Pittsfield sweeps Taconic in a swimming dual meet
PITTSFIELD -- They were both close, but in the end, it was Pittsfield earning a sweep of city rival Taconic in the pool.
Theresa Murphy and Hannah King each won two individual events for Pittsfield in the Generals’ 51-43 win over Taconic. Greg Fournier and Lucas Godwin each won twice for Pittsfield in a 57-37 win.
In the girls meet, Taconic took a 39-37 lead when Gillian Campbell and Olivia Bordeau went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke. Pittsfield retook the lead when King and Neuberger finished 1-2 in the next event, the 100 breaststroke. The Generals went 1-3 in the 400 free relay to clinch the win.
King won the 500 freestyle to go with the 100 back, while Murphy took the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle. Campbell won the 50 free to go with the 100 back.
In the boys meet, Pittsfield trailed after two events, but a 1-2 finish by Godwin and Matt Salvie in the 200 IM put the Generals ahead to stay.
Godwin won the 100 back to go with his IM win and Fournier won the 200 and 500 freestyle. Taconic’s George Sommerville doubled with wins in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
Monument 46, Wahconah 23
GREAT BARRINGTON -- It was a good effort for the host Spartans, who outscored Wahconah 27-10 in the first half.
"In that half, we defended really well. Vanessa [Troiano] had a really good offensive half," said Monument coach Chris Unsworth. "I was happy with the defensive effort. We’ve been working on that all year."
Troiano had 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half, as the Spartans won their second straight game.
Hoosac Valley 94, St. Joseph 18
CHESHIRE -- The Hoosac Valley girls basketball team improved to 13-1 with a win over St. Joseph.
Hoosac’s pressure forced turnovers early, leading to transition offense. Kailynne Frederick led Hoosac with 23 points. Kacey Sondrini led St. Joe with 6 points off two 3-pointers.
Taconic 44, Drury 38
NORTH ADAMS -- The Taconic girls made key plays in the clutch to claim the win.
Alyssa Conyers scored six of her 10 points in the fourth quarter, and Drury coach Jay Meehan said the Braves beat his team to loose balls and rebounds throughout the game. Taconic’s Nyanna Slaughter led all scorers with 16. Emily Moulton led Drury with 13.
"They played with more urgency than us," Meehan said. "Both teams are fighting for a tournament spot. ... When we needed big buckets and we couldn’t get them."
Pioneer Valley 57,
Mount Everett 49, OT
SHEFFIELD -- The Mount Everett boys made a game-tying layup to force overtime, but Pioneer Valley pulled away in the extra period to beat the Eagles.
With eight seconds left in the game and Everett trailing by two, Malik Wilbon found David Funk for a layup as time expired to force overtime.
In overtime, Pioneer Valley’s clutch free throw shooting allowed them to pull away.
The Panthers made 13 free throws for the game, while Everett shot just 6 of 15 from the stripe. Brad Hastings’ six three-pointers were key for Pioneer Valley as well. He led all scorers with 21. Sage Angell led Everett with 15.
"Defensively, we played well up until the end," Everett coach Jowe Warren said. [Pioneer] got good ball movement going, and our rotation wasn’t as good. ... It allowed them to get opened looks."