WILLIAMSTOWN -- After trailing at halftime, Mount Greylock coach Paul Barrett told his team to relax when facing the press from Monument Mountain.
The halftime speech worked, as a third-quarter rally led to a 55-45 win over the visiting Spartans Friday night.
"[My message] was settle down," Barrett said. "[Monument] is very athletic and they scrap all over the place. We can play fast, but we were turning the ball over because we were playing fast."
After trailing by four points at halftime, the Mounties used a 14-4 run to take a 40-32 lead late in the third quarter. The team didn’t trail again. Lucy Barrett and Jenna Benzinger were key to the run, with Barrett hitting a 3-pointer to give her team the lead and Benzinger making three layups in the quarter.
"In the second half, they did a great job of settling down, getting our feet set on shots and boxing out," Barrett said. "We made an adjustment to what sets we were going to use and consciously got the ball inside."
Barrett led all scorers with 24. Benzinger finished with 10, and Arianna Walden finished with 11.
Monument started the game playing aggressively on defense. The Spartans’ zone defense, along with their full-court and half-court trap caused problems for Greylock early.
In the second half, however, poor shooting from the Spartans prevented them from squashing Greylock’s rally.
Venessa Troiano and Heather Hassett led a slight comeback in the fourth quarter, as the pair combined for eight points during an 8-2 run to cut the deficit to eight.
But, Greylock knocked down its free throws to seal the game.
"We did a lot things we wanted to do in the first half even though we didn’t shoot well," Monument coach Chris Unsworth said. "We didn’t shoot well in the second half either, but our defense broke down at times, and we didn’t rebound."
Unsworth said Greylock’s size started to make a difference in the second half, and when the Mounties broke the pressure, it led to points in the paint.
Hassett lead Monument with 15, and Troiano finished with eight.
For the Mounties, Lucy Barrett said the win was a result of sharing the ball and hitting open shots.
"When the opportunity comes I try to make sure I make my open shots," she said. "But, it was more about having great transition. ... Everyone was passing and it led to open shots."
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