MIAA girls basketball: Mahar, Frontier suffer road state tournament losses

Irati Martinez and the Mahar girls basketball team fell on the road at top-seeded Hoosac Valley in the MIAA Division 5 Round of 16 on Monday night in Cheshire.

Irati Martinez and the Mahar girls basketball team fell on the road at top-seeded Hoosac Valley in the MIAA Division 5 Round of 16 on Monday night in Cheshire. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

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Published: 03-04-2024 9:04 PM

Top-seeded Hoosac Valley certainly looked the part on Monday night.

The Hurricanes shook off a strong start from visiting Mahar, turning a two-point lead after one quarter into a 32-13 halftime advantage.

Hoosac pulled away for a 63-32 victory over the 16th-seeded Senators in the MIAA Division 5 Round of 16 in Cheshire.

After battling and trailing just 12-10 after one quarter, Mahar (10-12) was held to just eight total points between the second and third quarters.

Mahar had its best offensive quarter in the fourth, scoring 14 points. Junior Nevaeh Scribner (team-high 11 points) knocked down two of her three triples in the quarter. Irati Martinez notched nine points while Taylor Paluk followed with seven on the night.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, powered by senior Taylor Garabedian (13 points). After calling a timeout, Mahar fought back, playing with aggression that caught the Hurricanes off guard. Martinez was aggressive, attacking the basket for easy buckets that kept Mahar within reach.

Junior Emma Meczywor scored a game-high 16 points for Hoosac.

The top-seeded Hurricanes will next host No. 9 Saint John Paul II in the state quarterfinals.

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Cohasset 56, Frontier 32 – The host Skippers stormed out of the gates with a 12-2 run in the first three minutes, and kept No. 11 Frontier at arm’s length en route to a 56-32 victory in the Round of 16 on Monday in Cohasset.

No. 11 Frontier finished its stellar season with a 17-5 record.

Cohasset (16-7) led 20-7 after one quarter and 34-19 at halftime. The Redhawks weren’t able to close the gap to single digits in the second half, as the deficit was 41-30 before the Skippers pulled away down the stretch.

Frontier, which opened its season with eight straight wins, was paced offensively by Skyler Steele and Claire Kirkendall, who each scored 11 points on the night.

It was the final game for Molly Gates and Hailey Hutkoski, the lone seniors on the roster for the Redhawks.

Cohasset’s Sarah Chenette paced her side with a game-high 21 points.