Berkshire Eagle Staff
WARE -- Cinderella’s run came to an untimely end on Thursday night.
The Lee girls, who came into the Western Massachusetts Division IV tournament having won only three times, had advanced to play No. 2 seed Ware in the quarterfinals. The 10th-seeded Wildcats gave the host Indians all they could handle for a half, but faded down the stretch as Ware won 35-25.
"We just went cold," said Lee coach Jenna Gangell. "Our shots weren’t falling and we started to panic. Ware picked up their defense."
The Wildcats trailed 13-10 after one quarter and 19-17 at halftime. But Ware’s defense held the Wildcats to eight points in the second half.
Ware’s Sadie Simons, meanwhile scored six of her team-high 11 points in the third quarter and Rebecca Hurlbut scored four as Ware outscored Lee 10-4 in the quarter.
Alyssa Kelly had a game-high 14 points to lead the Wildcats, who finish up 4-18, but have high hopes looking ahead.
"Oh certainly. Having a year under our belts, we know how each other play," said Gangell. "I think it will give us a nice confidence boost [next year]."
Mount Everett 41
QUABOAG -- Mount Everett battled the entire game, but a fourth quarter rally fell short for the Eagles. Hannah Herrick scored seven of her 15 points in fourth quarter. Gwendolyn Carpenter scored seven of her 12 points in fourth as well.
Despite the loss, Everett coach Scott Rote was pleased with his team’s season.
"They were a much bigger team," he said. "We were mismatched from a size standpoint, and you could see why they were a No. 1 seed.
"I’m really happy with our play. I feel like we were competing with them much harder than they expected us to. Great year, proud of the way the kids play."