Turners powers into postseason

  • Above, Chloe Ellis worked hard down low all night for Turners Falls as she finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 54-40 win over Smith Academy to qualify the Powertown for the postseason. Below, Turners guard Aliyah Sanders races to the basket. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls guard Aliyah Sanders (30) drives to the hoop against Smith Academy Friday night where Turners Falls punched its postseason ticket with a 54-40 victory. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Turners forward Abby Loynd looks for options Friday night where the Powertown punched its postseason ticket with a 54-40 win over Smith Academy. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Chloe Ellis worked hard down low all night for Turners Falls as she finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 54-40 win over Smith Academy to qualify the Powertown for the postseason. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Friday, February 02, 2018

Another big second-half effort lifted Turners Falls High School into the WMass Tournament.

Trailing 21-16 at halftime, the Powertown doubled up visiting Smith Academy, 38-19, in the second half and qualified for the postseason thanks to a 54-40 independent girls’ basketball victory Friday night in Turners Falls.

Chloe Ellis continued to pace the offense for Turners (10-5), as she scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Ellis filled up the stat sheet, adding eight steals, five blocks and three assists in the victory.

Dabney Rollins totaled 10 points for the Powertown, while Taylor Murphy (8 points), Aliyah Sanders (7) and Maddy Chmyzinski (6) also aided the offensive unit. Karissa Fleming hit a 3-pointer and provided a nice lift off the bench in the win.

Athol 41, Hopkins 35 — A tenacious effort on the offensive and defensive glass propelled Athol High School to an impressive victory Friday night.

The host Red Raiders built a halftime lead they would not relinquish, holding off Hopkins Academy, 41-35, for their first Franklin County League North win of the season at Mallet Gymnasium.

“The girls were incredible rebounding the basketball,” lauded Athol coach Kelly Kaczmarczyk. “They kept rebounding until the very end. I couldn’t ask for any more from them.”

Athol (3-11, 1-3) outscored Hopkins (6-9, 0-4) by a 14-4 margin in the second quarter to take a 26-16 halftime advantage.

Destiny Wrigley capped a strong offensive week with a game-high 19 points, and she averaged 21.7 points in the team’s three games this week — two wins. Peyton Parker added 7 points, and Amber Mahony tossed in 5 points.

Greenfield 68, Pioneer 31 — Raegan Hickey scored 21 points on Friday night to lead Greenfield High School past Pioneer Valley Regional School, 68-31, in girls’ hoop action in Northfield.

Samantha Smith netted 17 points for the Green Wave (14-1), and Katie Haselton added 12. Lizzy Howland tossed in 8.

Paige Loughman led Pioneer with 13 points, while Olivia Rowe added 7.

Frontier 36, Pope Francis 29 — Ella Deane scored 9 points and dished out three assists, and visiting Frontier Regional School did just enough to snag a 36-29 win over Pope Francis High School Friday night in Chicopee.

Amelia Sobieski scored 8 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, while Lexa Boyden tossed in 7 points and 6 boards. Marie Diemand and Olivia Deane each added 4 points.

The Red Hawks (12-3) led 10-4 after one quarter, holding the Cardinals off to continue a winning streak that now reaches 10 games in a row.

Putnam 63, Mohawk 37 — Brianna Metellus tallied a game-high 26 points, and visiting Putnam Vocational Technical Academy picked up a 64-37 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in an independent girls’ basketball game played Friday night in Buckland.

The Beavers (13-3) led 32-9 at halftime and extended their advantage to 51-17 entering the fourth quarter.

Grace Poplawski was the high-scorer for Mohawk (5-11), which scored 20 points in the fourth quarter. Ashley Walker also finished in double figures with 11 points, while Emma Poplawski registered 7 points.

FC Tech 34, Pathfinder 30 — After suffering a loss to Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School earlier in the season, Franklin County Technical School exacted a bit of revenge on Friday. The host Eagles used a 10-point effort from Jordan Hurlbert, and edged the Pioneers, 34-30, for a key Tri-County League North victory that qualified them for the WMass Tournament.

Franklin Tech (10-4, 4-2) led just 26-25 entering the fourth quarter, but held Pathfinder (8-7, 4-3) to five points in the final stanza to hold on for the victory.

Isabelle Duga and Jocelyn Crowningshield were key offensive performers with 7 points each in the win.

Boys’ basketball

Frontier 53, Palmer 43 — From an 0-4 start to a postseason berth.

Frontier Regional School continued to pile up the victories Friday night. The visiting Red Hawks overcame a double-digit first half deficit to defeat Palmer High School, 53-43, and punch their ticket to the WMass Tournament in an independent boys’ basketball game in Palmer.

“It’s a testament to the hard work that these guys have put in,” said Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky of qualifying for the tournament. “The entire team had a very good offseason.”

Frontier (10-6) trailed by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, but a late 7-0 run to close the first half got the Hawks within 29-21. That momentum carried into the second half where the squad outscored Palmer by a 32-14 margin.

Carsten Carey nearly posted a triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks. Kalen Evans (11 points) and Ben Litskoski (10) joined him in double figures, while Owen Morse added 9.

Mahar 77, Mohawk 24 — Quinn Gervais led five players in double figures with 17 points, and Mahar Regional School rolled to a 77-24 win over Mohawk in an independent boys’ basketball game Friday night in Orange.

Brennan Mailloux had 14 points for Mahar (11-4), which led 23-5 after one quarter and 41-11 at halftime. Charlie Barnes added 11 points, while Treyton Pasakinskas and Sam Paul each scored 10 points. Paul dished out 12 assists and totaled five steals.

Jackson Hicks was the high-scorer for Mohawk, totaling 8 points on the night.