Greylock girls basketball overcomes first-half woes to beat Wahconah
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Even after 20 first-half turnovers, the Mount Greylock girls basketball team wasn't out of the game Monday night.
The Mounties, trailing by a point at the half, turned it around and beat Wahconah 41-34.
The first half was filled with turnovers as both sides combined for 32 giveaways, but after being held to just five points in the first quarter, a 10-6 second quarter kept the Mounties in the game.
"We had 20 turnovers in the first half, and some of that was from being a little anxious and playing a little faster then they need to," Greylock coach Paul Barrett said.
"We ended the first half with some solid defense, and it was the defense that started the comeback."
A layup by Lucy Barrett gave the Mounties their first lead of the game with 5 minutes, 55 seconds left in the third. Five straight points from Mackenzie Flynn gave the Mounties a six-point lead midway through the quarter.
The Warriors cut the lead to two late in the third, but they would not get any closer.
A 6-0 run to start the fourth, capped by a Barrett three-pointer, gave the Mounties their largest lead of the game at 11 points.
"I felt we like we came out with some energy in the third quarter, but we weren't able to capitalize on some opportunities," Wahconah coach June Blake said. "We gave Mount Greylock too many second-chance points and they were able to pull ahead of us from that point."
Barrett provided the spark on offense for the Mounties, leading all scorers with 20 points, including 14 in the second half. Flynn finished with 9 points. Maddie Sprague led Wahconah with 10.
"Our defense got so much better [in the second half] and we got steals, so our defensive stops led into offense," Barrett said. "We tried running more plays and being patient, but the offense came from our [defensive] intensity."
The win improves Greylock to 4-1, and Paul Barrett said his team is looking forward to a matchup against Lee on Thursday.
"The girls are working hard and I know we're going to make mistakes, but I'm happy," he said. "It's a nice win and now we have Lee on Thursday and it's going to be a big game."
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