HS girls basketball: Late run lifts Mahar past Hopkins Academy

  • Delaney Parker of Mahar finishes at the rim against Hopkins Academy, Friday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Micalyn Mailloux of Mahar with a runner against Hopkins Academy, Friday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Micalyn Mailloux of Mahar shoots against Hopkins Academy, Friday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Sophia Apteker, left, of Mahar, looks to make a play against Hopkins Academy, Friday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Tori Tenney of Mahar attacking the basket against Hopkins Academy, Friday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Jazmyn Vautour of Mahar shooting from outside against Hopkins Academy, Friday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

Staff Writer
Published: 12/21/2018 10:51:30 PM
Modified: 12/21/2018 10:51:43 PM

ORANGE — A late run in the fourth quarter gave the Mahar girls basketball team a 55-45 win over Hopkins Academy in its home opener on Friday night.

The Senators (2-3, 1-1 Franklin North) got multiple clutch plays on both ends of the floor to secure the win.

There were contributions to the game-ending 18-4 run up and down the roster for Mahar.

“They didn’t fold,” Mahar coach Larry Fisher said. “At this point every game is a must-win. This is a league game against a good team.”

It started with Jazmyn Vautour keeping possessions alive on the offensive glass. A Vautour putback and a set up to Abby Bonk after another offensive rebound helped the Senators take the lead.

Bonk and Micalyn Mailloux (14 points) both had clutch free throws for Mahar in the fourth quarter. Mailloux added a pivotal steal on the defensive end as well for the Senators.

A Tori Tenney jumper on the baseline followed by a steal and two free throws put the Senators ahead 49-41 with under a minute to play.

“It’s definitely not a one-man team,” Tenney said. “We have such a variety of skill sets. When it is all working it really comes together.”

Vautour had 13 points for the Senators.

Bonk and Tenney both had six points. The Senators, who have had issues at the free-throw line this season, went 21-for-27.

Mahar paid close attention to 1,000-point scorer Samantha Jenks, who finished with 20 points for the Golden Hawks (4-1, 0-1).

The Senators played some zone-type defenses with a player staying with Jenks and kept her shooting outside for the most part.

However, the play of AJ Mitchell took them out of that defense.

“She (Mitchell) made a couple nice jumpers from the paint,” Fisher said. “We started with man-to-man pressure on the ball. We forced some turnovers.”

Mitchell had 14 points for the Golden Hawks.

The Senators had a 19-9 second-quarter lead after a 6-0 run to start the quarter.

Mailloux scored twice close to the basket before a coast-to-coast layup by Delaney Parker.

That’s when the Golden Hawks started to click on offense and closed on a 15-5 run to tie the game at halftime.

Parker had one of her better games of the season with 11 points.

With Mahar going through an offensive drought, Parker drew a foul at the 3-point line at the beginning of the fourth and made 2 of 3 to jumpstart the comeback.

Clinton 65, Athol 34 — Haley Wrigley scored 10 points but the Red Raiders lost to the Gaels at Oakmont Regional.

Haley Bigwood had 14 points, with Taylor Cleveland adding eight for Athol (2-3).


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