PITTSFIELD — Two days ago, the Pittsfield girls basketball team was coming off a huge high. Now the Generals have to find that momentum again.
After ending Hoosac Valley's 45-game Berkshire County winning streak Thursday, the Generals hosted Chicopee Comp Saturday night. The Generals fell behind 11-1 and while they got close, they never really caught up. The Colts left town with a 44-37 win.
"We didn't move the ball at all today," said Pittsfield coach Joe Racicot. "When we did move the ball, we got some good looks at the basket. When we didn't move the ball, we basically came down, dribbled and shot. You can't expect to win that way.
"In our last game, we had three or four passes before we even thought about going to the basket."
Allie Hunt had a team-high 12 points for Pittsfield. Peyton Steinman was held to 10 in the game, and didn't get into the scoring column until she drained her lone 3-point basket of the night on the first play in the second quarter. The Pittsfield junior did record five assists.
"We just wanted to make sure we were willing to take charges when she drove in there. We didn't want to foul her," said Comp coach Tom Couture. "We know she's a great shooter. We had to get in her face, and we didn't want to give her free throws. We know she's going to make all of those."
It was the fewest points scored by Pittsfield (11-4) since getting 40 in the loss to Longmeadow in the Hoophall Tournament, and it ended a PHS five-game winning streak. Chicopee Comp (10-4) held a team to 40 or fewer points for the seventh time.
Pittsfield was running uphill from the opening minutes. That's because the Generals scored only one point in the first five-plus minutes of the first quarter. Comp scored 11 points in that same time period. The first PHS basket came when Hunt took two dribbles in the paint and hit a short jumper with 2:11 left in the quarter.
The Generals cut Chicopee Comp's lead to three points in the second quarter but went into the locker room down 26-20.
Trailing 36-31 after three quarters, the Generals cut the Colts' lead to two points when Makailey Cookis caught a pass from Steinman and drained a 3-ball from the top of the key. The teams traded baskets to make it 38-36 with 4:40 left. But from there, the Generals went stone cold.
Pittsfield scored only one point in those final 4:40. That coming on a free throw by Britney Perkett.
The Generals forced a turnover, but Steinman missed a shot and Breanna Taele pulled down one of her nine rebounds. Selenya Gonzalez got a hoop at the other end, and the Generals got no closer.
Pittsfield managed to force 29 turnovers, but had 22 of its own and had only five points off of those turnovers.
Chicopee Comp was the aggressor throughout, and the rebounding statistics show that. Comp had 53 rebounds to 35 for Pittsfield. Kathy Jaracz, who had a game-high 13 points for the Colts, also pulled down 13 rebounds.
"There wasn't much going our way today," said Racicot. "It's a big let down after a big win earlier in the week. I thought we had a couple of chances to swing the momentum, but we didn't take care of the ball.
"Give them credit. They were aggressive early and we were sleeping in our own gym at the early points in the first half."
CHICOPEE COMP (44)
Stefanelli 1-2-4, Spagnoli 1-0-2, McLeish 0-0-0, Gonzalez 4-0-9, Rouleau 4-0-9, Taele 3-0-7, Herd 0-0-0, Jaracz 4-4-13, Hasiuk 0-0-0. Totals 17-6-44.
Steinman 3-3-10, Cookis 1-0-3, Perkett 2-2-6, Eline-Wright 0-1-1, Aitken 0-1-1, Quetti 0-0-0, Satrape 1-0-2, Shade 1-0-2, Hunt 6-0-12. Totals 14-7-37.
3-point goals — CC 4 (Gonzalez, Rouleau, Taele, Jaracz). P 2 (Steinman, Cookis).