Novak’s late 3 paces Turners Falls

  • Franklin Tech’s Garrett Cole (25) battles Turners forward Anthony Peterson (33) for a rebound Friday Night in Turners Falls where the Powertown earned a 52-51 win. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls forward Anthony Peterson goes up strong to the hoop on Friday night during his team’s 52-51 win over cross-town rival Franklin Tech. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Max Charest puts up a shot over Turners Falls defender Jaden Whiting on Friday night but the Eagles suffered a 52-51 loss. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Above, Turners Falls forward Jon Fritz takes on a trio of Franklin Tech defenders as he heads to the basket Friday night where host Turners Falls edged its cross-town rivals, 52-51. Below, Turners big man Anthony Peterson battles Franklin Tech’s Garrett Cote for a rebound. Peterson registered a double-double in the win with 14 points and 15 boards. Recorder PHOTOS/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls guard Jovanni Ruggiano goes in for a layup on Friday as Turners defeated Franklin Tech, 52-51. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Garrett Cole (25) puts up a contested shot Friday night where his Eagles suffered a 52-51 loss to Turners Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Friday, December 15, 2017

Freshman Chase Novak hit a key 3-pointer late in regulation, and host Turners Falls High School held on tight for a wild 52-51 win over cross-town foe Franklin County Technical School in an independent boys’ basketball game Friday night in Turners Falls.

Novak also hit some key free throws late for Turners (1-2), which picked up its first victory of the season. He finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Anthony Peterson paced the Powertown with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Tyler Lavin joined him in double figures with 11 points.

Joel Farrick led all scorers with 16 points for Tech (1-3), which led 30-27 at halftime before Turners held a 27-19 edge in the second half to earn the victory. Max Charest added 11 points and Jared Bergmann tossed in 9 points.

Turners sank seven 3-pointers in the game, as Novak and Lavin buried two apiece. Jon Fritz, Jovanni Ruggiano and Jimmy Vaughn each hit a 3.

Turners stays home to entertain Hampshire Regional High School Tuesday night.

Mahar 55, Greenfield 43 — Sam Paul scored 16 points, and host Mahar Regional School kept Greenfield High School at arm’s length en route to a 55-43 independent boys’ basketball victory Friday night in Orange.

The Senators (2-0) led 26-22 at halftime before widening the gap in the second half to earn the double-digit win.

Matt Jenks just missed a double-double for Mahar with 12 points and 9 rebounds, and Brennan Mailloux registered eight points on the night. Quinn Gervais had 6 points.

Greenfield (1-1) buried nine 3-pointers in the loss, with Danny Vega sinking three en route to 11 points. Jonath Roman led the Green Wave with 12 points, and Colin Cloutier made it three players in double figures with 10 points.

Mahar has a tough home game Tuesday night when Easthampton High School comes to Orange.

Murdock 72, Athol 53 — LJ Hicks scored 24 points and Ross O’Toole netted 20 as Murdock High School defeated Athol High School, 72-53, in the third-place game of the Red Raider Holiday Tournament Friday night in Athol.

Murdock led 24-11 after the first quarter and held a 42-26 lead at halftime. The game was an endowment game for Athol and does not count towards its record.

Both teams were busy shooting from long range, as Murdock finished with 11 3-pointers to Athol’s 10 on the night. Hicks and O’Toole made four 3-pointers apiece in the win, while James Anderson added a pair and finished with 8 points. Spencer Pelkey chipped in 10 points on five field goals.

Mark Ferrari hit three 3-pointers for Athol and finished with a team-leading 14 points, while also pulling down 8 rebounds. Bryce King knocked down a pair of 3s to finish with 11 points, and Brymere Edwards hit two 3-pointers and finished with 8 points. Justin Blake hit a pair of 3s and finished with 7 points.

Girls’ basketball

Greenfield 56, South Hadley 53 — The schedule this winter was created to challenge Greenfield High School.

The Green Wave passed their first big test Friday night.

Visiting Greenfield survived a quick start from South Hadley High School, rallied to snatch control and held on thanks to a late free throw from Kirsten Ward and a block from Katie Haselton. The Wave picked up an impressive 56-53 win over the Tigers in the opening game of the Hoosac Valley Holiday Tournament in Cheshire.

Greenfield advanced to tonight’s championship game against host Hoosac Valley, the defending WMass Div. III champions (6 p.m.), which beat Auburn High School, 65-33, in the other first-round game Friday.

“We played with more composure tonight,” explained Greenfield coach John Hickey of the win. “(South Hadley) pressed a lot, but we played within ourselves. The girls executed.”

