CHESHIRE -- A solid defensive game from both Hoosac Valley and Mount Greylock's girls basketball teams kept their game close Tuesday, but Hoosac Valley made free throws late to seal a 52-37 home win.
Greylock's Jenna Benzinger did a solid job protecting the paint for the Mounties. Benzinger finished with 12 points, collecting several offensive rebounds for putbacks.
Hoosac's pressure, however, limited the scoring of Greylock's leading scorer Lucy Barrett, forcing her to handle the ball more to beat the pressure.
Jenn Gale led Hoosac with 19, with nine points coming from the free-throw line.
"It was tournament-type game," Hoosac coach Ron Wojcik said. "We needed a game like that, to push ourselves and make plays down the stretch."
Taconic 66, Hampden Charter 30
PITTSFIELD -- Nyanna Slaughter had a game-high 24 points as the Braves (9-9) pulled to within a game of qualifying for the Western Mass. Division II tournament.
"I'm happy with where we are right now," said Taconic coach Matt Mickle. "We're practicing at a better level and we're playing at a better level."
The Braves jumped out to a 19-2 lead and pulled away from there.
Lenox 46, St. Mary 14
WESTFIELD -- The Gaels scored 14 points and Lenox's Makayla White equaled that, as she led all scorers.
Emily Tibbetts chipped in with 10 points for the Millionaires, who jumped out to a 12-3 lead after one quarter and led 26-5 at halftime.
Southwick 36, McCann Tech 29
SOUTHWICK -- The Hornets trailed by 13 points after the third quarter, but made the game interesting late.
McCann cut into Southwick's lead and trailed by four late in the fourth quarter when the Rams' McKenzie Sullivan hit a 3-point shot and the Hornets couldn't recover.
Allie Gibeau had a game-high 13 points for McCann (6-12).
Mount Everett 59, St. Joseph 18
SHEFFIELD -- Brooke Morehouse's 17 points led the Eagles to a Senior Night win.
Her performance was backed up by 11 points from fellow honoree Deseraye Conaway.
"She played huge tonight," Everett coach Scott Rote said. "She was hitting a lot of shots for us, controlling the ball."
The Eagles (9-6) used a trapping defense to their advantage after the first quarter.
"We got a little sluggish on our man," Rote said. "We went to our zone traps near the end of the first period. Our defense created a lot of the offense we had in that second period."
Hockey: Taconic 8, Mount Everett 5
PITTSFIELD -- Calling Tuesday's game a roller coaster ride might be an understatement.
Mount Everett jumped out to a big lead, only to have Taconic come back in the second and third periods.
Jacob Malicky started the scoring for Mount Everett with two goals in the first five minutes of the game. His assist to Aaron Norton capped off a 4-0 first period for the Eagles.
Taconic would answer with eight unanswered goals. Kevin Quinto scored four straight goals for the Braves to tie the game going into the final period.
Connor Conant broke the tie 2:23 into the third period. He'd score again about a minute later to stretch Taconic's lead.
Mount Everett's penalty trouble lead to five Taconic power-play goals.
Jacob Malicky's goal with 4:44 left in the game gave him a hat trick for the winless Eagles.
"Emotional roller coaster on both sides," Mount Everett coach Aidan Gilligan said. "It was interesting to watch the momentum swings. Going into the third, we didn't know what to expect. It was a competitive, exciting game."
College Basketball: MCLA men 85, Framingham 75
FRAMINGHAM --The Trailblazers are now on a good streak that is solidifying their MASCAC tournament ticket.
John Jones had 22 points and 10 rebounds as MCLA won for the fourth time in the last five games.
MCLA (8-14, 5-5 in MASCAC) would be the fifth seed in the six-team field if the tournament started today.
In Tuesday's game, MCLA jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never trailed. Framingham cut the lead to 27-24 with 4:31 left, but the Rams got no closer.
College Women's Basketball: Framingham 68, MCLA 48
FRAMINGHAM -- When these teams met in North Adams last month, the Rams needed overtime to beat MCLA. Not so on Tuesday, as Framingham jumped out to a 41-28 halftime lead and never trailed again.
Alycia Rackliffe, who did not play in the first game, scored a game-high 21 points for Framingham (11-10, 5-4). MCLA (4-17, 0-9) was led by Michaela Siver's 10 points.