Brayleigh Hanlon and MCLA’s women’s basketball team headed into Christmas break with a win on Wednesday night.
Brayleigh Hanlon and MCLA's women's basketball team headed into Christmas break with a win on Wednesday night. (Matthew Sprague / Berkshire Eagle Staff)

NORTH ADAMS -- MCLA women's basketball coach Holly McGovern has said a big reason why her team is 2-6 has been the Trailblazers' inability to finish off opponents.

Wednesday night, as MCLA headed off to finals and Christmas vacation, they did exactly that to Fisher College.

Mariah Brown and Brayleigh Hanlon each scored 16 points as the Trailblazers (3-6) rallied from a first-half deficit and held off the visitors 80-70.

"This gives us a lot of confidence. We definitely had some great practices heading into this game, and I think it really helped," said MCLA forward Sara Hamilton of Dalton, who had 8 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. "We were all ready to go. This was a great win to end the semester."

MCLA led 40-38 at halftime, but the visitors came out and when Breanne Brown snared a defensive rebound and scored on a coast-to-coast drive, the game was tied at 43 with 17:33 left.

The Trailblazers iced the game when Hanlon made 1 of 2 free throws and after Brown missed a jumper, Ashley Clawson got the rebound and hit a 3-point basket. MCLA had been 0 for 7 from outside the arc before that.

Alexis Akridge had 23 points to lead Fisher (3-7).

MCLA next plays Dec. 30 at NYU.