Friday's roundup: Taconic boys basketball rolls over Mount Anthony
PITTSFIELD -- The Taconic boys basketball team held its guests from Mount Anthony to less than three points in the first and third quarters to cruise to a 67-30 win Friday night.
Shaq Ardrey had 28 points -- including five 3-pointers -- while Trayvon Sims added 11 and Tyler Murphy had 10 points. Taconic jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter thanks to some strong defense said coach Bill Heaphy. It got even better in the third when the Braves outscored the Patriots 26-3.
"In the third quarter we came out and shot the ball really well," Heaphy said. "Our defense held them to three points. Things kind of snowballed."
Longmeadow 69, Lenox 44
LENOX -- The Millionaires dropped to 1-1 with a loss to Division I Longmeadow, but Lenox coach Scott Sibley found positives in the loss.
"I think it's a team that will go pretty far in the Division I tournament," Sibley said of Longmeadow. "Even though it was a 25-point loss, I was proud of the way the kids responded tonight."
Kris Vahle led Lenox with 10 points, with Jared Tuttle scoring nine more and pulling down 11 rebounds while giving up approximately 7 inches of height to his opponents under the basket.
Longmeadow was able to pull away in the third quarter after taking advantage of some Millionaire turnovers.
Andrew Vickery scored eight points, pulled down eight rebounds, gave out six assists and committed four steals for Lenox.
Franklin Tech 68,
Mount Everett 56
MONTAGUE -- The Eagles worked their way back in the second half of this holiday tournament consolation game, cutting what had been a 27-point Franklin Tech lead to just six at one point in the fourth quarter.
However, Jake Earl's game-high 29 points were too much for Mount Everett to overcome in front of Franklin Tech's home crowd.
"He was pretty aggressive, attacking the hoop," said Everett coach Jowe Warren of Earl. "We were in a zone and he was able to penetrate, then sneak off to the baseline a lot."
Colin Bloom scored 18 points to lead the Eagles, with Sage Angell adding 17 more.
"I like the way my guys fought back," Warren said. "We played in kind of a tough environment, but fought through and played hard."
Putnam 81, Hoosac 29
SPRINGFIELD -- It's still early, but the progress the Hurricanes made in Wednesday night's game was wiped away in a 81-29 loss on the road to Putnam.
Hoosac kept pace with Putnam in the first quarter and trailed 19-14 before the hosts went on a mini run to finish with a 10-point lead (26-16). From there it got ugly. The Hurricanes managed just six points in the second quarter and trailed 42-22 at the break.
"What happened [Friday night] is full-court, man-to-man pressure," coach Bill Robinson said. "Their quickness ran us into multiple issues."
But not as many as the 3-2 zone defense did in the second half. The Hurricanes scored seven points in the second half against the zone.
"I guess we would have rather they played man," Robinson said.
Dizell Wright had a game-high 21 points, but Kayjuan Bynum had a game-high five 3-pointers to fuel a 20-point night. Putnam made 10 on the night and five different players recorded the other five.
Sean Ryan-Kut led the Hurricanes with nine points. Corey Puccio had a pair of 3s for six points.
Greylock 55, McCann 26
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Mounties opened with a solid game against North County rival McCann Tech. Greylock's defense was stonewalling the Hornets from the beginning, allowing them to reach double digits just once, a 12-point second quarter. The Mountie defense allowed just six second-half points.
"We put a lot of pressure on the whole game until the fourth quarter and ran some zone and man pressure," Greylock coach Bob Thistle said.
Nathan Majumder's 14 points were a game high, and Tyrell Thomas and Tyler Picard each added 12. T.J. Therrien's six points were the most by a Hornet.
Mount Everett 40,
Franklin Tech 15
TURNERS FALLS -- Mount Everett held Franklin Tech to just a point in the second quarter en route to the win.
Deseraye Conaway had a game-high 11 points and was named to the Franklin Tech tournament All-Tournament team. After committing 38 turnovers the night before, Eagles coach Scott Rote thought his team created that many turnovers.
"We went to some pressure defense and really confused them," Rote said. "The kids started to settle down and we started to hit our fast-break points."
Hoosac 59, Putnam 24
CHESHIRE -- The Hurricanes got their offense going, cruising to this win after holding Putnam to just 11 first half points.
Emily Rosse led the way with 15 points, while nine other Hoosac players found their way into the scorebook. Coach Ron Wojcik was much happier than he was Wednesday when the Hurricanes couldn't reach 30 points in a loss to Wahconah.
"I thought we got quite a few [points] out of transition," Wojcik said. "We ran our man offense better. I thought we were able to get more points off of our pressure and get into transition."
Brattleboro 52, Wahconah 41
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -- Leading by one at halftime, the Warriors gave up a big third quarter and couldn't climb back on top. Brattleboro scored 19 points in the third to take a six-point lead heading into the final frame.
Wahconah was within two but four consecutive possessions came up empty, and the Colonels ran their lead back out.
"That kind of hurt us in the middle of the fourth quarter," coach June Blake said.
But the 19-point third turned the game around. T. Bird had 10 of the 19 Brattleboro points in the frame, including both of her 3-pointers on the night. She finished with 12 points.
"We were looking to do some different stuff defensively," Blake said. "They penetrated pretty well and she was open on the outside and she hit some pretty good shots."
Gabby Lavinio's 15 points (two 3-pointers) led all scorers. Shannon Lussier had 11.
Drury 61, Greylock 32
NORTH ADAMS -- In the consolation game of the Gene Wein Tournament, host Drury got a double-double from Emily Moulton in the victory over Greylock.
Moulton shared game scoring honors with teammate Shannon Garvey, as both scored 15 points. Moulton, a junior, chipped in with 12 rebounds.
And in the end, it was a pretty nice bounce back win for the Blue Devils, who dropped a hard-fought game to Lee on Thursday night.
"I wasn't happy how they played in the first half. I was happy how we bounced back in the second half and picked up our intensity," Drury coach John Franzoni said. "To be a good team, you have to win on a night when you're not playing your best basketball. We found a way to pull it together in the second half."
Drury led only 23-17 at halftime, but outscored the Mounties 18-5 in the third quarter and cruised home with the victory.
Drury's Danielle Racette, a member of the All-Tournament team, was held to seven points. Greylock was led by All-Tournament team member Lucy Barrett's 10 points.
PITTSFIELD -- Wahconah captured both meets with New Lebanon. The girls won 106-58 behind a pair of wins from Logan Gresser (50 free, 100 backstroke). Both wins qualified her for Western Mass. The boys won 82-28 with Mitch Salvini capturing the 50 free (31.32) and the 400 free (6:14.28).
Mariah MacDowell's second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:28.94 qualified her for Western Mass.
St. Joe's falls in Vermont
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Mount Anthony earned the comfortable sweep, winning the boys meet 107-25 and earning the girls win 117-51.
Ryan Spencer won the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke for the Patriots while Austin Becker-Ulrich took the 500 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke.
In the girls meet, Kate Ahearn won the 200 IM and 100 backstroke while Kate Montague won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
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