SHEFFIELD -- Facing a 15-point deficit after three quarters, St. Joseph's girls basketball team turned up the pressure Monday night.
The Crusaders outscored host Mount Everett 23-8 in the fourth and went home with a 47-46 win.
Kendall Smith led the way for St. Joe's with 15 points. Mount Everett's Deseraye Conaway led all scorers with 17 points, but Conaway fouled out midway through the fourth and the Eagles couldn't recover.
"They just played us a little harder than we expected," Everett coach Scott Rote said. "It all came off St. Joe's pressure. We had a ton of turnovers in that last quarter."
Brooke Morehouse added 16 points for Mount Everett, which led 27-18 at the half.
Lee 44, Taconic 33
PITTSFIELD -- The Wildcats pulled away early, holding Taconic to just two second-quarter points -- a pair of Mackenzi Astore free throws.
"We've had this problem for a few games in a row, I'd say four," Taconic coach Matt Mickle said. "We have a quarter where we ... are not having an offensive quarter.
"The game was just really physical. I felt like we didn't really attack, didn't finish on some shots where we could have."
Steph Young led Lee with 17 points, with Eileen Dooley scoring eight more. Nyanna Slaughter had a double-double for Taconic (12 points, 12 rebounds), while Angela O'Neil added 12 points.
Lee was 16 for 18 from the free-throw line, according to Mickle.
"You have a lead on Lee after a quarter, you have to finish some shots and push that thing," he said. "They're one of the best teams in the county, if not the best team."
Taconic, New Lebanon split
PITTSFIELD -- Quinton Cookis won the 200 freestyle and the 100 free, leading Taconic's boys to an easy 116-29 win over New Lebanon on Monday night. New Lebanon's girls, however, got two wins from Hannah French (100 breaststroke, 500 free) and two relay wins to hold off the Braves 86-83.
Taconic's girls got two individual wins from Hailey Fiorini (200 free, 100 butterfly) and Gillian Campbell (100 free, 100 backstroke).