Wave tops feisty Red Hawks, 50-34

  • Above, Greenfield’s Raegan Hickey gets in the face of Frontier’s Amelia Sobieski as the Green Wave survived an early battle to pull away for a 50-34 victory at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Below, Wave forward Samantha Smith pulls up over Sobieski for a jump shot. For The Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Greenfield’s Samantha Smith pulls up for jump shot over Frontier’s Amelia Sobieski Friday night where the Green Wave pulled away for a 50-34 victory. For The Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Sophie Putnam, right, of Athol, strips the ball from Aleisha Stevens of Hopkins Academy Friday during the Golden Hawks’ 64-61 victory. FOR THE RECORDER/JERREY ROBERTS

Recorder Staff
Friday, February 09, 2018

Raegan Hickey sank a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 18 points on the night, leading visiting Greenfield High School to a 50-34 victory over Frontier Regional School in a Franklin County League North girls’ basketball game Friday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier (13-5, 4-2) played a much better game than the first meeting between the two teams (a 51-16 Greenfield win), but free throw shooting (6-for-20) and offensive struggles plagued the Red Hawks.

“If we have a decent night shooting free throws, we probably have a chance to win the game in the last few minutes,” Frontier head coach Marty Sanderson said. “We left a lot of points on the floor.”

Greenfield (16-1, 5-0) turned an 8-8 game into a 21-13 halftime lead, and doubled the lead from 8 points to 16 entering the fourth.

“I thought we defended them well but we struggled offensively and the missed free throws compounded the problem,” Sanderson said.

Samantha Smith helped the Green Wave with 15 points, while Katie Haselton added 9 points and Lizzy Howland tossed in 7.

Frontier senior point guard Ella Deane led her team’s offensive effort with 14 points. Lexa Boyden also went for double figures with 10 points, while Amelia Sobieski notched 4 points and 9 rebounds. Marie Diemand pulled down 7 rebounds and dished out 4 assists to go with a pair of points.

Hopkins 64, Athol 61 — Samantha Jenks registered her 1,000th career point, as the Hopkins Academy senior finished with 30 points to lift the Golden Hawks to a tight 64-61 win over Athol High School in a FCL North girls’ basketball game Friday in Hadley.

Athol (3-15, 1-5), which defeated Hopkins when the teams met for the first time on Feb. 2, received 23 points from Destiny Wrigley, who continues to score points in bunches. Angelica Baptista tallied 17 points, while Amber Mahony tossed in 7.

The Red Raiders staked themselves to a 28-19 halftime lead, but Hopkins (7-10, 1-5) rebounded in the second half and outscored Athol by a 44-33 margin to snag the home victory.

Putnam 60, Turners 27 — Brianna Metellus led all scorers with 20 points, and visiting Putnam Vocational Technical Academy breezed to a 60-27 win over Turners Falls High School in a FCL South girls’ basketball game Friday in Turners Falls.

Turners (10-7, 3-3) trailed 20-7 after one quarter and managed just seven field goals on the night. Maddy Chmyzinski scored 8 points and Taylor Murphy added 6 in the loss. The Powertown committed 30 turnovers, while Putnam (14-3, 4-1) sank eight 3-pointers en route to the lopsided win.

Ware 56, Pioneer 36 — Jordan Halgas scored 13 points to lead Ware High School past Pioneer Valley Regional School, 56-36, in a FCL South girls’ hoop game Friday night in Ware.

Aidyn Welsh finished with 12 points in the win as Ware (13-6, 5-1) spread the scoring around with 10 players tallying on the night. The Indians led 27-18 at halftime.

Paige Loughman finished with 15 points to pace Pioneer (6-11, 0-6), and Steph Scoville added 11 points.

Mohawk 50, Easthampton 21 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School allowed 11 points in the first quarter but held Easthampton High School to 10 points over the final three quarters combined en route to a 50-21 FCL West victory Friday night in Buckland.

“The defense was incredible,” Mohawk coach Larissa Miner lauded. “They played great all-around team defense. The girls really wanted it tonight.”

Mohawk (6-12, 4-2) trailed 11-9 after the first quarter but outscored Easthampton, 12-6, in the second quarter to take a 21-17 lead into the break. The Warriors held the visitors to just four points in the second half, all of which came in the fourth quarter.

Emma Poplawski had a huge night for the Warriors with 16 points and 22 rebounds, while Ashley Walker poured in 16 points. Grace Poplawski finished with 12 points, and Grace Ward added 2 points and 11 boards.

Juli Korza and Lily Pioli each scored 7 points for the Eagles.

Sci-Tech 53, FC Tech 24 — Ann Harrington and Montana Curtis each scored 14 points on Friday to lead Springfield School of Science & Technology to a 53-23 win over Franklin County Technical School in an independent girls’ basketball game in Springfield.

Jocelyn Crowningshield led the Eagles (11-6) with 8 points, and Jordan Hurlbert added 6. Brooke Adams and Amber Merritt each chipped in 4 points.

Boys’ basketball

Pioneer 78, Hoosac 71, OT — For the second straight night, Pioneer found itself in an early double-digit deficit. For the second straight night, the Panthers managed to overcome it.

One night after coming from behind to knock off Belchertown High School, the Panthers roared back from 12 points down early on to edge Hoosac Valley Regional School in overtime, 78-71, in an independent boys’ basketball game Friday night in Cheshire.

“We came out really flat, really uninspired and I said to them, ‘We’re down 12 (points) guys, we’ve been here before, last night actually,’” Pioneer coach Scott Thayer joked. “They just kicked it into gear. Again, it was doing the little things. Going hard after 50/50 balls, rebounding in traffic, making that extra little step on defense to close it down. We worked our way back into the game and it was close for much of the rest of the game.”

Pioneer (12-5) actually held a five-point lead with under a minute to go but Hoosac tied the game late and neither team was able to break the tie in the waning seconds. The Panthers came out and dominated the overtime session to earn the win, which is huge in terms of tournament seeding due to Hoosac being a Division III team and Pioneer playing in Division IV.

Karl Wheeler finished with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals to pace the Panthers, and Brendan Emond added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Mike Menard hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, and Jordan Loughman added 11.

Izaha Stubbs led Hoosac with 29 points, and Vance Eugene added 13.

Greenfield 71, Mohawk 38 — Colin Cloutier poured in 19 points and Owen Phelps tossed in 18 to lead Greenfield to its second win in as many nights against Mohawk. The Green Wave shook off a slow first half and outscored Mohawk by a 29-3 margin in the third quarter en route to a 71-38 victory to sweep the two-night home-and-home series Friday at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Greenfield (5-12, 4-2) led just 29-26 at halftime, but the third-quarter barrage enabled the hosts to run away and hide. Phelps scored 10 of his 18 points in the third quarter, while Jake Sak tallied all nine of his points in the third.

Mohawk’s Jackson Hicks led all scorers with 22 points. Anthony Moffatt hit a 3-pointer and finished with 5 points for the Warriors.

Nate Haselton added 9 points for Greenfield, while Jake Suhl (8 points) and Mason Campbell (6) aided the offensive effort.