Monday's roundup: Pittsfield boys basketball wins its opener
LUDLOW -- Amancho Adopo came up just an assist shy of a triple-double, but it was Evan Lanoue who had the big shots in the fourth quarter as Pittsfield High School's boys basketball team won its season opener on the road.
Lanoue knocked down all three 3-pointers he attempted, and PHS outscored Ludlow 24-6 in the fourth en route to a 61-48 victory.
They went into a 3-2 zone and that's when Lanoue hit three 3s," PHS coach Steve Ray said. "He's a tremendous shooter."
The zone was meant to slow Adopo, who finished with a game-high 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Aaron Bradley added 19 and 12 rebounds for the winners, and Lanoue scored 12.
Pittsfield trailed Ludlow 42-37 after three quarters, but the Generals' full-court pressure and man-to-man defense gave them the edge. Point guard Jason Lamontagne scored 10 points for Ludlow, but only one of those points came in the second half.
"We really shut them down," Ray said. "Josh Conant did a Hell of a job defensively, shutting down their point guard. That took them out of their rhythm. We were getting steals off our defense. In the fourth quarter, we just ran them over."
Justin Smith led Ludlow with 11 points.
Drury 52, Taconic 18
NORTH ADAMS -- Danielle Racette started her senior year in fine fashion Monday night, scoring 22 points, getting eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in the Blue Devils' opening-night victory.
Drury held visiting Taconic to two points after the first quarter and led 29-6 at halftime.
"We have four returning starters. We got some good, veteran play," said Drury coach John Franzoni. "It's not midseason [defensive] form. For two weeks into the season, it's pretty darn good."
Drury freshman Olivia Carlson came off the bench to score eight first-half points. Carlson replaced Shannon Garvey, who picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter. Garvey also finished with eight points.
Nyanna Slaughter led Taconic with nine points.
Patriots sweep Hoosac
BENNINGTON -- The depth of both Mount Anthony swim teams proved too much for the visiting Hoosac Valley Hurricanes. The Patriot girls won 95-75, while the boys cruised to a 105-34 victory.
On the boys' side, the Hurricanes won just three events, Keith Pero claiming two of those. He was tops in the 200 freestyle by more than 10 seconds (2:29.05) and matched it with another win in the 500 free (7:00.27). Mike DiSanti's win in the 50 free rounded out the Hoosac victories.
Ryan Spencer was the only Patriot to win multiple individual events, claiming both the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke.
On the girls' side, Hoosac actually won the majority of the events, taking six (four individual events and two relays), but wasn't able to pick up the second- and third-place points to earn the win. Mount Anthony picked up 11 combined second- and third-place finishes in the individual events, compared to just five for Hoosac.
Hoosac's Liz Bernardy won both the 200 free (2:13.14) and the 100 breaststroke (1:17.34) to lead the individual efforts. The Whitney sisters, Emma and Julia, each picked up a win to complete the individual wins for Hoosac. The 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams each won for the Hurricanes.
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