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Indians cruise past Wave

After a primarily listless second quarter that saw Turners Falls High School fail to capitalize on a solid defensive effort, the Indians were able to open it up on offense over the final 16 minutes.

Turners extended a six-point halftime lead to 12 by the end of the third quarter and eventually ran away with a 43-23 victory over Greenfield High School in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball contest Wednesday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

“They just pounded it inside,” said Green Wave head coach John Hickey, regarding the Indians’ second-half success offense. “They were more physical than us. They had a ton of second chances.”

Tanisha Sanders was the catalyst inside for Turners (3-2 overall, 2-2 FCL North Division), as she recorded a game-high 12 points, 7 of them in the second half. Katelyn Dodge also reached double figures with 10 points (7 in the second half), and Jenna Putala pitched in with 8.

Amber Caouette led the rebounding effort with 10, while CeCe Campbell pulled down 9 off the bench.

The Indians struggled at the free-thrown line, however, making just 8 of their 28 attempts, and had problems shooting inside, according to Indians head coach Ted Wilcox.

“We missed at least 18 missed bunnies, and that’s not good at all,” he said. “We just played sloppy in the first half. ... But it’s a win and we’ve won three out of five so far, so we’re gong in the right direction. If we put four quarters together, we’re going to be a really good team.”

Kelsey Roberts continued her strong freshman season for the Green Wave (2-4, 1-3 South),

Both teams get right back to work on Friday night at 7:30. Turners entertains FCL North-leading Athol High School, while Greenfield takes a trip to Messer Gymnasiun in Northfield to take on Pioneer Valley Regional School.

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