HS girls basketball: Diemand seals Frontier victory from the line

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  • Frontier’s Amelia Sobieski, right, takes a shot contested by Pioneer’s Kaitlin Trudeau in the second quarter Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Marie Diemand puts in a free throw to tie the game against Pioneer with six seconds left in the fourth quarter Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Pioneer’s Charlotte Kahler pulls down a rebound against Frontier in the third quarter Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • The Frontier sideline celebrates after Marie Diemand sinks the game winning free throw against Pioneer in the fourth quarter Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Marie Diemand takes a shot against Pioneer in the fourth quarter Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Sierra Warren, right, drives the ball down the court guarded by Pioneer’s Sarah Johnson in the fourth quarter Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Amelia Sobieski, left, takes a shot guarded by Pioneer’s Stephanie Scoville in the fourth quarter Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 1/28/2020 10:56:30 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Marie Diemand stepped to the free-throw line for the Frontier Regional girls basketball team with six seconds left in the game on Tuesday night.

The Red Hawks trailed Pioneer Regional by a point at the time, but Diemand wasn’t fazed by the pressure of the moment at Goodnow Gymnasium.

Diemand sunk both free throws, lifting the Red Hawks to a 49-48 win over the Panthers in an independent contest.

“I was pretty confident that I was going to make them actually,” Diemand said. “We’ve been practicing foul shots a lot lately. I feel like I’ve gotten my form down pretty well. I just knew I needed to make them. I didn’t want to second guess myself.”

The home crowd erupted after the first free throw swished for Diemand, tying the game. But there was still more work to do.

“It just felt like everything was on the line,” Diemand said. “We really, really did not want to lose this game. It was kind of a rare situation in basketball when you are down by one with six seconds left. But foul shots are something you know you should make. But it was intense.”

The second free throw fell and the Frontier (9-3) defense held the lead.

The Panthers (4-8) missed the front end of a one-and-one, then couldn’t get a shot off after grabbing the offensive rebound and calling a timeout.

Kaitlyn Mackin (12 points), Amelia Sobieski (11 points) and Diemand (13 points) were all in double figures for the Red Hawks.

Amherst Regional 61, Sabis 47 — Freshmen Tessa Kawall scored a career-high 20 points, as the Hurricanes (12-2, 3-1 Central) extended their winning streak to five games.

Erin Klaes added 11 points and two 3s for Amherst. Sophia Highm and Delaney MacPhetres each had nine points.

Granby 49, Agawam 41 — Trailing by one in the fourth quarter, the Rams scored the last nine points to seal a road win.

Nora Young (16 points) and Kaeleigh Croteau (10 points) made four free throws each, and sophomore Gabby Walz sank one to account for the nine points.

Kayla McCreary had 13 points for Granby (7-6, 2-2 Suburban)

South Hadley 59, Belchertown 40 — Olivia Marion scored 18 points, and the Tigers won their second game in a row.

Kate Walas made four of South Hadley’s eight 3s and scored 15 points. Ange Bessone added nine points for the Tigers (5-9, 3-1 Suburban).

Gina Camerota led the Orioles (3-10, 0-4) with five 3s and 21 points.

Smith Academy 47, Turners Falls 44 — Emma Kelly and Karlie Guimond scored 10 points each, as the Falcons won on the road.

Smith Academy (5-9) trailed by six after three quarters but outscored the Thunder 20-11 to pull away in the final frame.

Franklin Tech 50, Gateway Regional 15 — Grace Van Buren led the Gators (7-6) with seven points.

Girls basketball

Amherst Regional 61, Sabis 47

Sabis (9-6, 1-4 Central)

Skarzynski 1-0-2, Santiago 1-0-2, Mitchell 5-1-11, Davis 4-3-13, Schubrick 1-2-4, Porters 2-1-7, Barklow 0-7-7, Charles 0-1-1. Totals 14-15-47

Amherst Regional (12-2, 3-1)

Mares 1-0-2, Bowen 0-0-0, Klaes 4-1-11, Siegel 2-0-5, Higham 4-0-9, Kawall 7-5-20, MacPhetres 3-3-9, Mukimba 2-1-5, Hasty 0-0-0, Yath 0-0-0. Totals 23-10-61

Sabis

7

14

10

16

—47

Amherst Regional

16

13

17

15

—61

3-Pointers—Sabis 4 (Porters 2, Davis 2), Amherst Regional 5 (Klaes 2, Siegel, Higham, Kawall)

Longmeadow 47,
Northampton 38

Longmeadow (8-4, 3-1 Valley League)

Levin 1-0-3, Kofman 5-4-19, Minardi 4-4-13, Trajkaski 1-0-2, Kingston 1-0-2, Cannon-Eckerle 1-0-2. Totals 13-8-47

