Rams butt Athol
In a battle of unbeatens, Granby High School defeated Athol High School, 75-63, in an independent girls basketball showdown in Granby Thursday night.
The game was tied at 61 all with under two minutes to play, when the Rams went on a 14-2 run to close out the night and the Senators’ unbeaten streak.
“We were right there with a couple of minutes to play but couldn’t close it out,” said Red Raiders head coach Dan Beavis. “It was a lot closer than a 12-point game. Our defense didn’t execute at the end.”
The Rams Kate Sullivan led all scorers with 23 points, including three 3-pointers. Meghan Sullivan and Rachel Sapouckey each tossed in 13 for Granby.
Molly Cleveland was high scorer for the Raiders, dropping in 14 points, 6 on 3-pointers. Emily Casella and Kiki Guerin dropped in 11 each for Athol, with Tanner Favreau adding 10, and Julia Salmonde 9.
Pioneer 52, Ware 47 — Pioneer Valley Regional School battled back from a four-point halftime deficit and defeated Ware High School, 52-47, in an independent girls’ basketball game Thursday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.
Natalie Hale had another big night for the Panthers (2-6), netting 14 points with 10 rebounds and five steals. Alyssa Llewelyn scored 8 points — 6 in the fourth quarter — and grabbed seven boards. Gabby Carpenter also had 8 points, and Logan Anderson chipped in 7 points. Hailey Raymond finished with six rebounds and a team-high seven assists.
Pioneer trailed 25-21 at the half.
Sadie Simons led the Indians with 10 points. Taylor Green had 9 and Heather Bouchard 8.
Pioneer hosts Belchertown High School Monday night at 7.
Hampshire 49, Frontier 31 — Katie O’Connor led a balanced attack with 11 points as Hampshire Regional High School downed Frontier Regional School, 49-31, in independent girls’ basketball action Thursday night in Westhampton.
Laura Whiteley finished with 10 points, and Brie Wetlich tossed in 9 for the Red Raiders, who led 18-14 at halftime and pulled away late.
Amanda Calvo led the Red Hawks with 12 points. Olivia Riordan totaled 9 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Camilla Baronas contributed 5 points and six rebounds.
Frontier was outrebounded only 28-25 but committed 26 turnovers.
McCann Tech 42, Greenfield 35—McCann Technical School outlasted Greenfield High School, 42-35, in an independent girls’ hoops contest at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield Thursday night.
The Hornets’ Emijah Barton led all scorers with 18 points. Allie Gibeau dropped in 8, including two 3-balls, and Alex Wood added 6 for McCann.
Seaira Wolfe led the Green wave with 8 points, including a trey. Molly Duclos, Miranda Coulombe and Chelsey Opalenik added 7 each for the Wave.
Southwick 46, Mohawk 37 — Southwick-Tolland Regional High School came out strong and held on for a 46-37 victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in an independent girls’ hoops battle in Buckland Thursday night.
Southwick outscored the Warriors 17-7 in the first quarter, and took a 28-16 lead into the halftime locker room.
“We got off to a slow start but I’m really proud of my,” said warriors head coach Chuck Miner. “We dug ourselves a hole in the first half but never gave in. I have been preaching defense since the start of the season. Tonight, the team responded.”
The Warriors turned the tables on the Rams in the fourth quarter, outscoring them 13-3 in the final frame. Although it wasn’t enough to bring home the win, Miner saw a lot to be happy with.
“The girls played with a lot of confidence and they are starting to believe in themselves. I’m very happy, we’re a really young team without a senior on the roster, and it’s been tough so far. We’re hoping tonight is the start of our turn around.” said Miner.
Laura Ward dropped in 12 points for the Warriors. Blaze Petco-Sands added 9 on three trifectas.
Morgan Harriman led the way for the Rams, dropping in 18 points, including two treys.
Catholic 53, Turners 25 — Krya Robins poured in a game-high 21 points to lead Holyoke Catholic High School to a 53-25 independent girls’ hoops win over Turners Falls High School Thursday night in Turners Falls.
Danielle Easton added 9 points and Lilli Klejna 7 for the Gaels, who led 23-12 at the break.
Eighth-grader Kylie Fleming had team-high 8 points for the Indians. Haleigh Bassett chipped in with 5.
Turners Falls hosts Southwick-Tolland Reginaql High School Saturday at 3:30.
Turners won the junior varsity game, 42-26. Maddie Chmyzinski led the winners with 12. Chloe Ellis added 9 and Abby Loynd had 7.
South Hadley 66, Mahar 35 — Freshman Sophie Gatzounas led the way for South Hadley High School with 14 points as the Tigers crushed Mahar Regional School, 66-35, in an independent girls’ hoops matchup in South Hadley Thursday night.
“We came out with no heart and no hustle in the first half, probably the worst half I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” said Senators head coach Larry Fisher. “We played much better in the second half, though the score doesn’t really reflect that, and a few players stepped up, which was good to see.”
Ally Parker was the high scorer for Mahar, poring in 8 points. Cassie Verheyen tossed in 6, and also pulled down 20 boards. Natashia Patria added 6 points for the Senators.
Mahar returns to the floor tonight at 7:30 when it visits Hampshire Regional High School.
Franklin Tech 41, Commerce 35 — Brittany Anderson scored 21 points and Brooke Meuse threw in 14 as Franklin County Technical School beat High school of Commerce, 41-35, in independent action Thursday night in Turners Falls.
“We had a bit of a rough start,” said Eagles head coach Matt Llewellyn. “We missed too many layups in the first half, but played much better in the second and were able to take control of the game.”
Dreonna Marchena led the Raiders with 15 points, including two 3-pointers.
The Eagles return to the hardwood Monday night at home against Gateway Regional High School at 6:30 p.m.