O'Neil's 3-pointer lifts Taconic girls basketball over PHS


PITTSFIELD -- Taconic's Angela O'Neil had a clear look at a game-tying lay-up in the waning seconds of Tuesday night's game against Pittsfield.

Rather than play for overtime, she pulled back and shot for the win.

O'Neil's 3-pointer from near the top of the key with 3 seconds remaining lifted the Braves to a 46-45 win over PHS.

"She had a good look at a lay-up, and she decided she wanted to pull it out," Taconic coach Matt Mickle said. "It all worked out. You're saying ‘no no no no,' and then you're saying ‘great great great great.' "

The Braves had controlled the game the whole way, but Pittsfield mounted a fourth-quarter comeback and led after a Trinity Cookis 3-pointer with 17 seconds left. After O'Neil's go-ahead trey, a Pittsfield half-court shot rattled off the back of the rim at the buzzer.

"It was kind of a furious finish," Mickle said. "We were up on them the whole game, and then they turned their athleticism on at the end."

Nyanna Slaughter led all scorers with 16 points for Taconic. Peyton Steinman and Lauren Carnevale scored 13 each for PHS.

"The girls just really played good help defense off the dribble," Mickle said.

"I thought we did a good job of controlling the rebounds. Some of the kids who aren't in the box score played incredible help defense tonight."

Mount Anthony 62, Monument Mountain 41

GREAT BARRINGTON -- A 25-10 first quarter led Mount Anthony over Monument Mountain. Mount Anthony hit six three-pointers to sink the Spartans.

"We gave up a lot of second-chance opportunities," Monument coach Chris Unsworth said. "They shoot a lot of threes and they got a lot of long rebounds."

Boys basketball: Wahconah 67, St. Joe 35

DALTON -- The Wahconah boys used solid perimeter defense to shut down the outside attack of St. Joseph.

The Warriors built a 16-point lead in the first half, and St. Joe could not close the gap. Ryan McMahon led Wahconah with 14 points.

"We did a pretty good job defensively," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said. "We extended our defense ... [and we] had great effort. A lot of different guys scoring and helping out on offense and defense."

McCann Tech 58, PVCS 41

NORTH ADAMS -- Rahmer Vincent and Shane Fuller combined for 49 points to lead McCann.

On top of Vincent's 26 points, the guard pulled down 13 rebounds to record a double-double. Fuller added eight assists to his 26 points.

"It was one of those game where we played ugly and came out with a win," McCann coach Mike Nykorchuck said.

Mount Greylock 64, Drury 56

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Cole Jackson's 30 points led Greylock.

The senior captain attacked the basket all night, leading to 19 made free throws. Alex Heck led Drury with 19.

"[Jackson] had a huge game for us," Greylock coach Bob Thistle said. "He did a great job of getting to the hole and making free throws."

Taconic 78, Lenox 68

LENOX -- Shaq Ardrey's career-high 41 points led Taconic in a comeback win.

Ardrey hit 7 three-pointers and helped the Braves make up a 14-point halftime deficit. Mike Taylor's foul trouble helped Lenox put together a strong second quarter. But the inside-outside game of Ardrey and Taylor was too much in the second half.

Bailey Patella led Lenox with 22.

"We had a 14-point lead in the second quarter, but they reversed it in the third quarter," Lenox coach Scott Sibley said. "When we got behind, we went into panic mode. We were playing good for three quarters .... once we learn to finish games better, we'll have more Ws."


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