Northampton (9-4, 1-2 Valley League)

Sledzieski 2-0-5, Starr 0-0-0, McGrath 3-4-10, Mieczkowski 6-0-12, Allen 0-0-0, Denhart 0-0-0, Tanner 3-1-8, Katz 0-0-0, Valentin 0-0-0, Dubuque 1-1-3, Greene 0-0-0, Ruberti 0-0-0, Lewandowski 0-0-0. Totals 15-6-38

Longmeadow

8

6

14

19

—47

Northampton

12

10

7

9

—38

3-Pointers—Longmeadow 7 (Kofman 5, Levin, Minardi), Northampton 2 (Sledzieski, Tanner)

Granby 49, Agawam 41

Granby (7-6, 2-2 Suburban)

Croteau 2-4-10, Laliberte 0-1-1, Trembley 1-0-2 McCreary 6-1-13, Galasha 1-0-2, Young 2-12-16, Walz 2-1-5, Gauvin 0-0-0. Totals 13-19-49

Agawam (3-11, 1-3)

Cote 1-0-2, Lalancette 2-0-4, Phillips 1-0-2, Smith 5-1-11, Maloni 3-3-9, Brown 3-1-9, Benjamin 1-0-2, Ghareeb 1-0-2. Totals 17-5-41

Granby

13

10

13

13

—49

Agawam

8

9

18

6

—41

3-Pointers—Granby 2 (Croteau 2), Agawam 2 (Brown 2)

South Hadley 59, Belchertown 40

South Hadley (5-9, 3-1 Suburban)

Walas 5-0-14, Carey 2-0-5, Gawron 0-0-0, Marjanski 1-3-5, Uribe 0-1-1, Jackson 2-0-5, Sears 1-0-2, Levrault 0-0-0, Laporte 0-0-0, Bessone 4-1-9, Marion 8-0-18. Totals 23-5-59

Belchertown (3-10, 0-4)

Klingensmith 2-1-5, Camerota 7-2-21, Troy 1-1-3, Vogel 1-0-3, Luca 2-0-4, Wenc 0-0-0, Medina 2-0-4, Cooper 0-0-0. Totals 15-4-40

South Hadley

20

8

14

17

—59

Belchertown

6

15

15

4

—40

3-Pointers—South Hadlye 8 (Walas 4, Carey, Jackson, Marion 2), Belchertown 6 (Camerota 5, Vogel)

Franklin Tech 50,
Gateway Regional 15

Gateway (7-6)

Viel 2-0-4, Duggan 1-0-2, Paiva 1-0-2, Van Buren 3-1-7. Totals 7-1-15

Franklin Tech (11-3)

Hurlbert 6-1-13, Doane 3-0-6, Jo. Crowningshield 6-1-13, Duga 6-2-16, Ryan 1-0-2. Total: 22-4–50

Gateway

2

8

5

0

—15

Franklin Tech

18

11

13

8

—50

3-Pointers—Franklin Tech 2 (Duga 2)

Smith Academy 47,
Turners Falls 44

Smith Academy (5-9)

Guimond 4-1-10, Fill 0-1-1, Baranoski 2-0-4, Kelly 3-4-10, Gilrein 1-2-5, Moynihan 3-0-6, Novak 1-0-3. Totals 17-11-47

Turners Falls (5-9)

Campbell 4-1-10, Fleming 1-0-2, Whiteman 2-0-5, Peterson 2-2-6, Greene 7-0-15, Spera 1-0-2, Bogusz 2-0-4. Totals 19-3-44

Smith Academy

11

7

9

20

—47

Turners Falls

13

7

13

11

—44

3-Pointers—Smith Academy 2 (Gilrein, Novak), Turners Falls 3 (Campbell, Whiteman, Greene)

Frontier Regional 49,
Pioneer Regional 48

Pioneer (4-8)

Trudeau 2-0-4, Tibbetts 1-0-2, Loughman 7-6-21, Ellis 1-0-2, Scoville 2-3-7, Walker 1-0-2, Kahler 1-0-, Johnson 2-0-6, Al. Cecunjanin 1-0-2. Totals: 18-9-48

Frontier (9-3)

Warren 2-0-5, Self 0-2-2, Maes-Polan 1-0-3, Mackin 3-6-12, Sobieski 4-3-11, Laford 1-0-2, Bridwell 0-1-1, Diemand 3-5-13. Total: 14-17-49

Pioneer

14

8

16

10

—28

Frontier

8

11

15

15

—49

3-Pointers— Pioneer 3 (Johnson 2, Loughman) Frontier 4 (Diemand 2, Warren, Maes-Polan)


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