High school hoops enter final full week of competition

  • Mahar’s Hannah Paul goes for the hook shot during her team’s latest game against Hopkins Academy. The high school hoops season enters its last full week of competition. Athol Daily News/Mike Phillips

Monday, February 12, 2018

ATHOL — Just like that, the high school basketball season is almost over.

This marks the final full week of action, as the week of Feb. 19 through Feb. 23 features games only on Monday and Tuesday.

As the season begins its wrap-up, the Athol boys’ basketball team will play three games this week. The girls basketball squad is scheduled for two games, as are the Mahar girls and boys basketball teams. To make the end of the season interesting, the Athol and Mahar programs will face off in back-to-back games against one another tonight.

The Mahar Senators swept the first time the two teams faced off, with the boys winning, 65-29, and the girls winning, 58-44.

Athol boys

After Monday’s game, the Red Raiders will travel to Frontier Regional in South Deerfield on Thursday night for a 7:30 matchup. The Redhawks are 11-6 on the year and have won three in a row. They previously beat the Red Raiders, 67-30, on Jan. 12, powered by Donovan Hoffman, Brandyn Robinson, Ben Litskoski, Owen Morse and Carsten Carey scoring at least 10 points each. Carey leads the Redhawks with 245 points.

Athol girls

Following their matchup against the Senators, the Athol girls will host Turners Falls on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Indians are fighting for the top spot in the Franklin South conference and are 10-7 on the year. Turners Falls started off the year strong by winning the first three games, but tailed off some during the middle of their schedule. They’ve since won three of their last five games. The Indians defeated the Red Raiders 56-46 back on Feb. 1. Destiny Wrigley scored 25 points, while Haley Bigwood contributed 11. The Indians spread around the offense, as Maddy Chmyzinski, Chloe Ellis, Abby Loynd have scored more than 100 points, and Dabney Rollins and Aliyah Sanders are six and three points away, respectively, from reaching that mark.

Mahar boys

The Senators travel to Pioneer Valley Regional on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Panthers are 10-5 this season and are playoff bound. The Senators won the first matchup between the schools, 47-34. Sam Paul, Quinn Gervais and Matt Jenks each scored at least 10 points that game.

The Panthers have five players that have scored at least 100 points.

Mahar girls

The Mahar girls’ basketball team will face the Greenfield Green Wave at 7 p.m.

The Green Wave is 16-1 on the year and ranks sixth in western Massachusetts. The team defeated the Senators 60-22 on Jan. 2.

The Senators have been playing their best basketball so far this season, winning eight of their previous nine games. Reagan Hickey, who is on the shortlist for player of the year in western Massachusetts, leads the team with 288 points. She scored 13 against the Senators and has dumped in at least 21 points in her previous two games.

Katie Haselton has scored 245 points this season and deposited 12 against the Senators in the first matchup between the schools.

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