School Roundup: Pioneer girls hoop staying alive for postseason

  • Mohawk’s Grace Ward (14) puts up a shot over Pioneer’s Steph Scoville (10) in the second half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Azemina Cecunjanin goes up for a layup against Mohawk in the second half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Steph Scoville, left, blocks a shot attempt from Mohawk’s Stella Clark in the first half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Steph Scoville, right, puts up a shot over Mohawk’s Stella Clark in the first half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Paige Loughman (3) gets through a host of Mohawk defenders to put in a layup in the first half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Mya Lesieur, right, drives down the court defended Pioneer’s Sarah Ellis in the first half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Sofia Walker takes a shot against Mohawk in the second half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Paige Loughman drives down the court on a breakaway against Mohawk in the second half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Grace Poplawski, right, goes in for a layup past Pioneer defender Sofia Walker in the first half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Makayla Tatro, left, fights for a jump ball against Pioneer’s Alina Cecunjanin in the first half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Paige Loughman (3) goes up for a rebound against Mohawk’s Grace Poplawski (20) in the second half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Mya Lesieur takes a shot against Pioneer in the second half Wednesday night in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Reports
Published: 2/5/2020 11:56:41 PM

Still alive for a tournament spot, the Pioneer Valley Regional girls basketball team can’t afford to take any game off the rest of the way. 

After a slow start on Wednesday against Mohawk, the Panthers exploded in the second quarter, scoring 20 points to take a 26-18 lead into the half. 

Pioneer then outscored the Warriors 27-20 the rest of the way en route to a 53-38 independent win on its home court. 

“At 7-9, every game is important to us,” Panther coach Michael Churchill said. “We have to finish strong if we want to get in the tournament.” 

Mohawk (3-13) was able to use its height to control the glass in the first quarter, scoring most of its points off of offensive rebounds. 

That changed moving forward, as Pioneer did a much better job of rebounding as a team, as well as getting out in transition to limit Mohawk’s size advantage. 

“We talked at the end of the first in picking the offensive intensity and use our legs,” Churchill said. “We had a deep bench so we had to speed the game up and see if we could get easy drives to the hoop.” 

Two of the players to lead the charge on the boards for the Panthers were Paige Loughman with 16 rebounds and Lily Faille with nine rebounds. 

Steph Scoville led Pioneer in scoring with 19 points, with Loughman adding in 16 points. 

Grace Poplawski scored 14 points for the Warriors, with Stella Clark dropping in five points. 

Mahar 56, Hopkins 53 — Thirty-two minutes weren’t enough to decide a winner in Hadley on Wednesday, as the Senators and Golden Hawks were knotted at 48 at the end of regulation. 

In overtime, Mahar trailed by 53-52 with 29 seconds left when Kendrah Doane drained a shot from the corner to put the Senators up 54-53. 

Delaney Parker then got a rebound on the other end, got fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws to seal a 56-53 Franklin County League North win. 

“Everybody played well,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said. “We kept our composure. If we didn’t, it really would have hurt us.”

Saylor Kegans, who finished with 15 points, knocked down a free throw with three second left to send the game to overtime. 

Delaney Parker led the Senators (11-6, 4-2) with 16 points and Micalyn Mailloux added in 10 points. Doane had six points and seven assists in the win. 

Palmer 53, Frontier 42 — Amelia Sobieski put up 18 points for the Red Hawks, but Frontier was unable to come away with a victory, falling to the Panthers, 53-42, in an independent game in South Deerfield. 

A big second half propelled Palmer to victory, as it outscored the Red Hawks 27-18 in the final 16 minutes of play. 

Kaitlyn Mackin and Marie Diemand each had nine points in the loss for Frontier. 

Boys Basketball

Mohawk 64, Mount Everett 40 — The Warriors snapped a 14-game losing skid in emphatic fashion at home on Wednesday, as Reuben Bassett scored 16 points and pulled down five rebounds to lead Mohawk to a 64-40 independent win over the Eagles. 

“It’s great for the kids to see what hard work on the court does,” Warrior coach Darren Schmidt said. “They played hard for the entire second half. Happy for the guys, hope we can keep the energy going the final four games.” 

It was an explosive second half that led Mohawk (2-14) to victory, with the Warriors outscoring Mount Everett 37-14 in the final 16 minutes of action. 

Anthony Moffatt and Tyler Dubreuil each scored 13 points in the win, with Matt Pollen adding 10 points, all in the first half. 

Moffatt had five rebounds and five assists as well, with Dubreuil pulling down six rebounds and tossing four assists in the winning effort. 

Pioneer 63, FC Tech 37 — Jared Hubbard drilled six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 27 points, helping a determined Pioneer squad get back into the win column with a 63-37 independent victory over Franklin Tech on Wednesday night in Turners Falls.

“They were aggressive and they came out and were constantly pressuring the ball, attacking the hoop,” Franklin Tech coach Tim Artus said of Pioneer. “We just had one of those nights where what we were doing wasn’t working.”

Troy Emond and Sam Glazier went for 11 points apiece for the Panthers (6-10), which led 37-19 at halftime and used a 16-6 edge in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Garret Cole went for 24 points, nine rebounds and three blocks to aid the Eagles (11-6), while Justin Littlewood and Bailey Young scored four points apiece.

Franklin Tech hosts Ludlow on Friday night and Pioneer is off until Monday night when it hosts Mahar.

Wrestling

Frontier 52, Granby 24 — Red Hawk Tanner Finch earned his 100th career win Wednesday against Granby, winning by major decision at 145 over Abram Speek. 

Frontier came away with a 52-24 win in the meet. 

John Puchalski (106), Victor McNutt (138), Ito McMillan (160) and KC Mattson (182) all picked up wins via pin for the Red Hawks. 

Athol 42, Montachusett 27 — A series of pins in the middleweights led the Red Raiders to a 42-27 win over Montachusett on Wednesday. 

Caleb Cox earned a first round pin at 152 for Athol, followed by a pin at 160 by Logan Kerwin. Thomas Seamons then won by pin in the second round at 170 for the Red Raiders. 

Athol picked up forfeits in the heavyweights to seal the win. 

Isiac Paulino earned a win at 106 and Brent Landy won at 182 for Montachusett. 

Riley Young got a pin in the first round during an exhibition match for Athol, his first ever high school win. 




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