Sunday January 27, 2013

NORTH ADAMS -- A week after its last game -- a loss to Wahconah at the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase -- the Drury girls basketball team played simply smooth on Saturday.

The Blue Devils will need this kind of performance when they venture to Lee for a huge clash on Monday night.

"We say we have five players on the court that can score, and that's really true," said Drury coach John Franzoni after a 50-34 win over Monument Mountain. "When they set their feet, we're a good offensive team. We've worked hard this season to become better offensively and that was kind of a good showing about what we can do offensively and defensively.

"We play like that, we're tough to beat."

The Blue Devils (8-3, 3-2 North) were a challenge for the Spartans (5-6, 1-3), who went more than six minutes and 20 seconds without scoring in the middle of the game. Shannon Garvey (12 points) and Emily Moulton (17 points), meanwhile, had no trouble sinking mid-range jumpers for Drury.

The Blue Devils really kicked into high gear in the middle two quarters, going on a 21-3 run to take control of the game. It was a frustrating two quarters for Monument, which had just five baskets over those 16 minutes.

"There were just some times when we couldn't get the right passes," said the Spartans' Vanessa Troiano. "And we couldn't catch it and make our shots."

Troiano had a team-high 10 points, but seven of those came in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach. Spartans coach Chris Unsworth said cold shooting may have led to struggles at the other end. The Blue Devils couldn't miss out of the halftime break, scoring the first 12 points of the second half. Garvey had six of those points.

"Everyone was knocking down shots," Garvey said. "I'm pretty sure everyone took a good shot. Our whole bench came out. I don't know. We just got lucky, I guess."

It was a bit of a step back for Monument coming off a thrilling victory over Lenox on Thursday. The loss put the Spartans below .500. They'll have to do better if they want to return to the Western Massachusetts tournament after missing out last season.

"There's no place for any sort of letup in any part of the game," Unsworth said. "We have winnable games out there if we play the way that we can. We'll see what happens."

Franzoni is hoping his team can carry the momentum into Monday's road trip.

"We know we didn't give a great effort against Wahconah," Franzoni said. "Wahconah played well against us. We wanted to play our kind of basketball today."

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