Mahar trims ’Gansett, 57-48
Mahar's KadieJiillson (10) tries to drive past Narragansett defender Dakota Sorelle Tuesday night in Orange, where the host Senators beat the visiting Warriors, 57-48 in an independent girls' basketball game at Grzesik/Bixby gym.
Mahar's Caitriona Cronin (13) shoots over Narragansett defender Julie Morel Tuesday night in Orange, where the host Senators took down the visiting Warriors, 57-48, in their independent girls' basketball game at Grzesik/Bixby gym.
Mahar's Natasha Patria launches a 3-pointer from the wing over Narragansett defender Dakota Sorelle Tuesday night in Orange, where the host Senators prevailed, 57-48, in their independent girls' basketball game at Grzesik/Bixby gym.
The Mahar Regional School girls’ basketball players know that every game counts at this point of the season.
The Senators came into Tuesday night’s game needing to win five of their remaining seven contests, and on the strength of a dominant start against Narragansett Regional High School, the Senators took care of business with a 57-48 independent victory at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.
Mahar does not have an easy road to the postseason and knew that a loss to the Warriors would really put the team behind the 8-ball. The response was one that saw the Senators run out to a 12-0 lead to start the game and the team went on to lead 21-11 after the first quarter. From there, the Senators and Warriors were close in scoring during each of the final three quarters before Mahar settled for the nine-point victory.
“Right now, every game is a must-win for us,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said. “The kids realize that, and they were ready to step up tonight against a very good Narragansett team.”
Natasha Patria and Ally Parker led the way offensively. Parker helped the Senators get out to the quick start, scoring 14 of her 22 points in the first quarter alone. Patria spread out her offense and finished with a game-high 23 points. She finished with a double-double, also leading her team with 13 rebounds.
“Ally got off to a great start,” Fisher said. “She had three or four steals in the first quarter to set up some of those. Patria was consistent all game. She went to the hoop nicely tonight, and that’s something she needs to do more of. They both stepped up.”
The Senators were without their third major offensive contributor, center Cassie Verheyen, who played sparingly due to an illness and finished with just a point. Hannah Marshall added 5 points, and Kadie Jillson netted 4.
Reagan Mulherin led Narragansett with 21 points. Emily Burdett added 9.
Mahar (6-8) heads to Easthampton High School on Friday.
Tyler Andrews finished seventh overall in the boys’ nordic skiing race to help Mohawk Trail Regional High School to a third-place finish Monday at Berkshire East in Charlemont.
Andrews finished the course in 18 minutes, 56 seconds and Mohawk finished with 65 points to take third. Mount Greylock Regional High School won the meet with 10 points (lowest score wins), while Amherst Regional High School came in second with 53 points.
Tom Damery came in 11th overall for the Warriors in 19:09, and Aidan Sandvik placed 20th overall in 20:52. Zach Arfa finished 27th in 22:19, and Thomas Aurigemma came in 31st in 23:08.
• In the girls’ race, Allison Lull finished second overall as Mohawk took fourth place with 66 points.
Mount Greylock was the top team with 20 points, while Amherst took second with 46 points, and Lenox High School placed third with 47 points.
Sarah Gokey finished 19th overall in 25:14 for Mohawk. Maddie Boucias took 21st in 25:30, and Abbi Yezierski took 24th in 27:14.