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Indians drop Warriors

What originally seemed improbable at the beginning of the season is beginning to look like a very real possibility now.

Turners Falls High School continued its stunning turnaround on Wednesday evening by recording its eighth win in a 49-33 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball contest Wednesday night in Turners Falls.

The Indians improved to 8-9 overall (6-9 FCL North), and they’re heavily favored to win No 9 tonight at FCL South cellar-dweller Smith Academy. That would mean Turners would need to beat either Frontier (Feb. 14) or Pioneer (Feb. 18) to earn its first postseason berth since the 1993-94 season.

Mohawk (4-13, 2-13 North) did its best to try and spring the upset, as it trailed by only two points at intermission (18-16), but Turners outscored the Warriors 17-6 in the third quarter to pull away.

The Indians received production from various sources throughout the contest. Jenna Putala led the offense with 17 points, Tanisha Sanders had a solid all-around game with 12 points, 12 rebounds three assists, Amber Caouette contributed 7 points and Katelyn Dodge pulled down eight rebounds and dished out six assists.

Blaze Petko-Sands drained four 3-pointers to led the Warriors with a dozen points, and Hannah Finck pitched in with 11.

Pioneer 46, Greenfield 44 — Pioneer Valley Regional School survived a late chance by Greenfield High School to win the game and escaped Nichols Gymnasium with a 4-644 FCL girls’ basketball win on Wednesday night in Greenfield.

Down by one, Greenfield had a chance to win it in the closing seconds but missed an open jumper from the elbow.

Natalie Hale led the Panthers with 20 points, while Alyssa Llewelyn and Gabby Carpenter each added 9.

Tory Adams poured in a season-high 27 points to lead the Green Wave. Siena Isotti and Valenka Kosick each chipped in 6 points.

Gateway 44, FC Tech 31 — Franklin County Technical School was unable to recover from a 10-point halftime deficit and eventually dropped a 44-31 Tri-County League girls’ basketball decision to Gateway Regional High School Wednesday night in Huntington.

The Eagles cut into the lead by a couple by the end of the third quarter, but its lack of depth and the loss of two players (one to injury, one to fouls) hindered their comeback —they managed just 4 points in the final period.

Brooke Fairman led the Gators with a game-high 26 points.

Brittany Andrews drained a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 15 points for the Eagles, while Brooke Meuse threw in 11, both season-highs.

Franklin Tech won the junior varsity game, 29-19.

Hockey

South Hadley 5, Turners 1 — Evan Sullivan scored a hat trick to lead South Hadley High School over Turners Falls, 5-1, in a Wright Division hockey game Wednesday night at Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke.

Robert Kass scored the other two goals for the Tigers (10-2-2, 7-0-0 Wright), while Tim Sweeney, Ben Kravetz and Jeff Beauregard all added two assists.

Trevor Peduzzi scored with 1:42 left in the contest, assisted by Ryan Waldron and Brandon Lenois.

Devin Hoagland made 28 saves in the South Hadley net, while Brandon Bryant turned aside 35 shots for the Indians.

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