HS basketball: Val Murphy, Easthampton turn back Smith Academy

  • Val Murphy, right, of Easthampton, passes against Victoria Smiarowski, of Smith Academy, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. Smith Academy coach Fran LaFond looks on, right. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Emma Kelly, left, of Smith Academy, shoots against Val Murphy, of Easthampton, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Erin Gilrein, of Smith Academy, shoots against Easthampton, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Emma Kelly, center, of Smith Academy, shoots against Easthampton defenders Val Murphy, left, and Sofie Massa, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Emma Downer, right, of Easthampton, drives to the basket against Erin Gilrein, of Smith Academy, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Victoria Smiarowski, right, of Smith Academy, looks for a shot against Val Murphy, of Easthampton, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Bailey McCoy, right, of Smith Academy, shoots against Val Murphy, of Easthampton, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Sofie Massa, front, of Easthampton, and Victoria Smiarowski, of Smith Academy, eye a loose ball Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Emma Downer, center, of Easthampton, and Maggie Hession, of Smith Academy, go after a loose ball Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. Downer recovered the ball and scored the go-ahead basket on a breakaway with six seconds left. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Sofie Massa, center, of Easthampton, splits Smith Academy defenders Emma Kelly, left, and Taeghan Cavanaugh, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Easthampton players Val Murphy, left, and Hannah Coleman, right, reach for a rebound against Karlie Guimond, of Smith Academy, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Abbey Coleman, right, of Easthampton, shoots amid Smith Academy defenders Emma Kelly, left, and Karlie Guimond, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Easthampton players Emma Downer, left, and Val Murphy celebrate Downer's basket against Smith Academy, that put their team ahead for good, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Emma Downer, of Easthampton, scores the go-ahead basket on a breakaway with six seconds left during a game against Smith Academy, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Easthampton players Emma Downer, front, and Val Murphy, right, celebrate their win against Smith Academy, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Val Murphy, right, of Easthampton, passes against Bailey McCoy, of Smith Academy, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Emma Kelly, left, of Smith Academy, shoots against Easthampton defenders Hannah Coleman, center, and Val Murphy, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Victoria Smiarowski, right, of Smith Academy, shoots against Val Murphy, of Easthampton, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Easthampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 1/3/2019 11:06:52 PM

Easthampton freshman guard Emma Downer beat Smith Academy junior Maggie Hession to a loose ball and scored the game-winning layup with six seconds left as the Eagles won, 29-27, Thursday in Easthampton.

Downer finished with six points, but it was senior Val Murphy who got the Eagles to the finish line.

Murphy turned the game into a volleyball match as the forward spiked 18 blocks to go along with 13 rebounds and 10 points in a triple-double.

Sofie Massa added 10 points for Easthampton (1-4, 1-3 Franklin West).

Abby Coleman had seven steals, five assists and three points. Hannah Coleman grabbed nine rebounds.

The Eagles outscored the Falcons 16-7 in the second half.

Emma Kelly scored a game-high 14 points for Smith Academy (4-3, 1-2). Karlie Guimon hit a 3 and scored six points, while Victoria Smiarowski added seven.

Boys basketball

Easthampton 61, South Hadley 50 — The Eagles (5-1, 3-0 Bi-County East) outscored the Tigers (1-8, 1-1) 17-7 in the third quarter to break away from a two-point halftime lead on the road.

Ronan Mottor had 20 points, while Jack Bacis and Sam Colenback each had nine for Easthampton.

Hunter Carey had 21 points and Hunter Borowski added 12 for South Hadley.

Westfield Tech 57, Gateway Regional 40 — Jayden Santiago-Lopez tallied 10 points in a home loss. Dylan Lafreniere and Evan Cortis scored seven each.

Spencer Buckman hit two threes and had six points for the Gators (0-7, 0-4 Tri-County South), and Joel Sakaske had six.

Smith Vocational 48, Pathfinder 31 — The Vikings had as many 2-point field goals as 3-pointers as they shot the Pioneers out of Northampton.

Jayvon Cordova had four 3s and 20 points. Colin Earle had three 3s and nine points, while Tyler Top added two 3s and eight points.

Cordova added 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Andrew Pierce had 11 rebounds, while Carlos Rivera had nine boards.

Monson 55, Granby 54 — Ryan Gaughan finished with 17 points and Nate Breault added 15 pointson five 3-pointers, but the Rams (4-3, 0-2 Bi-County West) fell at home to the Mustangs (3-3, 1-0).

Westfield 54, Amherst Regional 46 — Evan Perry scored a career-high 20 points but the Hurricanes (1-5) fell to the Bombers (1-6) at home.

Amherst held Westfield to six points in the third quarter but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 29-18 halftime deficit.

