Monday's high schools: Pittsfield girls basketball defeats Monument
PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield girls basketball team appears to be peaking at the right time.
The Generals ouscored visiting Monument 14-2 in the first quarter and went on to beat Monument Mountain 59-38.
Freshman Peyton Steinman had a game-high 22 points for North leader Pittsfield (11-6). She also had five assists and seven steals.
Lauren Carnevale had 10 points and seven rebounds for Pittsfield, while Allie Hunt had a team-high 11 rebounds.
Lily Cormier led Monument with 12 points.
Wahconah 48, Lee 38
DALTON -- Freshman Lily Pudlo had a career-high 17 points as host Wahconah (8-10) kept its Western Mass. Division III tourney hopes alive.
The Warriors jumped out to a 19-9 lead after one quarter and held the Wildcats off the rest of the way.
"I liked the way we came out with an explosive first quarter," Wahconah coach June Blake said. "We were able to carry that through."
Alyssa Kelly had 15 points for Lee and Karli Retzel added 14.
Boys basketball: Taconic 57, Wahconah 48
PITTSFIELD -- The Braves tuned up for Thursday's game at Hoosac Valley with a hard-fought win over visiting Wahconah.
Shaq Ardrey had a game-high 21 points for the Braves, who jumped out to a 21-14 lead after the first quarter.
"Shaq got us going early," said Taconic coach Bill Heaphy. "It kind of opened things up. We tried to pound it inside as much as we could."
Charles Davis added 11 points for the Braves (13-5). Mike Taylor had six points, but had a team-high eight assists.
Collin Parrott led Wahconah with 14 points and Marco Anastasio added 12.
Lee 78, St. Joseph 34
LEE -- On Senior Night, Lee senior Heamon Williams had a game-high 26 points to keep the Wildcats (8-9) in the hunt for a Division IV tournament berth. Williams is now No. 20 on the all-time Berkshire County boys' scoring list and is 24 points from passing former Wildcat standout Peter Cinella.
"We put ourselves in a position where we have to play well at the end of the year," said Lee coach Dan Korte. "We're hoping we can peak at the right time."
The Wildcats, who jumped out to a 22-8 lead after one quarter and never trailed again, have road games at Drury, Lenox and Mount Everett to close out the season.
Pat Latini had 11 points for St. Joseph while Sam Kelley added 10 for Lee.
Pittsfield 66, Drury 56
NORTH ADAMS -- Amancho Adopo's 19 points and Chad Shade's 13 points led the Generals to a road win over the Blue Devils.
Nick Trombley scored a game-high 20 points for Drury, while Alex Heck was held scoreless.
"They went to zone. He really doesn't score much against a zone, to be quite honest," Drury coach Jack Racette said. "They packed it in quite good and made us shoot the 3-ball."
Racette attributed Trombley's scoring surge to attacking the basket.
"He went to the foul line," the coach added. "He knocked down a couple of threes. He's a pretty decent shooter."
Franklin Tech 59, McCann Tech 50
MONTAGUE -- Solid free-throw shooting allowed Franklin Tech to pull out a close game. The Eagles got nearly half of their points from the foul line, shooting 26 of 38.
McCann coach Mike Nykorchuck said his team battled on the road against a rowdy crowd. The Hornets took a lead with four minutes left in the game, but their bench shortened significantly as five players fouled out in the quarter. With the players out, Franklin Tech pulled away.
Shane Fuller led McCann with 21, despite drawing extra defenders all game.
"Couldn't be prouder of my team and how they handled adversity, and the effort they put forth in a hostile environment," Nykorchuck said. "They never gave up and kept battling."
Mount Greylock 80, New Lebanon 19
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Mounties led 35-9 after a quarter, and emptied their bench from there, easing off the press and the transition game.
"We got out to a good start and used every player on our bench, and really tried to slow the game down in the second half," Greylock coach Bob Thistle said. "We really tried to focus on moving the ball well in the second half, and playing good defense."
Jesse Dilego led all scorers with 14 points, with Emmett Shepard adding 13. Greylock hosts Monument Mountain on Wednesday.
Hockey: Wahconah 4, Taconic 2
NORTH ADAMS -- The Warriors had a 3-0 lead after two periods for the third time. But this time, they were able to hold off Taconic.
The Braves had rallied from three goals down in an earlier meeting to beat Wahconah.
"We need to find a way to do a better job protecting our leads," said Wahconah coach Don Disbrow.
Wahconah got two goals from Jeff Hancock while Nick Whittaker scored two goals in the third for Taconic. But Hjalmar Gustafsson's empty-net goal at 14:35 sealed the victory.
Housatonic Valley (Conn.) 4, Mount Everett 2
SHEFFIELD -- The winless Eagles dropped another heartbreaker.
Kyle Smith's goal at 5:40 of the third period pulled Mount Everett to within 3-2, but the Eagles could not get the tie.
"They've battled," Everett coach Aidan Gilligan said of his team. "In four of our last five games, we've been within a goal with a minute to play."
Peter Lovejoy also scored in the third period for Everett.
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