NORTH BROOKFIELD -- The Lee boys basketball team used a solid inside-outside attack to beat North Brookfield 77-58 in the opening round of the Western Massachusetts Division IV tournament.
It wasn't the only accomplishment for the Wildcats on Tuesday, either: With his 38-point performance, Lee's Heamon Williams became the school's all-time leading boys basketball scorer. Williams now has 1,344 career points, 14th on Berkshire County's all-time boys list and just ahead of Lee's Johnny Walker.
"It means a lot, because it's something I thought I could work toward," Williams said Tuesday night. "Having it happen is amazing, especially since it happened [in the tournament]."
North Brookfield's combination of Cory Heyes and Jeremy Glinski kept the Indians in the game with their perimeter shooting. Heyes led North Brookfield with 26 points; Glinski had 18 points on six 3-pointers.
Lee took a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter, though, and shut the door by limiting North Brookfield to just six points in the quarter.
"They stopped shooting the ball well. We did a good job of closing out," Lee coach Dan Korte said. "They weren't doing anything fancy. They were just really good set shooters. In the fourth we got on them and made them really uncomfortable."
Sam Kelley had a career-high 22 for Lee. Williams hit all four of his 3-pointers in the second quarter.
"I think I got some easy baskets early, got to the foul line a bit, and then in the second quarter ... once I hit those threes, it was pretty much all go from there," Williams said.
"Heamon had a huge second quarter," Korte added. "We established offense on the inside, got offensive rebounds and were pounding the ball down low. They really didn't have a answer for us."
Lee advances to face No. 1 seed Quaboag in the quarterfinals Friday.