Friday's roundup: Hoosac Valley girls hoops wins in Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Despite some serious jet lag, Meg Rodowicz had 14 points and Jen Gale added 11 to lead Hoosac Valley to an overwhelming 70-22 win over Merritt Island, Fla., in the KSA Holiday Tournament on Friday.
"Well, there's not much to say about it," said Hurricane coach Ron Wojcik. "We got way ahead and we didn't have much trouble."
Hoosac took a 31-5 lead after a quarter and a 54-9 lead at halftime. Wojcik had long since cleared his bench by then.
The Hurricanes will play a second game today.
This is not a knockout or elimination tournament. The Hurricanes are one of 70 high school teams in the event. The games are played at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Hurricanes' flight from Bradley International Airport was delayed five hours, and the team didn't get into their rooms until about 3 a.m., said Wojcik.
"We got about five hours sleep and we got breakfast and then went to the complex for a practice," said the coach. "We were all pretty exhausted."
Wachusett 47, Pittsfield 44
WACHUSETT -- The General girls were hampered by fouls, and had to play catch-up in the second half.
"A couple of our bigs got in some early foul trouble and they [Wachusett] took advantage of it," PHS coach Joe Racicot said.
Despite losing Peyton Steinman after she fouled out late in the third quarter, PHS (1-2) still had a final shot to tie the game with 8 seconds left. Wachusett, however, got "good defensive play around our basket," as Racicot put it, to regain possession, get fouled and seal the win.
Dominique Satrape led PHS with 12 points, while Allie Hunt added 9 and Steinman scored 8.
"When [Satrape] was in there, she was causing havoc, which led to some of our other players getting steals," Racicot said. "The same with Steinman, to be honest with you."
Wachusett's Maty Diabate led all scorers with 17 points, as the Mountaineers played a more inside game on offense to take advantage of Pittsfield's foul trouble.
"She was a pretty strong player," said Racicot of Diabate. "She was a tough matchup, because she was about 5-10 and pretty solid."
Pittsfield is back in action Jan. 2 at Hoosac Valley.
Taconic 59, Greylock 27
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The visiting Braves put together a strong performance, dominating the glass against Greylock. The strong rebounding led to several second-chance points.
After trailing by two at halftime, the Braves used a 19-6 third quarter to put away the Mounties. Nyanna Slaughter led Taconic with 15 points.
"They rebounded incredibly well. We gave up over 30 offensive rebounds and we struggled offensively," Mount Greylock coach Paul Barrett said.
Wahconah 55, Lenox 26
LENOX -- The Warriors had a 27-5 lead at halftime and it didn't get much better after that.
"Well, we shot 2 for 18 in the first half, and it wasn't as if they were pressuring us," said Lenox coach Nicole Patella. "We also had 19 turnovers. We have a young team and we'll take our lumps."
Ashley Zink led the Warriors with 11, while Liz Mitts led all scorers with 14 points for Lenox.
Wahconah 50, Turners Falls 49
DALTON -- A key defensive stop from Marco Anastasio gave the Wahconah boys the victory.
With 10 seconds left, Anastasio's close-out on a Turners Falls player attempting a game-winning shot threw off his rhythm enough for the shot to miss. Cole Morrison led the Warriors with 14 points to go along with 11 rebounds.
"This was a great team win against a great team," Dustin Belcher said.
Lenox 78, Mount Everett 73
LEE -- The Lenox boys basketball team advanced to the championship of the South County tournament with its victory. The hot shooting of Ben Herrick helped the Millionaires pull out the close game.
Herrick connected on four threes in the second half, giving him six total for 26 points. Herrick helped erase a nine-point halftime deficit for Lenox. Kris Vahle had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Bailey Patella had 17 points and 10 boards.
Lenox coach Scott Sibley said that, when Everett switched to a zone defense, it allowed his team to get more open looks. He added that improved rebounding from his team in the second half helped.
"[I'm] glad to see the kids not give up when we got behind," Sibley said. "This should be a wake-up call that you don't take anyone for granted. In Berkshire County, you've got to bring it every night."
Monument 71, Lee 57
LEE -- Pete Oggiani's 29 points keyed a comeback for the Spartans in the South County tournament.
Lee led 28-25 at halftime.
"Oggiani got red hot in the second half," said Lee coach Dan Korte. "They just went to the hoop and kicked it out to him."
Heamon Williams led the Wildcats with 29 points of his own.
Sabis 71, Taconic 65
NORTHAMPTON -- The Braves stayed close to Sabis, in large part because of Shaq Ardrey's gane-high 30 points.
"But Drew Scace was already out with an injury, and Mike Taylor turned his ankle at the end of the third quarter," said Taconic coach Bill Heaphy. "We still hung around. But those are our rebounders, and we needed them at the end."
Nelson Zayas led Sabis with 17 points.
McCann 74, Pathfinder 25
NORTH ADAMS -- The McCann Tech boys played smothering defense Friday.
Shane Fuller had 16 points for the Hornets. Dante Cellana added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Kyle Parada had 12 points and 7 blocks.
McCann coach Mike Nykorchuck said the team did a better job sharing the ball, which led to scoring chances for multiple players.
"We talked about playing better defense, rebounding and sharing the ball," he said. "The sharing showed because we had four guys in double figures and that's what we want to get to."
Chicopee Comp 5, Taconic 1
CHICOPEE -- The Braves were again held to one goal, as they fell in the Chicopee Winter Classic consolation game.
Kevin Quinto scored Taconic's (0-4) lone goal, in the first period with an assist by team co-captain Harrison Rapant. Comp, however, held a 3-1 lead after one and added a tally in each of the final two periods.
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