Pittsfield girls hoops beats Drury on Senior Night
PITTSFIELD -- Playing in its fourth game in five days, Pittsfield's girls basketball team showed no signs of tired legs Tuesday night.
On Senior Night, the Generals put together a dominant second half against North Division foe Drury, beating the Blue Devils 57-41.
Two free throws from Drury's Destiny Crews tied the game at 22 with 1 minute, 35 seconds left in the first half. Pittsfield closed the half on a 5-1 run, however, taking a four-point lead into halftime.
After the half, Lauren Carnevale and Peyton Steinman energized the Pittsfield offense.
Carnevale scored seven of her 11 points in the third quarter, as Pittsfield capitalized on Drury turnovers to create transition offense.
Pittsfield's defense, along with solid rebounding, limited Drury to just five points in the third quarter.
Drury coach Jay Meehan said Pittsfield did a good job hustling to the ball in the second half.
"All year we've had -- either in the second or third quarter -- four- or five-minute droughts where we go without scoring," he said. "One way to make up for a lack of execution is to make effort plays. I thought for a while in the third quarter [the Generals] were making all those plays."
Carnevale's 17 rebounds limited Drury's second-chance points and created transition opportunities for Pittsfield. An outlet pass to Steinman, and the Generals were off to the races. The freshman point guard's solid decision-making led to eight assists.
"The energy was high. We had two seniors that usually don't start. They came right out and kept a lead for us," Pittsfield coach Joe Racicot said. "In the second quarter it was pretty even, and in the third we talked about taking our time around the basket. ... We had a lot of good looks in the first half, and in the second we started making them."
The second half belonged to Pittsfield, but in the first half Drury did a good job of attacking Pittsfield and drawing fouls.
Drury got Pittsfield in the bonus with a little less than four minutes remaining in the first half. Drury was held back by its 4-for-7 free-throw shooting in the second quarter (6 of 12 overall in the first half).
Senior Dom Satrape's aggressive play helped keep Pittsfield in the game early. Satrape and Steinman accounted for every Pittsfield point in the first quarter. Steinman led all scorers with 18 points; Satrape had 15.
Satrape said she felt extra energy playing in one of her final home games.
"I try to play to the best of my ability every game, but coming into tonight I felt like I was in the spotlight, so I had to step up even more," she said.
Pittsfield already clinched a Western Mass. tournament berth after getting their 10th win of the season Sunday. After putting another game of separation behind themselves and second-place Drury, confidence is high for Pittsfield.
"It's good to know that we were able to [win on Senior Night]," Carnevale said. "There's nothing that can stop us if we play to the best of our ability."
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