Schools: Hawks dump Turners, 43-19

  • Above, Frontier guard Ella Deane drives the ball up the court past Turners guard Aliyah Sanders Friday night where the Hawks qualified for the WMass tournament with a 43-19 victory in Turners Falls. Below, Turners Falls’ Abby Loynd goes up strong in the lane as Frontier’s Ariana Walker (4) nearly gets a hand on the ball. For The Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Turners Falls’ Abby Loynd goes up strong in the lane as Frontier’s Ariana Walker (4) nearly gets a hand on the ball. For The Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

Recorder Staff
Friday, January 26, 2018

Defense can take a team a long way. Frontier Regional School has found that out during the month of January.

Riding a suffocating defense that has held opponents under 40 points in all but one game this month, the Red Hawks captured their eighth consecutive victory Friday night. Frontier stayed undefeated in January, holding Turners Falls High School to just five points in the first half en route to a convincing 43-19 independent girls’ basketball win in Turners Falls.

Frontier improved to 10-3 overall, qualifying for the WMass Tournament with the lopsided victory.

“Frontier played awesome defense — awesome defense,” admitted Turners Falls head coach Ted Wilcox, whose team finished 6-for-30 from the field in the loss. “We couldn’t make a hoop in the first half to save our life. You have those days where you just can’t put anything in but I don’t want to take anything away from (Frontier). They played very good defense.”

Frontier led 10-5 after one quarter, but the second frame was where the Red Hawks created some separation. The visitors held Turners (7-5) off the scoreboard in the quarter, outscoring the Powertown by a 14-0 margin to take a 24-5 lead into halftime.

While defense was the name of the game, Frontier’s offense was led by Lexa Boyden, who dropped in a game-high 14 points. Ella Deane and Amelia Sobieski had 7 points apiece, while Olivia Deane and Marie Diemand each scored 5 points.

“Boyden was great inside for them,” lauded Wilcox. “And Ella controls the court with her ball-handling skills. She’s a great guard.”

Maddy Chmyzinski was the high-scorer for Turners with 5 points. Chloe Ellis added 3 points as the Powertown were held to a season-low in the loss.

Frontier next entertains Putnam Vocational Technical Academy on Tuesday night, while Turners hosts McCann Technical School.

Greenfield 58, Putnam 38 — Samantha Smith notched a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds to go with 7 steals, and Raegan Hickey added 12 points to put her six points away from the 1,000 career mark as Greenfield High School rolled past Putnam, 58-38, in an independent girls’ basketball game Friday night in Springfield.

Hickey, who had 8 assists and 5 steals, will get her crack at joining the 1,000-point club tonight when the Green Wave host Mohawk Trail Regional High School at 6 p.m.

On the road against a Putnam team that entered the night with a sterling 11-1 record, Greenfield made a statement in the opening quarter. The Green Wave outscored the Beavers by a 16-3 margin in the first eight minutes, and led 29-10 at intermission.

Katie Haselton hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for Greenfield (12-1), while Kirsten Ward added 9 points and 5 rebounds, and Jenna Silk registered 5 points.

Chadiah Haywood paced Putnam (11-2) with 17 points.

Mahar 40, McCann Tech 30 — It took three quarters for Mahar Regional School to find its offensive touch but the final eight minutes proved to be enough.

The Senators outscored McCann Tech, 17-6, in the final frame to come back from a one point deficit and post a 40-30 win in an independent girls’ basketball game Friday night in North Adams.

Mahar (9-6) moved one win away from qualifying for the postseason on a night when the offense struggled following the long bus ride west on Route 2. The Senators trailed 24-23 entering the fourth quarter before erupting.

“I was pleased with the fourth quarter,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said. “Our outside shooting continued to be an issue, we struggled offensively all night, and our free throw shooting wasn’t great. We will continue working on those things in practice.”

Mahar turned to its defense to spark the offense, using pressure in the fourth quarter to turn the Hornets over on several occasions, leading to some easy baskets according to Fisher. McCann remained within striking distance in the final minutes but a 3-pointer by Abby Bonk (8 points) with 50 seconds left pushed the lead to 11 and sealed the victory.

Tori Tenney finished with 8 points and a team-high 12 boards in the win. Jasmine Vautour netted 7 points to go with 10 rebounds, and Hannah Paul had 7 points and 7 steals. Kianna Reilly added 6 points.

