Senators top Turners, 55-50

  • Mahar’s Brennan Mailloux, powers up the ball in the lane for a shot over Turners defender Chase Novak Friday night where the Senators earned a 55-50 victory in HL South action. For The Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Mahar’s Quinn Gervais goes up strong with Turners defender Anthony Peterson draped on him Friday night where the Senators earned a 55-50 victory in Turners. For The Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

Recorder Staff
Friday, January 05, 2018

Behind a strong effort on the offensive glass, Mahar Regional School put together a strong fourth quarter to pull away from Turners Falls High School, 55-50, in a Hampshire League South boys’ basketball game Friday night in Turners Falls.

The visiting Senators entered the fourth quarter tied 34-34, but went on an early run in the final stanza to build a comfortable lead that they would not relinquish.

“They killed us on the offensive glass in the fourth quarter,” admitted Turners Falls assistant coach Jay Liimatainen. “We gave them too many opportunities late in the game.”

Quinn Gervais paced Mahar (6-1, 2-0) with 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Brennan Mailloux followed with 12 points. Sam Paul joined them in double figures with 10, and Charlie Barnes added 8 points in the victory.

Jimmy Vaughn’s 13 points powered Turners Falls (3-5, 0-2), while Tyler Lavin and Chase Novak added 11 points apiece. Anthony Peterson tossed in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Novak and Vaughn each sank three 3-pointers as the Powertown sank seven 3’s on the night.

“We played hard,” lauded Liimatainen of Turners. “We wanted to hold (Mahar) to 55 points or lower and we did that. We just came up a little short.”

Turners led 14-11 after one quarter before the Senators took a 23-21 lead at intermission. The Powertown didn’t go away, pulling even after three quarters before Mahar closed well with 21 points in the final stanza.

Turners travels to Pioneer on Tuesday, while Mahar visits Southwick-Tolland Regional High School.

Pioneer 76, Belchertown 70 — Mitch Medina poured in 36 points, but host Belchertown High School was unable to hold off a high-powered Pioneer Valley Regional School offensive performance Friday night.

The visiting Panthers had four players finish in double figures, and the balanced effort propelled Pioneer to a 76-70 win in a HL South boys’ basketball game in Belchertown.

“Obviously we had a tough time containing Medina, but it’s nice to come down here and get a road win,” offered Pioneer coach Scott Thayer. “We were engaged offensively, but defensively we didn’t identify and communicate very well.”

Mike Menard led Pioneer (4-2, 1-1) with 18 points, while Jordan Loughman was right behind with 17. Brendan Emond added 14, and Garrett Cote tossed in 13 in the win.

Pioneer turned a 13-11 deficit after one quarter into a 35-27 lead at intermission. The teams combined for 50 points in the fourth quarter.

“We saw a lot of good things, but there’s still a lot we need to work on as well,” Thayer said.

The Panthers have a tough week ahead, as games with Turners Falls, Duggan Academy and Mahar are on the docket beginning with a Tuesday night home tilt against the Powertown.

Smith Academy 59, Athol 43 — A first-quarter hole proved too deep for Athol High School to climb out of Friday night. Visiting Smith Academy used a 19-0 run in the opening stanza to pick up a 59-43 victory over the Red Raiders in a HL North game at Mallet Gymnasium.

Athol (0-6, 0-1) actually jumped out to a 6-0 lead against Smith, but the Falcons responded with a 19-0 run and ultimately took a 20-7 lead after one quarter.

“That’s pretty much the difference,” explained Athol head coach Dan Bevis. “We have those lapses where the ball goes in and we just don’t play defense. We went down pretty big there and ran out of time.”

Smith (3-4, 1-1) led 32-19 at halftime and managed to keep the Red Raiders at arms length in the second half.

Jack Zigmont’s 16 points led three players in double figures for the Falcons, while Brett Gratz (13 points) and Matt Bouley (11) joined him.

Mark Ferrari paced the hosts with 16 points, while Evan Saisa had a pair of 3-pointers en route to 7 points, and Brymere Edwards added 6 points. 

The Red Raiders look to get into the win column on Tuesday when they travel to Mohawk Trail Regional High School.

Girls’ basketball

Greenfield 66, Athol 30 — Raegan Hickey led three players in double figures with a game-high 20 points, and visiting Greenfield High School stayed perfect in Franklin County League North play with a 66-30 victory over Athol High School Friday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

“I knew that (Greenfield) would be tough,” admitted Athol coach Kelly Kaczmarczyk. “They’re a solid team and they’ve been working together for a little while. My team is relatively brand new so we’re still coming together. Hopefully going forward, we can do a little better next time we see them.”

Katie Haselton added 15 points for Greenfield (6-1, 4-0), while Samantha Smith followed with 13 points. The Green Wave led 16-5 after one quarter and 36-13 at halftime.

Destiny Wrigley hit four 3-pointers to lead Athol (0-4, 0-3) with 13 points. Taylor Cleveland netted 6 points, and Sophie Putnam tossed in 4.

Athol travels to Pioneer Monday night, while Greenfield hosts Pope Francis High School on Wednesday.

Frontier 36, Mahar 35 — A big third quarter spurred by Lexa Boyden enabled Frontier Regional School to capture a key road win Friday night. The Red Hawks outscored Mahar Regional School by a 15-5 margin in the third and survived a missed shot with 7 seconds left to escape Orange with a 36-35 victory in a FCL North contest at Grzesik-Bixby Gym.

Boyden scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the third quarter, as Frontier (4-3, 3-1) moved into sole possession of second place in the North with the win.

“Offensively, we haven’t been able to get the machine rolling yet this season,” admitted Mahar coach Larry Fisher, whose team fell to 3-5. “Tonight, we couldn’t hit open shots when we needed to.”

Mahar led 17-16 at halftime before the Red Hawks held the Senators without a field goal in the third quarter. Mahar managed just five free throws, while Boyden keyed the offense at the other end to put the visitors on top, 31-22, entering the fourth.

Mahar, which was led offensively by Sam Rowe and Hannah Paul’s 8 points each, pulled within one possession in the waning seconds. But a last-ditch shot rimmed out and Frontier was able to run out the clock.

Ella Deane hit three 3-pointers and finished with 9 points for Frontier. Jazmyn Vautour chipped in 6 points for Mahar.