Coaches vs. Cancer roundup: Hoosac Valley posts remarkable comeback to top Notre Dame Academy


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CHESHIRE — The Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase returned to Hoosac Valley on Saturday and featured five games between Berkshire County teams and the field.

The event raised $3,500 for cancer research, according to Hoosac Valley coach Ron Wojcik.

For our game stories from the first two games, click here for Drury's win over Granby, and here for Wahconah's win over Athol.

Below are summaries from the other three games.


Even when the Hoosac Valley girls basketball team is down, they are still far from being out.

When Notre Dame Academy's Olivia Pachla converted on a basket with 5:13 to go in the third quarter, she put her Cougars up by 10 points against the Hurricanes.

It was the type of lead that should have stuck. Instead, the Hurricanes found another gear after the bucket and never looked back.

Closing out the final 13 minutes on a 30-7 run, Hoosac Valley overturned the deficit for a 54-41 win on Saturday night in the fourth of five games at the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase at Hoosac Valley.

"I don't know, I guess I'd have to watch it," Hoosac coach Ron Wojcik said when asked to assess the comeback. "I told the girls at one point, just keep playing hard and I thought things could start going our way. The big thing was getting stops, they just outsized us so much that they were getting second and third chances. I think we cut down on some of those, and I think we forced a few turnovers, then we started getting a few shots down."

Senior talisman Madi Ryan was again in the center of it all for Hoosac. The point guard scored 16 of her game-high 19 points in the second half, including hitting three 3-pointers in the third quarter that helped spark the comeback.

"Yeah, sometimes I just know when I'm feeling it, and it helps because my teammates help to get me open," Ryan said of her hot shooting. "I know when my teammates are getting me open, I have to shoot it."

And while Ryan was busy on offense, the Hoosac team was putting in work on defense. Whether it was steals in the halfcourt, a pair of charges Kailynne Frederick drew late in the fourth quarter, or just the general sense of hustle that limited Notre Dame to just five points in the fourth, the Hurricanes found a new level of defensive effort.

"I thought once we started scoring, the energy picked up on defense," Wojcik said. "That's a real good team, they are well-coached and drilled and they attacked the rim. I was real proud of my girls, it was a gutsy effort."

Ryan finished with nine rebounds and three assists along with her points. Frederick had 10 points, eight boards, four steals and two blocks. Fallon Field added 15 points in the win.

For Notre Dame, Pachla had 18 points. Most of her scoring came in spurts, with six coming to start the third quarter — the final bucket the one that put her team up 34-24 — and an eight-point outburst in the opening quarter.

The win pushes Hoosac Valley to 12-1 on the year.



Gallotto 1-0-2, Mathisen 2-1-5, Pachla 9-0-18, Lescinskas 3-1-7, Delahunt 2-2-6, Lalift 1-0-3. 18-4-41.


Mercier 2-0-6, F. Field 4-5-15, Ryan 6-2-19, Mendel 0-2-2, Case 0-2-2, Frederick 3-4-10. Totals 15-15-54.

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3-point goals: ND 1 (Lalift), HV 9 (Ryan 5, Mercier 2, F. Field 2).


The Mount Greylock girls surged at the right time Saturday, turning a one-point deficit after the third quarter into a 57-44 win over Mahar at the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase at Hoosac Valley.

The Mounties were led through a very balanced effort, with Lauren Howard leading the way with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Jenna Benzinger added 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, Elena Cerveira had 12 points, and Ari Walden shook off a slow first half to finish with 10 points and four assists.

The win pushes Greylock to 9-4 on the year.

"I like my team because we have three girls that have been getting in double digits," Greylock coach John Jacobbe said. "And on any given night someone else can step up because we have good athletes and are coming together as a team."

The game featured alternate leaders after every quarter, with Mahar taking a 12-11 lead after one, Greylock responding with a 25-22 halftime edge, then the Senators got the lead back at 34-33 going into the fourth.

"At the beginning of the year I said its a marathon and not a sprint," Greylock coach John Jacobbe said. "At the beginning of the year we had trouble dealing with adversity.

"I felt like we should have had a lead after three, but Mahar had a good third quarter. I just told my girls, it's an eight-minute game, you guys decide what happens when you walk over the lines, and they went out and played one of their better quarters of the year."

In the fourth, Greylock's defense helped seal the win. With the team leading just 42-40 after a pair of Ally Parker (15 points) free throws for Mahar with 4:50 to go, Greylock put the clamps down and held the Senators off the board until the bitter end, when Mahar got a bucket as the clock was winding down toward zero.

In particular, Walden and Benzinger were up front leading the charge. Walden had a handful of steals in the fourth and added a big defensive rebound when Greylock was searching for a stop with just over four to play. Benzinger had two blocks in the final two minutes of the game to keep Mahar from cutting into a 10-point deficit.


MAHAR (44)

Parker 3-8-15, Jillson 3-0-6, Paul 2-6-11, Vautour 1-1-3, Gonynor 2-0-4, Whitmore 2-0-5. Totals 13-15-44.


Walden 4-2-10, Albert 1-0-2, Cerveira 5-2-12, Stripp 2-0-4, Howard 5-5-17, Benzinger 6-0-12. Totals 23-9-57.


3-point goals: Mahar 3 (Parker, Paul, Whitmore), MG 2 (Howard 2).


The Monument Mountain girls wrapped up the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase with a loss to Hampshire, 62-48.

The Red Raiders picked up the win thanks in large part to Katy O'Connor, who scored a whopping 35 points in the win.

"The O'Connor girl was tough on the boards," Monument coach Steve Soule said. "She got a lot of rebounds and putbacks. They did a good job rebounding."

Monument was led by Anika Helmke, who had 12 points. Addie McLaughlin and Hailey Higgins also reached double figures, pouring in 10 each.

The loss drops Monument to 5-6 on the season.



Moussette 6-2-16, Buzzee 1-1-3, Abel 2-0-4, C. O'Connor 2-0-4, K. O'Connor 13/9/35. Totals 24-12-62.


McLaughlin 4-0-10, Troiano 1-0-2, Powell 1-0-2, Cormier 3-0-7, Higgins 4-2-10, Rada 1-0-2, Ha. Hassett 0-1-1, Dupont 0-2-2, Helmke 2-8-12, Hu. Hassett 0-0-0. Totals 16-13-48.


3-point goals — H 2 (Moussette 2), MM 3 (McLaughlin 2, Cormier).


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