School Hoops: Adams hoops sink Duggan in overtime

Recorder Staff
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Brooke Adams scored the only overtime points and Franklin County Technical School edged Duggan Academy, 39-35, in a Tri-County League North Division girls’ basketball game Thursday night in Springfield.

The teams went into the extra frame tied at 35-35, and through the first 3 minutes, 30 seconds of overtime, neither team had scored. At that point, Adams was the recipient of a nice passing play and she attacked the hoop, making the basket and getting fouled. She missed the free throw, but Duggan turned the ball over and Adams made another hoop to seal the victory.

“I think we realized we were slacking a little bit and we needed to pick it up,” Adams said of the late flurry to end the game. “We kept fighting until the end and I just got some lucky shots. It was a team effort.”

Franklin Tech led 20-13 at halftime but the Jayhawks put a full-court press on to start the second half and outscored the Eagles, 18-6, in the third quarter, which accounted for more than half their points in the entire game. Franklin Tech settled down and took care of the ball after that and allowed just four points in the fourth quarter and none in overtime.

“I think my girls were a little bit shell-shocked early in the second half,” Franklin Tech coach Sean Knightly said. “They settled down. We took a couple timeouts, I challenged them and they responded. I’m very proud of them. They’ve got big hearts and don’t give up.”

Adams led the Eagles with 15 points, one off her career high. Jordan Hurlbert finished with 10 points, and Amber Merritt added 8 points.

Jesalie Santini Torres led Duggan with 16 points, and Kaleysha Franco added 14.

Pioneer 51, Easthampton 48 (OT) — On the road in overtime, a young Pioneer Valley Regional School girls’ basketball team grew up a bit Thursday night.

The Panthers rallied back from a double-digit halftime deficit, and ultimately outscored Easthampton High School by a 9-6 margin in overtime to capture a 51-48 victory in an independent contest in Easthampton.

“The girls locked down on defense and stayed composed during overtime,” Pioneer head coach Meg Burrington.

Olivia Rowe scored five of her 14 points in the extra session. She pulled down 14 rebounds and added 5 blocks. Freshman Paige Loughman led the offensive effort with 16 points, while adding 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Steph Scoville also scored in double figures with 11 points, while Sarah Ellis added 8 points and Liz Lambert finished with 11 rebounds to go with two points.

Trailing 29-18 at halftime, Pioneer (3-6) used a huge third quarter to get back into the game. The Panthers held Easthampton (3-5) scoreless in the period, outscoring the Eagles by a 17-0 margin to take a 35-29 advantage into the fourth.

“In the third quarter the girls came alive and played like they know how,” Burrington offered. “They decided to play some defense and converted steals and rebounds to points.”

Pioneer hopes to keep the momentum rolling when it visits Southwick-Tolland Regional High School on Monday night.

Mahar 49, Southwick 39 — Solid defensive work over the first three quarters set the tone, and visiting Mahar Regional School held on late to capture a 49-39 victory over Southwick in an independent girls’ basketball game Thursday night in Southwick.

Mahar (7-5) held Southwick to just nine points in the first half, as the Senators built a 22-9 halftime advantage.

The lead grew to 36-19 entering the fourth quarter, but Southwick clawed to within seven points with just under three minutes to play. Mahar made enough plays late, moving the lead to double figures en route to the 10-point victory.

Hannah Paul led all scorers with 13 points, while Jazmyn Vautour joined her in double figures with 12 points and 4 assists. Micalyn Mailloux tossed in 8 points, while Kianna Reilly added 6 points in the win.

“We had a good defensive effort, especially in the first three quarters,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said. “(Southwick) was able to hang with it and push back though.”

The Senators play Wahconah Regional High School Saturday at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer event taking place at Hoosac Valley High School.

Turners Falls 64, Pope Francis 44 — On the strength of a season-high offensive output, visiting Turners Falls High School captured a comfortable 64-44 victory over Pope Francis High School Thursday night in Chicopee.

Turners (7-3) led 12-10 after one quarter before the Powertown exploded offensively. The squad scored 22 points in the second period, extending their halftime lead to 34-24. A 19-7 edge in the third quarter put the game out of reach, with Turners taking a 53-31 advantage into the fourth.

