Tech stays in postseason hunt
Eagles 15 Brooke Meuse goes in for the shotagainst Hawks 23 Michelle Roche
Eagles 3 Alyssa Andrews eyes the basket against Hawks 10 Rosabell Velasquez
Franklin County Technical School kept its slim postseason hopes, even without one of its best players.
Sparked by five steals from Alyssa Andrews, the Eagles went on a 13-3 run in the third quarter to take control of a close game and post a 34-22 victory over Dean Technical High School in Tri-County League girls’ basketball action Thursday night in Turners Falls.
Brooke Meuse led the Eagles (7-10 overall, 7-6 TCL) with 9 points. Brittany Andrews pitched in with 7 and Megan Aldrich and Nicole Miller both contributed 6.
Alyssa Andrews finished the contest with 10 steals.
The Eagles were able to earn the win in spite of the absence of second-leading scorer Jasmine Farr-Marcum due to conflict related to her post-graduation career, according to head coach Ed Marvell.
Rosabel Velazquez netted a trio of 3-pointers and Bethany Serrano had 7 pouints for the Hawks.
The teams were tied 14-14 at halftime.
Franklin Tech hosts Westfield Vocational-Technical High School Monday night at 6.
Smith Academy 36, Turners Falls 34, OT — Turners Falls High School was dealt a major blow to its postseason dreams Thursday night as Smith Academy pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the season with a 36-34 Franklin County League girls’ basketball victory in Hatfield.
The Indians (8-10 overall, 6-10 FCL) led 27-11 at halftime but managed to score just five points in the second half and the Falcons (4-14, 3-13) battled back to tie the game, including outscoring Turners Falls, 13-3 in the fourth quarter. Then, in overtime, Smith Academy outscored the Indians, 4-2, en route to the upset.
“You’re not going to win much when you only score seven points in the third and fourth quarters and overtime,” Turners Falls coach Ted Wilcox said. “It wasn’t for lack of trying, but it just seemed like nothing would fall.”
Katie Yagodzinski led all scorers with 16 points in the win. Emiko Barker added 6 points and Ashley Higgins tossed in 5.
Tanisha Sanders netted 14 points to pace the Indians, who finished with just nine field goals on the night and 14 made free throws. Jenna Putala and Katelyn Dodge each added 8 points in the loss. Forward Brittany York sprained her ankle and left the gymnasium on crutches. She is questionable for the final two regular season games.
The Indians must win their final two games in order to make the tournament, beginning with Thursday night’s home game against Frontier Regional School.
Athol 50, Frontier 25 — Athol High School moved two wins away from an unbeaten regular season and prevented Frontier from clinching a postseason berth with a 50-25 FCL girls’ basketball victory Thursday night in South Deerfield.
Shelby Bronnes led the Red Raiders (18-0, 16-0) with 16 points, while Alexa Whitney added 14 points. Caitlin Muzzy netted 7 points, and Nicole Guerin finished with 5.
Amanda Calvo paced the Red Hawks (9-8, 9-7) with 10 points. Camilla Baronas finished with 5 points, and Olivia Riordan and Jordan Rowe each added 4. Frontier needs one more win to qualify for the postseason.
Pioneer 49, Mohawk 42 — Pioneer Valley Regional School moved one win closer to clinching a postseason berth on Thursday with a 49-42 victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a FCL girls’ basketball game in Northfield.
The Panthers (8-9, 6-9) held a 33-12 lead at halftime, and 45-21 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Panthers must win two of their final three games in order to qualify for the postseason.
Natalie Hale finished with 9 points, seven steals and six rebounds in the win, while Hailey Raymond netted 8 points to go along with three assists. Gabby Carpenter finished with 8 points, Josalyn Carney-Podolski registered 7 points, and Katelyn Grover finished with 6 points.
Blaze Petko-Sands finished with 17 points to pace Mohawk (4-14, 2-14). Laura Ward registered 6 points, while Jen Dawson, Makayla Hicks and Sam Cairns each tossed in 4 points.
Mahar 45, Greenfield 14 — Natashia Patria finished with 7 points and nine rebounds to lead Mahar Regional School to a 45-14 FCL girls’ basketball victory Thursday night in Orange.
The Senators (14-3, 14-2) gave up seven points to the Green Wave in both the second and fourth quarters, but shut the Wave out in the first and third. The hosts managed to get 12 different players into the scoring column on the night.
Jill Valley led the team with 13 points, while Jenelle Juskiewicz finished with 5 points. Cassie Verheyen registered 2 points and seven blocked shots, and Brandy Castillo netted 1 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Kelsey Roberts led the Green Wave (2-16) with 9 points, and Siena Isotti added 3 points.