Buntin led Mohawk (1-8, 0-7) with 10 points, while Connor Maloney dumped in 8, and Mark Buck finished with 7.

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