H.S. Notebook: Turners’ Marcus Sanders tops the single-game scoring list

  • Turners Falls’ Marcus Sanders, left, shown here last year against Mahar’s Jacob Tenney (14), scored 38 points in a win over Franklin Tech last week — the most points in the Recorder area so far this winter. Staff FILE Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 2/22/2021 4:35:12 PM
Modified: 2/22/2021 7:01:06 PM

It’s been quite some time since a player in the Recorder area had an offensive scoring performance like the one Marcus Sanders put on last Thursday against Franklin Tech.

The Turners Falls senior guard went off for 38 points in the 74-45 win over the Eagles, the most points thus far this season among Recorder-area players on the boys side. In fact, it’s the most points a player in the area has scored in the last four seasons. Franklin Tech’s Colin Gould was the last to eclipse the mark in 2017, when he dropped 42 points in a game against Smith Vocational.

“He was just unbelievable,” Franklin Tech coach Tim Artus said after Sanders’ game last week.

Last season, Turners’ Chace Novak had the area’s single-game high of 35 points, also against the Eagles. In the 2018-19 season, it was Mark Ferrari who had the high single-game point total of 35 against Hopkins. Former Pioneer guard — and current Recorder sports intern — Garrett Cote’s 32 points were the most a player had during the 2017-18 season.

It’s safe to say scoring performances don’t come around all that often in high school games, which are just 32 minutes long. It takes a special night shooting, one like Sanders had last week where he knocked down 16 shots from the field, five coming from 3-point land.

It’ll take some time before someone puts on an offensive clinic like the one Sanders had on Thursday.

Power play dominance

In its last two games prior to Monday’s late-night tilt with Chicopee, the Greenfield hockey team has recorded eight power-play goals; four against Southwick last Wednesday and another four against Amherst on Saturday.

In both of those games the Green Wave came away victorious, putting them at 6-0-1 on the season going into Monday’s game.

The eight power-play tallies put Greenfield at 13-for-24 converting man-up chances this season, a number that has played a large role in the unbeaten season. 

“That’s an amazing stat to have,” Green Wave coach Adam Bouchard said after the win over Amherst on Saturday. “We put a ton of emphasis on executing on our special teams, whether it’s defensively or scoring on the power play. Converting at a 54-percent clip is amazing, I’m extremely proud of our guys for finishing when we have those chances.” 

To put in perspective just how impressive a 54 percent conversion on the power play is, the top NHL team on the man-up right now is the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have converted on 37.5 percent of their power play opportunities.

No postseason tournaments

It feels like the high school winter season is just getting into the heat of things.

Typically that would be the case, with each team having played around seven or eight games since the season kicked off a month ago.

In this notebook last week, I mentioned something about a Franklin County Bubble postseason tournament at the end of the season.

Originally, a single-elimination tournament was on the schedule for both boys and girls basketball, but that will no longer be happening. Still it’s fun to imagine what one would have looked like this season.

It would have been tough for any girls team in the bubble to defeat Greenfield this winter. The Green Wave have been dominant on a night-in, night-out basis, winning all seven games by double figures. Five of the Green Wave wins have come by 20 or more points.

It’s a tough year for Greenfield to not have any postseason tournaments, as the Green Wave would have surely been a threat to make a Cage run.

On the boys side of things, a Franklin County Bubble tournament would have been much more open.

Without one truly dominating team like Greenfield on the girls side, the boys side has a lot of good teams which would have made for an event where just about anyone could beat anyone on any given night. It’s a shame those teams won’t have an opportunity to play a survive-and-advance style tourney this winter.

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