Wrigley No. 1 for 3rd straight week

  • FIRST PLACE — Athol’s Destiny Wrigley (pictured, right) placed first in week 10’s top point-getters, scoring 54 points throughout the week. Athol Daily News/Mike Phillips—

  • SCORER — Athol’s Destiny Wrigley (right) goes up for the shot and gets fouled against her team’s most recent game against Greenfield High School. Wrigley earned the top spot in point-getters for the third week in a row, scoring 54 points this week. Athol Daily News/Mike Phillips—

Athol Daily News
Thursday, February 22, 2018

ATHOL — All local sports teams have finished their respective winter regular seasons, which means weekly installments of top point-getters comes to a close in week 10. Week 10 consisted of games played Feb. 9 through Feb. 20, giving an extra three days and one weekend to an otherwise normal period. The week of Feb. 16 was cut short due to the schedule ending on Feb. 20, so the extra games were added to week 10.

Nevertheless, the area’s most dominant scorer of the last month, Destiny Wrigley, finds herself in the top spot again in the final week of play.

Wrigley contributed 54 points throughout four games in week 10, which included a 23-point performance against Hopkins Academy on Feb. 9 and a 20-point performance against Turners Falls High School on Feb. 15. Wrigley contributed nine points against Mahar Regional and two points against Greenfield for 54 total points. Wrigley has scored 221 points on the season and has turned into one of the best 3-point shooters within the local area by season’s end. She ended the year ranked first or tied for first in points in the final three weeks of the season.

Mahar’s Sam Paul finished just one point behind Wrigley in week 10, scoring 53 total points. Paul has been the area’s most consistent boys shooter, placing in the top five point-getters seven times throughout the season. Paul’s second-place finish is his third on the season to go along with one first-place finish, two third-place finishes and one fifth-place finish.

In week 10, Paul scored double-digit points in all three of Mahar’s games, scoring 19 against Athol High School, 18 points against Pioneer Valley Regional and 16 points against Hopkins Academy. Paul finished the regular season with 258 points and will have at least one playoff game to add to his senior season.

Athol’s Haley Bigwood finished third in week 10’s top point-getters, scoring 38 points throughout the week. Bigwood finished the season with two third-place finishes and one first-place finish. Her week 10 performance started with a five-point performance against Hopkins Academy, followed by a 16-point performance against Mahar Regional, an eight-point performance against Turners Falls High School and a nine-point performance against Greenfield High School. Bigwood finished the season with 150 points in her sophomore season.

Fourth place goes to Athol’s Mark Ferrari, a consistent performer who never placed better than third in the top point-getters. Ferrari scored 36 points in week 10, and his fourth-place finish gives him seven top-five finishes. He has placed third twice, fourth four times and fifth once. Ferrari began the week scoring six points against Mahar Regional and followed it up with a nine-point performance against Frontier Regional. He then scored 12 points against Lee High School and finished the season scoring nine points against Greenfield High School. In his sophomore season, Ferrari accumulated 218 points, which included 84 points by way of the 3.

Fifth place goes to Athol’s Taylor Cleveland, who scored 34 points in week 10. Cleveland placed in the top-five three times this season, finishing first, second and fifth all once. Cleveland began the week scoring five points against Hopkins Academy and followed that performance up by scoring 10 points against Mahar Regional. She then scored nine points against Turners Falls High School and 10 points against Greenfield High School. Cleveland finished her sophomore season scoring 140 points for the Red Raiders.

The following are the top three scorers for each team.

Athol boys

Mark Ferrari, 36; Noah Pottinger, 30; Brymere Edwards, 23.

Athol girls

Destiny Wrigley, 54; Haley Bigwood, 38; Taylor Cleveland, 34.

Mahar boys

Sam Paul, 53; Brennan Mailloux and Deven Patch, 29; Matt Jenks, 18.

Mahar Girls

Hannah Paul, 33; Micalyn Mailloux, 32; Jazmyn Vautour, 27.

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