SHEFFIELD >> Freshman phenom Gwendolyn Carpenter poured in 21 points and upperclassmen Parker Snyder and Kelsey Netzer added a total of 24 leading Mount Everett past the Putnam Beavers 57-51.
The youth-experience combo propelled the Eagles into the Western Mass. Division IV semi-finals against Lee on Monday in The Cage on the UMass-Amherst campus.
The South Berkshire rivals split their two regular season match-ups, with Mount Everett looking to avenge last year's tournament loss at home against Lee.
Eagles coach Scott Rote expects a tough battle with the Wildcats.
"When you look at our schedule, we haven't lost to a Pioneer Valley team in three years," he said. "Berkshire County teams have given us the most trouble."
However, the seventh seed Putnam gave the No. 2 seed Mount Everett all it could handle, proving once again games aren't won before halftime.
For the second straight tournament game, the Beavers erased a double-digit deficit late in the first half. Putnam trailed Hopkins Academy by 14 in the second quarter in a first round contest earlier in the week, before roaring back to win.
On Thursday night, Mount Everett opened up a 26-13 lead with under three minutes left in the second frame, thanks to Carpenter scoring 11 points over a four-minute stretch between the first and second quarters.
"Our offense comes from our defense and that's how we score a lot of points," Carpenter said.
But the Eagles were getting into foul trouble, allowing the Beavers to rally on the strength of their free-throw shooting, going 8 for 8 at the charity stripe in the second quarter.
Puntam's comeback was also fueled by the inside game of junior Angelica Peguero. The tallest player on the court scoring eight of her team-high 19 points midway through the second to early in the third. Putnam pulled even at 30 all when Keondra Goldsberry drained a three-pointer at the 5:30 mark of the third.
That's when the senior Snyder worked her inside game, getting free under the basket for layups and second-chance baskets, scoring 11 in the third – including a 3-pointer seconds before the quarter-ending buzzer.
Trailing 46-39 heading into the final eight minutes of play, Putnam again chipped away at Mount Everett's lead, making it a one possession game, 54-51 with 1:12 left. However, the Eagles tenacious defense forced the Beavers into two turnovers and a missed three-pointer down the stretch. Carpenter hitting three of four free-throws iced the game, raising the hometown team's record to 17-4. Putnam finishes the season at 19-3.
Haywood, 4-2-10; Goldsberry, 3-2-9; Enriquez, 0-0-0; Malcolm, 2-0-4; Sullivan-Kaiser, 1-5-7; Fernandez 1-0-2; Peguero, 8-3-19.
MOUNT EVERETT (57)
Coon, 3-0-6; Carpenter, 6-8-21; Ullrich, 1-2-4; Robitaille, 0-0-0; Abbott 1-0-2; Snyder 5-0-11; Netzer, 5-0-13.
3-point goals — P 1 (Goldsberry). ME 5 (Carpenter, Snyder, Netzer 3).