PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield had a game plan for the first quarter and the Generals executed it well to beat Lenox, 53-26 in girls basketball on Friday night.
"We wanted to get out and run with the ball," said Pittsfield coach Joe Racicot, "and put some pressure on them."
How well did they execute the plan? Dominique Satrape scored six of her seven points in the first quarter as the Generals jumped out to an insurmountable 20-5 lead.
Lauren Carnevale had a second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Peyton Steinman led the Generals with 12 points. Liz Mitts had 10 for Lenox.
Hoosac 73, Sci-Tech 20
CHESHIRE -- The Hurricanes jumped out to a 45-13 halftime lead in the first round of the Hoosac Valley Tournament..
"We pressured and forced turnovers and got into our transition game," said Hurricane coach Ron Wojcik. "That's kind of the story every night."
Emily Rosse had 16 and Fallon Field 15 to lead Hoosac. No player scored more than five points for Sci-Tech.
Wahconah 44, South Hadley 29
CHESHIRE -- In the other tournament semifinal, the Warriors jumped out to a 26-15 advantage.
"We did a decent job defensively in the second quarter, and we got some transition baskets," said Wahconah coach June Blake. "That was the key. It all starts with our defense."
Maddie Sprague led the warriors with 14. Cara Callahan had nine for the loser.
The Warriors and Hurricanes will meet tonight in the final of the tournament at 7:30 p.m.
Holyoke Catholic 47, St. Joseph 38, OT
PITTSFIELD -- Up two points with nine seconds left in the game, a missed free throw led to a game-tying layup for Holyoke Catholic. The Gaels pulled ahead in overtime.
St. Joe trailed throughout the game, but scrapped to keep the game close in the fourth. St. Joe coach Antwan Morrison said the pressure applied by his team allowed them to stay in the game.
Foul trouble in overtime limited the Crusaders offensively. Kacey Sondrini led St. Joe with 9.
"We trailed the whole game, our press caused havoc and let us get back into the game," Morrison said. "Our bench is not deep and we got tired at the end."
McCann 42, Pathfinder 33
PALMER -- Allie Gibeau played beyond her years in the third quarter to help the Hornets to their first win of the season in three tries.
The freshman made three baskets, accounting for six of her 10 points toward the end of the third quarter to pull McCann away from a surging Pathfinder team.
"She's the one who had the good third quarter," Hornets coach Mike Dowling said. "She put us back in it."
From there, McCann found itself in foul trouble, but a new defensive scheme gave Pathfinder problems. So much so, in fact, that Pathfinder didn't make a shot from the field in the fourth quarter.
"I just noticed it myself," Dowling said. "We worked on a half-court, soft press. ... It was causing some havoc."
Miss Hall's 52, Cheshire 49, OT
GREENFIELD -- Nanya Okeke and Grace Guachione each had double-doubles as Miss Hall's advanced to the semifinals of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Tournament with an overtime win over Cheshire Academy. Miss Hall's plays Vermont Academy at 11 a.m. today.
Guachione had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while Okeke had 15 points and 11 boards. Sarah Wilson added 13 for Miss Hall's (6-3).
Guachione's layup late in the second half sent the game into overtime.
Chelsea Dow had a game-high 21 points for Cheshire.