NORTH ADAMS — Tony Skiffington picked up his first head coaching win at MCLA on Sunday afternoon.
The interim coach watched as Dakari Hannah-Wornum had career highs in points and rebounds as the Trailblazers evened their record at 1-1 with an 86-76 win over Norwich at the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.
Four different MCLA players scored in double figures. Pittsfield's Joe Wiggins, making his first varsity start for the Trailblazers, scored a career-high 13 points and pulled down a game-best eight rebounds. Paul Maurice had 12 points and Adam Conquest 11.
Wiggins, who came off the bench in the season opener Friday night, was 4 for 11 from the floor. Collin Parrott of Dalton came off the bench to play 15 minutes. He did not score, but had two rebounds and two assists.
It was a wire-to-wire win for the Trailblazers. Maurice hit a 3-point basket with 18:37 left in the first half, and the Trailblazers never trailed.
MCLA led 53-30 at halftime, and while the Cadets couldn't catch the home team, they did cut the lead to nine points with 1:30 left to play.
The Trailblazers are home Tuesday night against Lyndon State.
CURRY 67, MCLA WOMEN 45
In the consolation game of the Smith College Tournament, Kayla Hotaling had 12 points but was the only MCLA player in double figures as Curry scored a 67-45 win.
McKenzie Robinson of MCLA came off the bench to score eight points and register five steals in 13 minutes.
The Trailblazers (0-2) trailed after every quarter and were down 37-27 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Trailblazers made a run. Hotaling scored six unanswered points, cutting Curry's lead to 41-35. The Colonels answered with four straight points and MCLA got no closer.
Four Curry players scored in double figures, led by Christina Deiorio's 19 points.