Grace Towler led the Hornets (4-9) with 12 points, and Kaylee Tatro added 10 points.

FC Tech 46, St. Mary’s 26 — Amber Merritt and Jordan Hurlbert each scored 12 points, and Franklin County Technical School moved within one victory of postseason qualification thanks to a 46-26 win over St. Mary’s Parish School Friday night in Turners Falls.

The host Eagles (9-3) led 24-14 at halftime and doubled the 10-point advantage thanks to a 22-12 second-half spree.

“It was a hard-fought game,” admitted Franklin Tech head coach Sean Knightly. “St. Mary’s put up a good fight. Our girls stuck with the plan, hustled and played smart ball.”

Gabby Castagna tossed in 8 points in the win for the Eagles, while Brooke Adams and Joclyn Crowningshield each scored 6 points.

Smith Academy 33, Athol 32 — Host Smith Academy held a slight 8-6 edge in the fourth quarter, and that margin enabled the Falcons to slip past Athol High School, 33-32, in an independent girls’ basketball game Friday in Hatfield.

Athol (1-10) grabbed a quick 10-7 lead after one quarter, before Smith battled back to take a 16-14 advantage at halftime.

The Red Raiders put 12 points on the board in the third to take a 26-25 lead into the fourth, but the Falcons managed to hold serve at home and improve to 9-5 overall.

Amber Mahony paced Athol with 7 points, while Taylor Cleveland and Hailey Wrigley each scored 6 points. Angelica Baptista and Sophie Putnam tossed in 5 points apiece.

Emma Kelly led all scorers with 12 points for Smith Academy. Victoria Smiarowski added 8 points.

Boys’ basketball

Athol 51, Mohawk 36 — Behind a season-high point total in the opening quarter, Athol picked up its second victory of the season Friday night. The Red Raiders poured in 24 points in the opening eight minutes and took care of business in a 51-36 victory over Mohawk in a Hampshire League North Division boys’ basketball game at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Athol (2-10, 2-3) stormed out of the gates, outscoring Mohawk by a 24-10 margin in the first quarter. The hot start was certainly a welcomed sight for head coach Dan Bevis.

“It definitely helps when you can get off to a start like that,” began Bevis. “We were able to come out and pressure (Mohawk) a bit, force them into some turnovers. And we did a good job taking good shots offensively, getting the ball to the basket.”

Noah Pottinger had a strong game for the Red Raiders with 10 points, while Mark Ferrari paced the offense with a game-high 12 points. Evan Saisa added 8 points, and Justin Blake and Brymere Edwards each had 7 points.

Jackson Hicks was the top scorer for Mohawk (1-12, 0-4), scoring 8 points in the loss. Jayden Hoff (7 points) and Kaleb Fitzgerald (6) also aided the offensive cause.

Girls’ swimming

Turners Falls 45, Renaissance 27 — Allison Wheeler won the 100 yard freestyle and qualified for next weekend’s Last Chance Meet and Turners Falls ended the regular season with a 45-27 victory over Renaissance School in a Constitution Division girls’ swimming & diving meet Friday in Turners Falls.

Wheeler won the 100 free in 1:08.19, and also won the 100 back in 1:19.87, narrowly missing the Last Chance Meet. Wheeler also teamed up with Olivia Whittier, Jordin Muniz and Lillian Poirier to win the 200 medley relay in 2:34.91, and she teamed with Abigail Johnson, Catie Reynolds and Whittier to win the 200 free relay in 2:15.40. Muniz, Reynolds, Poirier and Johnson won the 400 free in 5:39.43.

Whittier captured a pair of events, winning the 50 free (29.13) and the 100 breast (1:19.17). Poirier finished second in the 100 free (1:14.29), and Johnson was second in the 100 breast (1:47.96).

Boys’ swimming

Renaissance 47, Turners Falls 40 — Nick Taylor celebrated Senior Day in Turners Falls by winning the 50 free (26.83) and placing second in the 500 free (6:11.47) but Turners Falls fell to Renaissance, 47-40, in a Constitution Division boys’ meet Friday in Turners Falls.

Taylor also teamed with Ricky Hall, Tommy Hall and Cam Bradley to win the 400 free relay in 5:08.47. Bradley won both the 100 butterfly (1:01.89) and the 100 back (1:06.25). Nik Martin won the 200 individual medley in 2:48.69 for Turners Falls, and Tommy Hall came in second in the 200 free in 2:58.77.