H.S. Basketball: Mahar sweeps Athol; Turners’ Marcus Sanders pours in 38 points in win over FCTS

Published: 2/18/2021 7:50:55 PM

Despite the pandemic, the Mahar-Athol rivalry was able to add another chapter Thursday night.

The host Senators stormed out to an 26-12 halftime lead and managed to hang on despite a spirited effort from their neighbors to the east for a 50-34 boys basketball victory in Orange.

“To Athol’s credit, we got off to a decent start and they wouldn’t go away,” offered Mahar coach Chad Softic. “It certainly wasn’t the prettiest of basketball games and (Athol) Coach (Dan) Bevis and I lamented that vacation routines may have got the best of both of us today.”

The Sens led 18-6 after one quarter and 26-12 at halftime before Athol rallied in the second half and cut the deficit to around 10 points late.

Jake Carron’s 15-point, 14-rebound double-double paced Mahar, while Jake Tenney (nine points), Aydan Sevigny (six), Connor Sluder (six) and Matt Lyesiuk (five) also chipped in offensively.

“We got another great effort from Jake Carron,” Softic lauded. “He just brings his lunch pail and goes to work. Aydan Sevigny also gave us a nice spark in the forth as did Cole Johnson. Cole has really impressed me all year with the emotional investment he puts forward every day.”

Athol’s Vinnie Gordon was his team’s leading scorer with 14 points. Noah Pottinger went for eight points and Beau Manning sank a pair of 3’s to finish with six points.

In the JV game, Conall Tontodonato scored a team-high 16 points to help Athol pull out a 42-27 victory over Mahar.

Turners 74, FC Tech 45 — Turners guard Marcus Sanders was in the zone Thursday against crosstown foe Franklin Tech.

It didn’t matter what defense the Eagles threw at the senior guard, as Sanders found ways to make plays, finishing with a whopping 38 points on 16 made field goals to lead Turners to a 74-45 win on the road.

“It felt like he was shooting into an ocean tonight,” Tech coach Tim Artus said. “We did what we wanted defensively against him, he just made shots. He was phenomenal.”

While it was Sanders who stole the show, Brendan Driscoll continued his strong play this season with a 20-point outing. Levin Prondecki added eight points and Ryan Duclos finished with four points in the win.

Ty Sadoski and Gavin Rubio each finished in double-figures for the Eagles, with Sadoski scoring 13 points and Rubio dropping 12 in the loss. Ryan Artus and Noah Ausikaitis both recorded five points.

Hopkins 66, Greenfield 44 — The Golden Hawk offense was clicking on all cylinders early, led by Colin Earle who scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the first half of play to lead Hopkins to a 66-44 win on the road in Greenfield.

The Green Wave were unable to overcome the fast start from the Golden Hawks, falling behind 42-22 at the half.

Andrew Ciaglo added 13 points for Hopkins, with Addison Phifer chipping in seven points to the winning total.

David Carey had the hot hand for the Green Wave, finishing with 16 points. Brody Baird poured in 13 points and Mav Ward added seven points in the loss.

Girls basketball

Mahar 67, Athol 37 — A 23-7 edge in the third quarter enabled visiting Mahar some separation, and the Senators wound up scoring a 67-37 victory over Athol in girls basketball action Thursday at Mallet Gymnasium.

Athol stayed within striking distance, trailing 30-20 at halftime, before the Sens used a big third quarter to pull away.

“Our players got a little more aggressive and created some turnovers,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said of the third-quarter barrage.

Micalyn Mailloux led three Mahar players in double figures with 19 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and she also pulled down 10 rebounds. Delaney Parker also hit three 3’s and finished with 14 points, while Saylor Kegans continued her strong season in the post with another double-double – 11 points and 14 rebounds. Abby Henne chipped in with seven points.

Athol received a big game from Emma Bacigalupo, who poured in a team-high 13 points. Reily Polana also played well, draining a 3 en route to a 10-point effort. Lindsey LeBlanc added five points while Lily King tossed in four.

Greenfield 47, Hopkins 29 — Offense was at a premium Thursday afternoon in Hadley.

Enter Katie Haselton.

The reliable Greenfield senior poured in 11 of her game-high 20 points in the third quarter, helping the visiting Green Wave pull away for a 47-29 victory over Hopkins Academy.

Greenfield led just 20-11 at halftime following a low-scoring opening 16 minutes. Haselton, who also totaled eight rebounds, seven assists and seven steals, sank five field goals and a free throw in the third, as the Wave outscored the Hawks by a 16-10 margin.

Lillia Kachelmeyer went for nine points in the win. Amber Bergeron (eight points, eight rebounds), Eva Pruitt-Dahl (five points), Tess Rancourt (eight rebounds) and Azemina Cecunjanin (seven rebounds) all made key contributions for the Wave.

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