PITTSFIELD >> The Miss Hall's basketball team got its usual contribution from Grace Guachione, but big performances from Mary Catherine Balcom and Sally Nason made sure that the Hurricanes were able to stave off Stoneleigh-Burnham on Wednesday, 67-47.
Guachione went for 24 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in the win to pace the Hurricanes, while Balcom scored 15 points and hauled down 12 rebounds and Nason brought some much-needed energy when the Owls started to try and make a run in the second half.
The key points in the game came early — when Miss Hall's raced out to 13-2 lead in the first six minutes — and late. After a strong start put Miss Hall's up 33-20 at the break, Stoneleigh-Burnham trimmed the deficit down to nine in the second half before the Hurricanes (11-5) found their feet again and pulled out the 20-point win.
"Coming off a week of finals, we didn't get much basketball in," Miss Hall's coach Brad Horth said. "We came back this week and really worked hard, and the girls came out firing on all cylinders."
Guachione had the first six points for Miss Hall's to get the team going, then Balcom asserted herself on the glass to keep the lead up. Balcom scored 11 of her points in the first half, along with eight of her rebounds — six on the offensive glass.
"[Balcom] was fantastic tonight," Horth said. "I was telling her, tonight was the best I've seen her play in her career. She shot with confidence, she was strong with the basketball and she was going to get rebounds. She was a big difference in this game, she was awesome."
Down 21-3, Stoneleigh-Burnham rallied with a strong finish before halftime cutting the deficit to 13. The rally continued early in the second half when a bucket by Kelsie Jacobs (28 points) made it 36-27. Stoneleigh-Burnham kept the game within striking distance and again got the lead down to nine on another Jacobs bucket, but then Nason hit her only bucket of the game to put the Hurricanes back up 11 and the score did not get back into single digits the rest of the way.
"It was [us] figuring it out, and it was reiterating that we had to play with confidence," Horth said of what kicked his team back into gear. "We kind of got a little lackadaisical, a little out of what we do.
"Sally brought a ton of energy off the bench. ... She was just that spark we needed at that little lull that was super important."
Sarah Willson also hit double digits for Miss Hall's, scoring 20 points. Jacobs had 13 rebounds for Stoneleigh, and Katlyn Grover had 14 points.
Miss Hall's is back in action on Saturday at St. Luke's.
K. Grover 6-0-14, G. Gover 1-0-2, Jacobs 11-5-28, Fleming 0-1-1, Gardner 1-0-2, Pascal 0-0-0, Morilla 0-0-0, Muga 0-0-0. Totals 19-6-47.
MISS HALL'S (67)
Guachione 9-2-24, Hunter 2-0-4, Willson 6-5-20, Keator 0-0-0, Balcom 7-1-15, Ravenhill 0-0-0, Best 0-0-0, Nason 1-0-2, Harcleroad 1-0-2, Daley 0-0-0. Totals 26-8-67.
3-point goals — SBS 3 (K. Grover 2, Jacobs), MH 7 (Guachione 4, Willson 3).