High school roundup: Hoosac girls clinch South basketball title
PITTSFIELD -- The Hoosac Valley girls basketball team made it two straight South Division titles and three in four years with an 83-12 victory over St. Joseph on Friday evening.
"You definitely want to win your league," Hoosac coach Ron Wojcik said. "We focused on that, for sure. From there, hopefully get a good see. We'll have that quarterfinal game at home. ... That'll be a big deal."
The Hurricanes got out to a good start with a 50-7 edge at halftime. Wojcik was pleased to see his team learn from its slow start at Mount Everett earlier in the week. Hoosac slowed the pace in the second half, scoring just 33.
Kailynne Frederick led Hoosac with 16 points, while Amber Lesure had 15.
Girls Basketball: Mount Greylock 55, McCann Tech 10
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Arianna Walden's 18 points led the Mount Greylock girls basketball team to a win over McCann Tech. The win gives the Mounties 12 on the season.
The Mounties were in control early, holding a 19-0 lead after the first quarter and a 32-2 advantage at the break.
Girls Basketball: Pittsfield 70, Lee 39
LEE -- Dom Satrape's 15 points led Pittsfield over Lee.
A strong first half of defense allowed Pittsfield to build a solid halftime lead (31-12). Pittsfield kept up the scoring in the second half, registering 21 in the third quarter alone.
Cara Walker led Lee with 11 points.
Boys Basketball: McCann Tech 59, PVCS 56
EAST LONGMEADOW -- The Hornets overcame their nemesis in the fourth quarter and ripped off a 17-0 run for an improbable victory.
McCann trailed 54-40 with 6:30 left and coach Mike Nykorchuck called a timeout. The Hornets needed to turn up the pressure, so the coach deployed the full-court, man-to-man defense. He said his team hasn't been playing man-to-man defense well this season. You wouldn't know it by their performance Friday.
McCann rattled off the next 17 points and allowed just two the rest of the way. Collin Racette's 3-pointer from the right wing gave McCann its first lead of the game 57-54 and capped the run. It was his only basket.
"I'm still scratching my head and figuring out how it happened," Nykorchuck said.
Shane Fuller drew the tall task of guarding Genesis Arias in the final minutes. Arias, who had 21 points, didn't get any in the final 6:30.
"Shane did a great job," the coach said.
Fuller finished with a game-high 27 points. Kyle Parada had eight points, eight rebounds and six blocks.
Boys Basketball: Granby 80, Hoosac Valley 72
GRANBY -- Corey Baker and Jesse Molin combined to score 58 of Granby's 80 points in a shootout.
"They're both very good at penetrating, slashing," Hoosac coach Bill Robinson said. "They made a living on us."
Granby used a 7-0 run in the final two minutes of the third quarter to turn a tight game into a seven-point Granby advantage.
The Hurricanes kept pace in the fourth, cutting the deficit to six but couldn't get any closer. Matt Braman had a chance to get it back to six on another occasion, but Robinson said he was pushed in the back -- and no foul was called -- which caused the miss.
The coach said it came down to not being able to come up with a stop when they needed one.
Sean Ryat-Kut had 16 to lead Hoosac, while Matt Braman and Trevor Alibozek had 15 each.
Boys Basketball: Monument Mountain 76, St. Joseph 59
PITTSFIELD -- Balanced scoring from Monument Mountain led the boys basketball team to a victory over St. Joseph.
Every Monument player that entered the game reached the scoring column, and the Spartans had enough long-range shooting to counter St. Joe.
Both teams hit eight 3-pointers; Monument's Peter Oggiani and St. Joe's Reilly Balcom each had three 3-pointers. Rowan Myers lead Monument with 15. Balcom lead St. Joe with 16.
Hockey: Mount Everett 2, Taconic 2
SHEFFIELD -- After combining for 13 goals in their previous matchup, the Mount Everett and Taconic hockey teams played to a tie 2-2.
Everett coach Aiden Gilligan said he stressed fundamentals to his team during practice, and his Eagles showed improvement on defense.
Everett took a 2-0 lead midway through the second period when David Ibanez found Andrew Joyner for a goal.
The Braves answered back, as Shane Tierney scored two straight goals, including the game-tying goal in the final seconds of the second period.
The tie gives Mount Everett its first point of the season.
Before the game, Everett's Aaron Norton was awarded the Donny Troy senior sportsmanship award for excellent conduct on and off ice.
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