TURNERS FALLS — The Mount Everett girls basketball team was dominant in the first quarter en route to a 58-15 victory over Mohawk in the season opener yesterday.
Gwendolyn Carpenter scored 18 points and Emily Coon added 11 while Jess Abbott contributed nine points, nine rebounds and four blocks for the Eagles in the first round of the Franklin Tech Tournament. Mount Everett, which led 29-2 after one quarter, will play against Greenfield tonight at 6:30 in the championship game.
Parker Snyder added 10 points, including six free throws made, for the Eagles as eight players scored overall.
"We wanted to try and get out and run and pressure right out of the gate off a score," Mount Everett coach Scott Rote said. "Gwen Carpenter and Emily Coon were making it hard for the guards. We had a lot of breakaways and everything we put up went in."
Mount Everett was 9-for-10 shooting free throws in the first quarter while Carpenter made both of the team's three-pointers during the frame.
Mount Everett 58, Mohawk 15
MOUNT EVERETT (58)
Seward 2-0-4, Coon 4-3-11, Carpenter 6-4-18, DeVoti 1-0-2, Ullrich 1-0-2, Robitaille 0-0-0, Abbott 4-1-9, Hill 0-0-0, Snyder 2-6-10, Netzer 1-0-2. Totals 21-14-58.
Cairns 0-1-1, Lidely 1-3-5, Roccio 1-0-2, Johnston 2-0-4, Reid 0-1-1, G. Poplawski, 1-0-2, E. Poplawski 0-0-0. Totals 5-5-15.
3-point goals — ME (Carpenter 2).
MONSON 42, LEE 28
In Monson, visiting Lee got a game-high 20 points from Karli Retzel, but 6-footers Kelsey Martin and Somer Bren combined for 23 points as the 2015 Western Massachusetts Division IV finalist handed the Wildcats a loss on opening night.
"Size definitely was a factor," said Lee coach Jenna Gangell, who quickly added that it was a good first test.
"We're in a good spot and we have a lot to work on," she said.
Martin had 13 points for the Mustangs and Bren chipped in with 10.
Monson 42, Lee 28
Williams 0-1-1, Walker 1-0-2, Retzel 6-10-20, Sera 0-0-0, Finnegan 0-0-0, Hawley 2-1-5. Totals 9-12-28.
Jalbert 0-0-0, Hulbert 1-0-2, Santos 1-1-3, Tyburski 0-0-0, Couture 2-2-6, Martin 5-3-13, Derry 0-2-2, Zielinski 2-0-4, Murphy 1-0-2, Bren 4-2-10. Totals 16-10-42.
3-point goals — L (Retzel 2).
WARE 55, MOUNT EVERETT 40
In an earlier game at the Franklin Tech Tournament, Mount Everett was outscored 33-19 in the second half as Ware advanced to the championship game.
Fernando Montalban had a team-high 18 points for Ware.
Damontei Conaway led the Eagles, and all scorers, with 21 points.
Everett and Ware were tied at 22 at halftime, but Montalban and his team outscored the Eagles 15-11 in the third quarter and by 10 in the fourth.
"They had a couple of bigger guys. They definitely took advantage on the inside," said Everett coach Jowe Warren. "Our defense wasn't as strong as it should have been."
The Eagles will play the loser of the late game between Franklin Tech and Mohawk tonight at 5.
Ware 55, Mount Everett 40
Slattery 3-0-8, Adams 6-0-14, Hebert 1-0-3, Martin 0-0-0, Murphy 0-0-0, Thompson 0-0-0, Hill 4-1-9, Johnson 1-1-3, Desjardins 0-0-0, Montalban 8-2-18. Totals 23-4-55.
C. Conaway 1-1-4, Litchfield 2-0-6, D. Conaway 7-3-21, Brady 0-2-2, Gulotta 1-0-3, Twing 0-0-0, Behne 2-0-4. Totals 13-6-40
3-point goals — W (Slattery 2, Adams 2, Hebert). ME (D. Conaway 4, Litchfield 2, C. Conaway, Gulotta).
MISS HALL'S 51, WESTOVER 28
Tuesday in Pittsfield, Grace Guachione had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Miss Hall'srolled to a win over Westover School.
Sarah Willson had 12 boards to go with six points.
The Hurricanes play at Ethel Walker School Saturday at 2 p.m.