Wrigley leads Week 8 with 52 points

  • Athol’s Destiny Wrigley (pictured) earned the top spot in week eight’s top point-getters by scoring 52 points. Athol Daily News/Mike Phillips

Thursday, February 08, 2018

ATHOL — The Athol girls’ varsity basketball team found an offensive niche that has led them to winning three of their last five games, which includes a one-point loss to Smith Academy. The Red Raiders developed and instituted more offensive plays that revolved around Destiny Wrigley, a sharpshooter who has now contributed 147 points on the year, including 29 completions from beyond the arc. The new focus led Wrigley to earning the top spot in point-getters in week eight, scoring 52 points throughout the week.

Wrigley began the week with a six-point performance against Smith Academy and followed it up with a 21-point performance against Mohawk Trail Regional, which played a large role in their 41-39 win. She then scored a new season-high just one day later, scoring 25 points against the Turners Falls Indians on Feb. 1.  Wrigley’s 52 points in week eight leads her to her first-ever first place finish in the top point-getters, and second top-five finish.

Second place goes to a familiar face, Mahar’s Sam Paul. Paul scored 44 points in week eight, scoring 13 points against Hoosac Valley High School, 19 points against Greenfield High School and 12 points against Frontier Regional. As of the end of week eight, Paul has scored at least 10 points eight games in a row. He places second in the top-five for the second time this season and fifth time within the top point-getters.

Mark Ferrari has been on the list four times so far this season, and has never cracked the top three. Fortunately, Ferrari finds himself on the list again in week eight. Unfortunately, Ferrari still has not broken those parameters, coming in third place in week eight. Ferrari has now placed third for the second time and has three fourth-place finishes for five total. Ferrari came up one point shy of cracking the top two, scoring 43 points in week eight. He started the week with a 12-point effort against Mohawk Trail Regional and followed that up with a 21-point effort against No.5 Hopkins Academy. Ferrari finished out the week with 10 points against Turners Falls High School.

There is a new name to the chart in fourth place. Mahar boys’ basketball’s Deven Patch entered the top-five for the first time this season in week eight by scoring 30 points. Patch found himself in the starting lineup for the Senators throughout the week, and he didn’t disappoint. Patch scored 12 points against Hoosac Valley High School on Jan. 27 and followed it up two days later with an 11-point performance against Greenfield High School. Against Frontier Regional, Patch scored seven points.

With four players tied for what would be sixth place, Athol’s Noah Pottinger just barely squeeked his way into the fifth spot, scoring 24 points — one point more than sixth place finishers — for his first top-five performance. Pottinger was recently called up to play on the varsity team full-time for the Red Raiders. He’s made the most of his time so far, scoring 10 points against Mohawk Trail Regional, five points against Hopkins Academy and nine points against Turners Falls High School. Pottinger’s top-five finish gives promise to the freshman.

The following are the top three point-getters for each team:

Athol boys

Mark Ferrari, 43; Noah Pottinger, 24; Maysin Tarbell, 19.

Athol girls

Destiny Wrigley, 52; Amber Mahony, 17; Taylor Cleveland, 15.

Mahar boys

Sam Paul, 44; Deven Patch, 30; Tied-Quinn Gervais and Matt Jenks, 23.

Mahar girls

Tied-Hanna Paul and Jazmyn Vautour, 23; Tori Tenney, 16; Sam Rowe, 10.

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