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Wednesday’s high schools: Northampton girls basketball team wins eighth straight

The Westfield girls basketball team kept sending Northampton to the free-throw line and the Blue Devils made them pay.

Hamp made 25 free throws to beat the Bombers 52-45 on the road Wednesday.

It was the eighth straight win for Northampton (11-2).

Anna Walther scored a game-high 20 points with five assists and five steals for Hamp. Walther made 14 of those free throws.

Maya Kerstetter posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Anna Moore added 13 points.

Athol 62, Smith Academy 29 — Ashley Higgins scored a game-high 20 points, but the Falcons (2-11, 1-10 Franklin South) fell to the undefeated Red Raiders (13-0, 12-0 Franklin North) on the road.

Boys basketball

Minnechaug 72, Belchertown 69 — Tyler Verville scored 20, Zach Parsons had 19 points and Eric Adzima added 10 but the Orioles (4-7) fell at home.

Renaissance 68, Hampshire Regional 35 — Shane Andrews scored 13 points for the Raiders (5-4), who trailed by seven at halftime, but were then outscored 36-9 in the final 16 minutes.

Brendan Bzdel and Conor Cronin added seven points each in the loss.

Commerce 52, South Hadley 49 — Evan Marcus scored a game-high 19 points, but the Tigers (6-7) fell in Springfield.

T.J. Fitzell and Avon White added 10 points each in the loss.

Ice hockey

Easthampton 3, Chicopee Comp 3 — Rob Carmel had two goals and one assists, and Tim Pfau had a goal and two assists but the Eagles (4-2-4) settled for the tie with the Colts (1-8-2) at Lossone Rink in Easthampton.

Mike Grise and Alex Zadworny each had one assist for Easthampton.

Matt Sarafin made 33 saves for the Eagles.

St. Joseph’s 7, Belchertown 1 — The Crusaders jumped out to a 3-0 lead and beat the Orioles (1-8-2) at the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club.

Boys basketball

Minnechaug 72, Belchertown 69

Falcons (7-4)

Pickering 2-2-6, Killian 1-1-3, Cebula 4-3-12, Poremba 2-2-6, Henry 8-4-20, Diaz 3-0-6, Hill 5-5-15, White 2-0-4. Totals: 27-17-72

Orioles (4-7)

Verville 8-1-20, Adzima 3-2-10, Ryan 3-2-8, Pellerin 3-0-7, Parsons 7-5-19, Lussier 1-0-3, O’Brien 0-2-2. Totals: 25-12-69

Minnechaug 17 20 20 15—72

Belchertown 24 20 14 11—69

3-pointers: Belchertown 7 (Verville 3, Adzima 2, Pellerin, Lussier) Minnechaug 1 (Cebula)

Renaissance 68,

Hampshire Regional 35

Phoenix (12-2)

Gonzalez 8-0-18, Johnson 6-2-16, Marshall 3-5-11, Togba 3-6-12, Slaughter 1-0-2, Ralls 3-3-9. Totals: 24-15-68.

Raiders (5-4)

Burrell 0-0-0, Marek 0-0-0, Ouimette 1-0-2, Laroche 3-0-6, Bak 0-0-0, Malo 0-0-0, Labrie 0-0-0, Batchelder 0-0-0, Bzdel 2-1-7, Andrews 4-3-13, Harpole 0-0-0, Cronin 3-1-7. Totals: 13-5-35.

Renaissance 20 12 22 14—68

Hampshire 9 17 8 1—35

3-pointers: Renaissance 4 (Gonzalez 2, Johnson 2); Hampshire 4 (Bzdel 2, Andrews 2)

Commerce 52, South Hadley 49

Tigers (6-7)

Marcus 4-9-19, Bullough 3-2-8, T. Fitzell 3-2-10, Sears 0-0-0, G. Fitzell 0-0-0, White 3-3-10, Earle 0-0-0, Flachs 1-0-2, Garbacik 0-0-0, Reed 0-0-0. Totals: 14-16-49.

Red Raiders (5-6)

Jackson 1-0-2, Wilson 1-1-3, Collins 6-2-14, Cruzado 5-1-14, Marrero 3-1-7, Brunson 5-2-12. Totals: 21-7-52

S. Hadley 7 14 11 17—49

Commerce 13 11 12 15—52

3-pointers: South Hadley 5 (Marcus 2, T. Fitzell 2, White); Commerce 3 (Cruzado 3)

Girls basketball

Northampton 52, Westfield 45

Blue Devils (11-2)

Harris 1-0-2, Bell 2-0-5, Ramirez 0-0-0, Mahoney 0-0-0, Maurer 0-2-2, Moore 3-7-13, Walther 3-14-20, Kerstetter 4-2-10. Totals: 13-25-52.

Bombers (1-9)

Arnold 4-6-18, Wardner 0-1-1, Ezold 2-0-4, Sharon 1-1-3, Clark 2-0-6, Cloutier 1-0-2, Johnson 2-0-5, Paton 3-0-6. Totals: 15-8-45.

Northampton 9 15 12 16—52

Westfield 6 12 6 21—45

3-pointers: Northampton 1 (Bell), Westfield 7 (Arnold 4, Clark 2, Johnson)

Athol 62, Smith Academy 29

Falcons (2-11, 1-10 Franklin South)

Cavanaugh 1-0-2, Yagodzinski 2-0-5, Barker 1-0-2, Higgins 9-2-20. Totals: 13-2-29.

Red Raiders (13-0, 12-0 Franklin North)

Cleveland 2-0-4, O’Neil 1-0-2, Guerin 1-1-3, Richards 1-0-2, Bronnes 6-0-14, Whitney 3-3-9, Muzzy 4-2-12, Favreau 4-0-8, Salmond 2-1-5, A. Hamlett 0-1-1, L. Hamlett 1-0-2. Totals: 25-8-62.

Smith 7 8 0 14—29

Athol 11 27 17 7—62

3-pointers: Smith 1 (Yagodzinski); Athol 4 (Bronnes 2, Muzzy 2)

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