Mahar pulls away, 63-53

Mahar Regional School has never had a particularly easy time against Hopkins Academy. It was more of the same for most of Thursday’s contest.

The Senators were tied with the Golden Hawks after three quarters, but an 11-1 fourth-quarter run proved to be the difference as Mahar walked away with a 63-53 victory in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball game Thursday night in Orange.

“We switched to a zone (in the fourth), which confused them,” offered Senators head coach Larry Fisher. “We created nine turnovers and they only made one field goal in the quarter with a minute left.”

Hopkins’ ineptitude from the field in the final period was also compounded by poor free-throw shooting — the Golden Hawks made just four of their 13 attempts.

Jill Valley carried the Senators (12-3 overall,12-2 FCL North) for a good portion of the contest. She finished with a season-high 31 points, pulled down seven rebounded and registered six steals.

Jenelle Juskiewicz and Natashia Patria both netted 11 points, while Cassie Verheyen collected 7 points and nine rebounds.

McKenzie Sullivan led three double-digit scorers for the Golden Hawks (8-7, 8-5 South) with 18 points. Kate Sullivan totaled 16 points and Olivia Mathieu added 12.

Mahar led 35-31 at halftime.

Easthampton 60, Frontier 43 — Elizabeth Whitney poured in a game-high 30 points to power Easthampton High School to a 60-43 win over Frontier Regional School in a FCL girls’ basketball contest Thursday night in Easthampton.

Whitney also went 10-for-12 from the charity stripe.

Kelly Avard pitched in with 13 points for the Eagles (13-3, 11-3), who carried a slim 29-26 lead into the break.

Amanda Calvo led the Red Hawks (8-7, 8-6) with 19 points, Jordan Rowe nailed a trio of 3-balls and wound up with 11, while Camilla Baronas pitched in with 7.

Frontier outrebounded Easthampton 34-31 and committed only 10 turnovers.

Athol 70, Turners 33 — Caitlin Muzzy drained a career-high 22 points, including four 3-pointers, to power Athol High School over Turners Falls High School, 70-33, in FCL girls’ basketball action Thursday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Muzzy was one of three players to reach double figures for Red Raiders (16-0, 14-0). Tanner Favreau dropped in a dozen, and Alexa Whitney chipped in with 11.

The Indians (7-8, 5-8) were led by Tanisha Sanders with 9 points. Amber Caouette netted 7, while Hailey Peterson and Katelyn Dodge both had 6.

Athol led 36-13 at intermission.

Mohawk 36, Smith Academy 33 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School held off a late rally from Smith Academy to earn a 36-33 FCL girls’ basketball win Thursday night in Buckland.

Hannah Finck led the Warriors with a game-high 16 points, while Blaze Petko-Sands totaled 9 points and 10 rebounds and Danielle Hartnett chipped in 7 points.

Emi Barker netted 14 points and Katie Yagodzinski added 10 for the Falcons. Mohawk was able to hold leading scorer Ashley Higgins to 4 points, but she did grab 11 rebounds.

The Warriors led 16-13 at halftime and extended it to 27-20 at the end of three quarters.

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