High schools: Ava Azzaro, Chloe Derby propel Northampton past Holyoke 

Northampton’s Chloe Derby (12) puts in a layup against South Hadley earlier this season.

Northampton’s Chloe Derby (12) puts in a layup against South Hadley earlier this season. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Reports

Published: 01-29-2024 9:26 PM

Ava Azzaro scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half, helping the Northampton girls basketball team to a decisive 59-31 victory over Holyoke on Monday night.

Northampton led 18-10 after one quarter and 34-14 at halftime.

Chloe Derby drained a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for the Blue Devils, which improved to 10-2 on the season.

Sarah Molnar (eight points) and Bri Heafey (seven) also keyed the offense for ’Hamp.

Holyoke’s Amilyan Treadwell Mercedes led the way for the visitors with 18 points.

Pope Francis 64, Amherst 55 – Another big performance from Zola Higham helped the Hurricanes hang with the Cardinals in a nine-point loss on Monday.

Higham scored a team-high 26 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. 

Pope Francis led 39-21 halftime. Shannon Klaes scored 13 points for Amherst, while Niyama Adadenoh and Yairelis Bachand added seven points apiece in the loss.

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Granby 46, McCann Tech 21 – Kalli White went off for 22 points, including 12 in the second half, as the Rams cruised to a decisive victory on Monday.

Aubrey Parent also scored in double figures with 11 points.

Easthampton 53, Greenfield 47 – Three Eagles scored in double figures, paced by Samone Young’s 15 points in a tight victory over the Green Wave.

Sophia Faginski (11 points) and Kayley Downie (10) also played well offensively for Easthampton, and Christine Raymond added nine points on the night.

South Hadley 60, Belchertown 41 – The Tigers won their eighth game in a row, improving to 11-3 overall with the victory.

South Hadley’s last loss came back on Dec. 29 to Northampton. Belchertown dropped to 5-8.

Cara Dean scored 13 points for the Tigers, while Ava Asselin (11 points) and Drew Alley (10) also scored in double figures.

Belchertown’s Morghan Litz (19 points) and Chloe LaRoche (16) were high scorers for their side.

Boys basketball

Smith Voc 78, PVCICS 40 – Ten different Vikings scored points, led by Dom Sanchez with a game-high 19 points.

Myles Chinappa added 15 points and Justin Porter tossed in 10 for Smith Voc, which led 21-8 after one quarter and 37-21 at halftime.

Grafton Tolopko drilled a pair of 3-pointers en route to a team-high 14 points for PVCICS. Owen Tuttle added eight points and Nathaniel Tuttle scored seven for the Dragons.

Late weekend results


31st annual Mountie Invitational

South Hadley turned in a sixth-place finish to stand as the highest Hampshire County finisher out of the 20 teams that competed on Sunday. Frontier placed 13th behind strong days from Javion Cabrera and Ben Calhoun. Hampshire (14th) and Northampton (18th) also competed at Mount Greylock on Sunday.

Boys basketball

South Hadley 80, Nantucket 63 — Isiah James erupted for a career high 28 points and Jack Loughrey added 21 of his own as the Tigers cruised to a 17-point win on Friday night. Noah Hambley (12 points) and Owen Dawson (10 points) joined James and Loughrey in double digits.

South Hadley scored 27 points in the first quarter and 23 points in the second to jump out to 50-35 halftime lead before outscoring Nantucket by two in the second half.

Boys hockey

Easthampton 6, Northbride 3 — The Eagles picked up a huge win on the road over the weekend behind two goals apiece from Mikey Thompson and Rob Herman. Gabe Growhoski and Anthony Torchia added a goal each, while Torchia tallied two assists.

Zach Roy (two assists), Brennan Stortz (two assists), Hunter Stockseth (assist), Drew Thompson (assist) and Parker Christy (assist) added points for Easthampton as well. Paige Galpin stopped 24 of 27 shots to earn the win in the crease.

Prep schools

Boys basketball

Hotchkiss 62, Williston 58 — The Wildcats fell behind big early on, and almost were able to earn a comeback win, but fell short on the road Saturday afternoon.

Girls hockey

Williston 4, Hotchkiss 0 — Monique Lyons tallied two goals and three assists as part of a five-point night that propelled the Wildcats to a shutout win on the road. Nora Curtis and Violet Carroll each found the back of the net as well.

Liv Ferebee and River Grady combined for the win in net for Williston.

Girls swimming & diving

Williston 93, Kingswood-Oxford 64 — The Wildcats picked up their third consecutive win behind terrific performances from a variety of athletes, highlighted by Leah Rubin-Esposito and Audrey Dowsett.

Boys swimming & diving

Williston 94, Kingswood-Oxford 84 — Graham Williams, Beckett Collins and Will Lee helped the Wildcats to a close victory away from home.

Youth sports

Suburban basketball

Northampton 34, Hampshire 27 — On Friday night, the 7th/8th grade Blue Devils team defeated Hampshire 34-27 behind a monster performance from Keira Cole.

Cole poured in a game-high 22 points while adding eight steals and three blocks. Zora Nteta chipped in four points and seven rebounds, Kate Wozniak tossed in two points and seven rebounds and Hattie Lewis recorded a team-high eight rebounds to go along with four steals.

Northampton 38, South Hadley 14 — The Blue Devils woke up a day later and got right back to work, as Cole exceeded Friday’s terrific performance with a 21-point, 13-rebound, 10-steal triple-double to lead Northampton to a 38-14 win over South Hadley on Saturday afternoon.

Quinn Spears notched five points, five steals and four rebounds, Nteta added four points and five boards, while Abby Xu (two points, three steals, five rebounds) and Lewis (five steals, four rebounds) helped the Blue Devils to victory.

• Also on Saturday, the 5th/6th Northampton team picked up a 25-12 win over South Hadley. Gina Van Stee was the catalyst for the Blue Devils with a team-high in points (eight) and rebounds  (13) to go along with three blocks  and three steals.

Avery Hicks chipped in six points, seven rebounds and five steals, Ione Roberts (two points) hustled for 10 rebounds and Violet Luckens added two points, four rebounds and five steals in the Northampt0n win.