PHS boys hoops back on track with a win over Drury


PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield boys basketball team rode a big first half to a dominant 72-58 win over Drury Wednesday.

Pittsfield coach Steve Ray said his team wanted to get off to a hot start after losing its first game of the season Monday.

Strong defense and transition offense led to 19-point halftime lead. Drury was not able to overcome the big first half deficit, despite hitting seven 3-pointers in the second half. Tyler Briggs and Nick Trombley each finished with three 3-pointers. Alex Heck led all scorers with 23. Amancho Adopo led Pittsfield with 19.

"We put [Monday] behind us," Ray said. "We used it as a wake-up call. Everybody is going to give us their best and we're trying to come out mentally prepared for that."

Taconic 47, Wahconah 35

DALTON -- Taconic bombed away from 3-point range to capture the victory.

Taconic made 10 3-pointers on the night, led by six from Shaq Ardrey, who finished with a game-high 21. Ardrey's 21 brings him 8 points away from 1,000 for his career.

The score was tied at halftime, but the Warriors could not make shots when they needed to, scoring 13 points in the second half.

Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said his team failed to execute its game plan, and struggled closing out on shooters on the perimeter. Marcus Duncan led Wahconah with 17.

After an emotional win against previously undefeated Pittsfield on Monday, Belcher said he was not happy with his team's performance against Taconic.

"No excuses. We have to come to play," he said. "You've got to get up when you're playing a team from the North."

Hoosac 63, Greylock 47

CHESHIRE -- Four Hurricanes scored in double figures as Hoosac (9-3) needs one more win to qualify for the Western Mass. tournament.

"It's been two years that we've been locked out of the tournament," said Hoosac coach Bill Robinson. "We've got to get the 10th."

The Hurricanes used good shooting and pressure defense to jump out to a 22-5 lead after the first quarter. They held that advantage the rest of the way.

Jameson Coughlan had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead Hoosac. Matt Braman also had 13 points, Trevor Alibozek had 12 and Sean Ryan-Kut had 11.

For Greylock, Cole Jackson had 15 points and Eric Hirsch added 12.

Swimming: Hoosac sweeps St. Joe

NORTH ADAMS -- The Hoosac Valley girls swimming team completed its perfect regular season, beating St. Joseph 116-53. The St. Joe boys won 72-35 to split the meet.

St. Joseph's Jessie Tobin won the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. Hoosac's Emma Whitney won the 50 free and the 100 butterfly, and teammate Cori Ghidotti won the 100 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke.

Hoosac swim coach Eryn Brewer said her said an undefeated regular season was a goal her team set to accomplish from the beginning of the year.

"It's feel great. I'm really happy for the girls," she said. "It's good to see them accomplish their goal."

On the boys side, the Crusaders finished first in all but one event. St. Joe swept the relay events and finished with one double winner, as Pat Vander Vennet won the 50 free and the 100 free. Keith Pero earned the Hurricanes' lone victory, winning the 500 free.

Taconic, New Lebanon split

NEW LEBANON, N.Y. -- The New Lebanon girls beat Taconic 49-44, while Taconic's boys won 62-15.

Neither girls team led by more than five points in the meet. Taconic took a 39-36 lead after Gillian Campbell and Olivia Bordeau finished 1-2 in the 100 backstroke.

New Lebanon's Gigi French and Hope Gadomski came back to finish 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke, giving the Indians a 3-point lead. New Lebanon closed out the win by taking first in the 400 free relay.

Gigi and Hannah French each won twice. Gigi French also won the 200 individual medley while her sister won the 200 and 500 freestyle. Taconic's Gillian Campbell won the 50 free and 100 backstroke.

Taconic and New Lebanon split the four contested races in the boys meet. The highlight race was the 100 freestyle, where Taconic's Jeremy Haven swam it in 58.91 seconds and New Lebanon's Evan Burgess was second in 59.03.

George Sommerville won the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, while Quinton Cookis won the 200 IM and 500 freestyle.

Girls basketball: Everett 64, McCann 38

SHEFFIELD -- Deseraye Conaway had a game-high 19 points and was one of three Eagles to score in double figures in the victory.

Everett jumped out to a 17-5 lead after one quarter and led 30-10 at halftime.

Conaway had 14 of her 19 points in the first half, while Gwendolyn Carpenter scored 10 of her 14 points in the third quarter. Hannah Herrick added 11 for the Eagles.

Allie Gibeau led McCann with 19 points and Emijah Barton added 11.

Hockey: Wahconah 3, Mount Everett 2

SHEFFIELD -- The Wahconah hockey team held off a late rally from Mount Everett to clinch the victory.

Nick Lillie's goal with 1 minute and 32 seconds left in the second period gave Wahconah a 3-1 lead heading into the final period.

Ben Webb scored early in the third off an assist from Matt DiSilva to cut Wahconah's led to 1. But solid goalie work from Nico Romano closed the door on the Spartans.

"We finished with a flurry of shots, but Wahconah did great job of protecting the front of the net," Everett coach Aidan Gilligan said.


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