Mahar stops Wave, 54-51
Greenfield's masked man Connor Eckstrom takes it to the hoop against Mahar defenders Troix Adams (12) and Jake Paul (42) during a surprising 54-51 Hampshire League win by the visiting Senators Monday night at Nichols Gym in Greenfield. Recorder/Beth Reynolds
Greenfield's Robin Marchese (32) is airborne against Mahar defender Nick Slattery Monday night at Nichols Gym in Greenfield, where the visiting Senators took down the host Green Wave, 54-51, in their Hampshire League boys' basketball showdown. Recorder/Beth Reynolds
Greenfield's Parker Hickey drives the lane Monday night at Nichols Gym in Greenfield, where his host Green Wave were surprised by visiting Mahar, 54-51, in their Hampshire League boys' basketball game. Recorder/Beth Reynolds
Brendin Woodard and Nick Slattery each scored 15 points for Mahar Regional School as the Senators took home a 54-51 victory over Greenfield High School Monday night in a Hampshire League boys basketball contest at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.
The Green Wave (5-3 overall, 5-1 HL), which suffered its first league loss of the season, came out strong, outscoring the Senators 18-11 in the opening quarter. The Wave ran into trouble in the second frame, however, in which Mahar put up 21 points to Greenfield’s 9. That gave the Senators a three-point lead, which wound up being the final margin of victory.
“Mahar played extremely well,” said Greenfield head coach Scott Thayer. “We really struggled against their zone. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a good, competitive basketball game.”
Troix Adams added 12 points for the Senators, and Joey Verheyen contributed 10. Mahar had four 3-pointers on the night, three of them from Slattery.
Three players scored in double figures for the Wave, with Garrett Hudson setting the pace with 14. Robin Marchese dropped in 11, including a trio of three-balls, and Vincent Funari chipped 10. Connor Eckstrom and Parker Hickey each tossed in 8.
Mahar improves to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in league play.
FC Tech 27, Putnam 24 — Franklin County Technical School opened its Tri-County League season with a big victory as it knocked off previously unbeaten Putnam Vocational High School, 27-24, in a girls’ basketball game Monday night in Turners Falls.
Brooke Meuse led all scorers with 14 points for the Eagles, who led 9-3 at halftime in the defensive struggle. Brittany Andrews added 6 points and Alyssa Andrews chipped in 5.
Tazhane Springer paced the Beavers with 8 points, followed by Genesis Martinez and Kiana Figueroa with 6 apiece.
Franklin Tech (4-1, 1-0 TCL) travels to Pioneer Valley Regional School tonight at 6:30.
Frontier 49, Palmer 42 (OT) — Frontier Regional School held on to defeat visiting Palmer High School in overtime, 49-42, in an independent girls’ basketball game Monday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
Frontier came out on fire, outscoring the Panthers 16-6 in the first quarter, but struggled in regulation after that, being outscored by Palmer in the next three quarters.
“We really let them back in the game (tonight),” said Red Hawks head coach Frank Keimig. “Our free-throw shooting was well below par, particularly in the second half.”
Senior guard Amanda Calvo had a huge night, pouring in 26 points for the Hawks, including three treys. Olivia Riordan added 9 and Jordyn Roberts chipped in 7.
Frontier took back momentum in the overtime, outscoring Palmer 9-2. Freshman Olivia McCulloch was outstanding in the extra frame, scoring all 3 of her points on the night and played tremendous defense.
“Olivia was a joy to watch tonight, especially in OT. She’s got a heck of a future in front of her.”
Monson 53, Mahar 45 — Monson High School made the long trek to Orange and beat Mahar Regional School, 53-46, in an independent girls’ basketball game played at the Grzesik-Bixby Complex Monday night.
Karyce Welsh led Monson with 18 points, including a pair of trifectas. Katie Sweeney tacked on 11 for the Mustangs.
The Senators were in the game all night, even taking a brief lead in the third quarter, but ultimately came up just a little short.
“We are not that far from being a good basketball team,” said Senators head coach Larry Fisher. “We missed some easy shots we usually make, and we need to eliminate turnovers. It’s early in the season, and we’re going to work hard to make that happen.”
Cassie Verheyen was high scorer for Mahar with 10 points, and also pulled down 16 boards. Ally Parker added 9 points, Kaydie Jillson threw in 7, and Caitriona Cronin and Natashia Patria each added 6.
Southwick 46, Greenfield 21— Morgan Harriman led all scorers with 14 points as Southwick-Tolland Regional High School beat Greenfield High School, 46-21, in an independent girls’ basketball contest in Southwick Monday night.
Freshman Molley Duclos led the way for the Green Wave with 9 points, and Seaira Wolfe added 8.
McCann 55, Turners 32 — McCann Technical School drained eight 3-pointers and cruised to a 55-32 independent girls’ basketball win over Turners Falls High School no Monday night in North Adams.
Allie Gibeau and Alex Wood led the Hornets with 10 points apiece. Brittany Rodriguez netted 8 points, while Alanza Quinones, Cheyanne Alcombright and Emijah Barton al finished with 6 points.
Haleigh Bassett led the Indians with 11 points.
McCann led 25-18 at the half, and broke it open by outscoring Turners 21-8 in the third quarter.
Turners travels to Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School on Wednesday night at 6.
Turners won the junior varsity game, 43-11. Abby Loynd scored 11 points, Emma Miner added 8, and Sienna Dillensneider contributed 6 for the winners.