A big first quarter helped Frontier Regional School hand Pioneer Valley Regional School its first loss of the season with a 54-30 Franklin County League girls’ hoop victory Friday night in Northfield.
The Red Hawks came storming out of the gate and before Pioneer even knew what hit it, the score was 20-5 and the first quarter was expiring. Pioneer came back and played tight with Frontier (1-1) over the next few quarters, including at the beginning of the third quarter when the Panthers made a short run. Frontier shook it off, however, and held on to the large lead.
“We came out hard in the third and saw a little bit of light, but Frontier fought back,” Pioneer coach Meg Lily said. “Frontier is a well-oiled machine and we made a few too many little mistakes.”
Sydney Judge hit a pair of 3-pointers (the only 3-pointers of the game for either team) and finished with a game-high 15 points. Amanda Calvo added 12 points, Olivia Riordan added 7, and Jordan Rowe tossed in 6.
Natalie Hale led Pioneer with 9 points, while Hailey Raymond, Katlyn Grover and Kiley Hubbard each tossed in 5 points.
Athol 48, Easthampton 35 — Athol High School turned in a strong defensive effort to shut down a potent Easthampton High School offense and the Red Raiders moved to 3-0 on the season with a 48-35 FCL victory Friday night in Easthampton.
Athol held the Eagles to just four points in the first quarter and nine more in the second. Easthampton, which entered the game 2-0 on the season and had averaged 50 points per game in the first two games of the season, only hit double figures in one quarter (the third) when it scored 15 points. Athol led 35-28 at that point and put the game on ice in the fourth.
“We went into the game with the gameplan to shut down (Elizabeth) Whitney and (Kristen) Windoloski because they’ve been scoring a lot of points consistently,” Athol coach Dan Bevis explained. “I thought our (Alexa) Whitney did a good job on their Whitney, she didn’t let her get to her spots. And I thought our girls on the perimeter (Caitlin Muzzy, Shelby Bronnes, Tanner Favreau and Molly Cleveland) made it tough on Windoloski to get open looks. Our offense wasn’t there tonight — we missed some shots — but we kept at it and we persevered.”
The Red Raiders limited Elizabeth Whitney to just 11 points, while Windoloski finished with 6. Kelly Avard and Ali Dabek each netted 8 points as just five players scored in the loss.
Alexa Whitney led all scorers with 16 points in the win, while Cleveland finished with 10. Bronnes and Muzzy each netted 9 points.
Norfolk 48, Greenfield 20 — A.J. Bracken outscored Greenfield High School and Norfolk County Agricultural High School won the Eagles Holiday Classic girls’ basketball championship game with a 48-20 victory over the Green Wave Friday evening in Turners Falls.
Bracken finished with 23 points for Norfolk, which led 26-14 at the break, but outscored Greenfield 15-2 in the third quarter to pull away.
Tori Adams led the Green Wave (1-2) with 9 points, and Kelsey Roberts added 5. Roberts was named to the All-Tournament team for the Green Wave.
Mt. Everett 40, FC Tech 15 — Deseraye Conaway finished with 11 points to lead Mt. Everett Regional High School to a 40-15 win over Franklin County Technical School in the third place game of the Eagles Holiday Classic Friday in Turners Falls.
Hannah Herrick added 9 points in the win, and Brooke Morehouse added 7.
Jasmine Farr-Marcum finished with 6 points to lead the Eagles (0-2), while Megan Aldrich worked hard down low and pulled down seven rebounds on the night.
Palmer 73, Mohawk 52 — Four players finished in double-digit scoring on Friday and Palmer High School won the Eagles’ Holiday Classic boys’ basketball tournament with a 73-52 victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Turners Falls.
Kamil Stawioski finished with 14 points to pace the Panthers. Kyle Ingram netted 12 points, Tim Siddle added 11, Brett Doucette tossed in 10, and Zach Russo finished with 9 points.
Mark Buck led Mohawk (1-3) with 17 points, while Alex Buntin and Kyle Leger each scored 9 points.
FC Tech 68, Mt. Everett 56 — Jake Earl had a career night and Franklin Tech picked up its first victory in the early season with a 68-56 victory over Mt. Everett in the third-place game of the Eagles Holiday Classic boys’ basketball tournament Friday evening in Turners Falls.
Earl finished with 36 points in the victory, his second-highest total in his four-year varsity career (he scored 40 points in a game as a sophomore). But it wasn’t just the scoring that had second-year Tech coach Rick Recore impressed with the performance. Earl also finished with nine rebounds, three assists, six steals and only one turnover.
“Tonight was totally in the context of the team,” Recore said of the performance. “Jake shared the ball, moved without the ball, and got other players the ball.”
The Eagles led 13-10 after the first quarter but exploded for 24 points in the second quarter, while holding Mt. Everett to just five, helping the hosts to a 37-15 lead at the break. Things deteriorated a bit after halftime, as Mt. Everett oustscored Tech, 21-12 to creep back into the game.
“We got lost in the third quarter,” Recore said.
After holding Mt. Everett leading-scorer Sage Angel to just two points in the first half, he scored nine points in the third quarter and added six more in the fourth to finish with 17. Despite his second-half performance, Tech held on to earn third place and even its record at 1-1. Recore said that after failing to score on turnovers in Thursday night’s loss to Mohawk, his squad did better finishing against Mt. Everett.
“When we turned them over tonight, we were a lot more successful at cashing in,” he explained. “We also got a lot of contribution from our bench tonight, the younger players did well with the minutes that they played.”
Kyle Jarvis netted 10 points for Franklin Tech, while Chris Wetherby added 9 points, 16 rebounds and four steals.
Colin Blume led Mt. Everett with 18 points.
Mackenzie Phillips won the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 freestyle on Friday as Turners Falls fell to Central High School, 117-41 in an independent girls’ swimming meet in Springfield.
Phillips finished the 50 in 29.74 and the 100 in 1:08.69. Mackenzie Salls also picked up a win on the day with her time of 1:17.92 in the 100 backstroke.
• On the boys’ side, Andy Peters finished second in both the 500 free and the 100 back but Turners fell, 131-32.
Peters came in the 100 back in 1:25.52, and finished the 500 free in 6:51.05. Ian MacPhail took fourth in the 500 back in 7:06, which was 20 seconds faster than his time in that event in the season opener against Holyoke High School.