New England Newspapers
DALTON -- The Wahconah boys basketball team picked up an opening-night victory that had former head coach Ed Ladley smiling.
First-year head coach Dustin Belcher registered his first varsity win as the Warriors rallied from a first-quarter deficit to beat visiting Lee 65-52 on Friday night. Junior guard Collin Parrott had a game-high 28 points for the Warriors.
There were pregame ceremonies to honor Ladley, now an assistant on Belcher's staff. Ladley was always proud of the way his team could play defense, and this Wahconah team did just that in the second quarter to pull away.
Lee led 17-13 on a basket by Paul Boutiette with 5:45 left. The Warriors then went on a 21-6 run to lead 34-23 at halftime.
"We were really excited throughout the whole day," said Parrott, "and really anxious to get out there. It was important that we calmed down and went at it."
Twice in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats cut the Wahconah lead to single digits, but the Warriors held the visitors off.
Heamon Williams had 18 points to lead the Wildcats.
Mount Everett 58, Mohawk 43
TURNERS FALLS -- Malik Wilbon scored 24 points to lead the Mount Everett boys to the Franklin Tech tournament championship.
The Eagles jumped out to an 11-5 lead after a quarter and moved out to a 29-15 lead at halftime.
"We kind of jumped on them early," said Eagle coach Jowe Warren. "They started out in a man-for-man, but we had some great ball movement and got a lot of good shots."
Wilbon was MVP of the tournament, while Sage Angell, who added 13 points, made the All-Tournament team.
Sabis 83, Lenox 49
SPRINGFIELD -- The Millionaires fell behind 50-24 at halftime.
"We had problems with their three-quarters court press," said Lenox coach Scott Sibley. "They're bigger than us, and they had 23 offensive rebounds, converting 14. But we'll learn from this. We'll get better."
Xavier Stampp had 20 points for Sabis. Evan Lanoue scored 20 for Lenox.
Chicopee Comp 55, Drury 41
CHICOPEE -- The Drury boys basketball team got off to a slow start.
The Blue Devils managed just 1 point in the first quarter and could not overcome the deficit. Justin Girard led Drury with 13, while Tyler Briggs had 12.
"They pressured us and we came out not prepared and they got ahead of us early," Drury coach Jack Racette said. "They wore us down. ... They're a good team and we're not ready."
Everett 46, Franklin Tech 13
TURNERS FALLS -- The Eagles won the Franklin Tech tournament, beating the host school.
Deseraye Conaway scored 16 points with nine rebounds to win the MVP award for the tournament. Brooke Morehouse, who scored five points last night, made the all-tournament team with Conaway.
The Eagles trailed 4-3 at the end of the first quarter, before rolling out to a 19-9 lead at halftime.
"It was just like [Thursday] night," said Eagle coach Scott Rote. "We got off to a real slow start. I don't know what it is. we looked much better in the second half. Our defensive pressure was a lot better."
Greylock 56, Drury 39
NORTH ADAMS -- Lucy Barrett had a game-high 23 points as visiting Mount Greylock broke open a close game by outscoring the Blue Devils 38-24 in the second half.
"We just seemed a step slower" in the second half, Drury coach Jay Meehan said. "Mount Greylock just seemed a little quicker to the ball than we were. They were certainly the better team tonight."
MacKenzie Flynn chipped in with 13 points for the Mounties.
For Drury, the Moulton sisters combined to score 17 of the Blue Devils' 39. Emily Moulton had a team-high 10 and sister Molly chipped in with 7.
Lenox 34, Holyoke Catholic 14
HOLYOKE -- Lenox played smother defense, and Liz Mitts led the Millionaires with 12 points.
"[Our play] was a combination of very good defense and they didn't really shoot that well. But we played really good team defense," Lenox coach Nicole Patella said.
Ludlow 41, Taconic 34
LUDLOW -- Kirsten McNeice led the Braves with 9, and Nyanna Slaughter had 8 in the loss.
Matt Mickle said his team had trouble stopping Alyssa Guyon (24 points).
"We tried to come out in man, but Guyon had 8 points right away. Then we switched to diamond and 1," he said. "Guyon worked her rear end off for every point. I thought we did a tremendous job on defense. Kind of disheartening because she got 24 and we played such good defense on her."