PITTSFIELD -- Courtney McLaughlin scored 10 of her team-high 15 points in the second half as Pittsfield High School defeated a stubborn Lenox team, 59-48 in girls basketball Monday night.
This was a game of contrasts. The Generals play pressure defense and run every chance they get. Lenox, on the other hand, is the basketball version of Death by 1,000 Cuts: The Millionaires play a precise, patient offense featuring screens and hard cuts to the basket.
"We run the floor," said Pittsfield coach Joe Racicot. "We play a pressure defense. I think that combination was successful tonight. And we have a little more depth than Lenox, and that helps us play the way we do."
"We were awful from the foul line," said Lenox coach Nicole Patella. "And we were missing a lot of easy shots. It seemed as though every time we'd cut the lead to four or five, they'd hit a shot.
"Still," said Patella, "I thought we played well overall. If we play this well against teams from the South, I'll be happy."
The game started slowly. Neither team scored for the first 21 2 minutes, until Pittsfield's Lauren Carnevale hit a runner from the lane. After that hoop, things picked up a little, but it was a bit of a slog for most of the quarter. The home team led 14-10 after the first period.
Pittsfield and Lenox exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. Pittsfield was pressuring the ball the length of the court, but the Millionaires were countering that with their usual patient passing game.
The Millionaires, however, were not particularly successful when they did get to their end of the court. But Liz Mitts and Hayden Zinchuk were doing a good job on the offensive glass to keep their team in the game.
It was 24-20, Pittsfield as time wound down in the first half. The Generals swung the ball around the perimeter a few times until McLaughlin found Dominique Satrape on the left elbow. Satrape caught the ball and fired in one motion, draining a three-point shot with eight seconds left. The 27-20 margin was the biggest of the half.
But the Millionaires were hanging around. With Zinchuk dropping in six points, Lenox outscored the Generals 14-13 in the third period to close to within 40-34.
The game changed at that point, with PHS getting production from McLaughlin and Trinity Cookis. Cookis had four points, two assists and two steals in the final quarter, while McLaughlin added eight points as the Generals pulled away.
"I knew we kind of needed a lift in the fourth quarter," said McLaughlin, "so I concentrated on my offense a little more."
"Trinity has done a good job for us," said Racicot. "She's only a sophomore, but she's been a regular part of our rotation."
"We usually go 10-deep in our games," said McLaughlin. "We're not afraid to use our bench."
In fact, Racicot used 10 players on Monday, nine of whom scored.
Zinchuk's 22 led all scorers, and she added 13 rebounds, also a game-high.
Rachael Hunt and Carnevale each had nine rebounds for PHS.