Local roundup: Stifling defense lifts Taconic boys basketball over Brattleboro


PITTSFIELD >> The Taconic boys basketball team used a strong second quarter en route to a 56-46 victory over Brattleboro at the Boys and Girls Club.

Trailing 15-13 after the first frame, the Braves outscored their opponents 20-3 in the second quarter.

"We were down two at the end of the first and defensively we picked up it up," Taconic coach Bill Heaphy said. "We started making shots and executing on offense. We were trying to be very mindful of the three as well."

They continued playing good defense in the third, holding Brattleboro to five points, although Taconic only scored six.

Brattleboro put some pressure on in the fourth, causing some turnovers en route to a 23-point quarter, but it wasn't enough to ever put the game truly in doubt for Taconic.



Martinez 1-0-2, Black 1-0-3, Green 1-0-2, Cuniff 5-1-12, King 2-0-5, Dejordy 3-5-11, Patno 1-0-2, Lombardi 1-0-3, Lafland 1-0-2, Hanson 1-0-2. Totals 17-6-46.


Cotto 1-0-2, Sandifer 7-2-16, Mestre 5-3-14, Stracuzzi 1-1-3. Walker 4-1-9, Cooney 0-0-0, Whiteley 1-0-3, Murphy 2-1-5, Abel 0-0-0, Reardon 0-0-0, Ringgold 2-0-4, McIntosh 0-0-0. Totals 23-8-56.

Brattleboro 15 3 5 23 — 46

Taconic 13 20 6 17 — 56

3-point goals — Brattleboro 3 (King, Cuniff, Black). Taconic 2 (Whiteley, Mestre).


WILLIAMSTOWN >> Hoosac Valley played shutdown defense in the fourth quarter, earning a victory over Mount Greylock. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied, but the Mounties managed just three points in the fourth.

Dahdray Sistrunk led Hoosac with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Peter Barrow added 11 points off the bench.

"We played the defending Western Mass. champs tough, we just couldn't make a shot in the fourth quarter," Greylock coach Bob Thistle said.



Dils 1-1-3, A. Ronnow 0-0-0, Filson 0-0-0, McCormack 5-0-10, Foehl 2-0-5, Storie 3-2-11, Condon 0-0-0, Z. Ronnow 5-0-13, Hadley 0-0-0. Totals: 16-3-42


Hall 3-1-10, Rousseau 0-3-3, Hayer 0-0-0, Carlow 1-2-4, Koperniak 0-3-3, Sistrunk 4-2-13, Barrow 5-1-11, Jameson Coughlan 3-1-7. Totals: 16-13-51

Hoosac 5 20 14 12 — 51

Greylock 8 14 17 3 — 42

3-point goals — HV 6 (Hall 3, Sistrunk 3). MG 7 (Z. Ronnow 3, Storie 3, Foehl 1).



GRANBY >> The Mount Everett wrestling team went 1-3 at the Granby Duals on Saturday.

The Eagles beat Frontier 30-18. They lost to Hampshire Regional 36-17, South Hadley 30-17 and Hampden Charter 57-9.

Pat Fosby went 4-0, wrestling at 120 and 126 pounds. Anthony Lupiani went 3-1 at 106. Zack Lupiani went 2-0 at 113.


VALATIE, N.Y. >> Monument Mountain compiled a 4-4 record over the two-day Ichabod Crane Duals.

On Friday the Spartans went 1-2, losing to Oneonta 25-52. They defeated Lansingburgh 57-18, before losing to Revena 24-52.

On Saturday, Monument improved at all levels going 3-2. They started with a 55-17 win over Cohoes, followed by a 21-55 loss to Guilderland.

The Spartans won two matches in a row, beating Berlin 64-0, and Ichabod Crane 57-18. They ended the day with a 7-57 loss to Columbia, N,Y.

Max Buffoni was Monument's top performer, going 8-0 on the weekend at 106 pounds. Nate Cormier went 7-1 with six pins at 145. Eli Jones went 6-2 at 113, losing to two New York sectional placers.

"We wrestled better [Saturday] than Friday," Monument coach Simon Jones said. "We're getting the kids out of their comfort zone. This is the toughest competition we've seen this season. Once we got our footing the kids starting performing well."

Men's Hockey


WILLIAMSTOWN >> David Italiano's scored the winning goal 50 seconds into overtime, sending the Ephs to an upset victory over No. 3 ranked Plattsburgh State. The win is Williams fifth in a row.

The Ephs were out-shot 45-10, but goalie Michael Pinios' 43 saves kept them in the game.

Italiano started the scoring in the second minute of the first period. George Hunkele put Williams up 2-1 in the second period, before Plattsburgh forced extra time was a goal late in the third.

Williams looks to extend its streak to six, Friday at 7 p.m. against Bowdoin.

Women's Hockey

WATERVILLE, MAINE >> Sarah Lehman scored the winning goal with 18 seconds remaining in the game, giving the Ephs a win over Colby College. Abby Brustad's first-period goal tied the game at 1-1.

Williams ends its three-game road trip at Manhattanville at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Men's Basketball


FRAMINGHAM >> Daniel Gould scored 27 points, leading Framingham over MCLA. The loss is the Trailblazers fourth in a row. Khalil Paul led MCLA with 12 points.

MCLA will looks to end its skid Wednesday, hosting Fitchburg State at 7:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball


FRAMINGHAM >> Framingham used its balanced offense to defeat MCLA. The Rams had three players score in double figures, led by Monta Connolly's 14 points. Alycia Rackliffe had 13 points, and Quinn O'Connell added 10 points off the bench.

Prep Schools


MILLBROOK, N.Y. >> Grace Guachione scored 16 points as Miss Hall's easily defeated Millbrook School.

Sarah Wilson added nine points for the Hurricanes while Diamond Best and Mary Catherine Balcom chipped in eight apiece.

Miss Hall's took an early 10-0 lead that eventually ballooned to 27-9 at halftime.


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