Local roundup: MCLA men's basketball scores first MASCAC win of year
NORTH ADAMS >> The MCLA men's basketball team was in an 0-for-2016 slump, accounting for eight games. That skid ended Wednesday night.
Khalil Paul scored a game-high 21 points as the Trailblazers beat Westfield State 71-57.
It was a game that saw four ties and only one lead change.
The game was tied at 16 with 11:11 left when MCLA's Anderson Dalmace caught a pass from Isshiah Coleman and drained a jumper to break the tie. Those were the first two of eight unanswered points that put the Trailblazers ahead for keeps.
MCLA led 35-30 at halftime and upped the lead to as much as 19 points before settling in for the 14-point victory.
Adam Conquest chipped in with 13 points for MCLA, now 5-15 and 1-7 in MASCAC. Dakari Hannah-Wornum scored only two points, but had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Pittsfields Joe Wiggins had seven points off the bench while Collin Parrott of Dalton scored two, also off the bench.
WESTFIELD STATE WOMEN 105, MCLA 66
NORTH ADAMS >> In the opening game of the MASCAC doubleheader, Westfield jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first five minutes of the opening quarter, and never trailed.
The Owls (14-6, 7-1) held the Trailblazers (11-9, 3-5) to only 11 points in the first quarter and led 64-30 at halftime.
It was a homecoming for Westfield State's Lucy Barrett. The Mount Greylock graduate and Williamstown resident started for the Owls and scored eight points in 16 minutes. She also had two rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Karina Mattera had 22 points to lead MCLA while Kayla Hotaling had 12 points and 18 rebounds and Courtney McLaughlin of Pittsfield added 11 points.
Jill Valley led Westfield with 22 points while Forbasaw Nkamebo had 19.
High school girls basketball
DRURY 41, MONUMENT MOUNTAIN 39
NORTH ADAMS >> Katie Toomey plucked a rebound in the dying seconds of Wednesday's game against Monument Mountain and converted an and-one on the second effort to lift Drury to a 41-39 win on Wednesday night.
The win pushes Drury to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in Berkshire County North play. Monument falls to 5-10 and 1-5 in the league.
"In the end, our defense [kept] us in the game," Drury coach Brian Flagg said. "Toomey got a big, big offensive rebound, got the putback and the free throw, and that was the difference.
"Monument played a really good basketball game."
The box from the game was not available at deadline. The full box will run in Friday's paper, and will be added to the website as soon as possible.
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Brown came visiting Williams Wednesday night, and the Ephs dropped a pair of matches.
The Eph men fell 7-2, while the women dropped a 6-3 decision.
CHORZEPA IS N.E. WRESTLER OF WEEK
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Williams wrestler Chris Chorzepa was named the New England Wrestling Association's wrestler of the week.
Chorzepa, who wrestles at 184 pounds, was 8-0 in last week's METRO/NEWA Duals at Roger Williams University. Chorzepa, who is ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 2 in the nation, is 30-0 this year, with 16 pionts.
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