Hawks edge Panthers
Frontier Regional School took advantage of a fast start to get out big on Pioneer Valley Regional School early and then held off the Panthers the rest of the way for a 43-37 independent girls’ basketball victory Thursday evening in Northfield.
The Red Hawks (1-2) were all over the Panthers (0-2) in the first quarter, outscoring Pioneer, 15-4, in the frame.
“We threw the ball away, and they were hitting their shots,” Pioneer coach Meg Lilly said. “Frontier always comes out quickly, they always come ready to play, especially against us.”
Pioneer got its game going beginning in the second quarter but still trailed 27-14 at the break. The biggest issue was the turnovers, of which Pioneer committed 16 in the first half. The Panthers picked things up in the second half, committing just six turnovers, and chipped away at the lead, pulling to within five points with two minutes to go. Olivia Riordan would go a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line down the stretch to keep Frontier out front as Pioneer tried to foul.
Riordan scored 16 points to lead Frontier to its first win of the season after a pair of tough losses to Amherst Regional High School and Wahconah Regional High School to open the year. Amanda Calvo added 13 points in the win, and Camilla Baronas dumped in 7 points.
Natalie Hale finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds and three assists to lead the Panthers. Alyssa Llewelyn added 8 points and six rebounds, and Gabby Carpenter chipped in 4 points and six boards.
Mahar 55, Smith Academy 40 — Cassie Verheyen finished with 16 points and six rebounds to lead Mahar Regional School to a 55-40 win over Smith Academy in an independent girls’ basketball game Thursday night in Hatfield.
The Senators were dealt a blow in the victory when starting point guard Ally Parker left in the first half with an apparent ankle injury. Parker had already scored 9 points and had nine steals to that point. She also became the second starter on the bench, alongside starting forward Keanna Whitmore, who did not dress for Thursday’s game. The schedule does not get any easier for the Senators as the team plays three games in three days leading up to the Christmas break. Mahar plays in the Belchertown High School Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, opening with Taconic High School at 3 on Saturday. After playing in either the championship game or consolation game on Sunday, the Senators turn around and take on rival Athol High School on Monday.
Natasha Patria finished with 10 points in the win, and Kadie Jillson, playing in place of Parker, finished with 7 points.
Ashley Higgins netted 17 points for the Falcons, and Katie Yagodzinski added 10 points.
Mohawk 54, Smith Voke 14 — Laura Ward scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Mohawk Trail Regional High School to a 54-14 independent girls’ basketball win over Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School Thursday in Buckland.
The Warriors improved to 2-0 on the season and have outscored opponents 91-20. Mohawk will get a chance to see how it stacks up against one of the top teams in Franklin County tonight when it heads to Athol High School.
Emma Poplawski led the Warriors in rebounding with 13 and added 6 points. Hope Lively finished with 8 points, and Makayla Hicks added 7.
Hopkins 64, Turners Falls 6 — Mackenzie Sullivan hit four 3-pointers and scored 25 points as Hopkins Academy defeated Turners Falls High School, 64-6, in an independent girls’ basketball game Thursday night in Turners Falls.
Kate Sullivan added 14 points in the win.
Amber Caouette finished with 4 points for the Indians. Alex Wing-LaClaire and Haleigh Bassett each played well defensively.
Turners Falls won the junior varsity game, 30-20.
Easthampton 54, Greenfield 13 — Kristen Windoloski hit five 3-pointers for 15 points and Easthampton High School dumped Greenfield High School, 54-13, in an independent girls’ basketball game Thursday evening in Greenfield.
Ceaira Wolfe finished with 3 points in the loss.
Nicole John won a pair of events on Thursday but Turners Falls dropped a 84-62 decision to Holyoke High School in an independent girls’ swimming & diving meet in Holyoke.
John won the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 41.35 seconds and then won the 100 butterfly in 1:17.60. Mackenzie Salls picked up a victory in the 200 individual medley in 2:51.16 and placed second in the 100 back in 1:16.09. Mackenzie Phillips won the fourth individual medal for the Indians on the day with a victory in the 50 free in 28.34. She also placed second in the 100 free in 1:05.15. Matte Heath earned a second place finish in the 200 free in 2:58.40.
The 200 medley relay team of Heath, Salls, John and Phillips won in 2:19.96. The 200 free relay team of Phillps, Julia Massey, Bianca Martin and Kate Garcia came in second in 2:34.11, and the 400 free relay team of John, Melissa Hersey, Salls and Heath came in second in 5:07.63.
• On the boys’ side, Ian MacPhail won a pair of events but the Indians fell to Holyoke, 94-59.
MacPhail captured the 200 IM in 2:38.05 and won the 500 free in 6:15.04. Jay Fritz picked up a win in the 50 free in 26.56, and took second in the 100 free in 1:00.96. Riley Palmer won the 100 breast in 1:24.57, and then took third in the 50 free in 28.96. Alex Tirrell came in second in the 100 back in 1:17.73, and James Dolan placed fourth in the 100 back in 1:28.84.
The 200 medley relay team of Tirrell, Palmer, MacPhail and Fritz won in 2:09.91, while the 200 free relay team of Fritz, Brendan Chapin, Chase Blair and Dolan came in second in 2:16.50.