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Raider girls state case

If there was any doubt as to who was the best team in the Franklin County League, Athol High School put that to rest on Monday night.

The Red Raiders put on a defensive clinic, holding Easthampton High School to just 8 second-half points en route to a 41-23 FCL girls’ basketball victory Monday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

“It was pretty much a team effort,” said Red Raiders head coach Dan Bevis of his squad’s stingy performance. “We did a good job with the half-court trap we’ve been working on. There were three or four possessions where they didn’t get over half court until there were 10 seconds left on the shot clock, and that forced them into bad shots. Our defense was really able to take them out of what they wanted to do.”

Athol’s offensive balance proved to be the difference. Nicole Guerin, Shelby Bronnes and Tanner Favreau all scored 8 points and Caitlin Muzzy added 7 points.

The Red Raiders were also active defensively. Alexa Whitney pulled down nine rebounds and registered four steals, Guerin grabbed eight rebounds and Bronnes had five steals.

“It wasn’t our best offensive game, for sure, but we still have to play defense, and the girls have bought into that,” said Bevis.

Easthampton team scoring leader Elizabeth Whitney managed just two field goals against the Raiders, finishing with 14 of the Eagles’ points.

Turners 47, Greenfield 25 — Tanisha Sanders recorded another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to help Turners Falls High School beat Greenfield High School, 47-25, in FCL girls’ basketball play Monday night in Turners Falls.

Sanders paced a balanced offense for the Indians (7-6, 5-6). Amber Caouette, Katelyn Dodge and Jenna Putala all finished with 8 points and Hailey Peterson tossed in 7.

Siena Isotti led the Green Wave with a trio of 3-pointers for 9 points. Tory Adams and Alina Tahij both added 5.

Turners led 20-11 at halftime.

Frontier 43, Pioneer 19 — Mindy Esposito and Camilla Baronas each hit for 9 points and Frontier Regional School held Pioneer Valley Regional School to 6 points in the second half to post a 43-19 FCL girls’ basketball win Monday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Olivia Riordan was the biggest factor on both ends of the court for the Red Hawks (12-0 overall, 10-0 FCL North), as she scored 8 points, grabbed eight rebounds and recorded seven steals. Amanda Calvo struggled from the field and ended up with 7 points. Sydney Judge added 6.

Panthers leading scorer Natalie Hale was held in check for the most part by Judge and only managed a team-high 9 points.

Mahar 47, Mohawk 25 — Jill Valley scored a game-high 16 points to power Mahar Regional School over Mohawk Trial Regional High School, 47-25, in a FCL girls’ basketball game Monday night in Buckland.

Cassie Verheyen (eight rebounds) and Natashia Patria each bucketed 8 points and Jenelle Juskiewicz had 7 for the Senators, who took a 36-7 lead into intermission. Brandy Castillo had a strong inside effort with nine rebounds.

Makayla Hicks threw in 10 points and Hannah Finck chipped in 7 to lead the Warriors.

Gateway 34, FC Tech 25 — Gateway Regional High School maintained a share of the Tri-County League lead by holding off Franklin County Technical School, 34-25, in their girls’ basketball contest Monday night in Turners Falls.

Kaitlin Mastello netted a game-high 13 points. Chelsi Derrig added 7 for the Gators (7-3, 7-1 TCL), who led 16-11 at halftime.

Jasmine Farr-Marcum led a balanced offense for the Eagles (4-8, 4-4) with 6 points. Jaime Judge, Brooke and Brittany Andrews all chipped in with 4.

Franklin Tech hosts Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School on Thursday.

Hockey

Chicopee 4, Turners 3 — Mark Rumyantsev’s goal midway through the through the second period proved to be the difference as Chicopee High School outlasted Turners Falls, 4-3, in a Wright Division hockey game Monday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke.

Devan Longtin opened the scoring for the Pacers but Cody Booska tied it up for the Indians. Rumyantsev scored the first of his pair to break the deadlock, then Nico Facchini scored the Pacers’ third goal of the opening frame with 6:05 remaining, giving him his 100th career point and Chicopee a 3-1 lead.

After Rumyantsev extended the lead to 4-1, Booksa scored twice before the end of the period to cut the deficit to one. Turners was unable to score the equalizer.

Chicopee held a commanding 35-24 advantage in shots. Will Miller turned aside 31 attempts in the Indians’ goal. Chicopee counterpart Shane Denault made 21 saves to earn the win.

Turners (6-6-1, 4-2-0) hosts Chicopee Comprehensive High School Saturday night at 6 at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

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