Schools: Wave washes out Mahar, 60-22

  • Greenfield's Raegan Hickey (5) puts up a layup in the first half against Mahar on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Kirsten Ward (21) drives around Mahar defender Jazmyn Vautour (23) during first-half action of a 60-22 girls’ basketball win Tuesday at friendly Nichols Gym in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar's Jazmyn Vautour (23) pulls down a rebound over Greenfield's Kristina Reed (12) in the second half on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Katie Haselton (4) puts up a shot under pressure from Mahar’s Hannah Paul (10) in the first half of her Wave’s 60-22 girls’ basketball win Tuesday at Nichols Gym in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Kirsten Ward (21) takes a shot in the paint under pressure from Mahar's Maeve Powell (33) in the second half on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Sam Smith (32) takes a fadeaway shot over Mahar defender Kianna Reilly (5) in the first half on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Raegan Hickey (5) takes a shot over Mahar's Jazmyn Vautour (23) in the first half on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar's Hannah Paul (10) drives around Greenfield defender Katie Haselton (4) in the second half on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar's Hannah Paul (10) puts up a shot in the second half against Greenfield on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Leah Bosco (3) takes a shot defended by Mahar's Kianna Reilly (5) in the second half on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield head coach John Hickey talks to his team during their game against Mahar on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

In a rematch of last year’s disappointing WMass Division III quarterfinal loss, Greenfield High School made sure to take care of its home court Tuesday night.

The Green Wave held Mahar Regional School to just 6 second-half points and dominated from start to finish to capture a 60-22 victory in a Franklin County League North contest at Nichols Gymnasium.

The victory avenged last year’s quarterfinal loss, when the Senators came to Greenfield and advanced to the Curry Hicks Cage with a 71-65 upset victory.

“I thought we had contributions from a lot of different kids. We had scoring spread across the board,” Greenfield head coach John Hickey praised.

Samantha Smith paced four Greenfield players in double figures with 15 points, and she added 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Raegan Hickey tossed in 13 points to go with 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals, while Katie Haselton (12 points) and Lizzy Howland (11) also finished the night in double figures.

Mahar (3-4, 2-1) was led offensively by Hannah Paul and Jazmyn Vautour, who totaled 6 points each in the loss.

Greenfield (5-1, 3-0) led 13-7 after one quarter before pulling away in the second frame to take a 35-16 halftime advantage. The Green Wave poured it on in the second half, outscoring Mahar by a 25-6 margin for the decisive win in a battle of FCL North unbeatens.

Greenfield travels to Athol High School for another FCL game Thursday night, while Mahar hosts Frontier Regional School.

Mohawk 45, McCann Tech 38 — The first quarter didn’t set the tone, but visiting Mohawk Trail Regional High School kept grinding and its effort led to a huge early-season victory Tuesday night.

The Warriors trailed 13-4 after one quarter but, behind a stout defensive effort, the squad climbed all the way back to claim a hard-fought 45-38 win over FCL West-leading McCann Technical School in North Adams.

“Honestly, after the first quarter I thought the game was going to go completely south but our defense picked it up, really won the game for us,” Mohawk coach Larissa Miner explained. “I told the girls, playing in the Berkshires against a tough team, it’s going to come down to mental toughness and they had it in them tonight.”

Mohawk (3-3, 2-1), which pulled into a first-place tie in the West with McCann (4-3, 2-1) with the victory, cut the deficit to 17-15 at halftime before pulling even, 26-26, entering the fourth.

“We just started communicating better. That was the key,” Miner said.

The Warriors outscored McCann by a 19-12 margin in the final period to earn the key road win.

Grace Poplawski led the way offensively with 16 points, while Emma Poplawski had a huge all-around night with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Ashley Reynolds added 6 points, while Ashley Walker contributed 4 points.

Turners 55, Pioneer 24 — Bolstered by a strong performance from Karissa Fleming, who started for the first time this season and contributed 8 rebounds, Turners Falls High School halted a two-game losing streak with a 55-24 win over Pioneer Valley Regional School in a FCL South girls’ basketball game Tuesday night in Turners Falls.

Fleming scored two points to go with her eight boards, and the Turners defense held Pioneer (0-4, 0-3) to just 14 points over the final three quarters after the visiting Panthers trailed just 15-10 after one.

“She played so hard tonight,” lauded Turners coach Ted Wilcox of Fleming.

Chloe Ellis led all scorers with 16 points for Turners (4-2, 2-1), and she was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line. Maddy Chmyzinski scored 14 points in the win, while Aliyah Sanders added 7 and Dabney Rollins chipped in with 6. Abby Loynd pulled down 10 rebounds to go with two points.

Olivia Rowe was the top scorer for Pioneer with 8 points, followed closely by Paige Loughman and Steph Scoville with 7 points apiece.

Frontier 55, Hopkins 39 — After back-to-back poor offensive showings, Frontier Regional School bounced back with a solid outing Tuesday night.

The Red Hawks, who scored just 29 points in total the last two contests, used a strong second-half effort to get back into the win column behind a 55-39 decision over Hopkins Academy in a FCL North game in South Deerfield.

“We started to make some shots, and that makes everything look a little bit better,” admitted Frontier head coach Marty Sanderson.