South Hadley (0-1), which lost to Hoosac Valley in last year’s Div. III championship game, jumped out to a 7-0 lead against the Wave, and the advantage grew to double digits in the second quarter. But Greenfield (2-0) settled in and outscored the Tigers by an 18-8 margin in the second frame to take a 33-30 lead at halftime.

“We played a little deer in the headlights in the first quarter or so, but once we made a run and got the lead, there was definitely a different look in their eyes,” offered Hickey of his team. “They knew they could do it.”

The lead grew to 49-40 after three quarters, and the Wave held on late thanks to Ward’s free throw to make it a three-point game and Haselton’s late block that sealed the deal.

Tigers’ guard Mia Kelly nearly willed her team to victory. Kelly scored a game-high 30 points, including four 3-pointers — one in each quarter.

Junior Raegan Hickey scored 20 points in the win, and she was 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Greenfield wound up 19-of-29 from the charity stripe, taking advantage of its aggressive style in getting to the line more than twice as often as South Hadley (5-of-14).

“We attacked the glass and attacked off the dribble. Any kind of turnover or rebound, we pushed the ball,” Hickey said.

Junior Samantha Smith scored 14 points, while senior Lizzy Howland made it three Wave players in double figures with 11 points. Ward added 7 points, and Haselton followed with 4 points.

The reward is a chance to play Hoosac on its home floor. The Hurricanes have won five consecutive WMass titles, and they’re once again favorites to raise a sixth banner.

“We know they press all game … they’ve got three different presses they’ll throw at us,” Hickey explained. “We’ll just go play hard and see what happens.”

Amherst 47, Frontier 40 — Erin Klaes scored 18 points to lead Amherst Regional High School to a 47-40 win over Frontier Regional School Friday night in an independent girls’ game in Amherst.

The game was close until the second quarter when Frontier got stuck on 13 points and Amherst was able to build a 22-13 halftime lead. Despite the struggles, Frontier continued to work hard according to coach Marty Sanderson and despite trailing 38-21 after three quarters, the Red Hawks cut the deficit down to 46-40 with under a minute in the fourth quarter.

“We did a pretty good job of not going in the tank tonight,” Sanderson said. “They kept playing. We turned the ball over a lot and didn’t really start making shots until the fourth quarter. Hopefully, we will learn from this and grow as a team.”

Petua Mukimba added 13 points in the win, and Mayouri Yath tossed in 9.

Lexa Boyden paced the Red Hawks with 10 points and eight rebounds. Amelia Sobieski finished with 10 points, Marie Diemand netted 9 points, and Ella Deane had 7.

Turners Falls 40, Sabis 33 — Chloe Ellis sank 7-of-8 free throws from the line in the fourth quarter, and her accuracy from the charity stripe enabled visiting Turners Falls High School to win its second game in as many nights.

Ellis and the Powertown outscored host Sabis International Charter School by a 15-9 margin in the fourth quarter to capture a 40-33 independent girls’ basketball victory Friday night in Springfield.

“She hit those free throws when we needed them,” lauded Turners coach Ted Wilcox of Ellis.

One night after scoring her 1,000th career point, senior Maddy Chmyzinski scored 9 points, while classmate Abby Loynd also poured in 9 points to lead all scorers against Sabis. Ellis pulled down 12 rebounds to go with her 7 points, while Taylor Murphy contributed 5 points.

Turners (2-0) led 14-12 at halftime and just 25-24 entering the fourth before Ellis powered the visitors into the win column.

Boys’ swimming

Ludlow 93, Turners 47 — Cameron Bradley and Nick Taylor won two events apiece, but visiting Turners Falls ran into a formidable foe and dropped a 93-47 decision to Ludlow High School in an independent swim meet Friday afternoon at the Ludlow Boys & Girls Club.

Bradley won the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 2.1 seconds, and he added a victory in the 100 backstroke (1:02) for Turners.

Taylor added wins in the 200 freestyle (2:23.76) and the 500 freestyle (6:33.45), and the duo teamed with Will Turn and Nik Martin to finish second in the 200 medley relay (2:19.95).

Girls’ swimming

Ludlow 118, Turners 44 — Olivia Whittier set a new personal best in the 100 breaststroke, as she won the event in 1:17.59, but her Turners Falls girls’ swim team fell to talented Ludlow High School, 118-44, Friday in Ludlow.

Whittier added a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle (29.20) for Turners (1-2).

Jade Tyler won two more races for the Powertown, snatching first in the 200 individual medley (2:35.08) and 100 butterfly (1:10.48).

Lillian Poirier was third in the 200 freestyle (2:51.27), and Allison Wheeler took third in the 100 backstroke (1:27.09).