High schools: Colin Murdock, Gavier Fernandez power Granby past Palmer 60-56 for 9th win (PHOTOS)

Granby’s Gavier Fernandez (5) sinks a shot against Palmer in the fourth quarter Friday night in Granby.

Granby’s Gavier Fernandez (5) sinks a shot against Palmer in the fourth quarter Friday night in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Granby’s Gavier Fernandez (5) goes in for a breakaway layup against Palmer in the fourth quarter Friday night in Granby.

Granby’s Gavier Fernandez (5) goes in for a breakaway layup against Palmer in the fourth quarter Friday night in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Granby’s Gavier Fernandez (5) puts in a reverse layup against Palmer in the fourth quarter Friday night in Granby.

Granby’s Gavier Fernandez (5) puts in a reverse layup against Palmer in the fourth quarter Friday night in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Granby’s Colin Murdock (4) drives the ball against Palmer in the fourth quarter Friday night in Granby.

Granby’s Colin Murdock (4) drives the ball against Palmer in the fourth quarter Friday night in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Granby’s Colin Murdock (4) puts up a shot against Palmer in the second quarter Friday night in Granby.

Granby’s Colin Murdock (4) puts up a shot against Palmer in the second quarter Friday night in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Granby’s Gavier Fernandez (5) sinks a three-pointer against Palmer in the third quarter Friday night in Granby.

Granby’s Gavier Fernandez (5) sinks a three-pointer against Palmer in the third quarter Friday night in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Granby’s Gavier Fernandez (5) drives to the lane against Palmer in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 60-56 victory in Granby.

Granby’s Gavier Fernandez (5) drives to the lane against Palmer in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 60-56 victory in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Granby’s Gavin Moreno (21) puts up a shot against Palmer in the second quarter Friday night in Granby.

Granby’s Gavin Moreno (21) puts up a shot against Palmer in the second quarter Friday night in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Granby’s Riley Goodhind (1) dishes a pass to Colin Murdock (4) in the second quarter against Palmer on Friday night in Granby.

Granby’s Riley Goodhind (1) dishes a pass to Colin Murdock (4) in the second quarter against Palmer on Friday night in Granby. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Reports

Published: 01-19-2024 9:44 PM

There was nothing separating the Granby and Palmer boys basketball teams heading into the fourth quarter in Granby. 

The Rams and the Panthers were knotted at 39 heading into the final eight minutes of action, but Granby was able to outscore Palmer 21-17 in the frame to pull away with a 60-56 victory on Friday. 

Colin Murdock drained four 3-pointers to finish with 19 points while Gavier Fernandez tallied 17 points for the Rams (9-2). Cody Breault tossed in nine points on three 3s while Cody White added six points in the win. 

Hampshire 54, Turners Falls 37 – A 20-8 third quarter edge helped the Raiders pull away for a Hampshire League North victory on Friday.

Hampshire, which led 28-19 at halftime, had 10 different players score points in a balanced win. Liam Pond led the way with 11 points, followed by Adam Golasinski (nine points), Jack Wresien (seven) and Ben Pierce (seven).

Belchertown 67, Easthampton 47 – Cal Orzech and Shea MacLean powered the Orioles to a 20-points victory on Friday night.

Orzech went for a game-high 19 points, drilling five 3-pointers in the process, and MacLean scored 17 points including 10 in the first quarter to help Belchertown get out of the gates.

Easthampton’s Noah Murray paced his side with 13 points, and Brayden English added nine.

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Frontier 54, Lenox 45 — Following a series of close losses, the Redhawks got back in the win column on Friday, knocking off the Millionaires at Goodnow Gymnasium in a Hampshire League South contest. 

Owen Babb led the way with 19 points while Nico Fasulo (12) and Sasha Dragicevich (11) joined him in double figures. Rowan Modestow added six points while Alex Ellis scored five points in the victory. 

Mahar 87, Hopkins 42 — The Senators pulled ahead 41-26 at the half and turned it on in the second half to run away with a victory over the Golden Hawks in Orange on Friday. 

Owen Earle finished with 12 points, James Fitzgibbons recorded 10 points while Julian Gaudette tallied nine points for Hopkins. 

Smith Academy 56, Franklin Tech 46 — The Falcons led 24-17 at the half and kept the Eagles at arm’s length throughout the final 16 minutes to earn a Hampshire League North victory in Turners on Friday.

Greg Stone had the hot hand for Smith Academy, knocking down five 3s to finish with 27 points. Cam Graves scored nine points, Jake Wilcox tallied eight points while Garret Willard recorded seven points in the winning effort. 

Girls basketball

Smith Academy 39, Commerce 14 – The Falcons led 7-1 after one quarter and 13-4 at halftime before pulling away for a lopsided win.

Caitlin Graves’ 11 points paced the Smith Academy offense, and Alexa Jagodzinski was right behind in double figures with 10 points. Emilia Neves and Anna Scagel each tossed in six points for the Falcons, which got back to the .500 mark at 5-5 overall.

Girls hockey

Longmeadow 3, Pope Francis 1 – Milana Shuman tallied the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Margo Watkins netted the insurance marker late in the third to lift Longmeadow to a 3-1 victory in a battle of the top Western Mass. girls hockey programs on Friday at Smead Arena in Springfield.

Molly Henshon also scored for Longmeadow (7-2), which trailed 1-0 after one period when Pope Francis’ Ivorie Arguin started the scoring.

The Cardinals dropped to 8-4-1 with the defeat.

Girls swim

Northampton 83, West Springfield 74 — Amalia Guerra won the 200 IM (two minutes, 19.19 seconds) and the 100 butterfly (1:01.91), helping the Blue Devils defeat the Terriers on Friday. 

Other Northampton winners were Ursula Von Goeler in the 1 meter dive (198.4 points) and Saumya Kulp in the 500 free (6:56.88). 

Boys swim 

West Springfield 108, Northampton 68 — Jack Mattison-Gulotta won the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.25) and 100 butterfly (51.62) by significant margins to pace the Blue Devils.

Theodore Bayne took first in the 200 IM (2:18.69), Mitchell Reed won the 50 free (23.00) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.69) and Tyler Palm topped the field in diving (198.40 points).

Northampton also won the 200 medley relay (1:47.06) and 200 free relay (1:47.74).