Courtney McLaughlin and Pittsfield struggled late in a loss to Monument.
Courtney McLaughlin and Pittsfield struggled late in a loss to Monument. (Berkshire Eagle File)

GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Monument Mountain girls basketball team got hot at just the right moment.

Trailing 26-24 going into the final period, the Spartans outscored Pittsfield 15-3 to stop the Generals, 39-29.

"It was a very physical, very even game for most of the way," said Monument coach Chris Unsworth. "My kids are getting more comfortable playing together and I think it's starting to show. I was very pleased with how we played tonight."

Vanessa Troiano scored 16 points to lead the Spartans. Courtney McLaughlin led PHS with 12 points, but the Generals' usual perimeter game deserted them, as they hit only two from beyond the arc.

Hoosac Valley 68, Taconic 41.

PITTSFIELD -- The Hurricanes' pressure defense, coupled with their transition game, was a tough combination for the Braves to counter.

"Give them credit," said Taconic coach Matt Mickle. "They outplayed us in every facet of the game. We had a lot of trouble with their pressure defense tonight."

Jen Gale led all scorers with 19, while Emily Rosse added 15. Shea Hassett had 13 for Taconic.

Holyoke Catholic 39, St. Joe's 32

PITTSFIELD -- St. Joseph's held Holyoke Catholic to two points in the second quarter but the guests exploded for 17 in the third for the win.

Kendall Smith and Ilyssa Creamer scored 11 points each for the Crusaders. The difference turned out to be free throws. Holyoke Catholic made 12, while St. Joe's was just 4 for 14 at the line.

McCann 38, Southwick 31

SOUTHWICK -- The Hornets struggled early and trailed at the break, but outscored the hosts by eight in the second half to earn a 38-31 victory.

Kennedy Valois scored her only points of the game with about two minutes to play in the game, giving McCann a five-point lead and some much-needed breathing room.

"We played a pretty sluggish first half. We were getting our shots, they're just not going in," coach Mike Dowling said. He credited better passing to the second-half turnaround.

The Hornets saw an immediate benefit, scoring 14 points in the third quarter, matching their first-half output, to give them a narrow four-point advantage heading into the final eight minutes.

Mary Nguyen led the way offensively with 20 points. She had nine points come from the free-throw line. She attempted 18 in the game, 11 in the fourth quarter alone.

College Basketball

MCLA men 67, Framingham 64

NORTH ADAMS -- The top team in the conference found itself in a dogfight with the bottom team Thursday night. But MCLA pulled out a close 67-64 win over Framingham State to improve to 4-0 in the MASCAC and atop the league standings.

Framingham had tied the game at 64 with 1 minute, 23 seconds remaining, but the MCLA defense didn't allow another point. The offense converted 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch, with Vernon Cross making his two and Richard Johnson making it a three-point game with one of his own with 4 seconds to play. He then made a steal on Framingham's final possession to secure the win and the spot in the standings.

Cross finished with 10 points on the night. Bilal Shabazz led the team with 11.

The Trailblazers return to action Saturday at home against Fitchburg State, who is 1-3 in the conference. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.

Framingham women 83, MCLA 59

NORTH ADAMS -- The Trailblazers found themselves trailing by six at halftime, but couldn't close the gap in an 83-59 loss to Framingham State.

The lead ballooned to as many as 28 (68-40) in the second half.

Lucy Tremblay again led MCLA in points, scoring 17. She also had five assists.

MCLA shot 31.8 percent (21 of 66) from the field and was out-rebounded 55-30.