Adopo scores 34 as Pittsfield boys hoops routs Ludlow, 96-63


PITTSFIELD -- Steve Ray didn't need Amancho Adopo to play in the fourth quarter Thursday night.

Or any of his starters, for that matter. Pittsfield's boys basketball team was in control.

Adopo scored a season-high 34 points in three quarters, Anthony Jones and Scott Steinman added 11 each, and PHS routed Ludlow 96-63 at home.

Pittsfield led 77-41 after three quarters, prompting the coach to sit his starters.

"Basically, fast break [and] transition game [helped]," Ray said. "We played great defense, which led to transition offense. [Adopo] got out in front and he got the job done every time."

Jones led the charge defensively, putting the pressure on Ludlow's Kevin Simonds. The Lions' big man scored 20 points.

"We did a good job defending the perimeter," Ray said. "Jones did a tremendous job fronting [Simonds], and denying him the pass inside they were looking to get. That was the difference for us."

Pittsfield hosts O'Bryant School from Roxbury on Saturday at noon.

McCann 58, St. Mary's 32

NORTH ADAMS -- Shane Fuller scored 25 points to lead the Hornets past St. Mary's.

The Hornets jumped out to a 34-12 lead after two quarters.

"Our defense has been creating a lot of scoring opportunities for us," said McCann coach Mike Nykorchuck. "That's what happened tonight. Our kids are making it difficult for the other team to generate some offense."

Girls basketball: Wahconah 45, Taconic 37

DALTON -- Big fourth-quarter baskets by Lily Pudlo, McKenna McIlquham and Ashley Zink led the Warriors to a come-from-behind home win.

McIlquham hit the go-ahead basket from about 12 feet out to give Wahconah a 39-37 lead with about 2 minutes left, and Zink's jumper at the 1:15 mark put the Warriors up four points.

Wahconah coach June Blake said her team limited the Braves' second-chance opportunities, and that the Warriors (5-4) maximized their offensive output in the last half of the fourth quarter.

"I felt like we did a decent job of attacking the paint," she said. "We weren't fantastic from the free-throw line, but we hit them at the end of the game in crunch time."

Katie Dumas led all scorers with 16 points. Nyanna Slaughter's 11 points paced Taconic.

Pittsfield 46, Monument Mountain 30

GREAT BARRINGTON -- A strong scoring effort from Peyton Steinman led the Pittsfield girls basketball team to a win Thursday.

The freshman finished with 18 points, in addition to setting up her teammates with solid passes. Lauren Carnevale added 10 points.

"We had some good presuure," PHS coach Joe Racicot said. "We shot well from the line and Steinman did a lot of good things ... getting the ball in the basket and getting the ball to her teammates."

Drury 51, Lee 23

LEE -- Sisters Molly and Emily Moulton scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, to lead the Wildcats in this overpowering of Lee.

The Blue Devils led 25-18 at halftime, and a 17-2 third quarter erased any chance of a Wildcat victory.

Pioneer 49, McCann 26

NORTHFIELD -- The Hornets were ice-cold coming out of the gate, and that hurt, according to coach Mike Dowling.

"We hit our first shot of the game, and then I think we missed the next dozen shots we took," said Dowling. "AnD Pioneer was red-hot."

The Hornets trailed 12-2 after a quarter and 29-6 at halftime.

"They're a good team. They shot well," said Dowling. "But we were awful."


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