Friday's high school basketball: Greylock girls reach Western Mass. tourney
SHEFFIELD -- A good start and a strong finish put the Mount Greylock girls basketball team back in the postseason for the first time since 2010.
The Mounties scored 17 first-quarter points to jump-start their 55-40 win over Mount Everett.
"In the beginning, we got beat on some back cuts in first quarter," Everett coach Scott Rote said.
Rote also noted the inside presence of Jenna Benzinger, saying she just kept grabbing rebounds and putting them up and in. Benzinger finished with 14 points, second only to Lucy Barrett's 21.
It was Barrett who helped cement the team's 10th win of the season in the fourth quarter.
Rote said she was breaking free behind his team's defense most of the night, but the baskets she got from that in the fourth quarter were crucial.
Mount Everett committed 23 turnovers for the game, with many coming in the third quarter, Rote said.
Drury 43, Wahconah 34
DALTON -- The Blue Devils had just 21 points through the first three quarters, but exploded for 22 in the fourth to pull away from the Warriors in a North Division battle.
"We struggled on the boards a little bit," Wahconah coach June Blake said. "Drury hit their free throws down the stretch."
Key free-throw shooting is becoming the calling card for the youthful Drury girls. Against Wahconah, the Blue Devils were 11 of 16 in the fourth quarter. Wahconah was 3 of 10.
Drury's Morgan Lamarre finished with seven points, all of which came from the free-throw line, while teammate Emily Moulton led all scorers with 11.
Monument Mountain 49, Lee 36
GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Spartans remained in the hunt in the tight North Division with the win over their South County rival.
Monument continued its strong start to games, putting up 18 points in the first quarter.
"We were finding people," Monument coach Chris Unsworth said. "Heather [Hassett] found shots in the middle and found Vanessa [Troiano] on the wing."
Hassett finished with 11, while Troiano's 13 (three 3-pointers) were a team high.
The Spartans' offense sputtered in the second half, scoring only 19 points, but they had already scored enough and grinded out the win, something Unsworth was proud of.
Lee's Alyssa Kelly led all scorers with 17 points.
Hoosac Valley 66, Lenox 25
CHESHIRE -- The Hurricanes continued to start games quickly, racking up 21 points in the first quarter against the Millionaires. They slowed only slightly in the second, scoring 19 for a 40-9 halftime advantage.
"Pressure and running," Hoosac coach Ron Wojcik said. "We're trying to run as much as we can, and the kids are doing good a job of getting out in transition."
Nine of 10 Hurricanes registered a point in the game, with Emily Rosse (16) and McKenzie Robinson (15) leading the way.
Liz Mitts did her part for Lenox, scoring 15.
Boys basketball: St. Joseph 75, Lee 74
PITTSFIELD -- Devon Johnston hit the big shot for St. Joe at the Boys & Girls Club, draining the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left Friday.
The trey completed the Crusaders' big fourth-quarter comeback, as they outscored Lee 31-16 in the final 8 minutes.
"Pat Latini dribbled into the middle, [and] passed it out to Devon," St. Joe coach Randy Kinnas said. "He was open in front of the bench and he knocked it down."
That's just what Kinnas told him to do, in fact. Johnston was right in front of Kinnas as he took the crucial shot.
"When he got the pass, I said, ‘You better shoot the ball!' " Kinnas said.
St. Joe overcame a 33-point night by Lee's Heamon Williams. Johnston scored 15 points, while Latini led St. Joe with 19 points.
"Turnovers and layups [in the fourth quarter]," Kinnas said. "It was a complete team effort."
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