Eagles trim Vikes, 37-17
Franklin County Technical School may still have time to make a postseason run.
Getting offensive production from everyone who played is a step in the right direction.
All nine Eagles made the scoring column and their defense was able to hold Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School to six second-half points en route to a 37-17 victory in Tri-County League girls’ basketball game Thursday night in Turners Falls.
Brittany Andrews led Franklin Tech (5-8 overall, 5-4 TCL) with a game-high 9 points and six rebounds. Megan Aldrich added 7 points, Brooke Meuse chipped in 5 points and Jaime Judge contributed 4 points and six boards.
Priscilla Sepulveda led the Vikings with 6 points.
“I thought Brittany and Jaime played well under the boards,” said Eagles head coach Ed Marvell. As for potentially qualifying for the western Massachusetts tournament, “We’re going to have to beat some of the teams above us, obviously. That’s going to be the challenge,” he added.
They can do just that on Monday, when they head to Springfield to face New Leadership Charter School.
Frontier 42, Hopkins 39 — Frontier Regional School rode a 14-6 third-quarter advantage and held on to beat Hopkins Academy, 42-39, in a FCL girls’ basketball game Thursday night at Reed Gymnasium in Hadley.
Olivia Riordan led the third-quarter charge with 8 of the Red Hawks’ 14 points to help them build a 10-point lead.
Riordan finished with a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. Amanda Calvo tossed in 11 points and Camilla Baronas totaled 7 points and 12 rebounds for Frontier (7-6, 7-5 FCL), which trailed 9-2 early before pulling even by the end of the opening quarter.
“We were able to get a couple good stops late and did what we needed to do,” said Hawks head coach Frank Keimig, whose squad outrebounded Hopkins, 36-25. “I thought (the girls) showed some real character in the first quarter after falling behind.”
Olivia Mathieu led the Golden Hawks (8-6, 8-4) with 13 points. Kate Sullivan and Mackenzie Sullivan both added 10.
Mahar 70, Pioneer 38 — Mahar Regional School ran its winning streak to eight games by defeating Pioneer Valley Regional School, 70-38, in FCL girls’ hoop action Thursday night in Orange.
The last time the Senators (11-2, 11-1) lost was more than one month ago, on Dec. 20 when they traveled to Mallet Gymnasium in Athol and dropped a 51-34 decision to the Red Raiders. Mahar will put its winning streak on the line Tuesday night in Orange against the Red Raiders, who will put their own unbeaten record on the line as well. Mahar coach Larry Fisher said that his team has been playing well lately and part of the reason is due to the fact that his front line is getting more comfortable. After graduating the entire front line from last season’s WMass Division II runner-up team, some of the newcomers are becoming more acclimated starting on the varsity team.
“Our younger players are beginning to step up and feel more confident playing at this level,” Fisher said. “And the girls all remember what happened last time. They’ve been working hard and they’ve beaten some good teams during this stretch.”
Mahar held Pioneer to just 12 first-half points and was never in jeopardy of losing. Guard Jill Valley led the scoring with 16 points, while Natasha Patria finished with 14 points. Ally Parker finished with 11 points and six assists in the win, while Brandy Castillo added 7 points and nine rebounds. Cassie Verheyen tied Castillo for the team lead in rebounding with nine and also chipped in 6 points. Jenelle Juskiewicz tossed in 6 points.
Natalie Hale and Katelyn Grover paced the Panthers (6-8, 4-8) with 8 points. Hailey Raymond finished with 6 points, and Madeline Scott tossed in 5.
Easthampton 47, Turners Falls 35 — Turners Falls High School nearly pulled off a comeback before Easthampton High School held on to take a 47-35 FCL girls’ basketball victory Thursday night in Turners Falls.
The South Division-leading Eagles (11-3, 9-3) held a 29-17 lead entering the fourth quarter but the Indians (7-7, 5-7) began to cut into the lead and found themselves trailing by only four points with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in the game. Easthampton center Elizabeth Whitney, who leads the FCL in scoring this season, did what she does best down the stretch, making seven free throws in the fourth quarter to put the game out of hand. Whitney, as she tends to do, finished with double-digit free throws made, netting 10 points from the charity stripe to go along with seven field goals for a game-high 24 points. Despite the loss, Turners Falls coach Ted Wilcox said he was pleased that his team, which continues to make strides, proved it could play with a top-tier team.
“Our girls didn’t give up and it’s a really good sign for the future,” he explained. “They went into the fourth quarter believing they could win this game, and if a couple of breaks went our way, they definitely could have. Sometimes moral victories are overrated, but in this case I don’t think so. These girls found out that they can play with the Franklin County League South Division leaders.”
Only four players scored for the Eagles. Kristen Windoloski, the team’s deep threat, finished with just 9 points and was harassed by Indian defender Hailey Peterson throughout. According to Wilcox, Peterson’s defense led Windoloski to remain scoreless in both the second and third quarters. Courtney Nelson-DeNucci added 8 points. Kelly Avard tossed in 6.
Tanisha Sanders finished two rebounds shy of registering a double-double in the losing effort, scoring a team-high 12 points and pulling down a team-leading eight rebounds. Jenna Putala finished with 9 points and three assists, and Katelyn Dodge netted 9 points.
Athol 53, Mohawk 26 — Tanner Favreau scored 14 points Thursday and Athol High School knocked off Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 53-26, in FCL girls’ hoop action in Buckland.
Nicole Guerin and Alexa Whitney each finished with 9 points and Caitlin Muzzy netted 8 points in the win.
Blaze Petko-Sands drained four 3-pointers for Mohawk and finished with 12 points. Makayla Hicks added 5 points, while Danielle Hartnett, Jen Dawson and Hannah Finck each tossed in 3 points.
Smith Academy 32, Greenfield 19 — Ashley Higgins scored 15 points to lead Smith Academy to a 32-19 FCL girls’ basketball victory over Greenfield High School Thursday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.
Olivia Shaw-Merrigan chipped in 8 points for the Falcons, who led 18-6 at halftime.
Tory Adams netted 7 points and Valenka Kosick added 4 for the Green Wave.
SBS 42, Hartsbrook 11 — Chinwe Okorie scored 10 points and Rosemary Ilang totaled 7 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals as Stoneleigh-Burnham School downed Hartsbrook School, 42-11, in girls’ basketball play Thursday in Greenfield.
Kezzy Wingate collected 7 points and three steals, Jane Bell collected 5 points, eight boards and three steals, Pacifique Mugabo had eight rebounds and Emily Zraunig contributed five steals for the Owls.