School Roundup: Buzzer-beater propels Athol girls basketball to victory

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Published: 1/13/2020 10:37:44 PM
Modified: 1/13/2020 10:36:55 PM

Kendall Deleo picked a good time to sink her lone basket of the night.

The Athol High School sophomore drilled the game-winning 3-pointer with just 0.5 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Red Raiders to a wild 49-48 victory over Easthampton in an independent girls basketball game on Monday in Easthampton.

“I’m really proud of my team,” said Athol coach Kelly Kaczmarczyk. “We had a lot of girls play who don’t normally play a lot of minutes and they stepped up.”

Athol (5-4) trailed 39-32 entering the fourth quarter, but outscored the Eagles by a 17-9 margin in the final stanza.

Reily Polana led the way with 12 points for the Raiders, while Emma Bacigalupo followed with nine points. Haley Bigwood tossed in eight points, Jenna St. Cyr hit a pair of 3-pointers en route to six points, and Taylor Cleveland chipped in four.

Greenfield 49, Pioneer 37 — Katie Haselton took over in the fourth quarter for the Green Wave in the road win over the Panthers. 

The junior finished with 26 points for Greenfield after playing through some foul trouble.

Lillia Kachelmeyer added eight points for the Wave with Bryanna Rivera and Tina Reed chipping in with six. 

Paige Loughman led Pioneer with 21 points. 

Boys basketball

Renaissance 78, Athol 77 (OT) — It was quite a night in Springfield for the Athol boys basketball team. Trailing 63-43 with six minutes remaining in regulation, the Red Raiders were staring a lopsided independent defeat in the face.

But Athol didn’t pack it in, instead rallying in a big way to force overtime. The Raiders outscored Renaissance 24-4 over the final six minutes to force the extra session, but fell there thanks to a free throw by the Phoenix with less than a second remaining in a 78-77 final on Monday.

“With the score the way it was, we could’ve easily packed it in but the guys didn’t quit,” Athol coach Dan Bevis said.

Mark Ferrari’s big night helped the visitors claw back. The senior scored 30 points, 22 of those coming after intermission, and pulled down 10 rebounds to get Athol within striking distance.

“In my opinion he was the best post player on the floor tonight,” Bevis said of Ferrari. “He got focused and was able to make some plays inside, finish at the rim.”

Bryce King scored 15 points for Athol (2-6), while Noah Pottinger joined him in double figures with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Riley Paine hit a trio of 3-pointers and finished with nine points.

FC Tech 56, Gateway 42 — Garret Cole put together a monster outing, going for 21 points and 17 rebounds to help Franklin Tech score a 56-42 victory over Gateway in an independent boys basketball game Monday in Huntington.

The visiting Eagles (6-4) held Gateway to just three points in the opening quarter, and pulled away in the second half after holding a 22-15 halftime advantage.

“We came out with good intensity at the beginning of the game,” Franklin Tech coach Tim Artus said. “It got away from us a bit in the second quarter but we were able to bring it back in the second half.”

Justin Littlewood scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds for Franklin Tech, while Bailey Young joined him in double figures with 10 points.

West Side 53, Frontier 35 — A slow start proved too much for Frontier to overcome and the Red Hawks fell to West Springfield, 53-35, in an independent boys basketball game Monday night in West Springfield.

The Terriers got off to a 12-3 start to set the tone for the game. Frontier (6-2) played close from there, cutting the deficit to 21-15 at halftime, but West Side pulled away in the second half.

“We came out very flat and the West Side defense, to its credit, completely dictated how we played on the offensive end tonight,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said. “Their ball pressure made our guys uncomfortable. We clearly need to challenge each other more in practice so we can better simulate game situations in the future.”

The West Springfield offense hit six 3-pointers on the night, with Ryan Russell draining three en route to a game-high 11 points. Michael Russell hit a 3 and finished with 9 points, and Nick Toma knocked down a pair from beyond the arc and finished with 7 points.

Sean Richter hit three 3s for Frontier and finished with a team-high 10 points. Ethan Machon added 7 points, and Collin Boudreau chipped in 6.


Mahar 66, Granby 15 — Six wrestlers scored victories via pinfall, helping Mahar cruise to a 66-15 victory over Granby in a Suburban League North match, Monday in Granby.

The Senators (4-0, 3-0) moved within one victory of an outright league title. A win on Jan. 29 against Franklin Tech would seal the deal.

Gracin Bisceglia needed just 15 seconds to pin Granby’s Eddie Glaszcz at 195 pounds, while Todd Chiasson scored a 52-second pin at 160 pounds. Also capturing pins for the Senators were Henry Gilmore (152 pounds), Luke Chiodo (138), Domanic Cacciolfi (126) and Jeff Kidwell (120).

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