High school roundup: Turners girls stay perfect

  • Turners Falls High School’s Chloe Ellis powers the ball up strong in the lane to the rim over Ware’s Lexie Orszulak in the first quarter of action Monday night in Turners Falls. FOR THE RECORDER/J. ANTHONY ROBERTS

Recorder Staff
Monday, December 18, 2017

Freshman Taylor Murphy posted a career-high 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds, and Turners Falls High School moved to a perfect 3-0 on the season thanks to a 45-30 win over Ware High School in a Franklin County League South girls’ basketball game Monday night in Turners Falls.

Turners (3-0, 1-0) started the night slowly, holding just a 6-4 lead after one quarter. Things progressed from there however, and the Powertown outscored Ware by a 15-9 margin in the second to take a 21-13 advantage at intermission.

“We’ve got to come out better in the first quarter,” admitted Turners coach Ted Wilcox of his team, which has struggled in the first quarter through three games before rebounding. “That’s OK against teams you should beat, but against tougher competition, you can’t come out of the gates that slowly and expect to be able to bounce back.”

Chloe Ellis scored six points to go with 11 rebounds for Turners, while Dabney Rollins and Maddy Chmyzinski had seven points apiece. Aliyah Sanders scored five points and recorded seven steals and four assists in a solid all-around outing, and Emma Miner and Abby Loynd totaled five points each.

Turners will have its hands full tonight, as the Powertown invades the Berkshires to play Lenox Memorial High School in a rematch of last year’s WMass Div. IV quarterfinal game won by Turners.

Frontier 46, Athol 29 — Senior point guard Ella Deane poured in 19 points, and Frontier Regional School used a big fourth-quarter effort to pull away for a 46-29 win over Athol High School in a Franklin County League North girls’ basketball game Monday night in South Deerfield.

Frontier (2-1, 1-0) led just 28-23 entering the fourth quarter, but the Red Hawks outscored Athol (0-1, 0-1) by a 18-6 margin in the final period to pull away for the win.

“We had a very slow start,” admitted Frontier coach Marty Sanderson, whose team scored just 6 points in the first quarter as the teams were tied, 6-6, after eight minutes of play. “We played a little better in the third quarter and did a good job finishing in the fourth quarter.”

Deane dished out four assists to go with her 19 points, and she sank three 3-pointers in the win. Marie Diemand also hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points, while Tori Speth scored eight points and pulled down four rebounds. Ariana Walker totaled eight rebounds and Lexa Boyden notched six boards to go with five points.

Taylor Cleveland scored a team-high 12 points for Athol, which played for the first time this season. The Red Raiders, which trailed just 19-16 at halftime, also received six points from Angelica Baptista (two 3-pointers) and five points from Peyton Parker.

Both teams take to the road next, as Frontier visits Greenfield High School Wednesday night and Athol visits Narragansett Regional High School Thursday.

Mahar 58, Hopkins 33 — Three players finished in double figures and 11 different players scored as Mahar Regional School got into the win column for the first time Monday night.

The visiting Senators built a huge halftime lead and cruised to a decisive 58-33 win over Hopkins Academy in Franklin County League North play in Hadley.

“We played well on defense,” explained Mahar coach Larry Fisher, whose team led 46-13 at intermission and held Hopkins scoreless for a 10-minute span between the second and third quarters. “They were missing a couple of starters due to injuries but it was a good team effort.”

Jazmyn Vautour led all scorers with 14 points, and she grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double. Micalyn Mailloux joined her in double figures with 12 points, while Hannah Paul added 11 points in the win.

Kianna Reilly scored five points for Mahar (1-2, 1-0), and Tori Tenney added four points.

The Senators stay on the road for a trip to play at Monument Mountain High School Thursday night.

Mohawk 53, Smith Academy 40 — Host Mohawk Trail Regional High School shook off a halftime deficit and outscored Smith Academy 34-19 in the second half to get back to the .500 mark with a 53-40 victory in a Franklin County League West girls’ basketball game Monday night in Buckland.

Mohawk (2-2, 1-0) trailed 21-19 at intermission, as the Warriors struggled with foul trouble for much of the opening 16 minutes.

“Almost every player had at least two fouls in the first half but our defense stepped it up,” explained Mohawk coach Larissa Miner. “Defense and overall team energy were the difference in the second half.”

Grace Poplawski’s 16 points led the way for Mohawk, while Ashley Reynolds (12 points) and Emmarae Reid (10 points) joined her in double figures. Ashley Walker added nine points in the victory, while Miner lauded the play of Reagan DuPree for her work at both ends of the floor.

Mohawk visits Easthampton High School Thursday night.

Boys’ basketball

Ware 73, Athol 44 — Devin Slattery dropped in a game-high 20 points, and Ware High School used big offensive outputs in the second and third quarters to capture a 73-44 win over Athol High School in an independent boys’ basketball game Monday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

The Indians led just 10-8 after one quarter before outscoring Athol by a 23-8 margin in the second period to take a 33-16 lead at halftime. Ware scored 28 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Bryce King paced Athol (0-3) with 10 points on the night, hitting three 3-pointers. Angel Rivera tossed in nine points, all on 3-pointers, while Mark Ferrari added eight points.

Athol looks to bounce back Friday night when it travels to play at Hampshire Regional High School.


Greenfield 6, Drury 2 — Two games into the season and the Greenfield High School hockey team is off and running.

For the second time in three days, the Green Wave picked up a solid win in the comfy confines of Collins-Moylan Arena. Host Greenfield jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period and cruised from there to the tune of a 6-2 victory over Drury High School in the Wright Division opener Monday evening.

“When you start a season, you’re hoping to start strong with a couple of wins and so far we’ve been able to do that,” Greenfield head coach Adam Bouchard offered. “But it’s still a long road ahead for us. We’ve got a lot of games left.”

Greenfield (2-0, 1-0), which beat South Hadley High School, 5-2, in the season-opener Saturday, led 2-0 after one period and scored three times in the second period against Drury (0-1, 0-1).

Cassidhe Wozniak got the scoring started for the hosts, and Bryan Baumann made it 2-0 with just six seconds remaining in the opening period when he found the back of the net.

Evan Simmons and Sean O’Sullivan tallied in the second, while Baumann notched his second of the night in the period to help the Wave take a commanding 5-1 advantage.

Mason Whiteman finished the scoring with the team’s only goal of the third period. Hoby MacWhinnie scored both of Drury’s goals.

Jacob Bryant registered four assists in a big night for Greenfield, while Baumann and O’Sullivan had two assists apiece. Riley Drew made 20 saves in net, as the Wave held a 30-22 advantage in shots on goal.

The Wave next takes to the road for an independent game Wednesday night against Gardner High School (6 p.m.).