High schools: Hot-shooting Frontier pulls away from Greenfield 48-33 (PHOTOS)

Frontier’s Whitney Campbell (3), right, dribbles while defended by Greenfield’s Amber Bergeron during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Whitney Campbell (3), right, dribbles while defended by Greenfield’s Amber Bergeron during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Frontier’s Skyler Steele (10) makes a pass back to a teammate on the fastbreak while defended by Greenfield’s Anna Bucala (3) during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Skyler Steele (10) makes a pass back to a teammate on the fastbreak while defended by Greenfield’s Anna Bucala (3) during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Frontier’s Harper Modestow (15) holds possession against Greenfield during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Harper Modestow (15) holds possession against Greenfield during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Frontier’s Olivia Machon (21) goes up for a shot against Greenfield during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier’s Olivia Machon (21) goes up for a shot against Greenfield during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Greenfield’s Amber Bergeron (12) dribbles while defended by Frontier’s Harper Modestow (15) during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Greenfield’s Amber Bergeron (12) dribbles while defended by Frontier’s Harper Modestow (15) during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Greenfield’s Amber Bergeron (12) skies for a rebound against Frontier during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Greenfield’s Amber Bergeron (12) skies for a rebound against Frontier during the Redhawks’ 48-33 victory on Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Staff Writer

Published: 01-18-2024 9:32 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD – It wasn’t going to come easy for the Frontier girls basketball team on Thursday against Greenfield. 

The Redhawks led 32-20 going into the fourth quarter but the Green Wave stormed back, with Amber Bergeron and Tayler Bergeron each scoring buckets that cut the lead to 32-27 with under three minutes to play. 

That's when Frontier caught fire from deep. Whitney Campbell drained back-to-back 3-pointers, Claire Kirkendall followed it up with a pair of 3s of her own and Olivia Machon added a trey at the end, helping the Redhawks pull out a 48-33 win at Goodnow Gymnasium. 

The win was the 10th of the season for Frontier (10-2), which gives it an automatic spot in the state tournament. 

"Greenfield is a great rivalry and we love playing them," Redhawks coach Dave Machon said. "The Franklin County League North is tough. Number don't matter so much as our head space and our head space is great going into the second half of the season. We're looking forward to the tournament." 

It was the third quarter that propelled Frontier to the win. Leading 25-14 at the half, the Redhawks held the Green Wave to just six points in the third quarter. It helped that Amber Bergeron, Greenfield’s leading scorer, picked up her fourth foul early in the half and had to sit until the fourth quarter. 

“We were in the game,” Green Wave coach Ben Johnson said. “Amber getting into foul trouble hurt us. I was proud of all the girls for stepping up. We competed hard and fought back to make it a game.” 

Amber Bergeron, who finished with 15 points, faced a box-and-one defense from the Redhawks, as Dave Machon said the game plan all week was to limit her production. Skyler Steele was the primary defender and did a great job on the defensive end of the floor. 

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"You have to give Amber a ton of credit," Dave Machon said. "She's a hell of a player. We prepared our girls all week to guard her. That's what you have to do. A lot of teams have players like that and that's what we do to get them fired up for game day." 

Kirkendall had the hot hand all night for Frontier. She opening the game with a pair of 3’s and knocked down four more in the game to finish with 20 points. Campbell finished with eight points, Steele scored seven points while Olivia Machon and Hailey Hutkoski both tallied five points in the win. 

Tayler Bergeron scored six points, Gloria McDonald recorded four points while Carly Blanchard and Niya Strohman both scored three points for Greenfield (5-4). 

Frontier led 11-5 after one and 25-14 at the half. 

Franklin Tech 60, Mohawk Trail 22 – A 24-5 edge in the opening quarter powered the Eagles to a decisive victory in Turners Falls on Thursday.

Lea Chapman had a monster outing for Franklin Tech, scoring 28 points and pulling down 14 rebounds for another double-double. Kyra Goodell went for 11 points in the win, and Hannah Gilbert added seven.

Mohawk Trail's Valerie Bzomowski led the way with eight points, and Natalie Lanoue added seven.

Pioneer 46, Putnam 34 – A 20-point performance from Addie Harrington propelled the Panthers to a double-digit victory on Thursday night.

Pioneer led 24-14 at halftime.

Natalie Rios joined Harrington in double figures with 11 points, and Kyler McClelland added eight points in the win.

Boys basketball

Four Rivers 65, St. Michael 26 — Ethan Sandberg tossed in nine points to help the Otters pull away with a victory over St. Michael on Thursday. 

Isaiah Goleman, Kolin Broderick and Sam Whitney each scored eight points while Miles Retzlaff added six points in the win. Greenfield’s Michael Pierce scored two points for St. Michael. 

Late Wednesday results

Boys basketball

Drury 56, Frontier 50 — Playing without leading-scorer Max Millette, the Redhawks hung tough with the Blue Devils. Drury entered the fourth quarter with a 47-39 lead and held Frontier off to earn a Hampshire League South win in North Adams on Wednesday. 

Owen Babb finished with 17 points, Sasha Dragicevich scored 14 points, Alex Ellis tallied nine points while Nico Fasulo finished with six points for Frontier. 

Girls basketball

Pioneer 50, Drury 42 — The Panthers held a 27-19 lead at the half before pulling away with an independent win over the Blue Devils at Messer Gymnasium on Wednesday. 

Addie Harrington finished with 15 points, Kyler McClelland scored 14 points, Natalie Rios recorded 11 points while Hailey Ring scored 10 points for Pioneer. 

Wrestling

Athol 54, Frontier 30 — The Bears came away with a victory over the Redhawks at Mallet Gymnasium on Wednesday. 

Wyatt Finch (120), Ben Baker (144), Konnor James (150), Ed Mieczkowski (175) and Javion Cabrera (285) earned wins via pin for Frontier. 

Winners for Athol were not available. 

Deerfield Academy scores

Here are the Deerfield Academy results from Wednesday: the girls hockey team beat Choate (4-2), the boys hockey team lost to Kimball Union (8-4), the boys basketball team lost to Cushing (66-60) and the wrestling team beat Wilbraham (57-24).