Girls basketball

Easthampton 29,
Smith Academy 27

Smith Academy (4-3, 1-2 Franklin West)

Guimond 2-1-6, Kelly 7-0-14, Smiarowski 3-1-7, Hession 0-0-0, Cavanaugh 0-0-0, McCoy 0-0-0, Gilrein 0-0-0. Totals 12-2-27

Easthampton (1-4, 1-3)

Downer 3-0-6, Murphy 4-0-10, Massa 5-0-10, A. Coleman 1-1-3, H. Coleman 0-0-0, Damon 0-0-0. Totals 13-1-28

Smith Academy

9

11

4

3

—28

Easthampton

7

6

7

9

—49

3-Pointers—Smith Academy 1 (Guimond), Easthampton 2 (Murphy 2)

Boys basketball

Westfield Tech 57, Gateway 40

Westfield Tech (2-3, 2-1 Tri-County South)

Tikhonchuk 8-3-3-28, Zabielski 1-1-0-5, Grant 2-1-0-7, Bush 6-0-12, Hall 1-0-2, Otero 0-1-1, Beattie 1-0-2. Totals 24-4-57

Gateway (0-7, 0-4)

Hyjek 1-0-2, Buckman 0-2-0-6, Lafreniere 2-3-7, Cortis 1-5-7, Sakaske 3-0-6, Iacovelli 0-0-0, Santiago-Lopez 4-2-10, Shedd 0-0-0, Thompson 0-1-1, Krassler 0-1-1. Totals 19-8-49

Westfield Tech

15

11

18

13

—57

Gateway

9

10

11

10

—40

3-Pointers—Westfield Tech 5 (Tikhonchuk, Zabielski, Grant), Gateway 2 (Buckman 2)

Smith Vocational 48,
Pathfinder 31

Pathfinder (1-6, 0-1 Tri-County South)

Bienvenue 5-3-14, Wilke 3-0-6, Bergeron 1-0-3, Potter 2-2-6, Tebo 1-0-2. Totals: 12-5-31

Smith Voke (3-2, 1-0)

Cordova 7-2-20, Top 2-0-6, Adorno 1-0-2, Venne 1-0-2, Pierce 4-0-8, Rivera 0-1-1, Earle 3-0-9, Minor 0-0-0, Rodriguez 0-0-0. Totals: 18-3-48

Pathfinder

4

5

11

11

—31

Smith Voke

13

6

15

14

—48

3-Pointers—Pathfinder 2 (Bienvenue, Bergeron) Smith Voke 9 (Cordova 4, Earle 3, Top 2)

Westfield 54,
Amherst Regional 46

Westfield (1-6)

Cameron 2-0-4, Flores 1-4-6, Coughlin 5-4-15, Moore 4-3-13, Torres 5-2-15, Kanapis 0-1-1. Totals: 17-14-54

Amherst (1-5)

Gomes-Ferreira 2-0-5, Steele 0-0-0, Woodfine-Holmes 2-0-5, Hilson-Mallory 3-1-7, Mills 2-2-6, Perry 8-4-20, Bowman 0-0-0, Castro McCauley 1-0-3, Leonard 0-0-0, Blanchard 0-0-0. Totals: 18-7-46

Westfield

15

14

6

19

—54

Amherst

8

10

13

15

—46

3-Pointers—Westfield 6 (Coughlin, Moore 2, Torres 3) Amherst 3 (Gomes-Ferreira, Woodfine-Holmes, Castro McCauley)

Frontier 55, Greenfield 33

Frontier (5-1, 1-0 Hampshire North)

Sharp 3-0-6, Evans 1-0-3, Gochinski 0-2-2, P. Carey 6-0-12, Morse 4-0-10, C. Carey 7-8-22, Neurminger 0-0-0, Walkowicz 0-0-0, Boudreau 0-0-0, Jones-Thompson 0-0-0, Robinson 0-0-0, Felton-Emrick 0-0-0. Totals 21-10-55

Greenfield (3-2, 0-1)

Vega 3-0-9, Pheps 4-1-11, Meadows 2-0-5, Campbell 1-2-5, Brewington 0-1-1, Cardenales 1-0-2. Totals 11-4-33

Frontier

15

17

11

12

—5

Greenfield

4

16

9

4

—33

3-Pointers—Frontier 3 (Morse 2, Evans), Greenfield 7 (Vega 3, Phelps 2, Meadows, Campbell)

Easthampton 61,
South Hadley 50

Easthampton (5-1, 3-0 Bi-County East)

Soucy 2-0-4, G. Colenback 2-0-6, Mottor 8-3-20, Caires 1-0-2, S. Colenback 3-3-9, Morse 2-0-6, Bacis 4-1-9, Sabourin 1-3-5. Totals: 23-10-61

South Hadley (1-8, 1-1)

Borowski 5-0-12, Marion 1-0-3, Carey 7-7-21, Casolari 1-0-2, Dawson 3-0-6, Johnson 1-0-3, Cottingham 1-0-3, Braithwaite 0-0-0. Totals: 19-7-50

Easthampton

13

18

17

13

—61

South Hadley

16

13

7

14

—50

3-Pointers—Easthampton 5 (G. Colenback 2, Mottor, Morse 2) South Hadley 5 (Borowski 2, Marion, Johnson, Cottingham)

Monson 55, Granby 54

Monson (3-3, 1-0 Bi-County West)

Gerry 5-0-10, Messina 5-1-11, Duggan 3-0-6, Sisco 10-0-24, Kratovil 2-0-4. Totals: 25-1-55

Granby (4-3, 0-2)

Breault 5-0-15, Murdock 2-0-4, Wishart 3-0-8, C. Gaughan 2-0-4, L’Abbee 1-0-2, Imelio 2-0-4, R. Gaughan 4-7-17. Totals: 19-7-54

Monson

13

16

11

15

—55

Granby

15

14

9

16

—54

3-Pointers—Monson 4 (Sisco 4) Granby 9 (Breault 5, Wishart 2, R. Gaughan 2)




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