AMHERST -- Shaq Ardrey had 13 of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter as Taconic jumped out to a big early lead and held on to beat Amherst 58-41.

"We had a game the night before [a win over St. Joseph] and I was afraid we would be dragging," said Taconic coach Bill Heaphy. "But we came out on fire, much to my surprise. Shaq really got us going."

Ardrey also had 11 rebounds and six assists, while Mike Taylor battled the taller Hurricanes all night, scoring 14 points and adding 14 rebounds.

"Mike Taylor was a beast," said Heaphy. "And Charles Davis had a nice game for us, too."

Pittsfield 73, Belchertown 46

BELCHERTOWN -- Pittsfield overpowered Belchertown, and earned a chance to face last's year Western Massachusetts Division III champion, Smith Academy, in the finals of the Belchertown Tournament today.

The Generals placed three players in double figures with Amancho Adopo scoring 16, Anthony Jones 13 and Scott Steinman 11.

"Belchertown is a young team. ... We're more athletic and got up and down the court to score," Pittsfield coach Steve Ray said. "Everybody got to play and the scoring got spread around."

Girls basketball
Miss Hall's 52, Vermont Academy 48

GREENFIELD -- Grace Guachione had a triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to lead Miss Hall's to a win over Vermont Academy in the semifinals of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Tournament.

The finals were not finished at press time.

Vermont led at halftime, 30-27. But the Hurricanes rallied behind Guacione and Nya Okele, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

"I think we just started playing better in the second half," said Miss Hall's coach Mike Ward. "Our effort overall, was just better."

Taconic 50, Mahar 47

BELCHERTOWN -- Taconic held on to squeak out a win against Mahar in the Belchertown Tournament.

Nyanna Slaughter led the Braves with 13. Courtney Clemons added 12.

The Braves knocked down five threes.

"We had the lead early and it was basically trying to hold on," Taconic coach Matt Mickle said. "We did a good job of holding on. For us to hold on to the lead is a big deal."

HockeyAgawam 4, Wahconah 1

WEST SPRINGFIELD -- The Wahconah hockey team played defending state champion Agawam to a scoreless first period, but a two-goal final period sealed the win for Agawam.

Mike Moreno cut the Agawam lead to 1 after Vinny Orlandi found him for a goal in the second period.

But Zach Cirrota's second goal of the game was too much for Wahconah to overcome. Cam Rivst added the final goal of the game 10 minutes, 46 seconds into the third period. Wahconah coach Don Disbrow said Agawam was a tough matchup for his team.

"They play with a lot of speed and they are relentless," he said "We were trying to match their speed. ... They're the defending state champions for a reason. They have a lot of depth and in the third period we started to get tired."

Franklin Tech Holiday Tournament

Mount Everett placed two wrestlers in the top-3 as Bradley Lupiani won his 100th career match and finished second at 126 while Pat Fosby finished third at 126.

Bradley Lupiani avenged an early season loss to Nick Bailey of Taconic. Also for the Eagles, Nick Turnbough had a 3-2 record at 182 and Anthony Lupiani finished with a 2-2 record at 106.