H.S. Roundup: Mahar girls basketball goes on 24-0 run in first half to knock off Athol

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Published: 01-03-2024 9:32 PM

Modified: 01-03-2024 10:02 PM

Trailing rival Athol by four points early, the Mahar girls basketball team turned it up a notch to take command of the game. 

The Senators went on a whopping 24-0 run to help take a 26-6 lead at the half. Mahar kept up the pace in the second half to come away with a 49-17 independent victory at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol on Wednesday. 

“Our starters moved the ball very well,” Senators coach Steve Bonk said. 

Nevaeh Scribner and Irati Martinez keyed the Mahar offense on Wednesday, each scoring 12 points. Hayden Comeau and Julia Hatch both finished with six points while Taylor Paluk and Alivia Patch each tallied four points in the win for Mahar. 

Abigail Lutz scored a team-high seven points for Athol. Emily King knocked down a 3 to finish with five points, Ava Martin and Jenna Bonenfant each scored two points while Olivia Horrigan made a free throw in the loss. 

Renaissance 58, Pioneer 44 — The Panthers held tough against the unbeaten Phoenix, but Renaissance took a 26-13 lead at the half and extended it to 47-29 after three quarters. 

Pioneer got back in the game in the fourth but the early deficit proved to be too much, as the Phoenix moved to 9-0 on the season with an independent win at Messer Gymnasium on Wednesday. 

Hailey Ring finished with 14 points, Kyler McClelland scored 13 points, Addie Harrington recorded 12 points, Natalie Rios tallied three points while Fota N’Diaye scored two points for the Panthers. 

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Frontier 49, Greenfield 39 — Make it seven wins in a row to open the season for the Redhawks. 

Frontier held a 36-31 lead heading into the fourth quarter against the Green Wave and outscored Greenfield 13-8 in the final eight minutes to pull away with a Franklin County League North victory at Nichols Gymnasium on Wednesday. 

It was Hailey Hutkoski who led the Redhawks with 20 points in the win. Claire Kirkendall scored 12 points, Jazzy Hayes and Olivia Machon each had five points while Harper Modestow scored three points, dished seven assists and pulled down 10 rebounds. 

Amber Bergeron tallied 19 points, Tayler Bergeron and Anna Bucala each scored six points while Gloria McDonald finished with four points for Greenfield. 

Franklin Tech 48, Nashoba Valley Tech 30 — Lea Chapman had a monster game for the Eagles, scoring 22 points while snatching 23 rebounds as the Eagles picked up an independent win in Turners Falls on Wednesday. 

Hannah Gilbert tossed in 14 points and added seven rebounds, Kyra Goodell scored 10 points, Haleigh Benoit scored two points while Kait Trudeau had five steals and four assists for Franklin Tech in the win. 


Franklin Tech 51, Frontier 24 — Carsten Couture (120), Conner Herzig (138) and Wyatt Whitman (150) picked up wins for the Eagles, leading to a victory over the Redhawks at Goodnow Gymnasium on Wednesday. 

Wyatt Finch (126), Ben Baker (144) and Javion Cabrera (285) had wins for Frontier. Maxon Brunette, Camden Bonnett and Dillon Laffond competed for the Eagles while Jocelyn Antes, Zach Brown and Konnor James also competed for the Redhawks. 

Worcester Tech 47, Mahar 33 — Elias Roberts (132), Joshua Mazza (138), Colby Chiasson (144), Sayyid Roberts (157), Tristen Gaj (165) and Riley Murphy (175) earned wins for the Senators in a loss to Worcester Tech on  Wednesday. 

Asher Williams, Lucas Briand, Cody Preisch, Maximus Parsons, Anthony Marigliano and Leighton Soucie also competed for Mahar.