Bulletin Board: Athol boys basketball bounces back

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Published: 1/14/2020 9:42:56 PM
Modified: 1/14/2020 9:42:05 PM

One night removed from a wild overtime loss, the Athol boys basketball team showed no signs of a hangover on Tuesday.

The Red Raiders built a nine-point halftime lead and pulled away in the second half, rebounding with an impressive 65-42 victory over Smith Academy in a Hampshire League North contest in Hatfield.

“I’m very pleased with how they responded,” Athol coach Dan Bevis said of his squad. “We talked before the game about bringing the energy. We knew that would be the biggest issue we’d face, having enough energy for us to be ready to go.”

Athol (3-6, 2-2) led 20-16 after one quarter and 37-28 at intermission, but outscored Smith Academy (1-6, 1-3) by a 28-14 margin after the break.

“We came out defensively and struggled a little bit,” admitted Bevis. “We switched things up midway through the second quarter, ran a half-court trap, and that changed the way the game turned out, I thought.”

Noah Pottinger poured in a season-high 22 points for the Red Raiders, and he pulled down seven rebounds in an all-around impressive outing. Mark Ferrari just missed out on a double-double with 13 points and nine boards, while Bryce King went for nine points and six assists out of the point guard slot. Vincent Gordon added nine points while Riley Paine tossed in seven.

Athol looks to keep it going on Friday night when it hosts Hopkins Academy.

■ In JV action, Athol scored a 42-30 victory over Smith Academy on Tuesday night.

Dilan Fountain went for a team-high 11 points, while Conner Mahony joined him in double figures with 10 points. Conal Tontodonato tossed in nine points for Athol.

Girls basketball

FC Tech 71, Westfield Tech 22 — Franklin Tech’s offense certainly traveled on Tuesday night.

The visiting Eagles poured in a season-high 71 points, rolling past Westfield Tech, 71-22, in an independent girls basketball game in Westfield.

Franklin Tech (7-2) led 17-5 after one quarter and 38-7 at intermission in the lopsided victory.

“The girls worked hard, executed offensively,” Franklin Tech coach Joe Gamache said. “We got to work on a few things offensively so that was nice to see. It was a good win.”

Four players scored in double figures on the night. Jordan Hurlbert led the way with a season-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Isabelle Duga with 16 points, also a season-high, to go with five steals. Jocelyn Crowningshield notched 15 points and Gem Cruz chipped in with 11 points and 10 boards.

The Eagles return home Friday for a key Tri-County League North matchup with Pathfinder.

Greenfield 64, Ware 33 — Balance was the theme of the night for the Greenfield girls basketball team.

Four players scored in double figures, and the host Green Wave cruised past Ware, 64-33, in an independent contest at Nichols Gymnasium.

The loss was just the second of the season for the Indians (7-2), while Greenfield improved to 6-4 with the victory.

Freshman Lillia Kachelmeyer led the way with a season-high 14 points, her third double-digit scoring output of the season. Racquel Provost followed with 13 points of her own, her third double-digit scoring total of the season as well, while Tina Reed registered a season-high 12 points and Katie Haselton added 11 points to extend her double-digit scoring streak to 10 straight games. Bryanna Rivera notched eight points in the victory, with Eva Pruitt-Dahl and Tess Rancourt scoring three points apiece.

Greenfield connected on eight 3-pointers in the victory, two apiece from Rivera, Provost and Kachelmeyer. The hosts led 30-15 at halftime.

Ware’s Aidyn Welsh was her team’s high-scorer with 15 points.

Greenfield is off until Saturday when it travels to play at Frontier in a key Franklin County League North contest at 6 p.m.

Girls swimming

Ludlow 99, Turners 56 — The trio of Jade Tyler, Allison Wheeler and Olivia Whittier all captured individual victories, but Turners Falls fell to Ludlow in a Constitution League meet on Tuesday.

Tyler took first in the 200-yard individual medley for the Thunder, touching with a time of 2 minutes, 30.59 seconds. Wheeler won the 100 freestyle in 1:08.84, while Whittier snagged top honors in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.17).

The three swimmers teamed with Hannah Marchefka to take first overall in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:16.38.

Boys swimming

Ludlow 89, Turners 26 — Cameron Bradley tied for first place in the 100 butterfly to pace the Thunder in a loss to Ludlow.

The senior scored a share of first place with a time of 59.56 seconds, and teamed with Camden Bonnett, Austin Sumner and Nik Martin to finish second in the 200 freestyle relay (2:23.40).

Martin was the runner-up in the 100 freestyle, posting a time of 59.43 seconds.

Next up for Turners is the program’s Senior Night on Tuesday, when Bradley and Wheeler will be honored against Palmer.

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