School Hoops: Tech succumbs to late Phoenix surge

  • Above, Franklin Tech’s Jordon Hurlbert (3) goes after a loose ball Thursday night in a girls’ basketball loss to Renaissance in Turners Falls. Below, Tech’s Brooke Adams takes one to the hole along the baseline. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech sniper Brooke Adams (12) takes it to the hole against Renaissance Thursday night in Turners Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Brooke Adams (12) drives toward the key off the wing against Renaissance Thursday night in Turners Falls Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Jocelyn Crowningshield (22) finds an opening to shoot inside the circle Thursday night in Turners Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Brooke Adams (12) drives the lane Thursday night against Renaissance during girls’ basketball action in Turners Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Deserie Doane (20) looks for someone to pass off to Thursday night during her team’s girls’ basketball loss to Renaissance in Turners Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Thursday, February 08, 2018

Franklin County Technical School turned in a solid defensive performance for three quarters before Renaissance School pulled away in the fourth to earn a 52-31 Tri-County League North Division victory Thursday night in Turners Falls.

Renaissance led 25-14 at halftime but the Eagles hung around in the third quarter, outscoring the Phoenix, 10-8, to enter the fourth quarter within shouting distance at 33-24.

“The last time we played them, we were not defensively ready for a team like this,” Tech coach Sean Knightly said. “We played much better in the first half tonight. I’m proud of our girls, they hustled, we implemented a new defense and they picked up on that quickly, and they didn’t give up.”

Renaissance (14-1) outscored the Eagles, 19-7, in the fourth to pull away.

Desiree Crawford led the way for Renaissance with 17 points, while Sydney Dodds netted 15, and Da Sha Wilson added 12.

Joclyn Crowningshield led the Eagles (11-5) with 10 points. Brooke Adams added 8, and Jordan Hurlbert chipped in 6.

Greenfield 62, West Side 53 — Greenfield High School got strong play from its guards to survive a game-long press by West Springfield High School’s defense and the Green Wave came away with a 62-53 victory in an independent girls’ basketball game Thursday night in West Springfield.

Green Wave guards committed just four turnovers on the night despite the Terriers pressing for nearly the entire game, according to Greenfield coach John Hickey. The Wave finished with just 12 turnovers as a team.

Greenfield also got an 11-assist effort from guard Raegan Hickey, while forward Sam Smith added 4 assists for the Wave, which wound up with 23 as a team in the win.

“I challenged the girls this week with two main areas of the game to have us be successful — physical play and composure under pressure,” Hickey said. “They responded with outstanding team rebounding and great guard play. When the mental part of the game is as strong as the physical part, good things usually happen.”

The game remained close throughout as Greenfield led 34-28 at halftime and found itself in a 43-39 hole midway through the third quarter. Greenfield came back to take the lead late in the third quarter and took a 48-47 lead into the fourth quarter. Then the Wave ignited an early run to open up a lead it never relinquished.

Smith finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 steals to pace the Wave (15-1), and Hickey finished with 11 points, 11 assists and 5 boards. Katie Haselton had 17 points and Lizzy Howland added 6 points and 12 boards.

Angela Czeremcha led West Side with 26 points. Madison Conway netted 13 points.

Greenfield heads to Frontier Regional School tonight.

Narragansett 45, Athol 40 — Kathleen Chapman scored 11 points Thursday to lead Narragansett Regional High School past Athol High School, 45-40, in an independent girls’ basketball game at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Hannah Chapman and Amanda Janssens each added 7 points in the win. The Warriors led 12-4 after the first quarter, but the Red Raiders came back and trailed by one point at both halftime (19-18) and entering the fourth quarter (30-29).

Destiny Wrigley led the Red Raiders (3-14) with 12 points. Amber Mahoney netted 10, while Hailey Bigwood and Taylor Cleveland added 7 each.

Boys’ games

Pioneer 69, Belchertown 51 — Pioneer Valley Regional School got off to a tough start but completely turned things around to rout Belchertown High School, 69-51, in a Hampshire League South Division boys’ basketball game Thursday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

The Orioles rushed out to a 20-10 lead and held a 25-12 edge early in the second quarter. At that point, the Pioneer defense began to step up and the Panthers cut the deficit to four points (29-25) at halftime. The hosts then erupted in the third quarter, outscoring Belchertown 30-9 to pull away.

Pioneer coach Scott Thayer said that the difference came when the defense began doing the small things, such as winning 50/50 balls, diving to the floor after loose balls and taking charges.

“(We did) all the little things that really give the team added energy,” Thayer said.

Brendan Emond finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Panthers (11-5), and Jordan Loughman had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Garrett Cote netted 15 points, Karl Wheeler had 11 points, and Troy Emond and Mike Menard each added 7.

Mitch Medina led Belchertown with 21 points, while Nolan Vogel had 13 points, 12 of which came in the first quarter.

Smith Academy 50, Athol 35 — Carter Woodward scored 13 points Thursday to lead Smith Academy to a 50-35 win over Athol in a HL North boys’ basketball game in Hatfield.

Jack Zygmont, Brett Gratz and Matt Bouley scored 11 points each in the win.

Angel Rivera led Athol with 9 points. Justin Blake added 8 and Mark Ferrari chipped in 7.

Mahar 68, Turners Falls 37 — Mahar Regional School outscored Turners Falls High School, 23-3, in the first quarter and went on to earn a 68-37 win in HL South game Thursday night in Orange.

Turners (6-12) came back with a 15-7 second-quarter edge in offense, but the Senators (12-5) won each of the final two quarters to pull away for the lopsided win.

Deven Patch continued his big effort of late with a team-high 18 points to go with 8 blocked shots and 5 rebounds. Brennan Mailloux finished with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, and Sam Paul had 15 points and 7 assists. Matt Jenks added 8 points and 10 boards and Matt Lyesiuk and Charlie Barnes added 6 points each.

Jimmy Vaughn led Turners with 9 points. Anthony Peterson finished with 7 points.

Greenfield 79, Mohawk 39 — Five players reached double figures Thursday night for Greenfield during a 79-39 rout of Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a HL North boys’ basketball game in Buckland.

Hunter Campbell finished with 20 points to lead the Green Wave (4-12), followed by Owen Phelps, who added 13. Jake Suhl and Nate Haselton each scored 11 points, and Jake Sak added 10. Mason Meadows chipped in with 8 points. Colin Cloutier finished with 6.

Jackson Hicks led Mohawk with 15 points. Will Guyette added 10.

Westfield Tech 58, FC Tech 40 — Dave Tikhonchuk scored 15 points Thursday to lead Westfield Technical Academy to a 58-40 win over Franklin Tech in an independent boys’ basketball game in Westfield.

Seth Aldrich led the Eagles (8-8) with 14 points, while Garrett Cole netted 9. Jared Bergmann chipped in 9.