Local Sports Recap: Athol girls can’t quite pull it off

Published: 2/9/2018 5:35:20 PM
Modified: 2/9/2018 5:35:30 PM
Varsity girls’ basketball Narragansett 45, Athol 40

BALDWINVILLE — The Athol Red Raiders pulled themselves back into the game after being down 12-4 at the end of the first quarter, but could not overcome the Narragansett Warriors on Thursday night, losing 45-40.

Athol is now 3-13 on the year.

The Red Raiders were down by only one point at halftime, 19-18, after outscoring the Warriors 14-7 in the second quarter. Athol then trailed 30-29 at the end of the third quarter. They were outscored 15-11 in the fourth quarter for the 45-40 final.

Destiny Wrigley led the Red Raiders with 12 points. She’s now scored 12 or more points in four out of her last five games. Amber Mahony chipped in 10 points for the Red Raiders, while Haley Bigwood and Taylor Cleveland each contributed seven points. Geca Baptista contributed two points and Sophie Putnam and Payton Parker contributed one point each.

Athol has two games left on their schedule, and following Friday night’s game against Hopkins Academy they will take on Mahar at home on Monday, and then host Turners Falls High School on Thursday.

Varsity boys’ basketball Smith Academy 50, Athol 35

HATFIELD — Led by a 16-point effort from Carter Woodward and 11-point efforts by Brett Gratz and Jack Zigmont, Smith Academy took down Athol 50-35 on Thursday night. The Red Raiders are now 2-15 on the year.

Tied at nine apiece after the first quarter, Smith Academy broke free in the second quarter, outscoring Athol 14-5 during that frame, and taking the 23-14 lead at halftime. Athol was then outscored 16-9 in the third quarter, but outscored Smith Academy 12-11 in the fourth quarter.

Angel Rivera led the Red Raiders with nine points. Justin Blake scored eight points for Athol, while Mark Ferrari scored seven points, Brymere Edwards five, Maysin Tarbell four and Evan Saisa two.

JV boys’ basketball Athol 40, Smith Academy 33

HATFIELD — The Athol junior varsity boys’ basketball team made short work of Smith Academy on Thursday night, winning 40-33 on the road. Colby Soltysik led Athol with 12 points. Keegan Lutz contributed seven points in the win, while Manny O’Lari contributed six points, Riley Paine five points, Casey Mason and Nathan Heath three points each and Jack Bonenfant and Issach Bastine two points each.

MS girls’ basketball Mahar 31, Turners Falls 22

MONTAGUE — The Mahar Middle School girls’ basketball team continued their solid play on Thursday afternoon, defeating Turners Falls 31-22. Mahar improved to 12-2 overall and 10-0 in league play. Sienna Moore led the team with 10 points and added six rebounds. Ava Liberty scored six points and added seven rebounds. Also scoring for Mahar were Natalie Belloli with five points and Haylee Allen, Julianna Hebert, Alicia Melanson, Brooklyn Kennedy and Natalie Apteker with two points each. Caroline White and Shalee Dennis led Mahar defensively. Mahar will take on Athol in Orange on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Athol 38, Smith Academy 10

ATHOL — The ARMS girls’ basketball team used solid defense, 10 steals and four blocks to defeat Smith Academy 38-10 on Thursday afternoon. Emma Bacigalupo scored seven points for Athol, while Debbie Sisouk scored six points. Christa Cucchi, Kendall Deleo, Reily Polana, Sarah Jaillet and Kristinna Sigurdsson all scored four points. Lindsey Leblanc scored one point. Athol is now 12-4 on the year and will play Mahar at home on Monday.

MS boys’ basketball Mahar 37, Turners Falls 27

MONTAGUE — The Mahar Middle School boys’ basketball team led 17-13 at halftime over Turners Falls and went on to win 37-27 on Thursday afternoon. Cole Johnson and Gavin Sullivan shared a team-high in points for Mahar, scoring seven points each. Collin Adams and Nicholas Burnett scored six points, while Cathal Davis scored five points, Kyle Notre four and Hunter Martin two. The team will face Athol at home on Monday.

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