“We were playing sloppy but the girls kicked the offense into gear in that second quarter,” Turners coach Ted Wilcox explained. “They decided to put their foot on the gas pedal instead of shooting it.”

Three players finished in double figures for Turners. Aliyah Sanders led the pack with 16 points. Chloe Ellis had a solid outing inside, going for a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds while adding 6 assists. Abby Loynd also dropped in 14 points in the victory. Maddy Chmyzinski hit three 3-pointers to finish with 9 points.

Just three players did the scoring for Pope Francis, led by Jasmine Maldonado (22 points) and Julie Garvey (20).

Ware 66, Athol 38 — Jordan Halgas poured in 23 points, and host Ware High School steadily pulled away from Athol High School to pick up a 66-38 independent girls’ basketball game Thursday in Ware.

The Indians (8-4) led just 20-14 after one quarter, but the visiting Red Raiders were held to just 24 points over the final three stanzas. Ware led 35-19 at halftime and outscored Athol by a 31-19 margin after the break.

Destiny Wrigley paced the Athol offense with 13 points, while Haley Bigwood also tallied in double figures with 11 points. Amber Mahony tossed in 5 points for the Red Raiders (0-8).

Athol plays Taconic High School Saturday at Hoosac Valley.

Frontier 39, Smith Academy 19 — Smith Academy scored nine points in the first quarter Thursday night but Frontier Regional School turned the defense up a notch and held the Falcons to just 10 points over the final three quarters as the Red Hawks went on to dump the Falcons, 39-19, in an independent girls’ basketball in Hatfield.

The teams were tied 9-9 after the first quarter and Frontier held a slight 15-11 lead at halftime. While the Red Hawks’ offense came to life in the second half — scoring 11 and 13 points in the final two quarters respectively — the Falcons managed just four points apiece in each of the final two frames.

Lexa Boyden continued to be a double-double machine for the Red Hawks as she finished with 11 points and 11 boards in the win. Ella Deane led the Hawks with 12 points and chipped in 3 assists, and Tori Speth tallied 7 points. Olivia Deane netted 4 points, and Arianna Walker added 3 points.

Emma Kelly led Smith Academy with 10 points.

Greenfield 67, McCann Tech 16 — Greenfield High School took its show to the Berkshires Thursday night. The Green Wave probably won’t be invited back for a James Taylor concert at Tanglewood this summer.

Visiting Greenfield stormed out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter, pushed the advantage to 38-5 at halftime and picked up another dominant win. The Wave moved to 10-1 overall with their eighth straight win, a 67-16 rout of McCann Technical School in North Adams.

Raegan Hickey led all scorers with 20 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Samantha Smith joined her in double figures with 13 points, while Katie Haselton also scored 13 points. Racquel Provost tossed in 6 points, while Kirsten Ward (5 points), Leah Bosco (4) and Lizzy Howland (4) also contributed.

Greenfield’s lead grew to 59-7 after three quarters. It was the seventh time this year the team held its opponent to 30 or fewer points, and the eighth time the Wave have scored 60 or more points.

The Wave head home to host rival Turners Falls High School Tuesday night.

Boys’ games

Mohawk 55, St. Mary’s 30 — Shawn Davenport had 11 points to lead a balanced offensive attack and Mohawk Trail Regional High School won its first game of the season, 55-30 over St. Mary’s Parrish School in an independent boys’ basketball game Thursday night in Buckland.

This marked the second meeting of the season between the teams after St. Mary’s picked up a 49-37 victory over the Warriors (1-9) back on Jan. 1.

“It’s a good quality win after they took us by 12 last time,” Mohawk coach Jeff Herd said. “We really maintained our poise. We made good decisions with the ball, played good team defense and did a good job on the boards.”

Anthony Moffatt had 10 points in the win, and Jackson Hicks added 9. Kaleb Fitzgerald tossed in 7 points, Will Guyette finished with 6, Cam Hoff added 5, and Jon Schuetze chipped in 4.