Three Frontier (3-3, 2-1) players scored in double figures. Ella Deane tallied 13 points on four 3-pointers, and added 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Amelia Sobieski also scored 13 points, while Lexa Boyden notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Hopkins star Samantha Jenks was limited to a season-low 11 points.

“Overall we did a really good job on Jenks,” Sanderson said. “We made her work really hard for the points that she got.”

Frontier led 17-16 after one quarter and 30-26 at halftime before holding the Hawks to just 3 points in the third quarter. All told, Frontier outscored Hopkins by a 25-13 margin in the second half.

FC Tech 43, Hampden Charter 39 — Gabby Castagna and Jordan Hurlbert combined for 23 points and Franklin County Technical School built a double-digit lead after three quarters en route to a 43-39 win over Hampden Charter School of Science Tuesday night in Turners Falls.

Castagna scored 12 points and Hurlbert added 11 for the Eagles (4-2), who won their third straight game. Amber Merritt registered 8 points, while Jocelyn Crowningshield added 6 points in the victory.

Franklin Tech led 36-24 entering the fourth quarter, before Madison Sheehan and Hampden Charter (0-4) clawed back late. Sheehan scored a game-high 22 points as the Wolves made things interesting late.

“They really battled back but we were able to keep our composure down the stretch and finish the game,” Franklin Tech coach Sean Knightly said.

The Eagles are back in action Thursday when they host Renaissance School.

Boys’ hoops

Frontier 57, Ludlow 37 — Behind 23 points from Carsten Carey and a strong defensive effort that limited Ludlow High School star Tod Holloway Jr. to a season-low 15 points, Frontier Regional School picked up its second straight win thanks to a 57-37 independent boys’ basketball win over the Lions Tuesday night in Ludlow.

“Their offense runs through Holloway Jr.,” explained Frontier head coach Ben Barshefsky of Ludlow. “We did a pretty good job throughout the game identifying where he was on the court. He’s been making a living at the free-throw line, so I thought the most telling stat was that he attempted zero free throws tonight.”

Frontier (2-4) outscored Ludlow by a 33-14 margin in the second half after holding just a 24-23 halftime lead. Holloway Jr., who scored 30 points last time out against South Hadley High School, had been averaging more than 8 made free throws before Tuesday night.

Carey hit 11 field goals en route to his game-high 23 points. Owen Morse and Donovan Hoffman had 10 points each for Frontier, while Ben Litskoski added 6 points.

The Red Hawks are right back at it tonight when they host Mahar Regional School at 7:30.

Ware 68, Turners Falls 53 — Robert Vierra scored 20 points and Chris Dilone added 19 as host Ware High School forced a plethora of second-half turnovers to capture a 68-53 victory over Turners Falls High School in an independent boys’ basketball game Tuesday night in Ware.

Turners (3-4) led 29-28 at halftime, but the Powertown struggled to hold on to the ball in the second half. The Indians took advantage, outscoring Turners by a 40-24 margin after intermission.

“We’ve been turning the ball over a ton and giving the other team too many possessions,” Turners assistant coach Jay Liimatainen said.

Freshman Chase Novak continued his strong start to the season with 11 points, including three 3-pointers, while Jimmy Vaughn joined him in double figures with 11. Tyler Lavin and Anthony Peterson had 8 points each, while Jon Fritz tossed in 7 points.

Turners returns home to entertain Mahar on Friday night.

Boys’ swimming

Turners Falls 41, Easthampton 14 — Cameron Bradley and Nik Martin won two individual events and helped two relay teams to victories as host Turners Falls High School defeated Easthampton High School, 41-14, in an independent boys’ swim meet Tuesday in Turners Falls.

Bradley won the 100-yard butterfly (1 minute, 3.02 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:13.80), while Martin won the 50 freestyle (32.26) and 100 freestyle (1:15.79). The duo combined with Will Turn and Nick Taylor to win both the 200 medley relay (2:24.76) and 200 free relay (2:05.54).

Taylor claimed victory in the 500 freestyle (6:31.96), and added a runner-up finish in the 200 freestyle (2:19.51), where he qualified for the Last Chance Meet.

Turn was the runner-up in both the 50 freestyle (32.70) and 100 freestyle (1:16.80).

The Powertown (2-3) travels to Holyoke High School Friday for a difficult matchup with the Purple Knights.

Girls’ swimming

Easthampton 69, Turners 23 — Visiting Easthampton captured victories in every event as the Eagles held off Turners for a 69-23 win in a girls’ independent swim meet Tuesday in Turners Falls.

Olivia Whittier helped pace Turners (2-3) with a pair of runner-up finishes in the 200 individual medley (2:41.98) and 100 breaststroke (1:21.73), while Jade Tyler was second in both the 200 freestyle (2:16.13) and 100 butterfly (1:11.87).

Allison Wheeler gave Turners another runner-up finish, as she took second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:26.36.

Turners swam to a pair of second-place finishes in the relays. Wheeler, Whittier, Tyler and Jordin Muniz were the runners-up in the 200 medley relay (2:22.75). Wheeler, Whittier, Tyler and Catie Reynolds finished second in the 200 free relay (2:14.66).