Rote claims 100th victory


Berkshire Eagle Staff

LENOX -- Mount Everett girls basketball coach Scott Rote reached a milestone on Tuesday night. But it is what could happen next that the veteran coach is thinking about.

Rote earned his 100th career victory as the Eagles beat Lenox 47-37. The win, however, puts the Eagles one victory away from making the Western Massachusetts Division IV tournament.

"It’s nice to get the 100th win, but more importantly, it could get us in the tournament for the first time since 2005," said Rote. "I want these kids to feel something a senior class hasn’t felt."

That would be three and possibly four consecutive tourney appearances. It started with the Eagles winning the Western Mass. Division III softball tournament last spring and qualifying for the soccer tourney this year.

Everett was down 25-6 after one quarter, but held the Millionaires to just 12 points the rest of the way. Deseraye Conaway held Lenox’s Liz Mitts to six points.

Gwendolyn Carpenter led Everett with 17 points and Hannah Herrick had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Kayla Krom had only four points, but pulled down 24 boards.

Lenox was paced by Jaclynn Hathaway’s 19 points.

Mount Greylock 61, St. Joseph 23

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Lucy Barrett’s 20 points led the Mount Greylock girls basketball team to a win Tuesday.

Strong defense helped the Mounties get out to, and hold on to a big lead against the Crusaders.

Alyssa Creamer led St. Joe with 13.

"Played good defense in the first half, and we moved the ball well," Greylock coach Paul Barrett said. Mixed up defenses a little bit, St. Joe got of to a slow start, but they kept battling

Wahconah 47, Taconic 39

PITTSFIELD -- Solid interior defense led the Wahconah girls basketball team to victory over Taconic.

The Warriors limited the post baskets for Nyanna Slaughter and the Braves, forcing them to settle for outside shots. Angela O’Neil led Taconic with 15 including four 3-pointers.

The Braves cut Taconic’s lead to four, but the Warriors used a 11-7 fourth quarter to close out the game. Ashley Zink led Wahconah with 10.

"They played with a lot of energy. I give them a ton of credit," Taconic coach Matt Mickle said. "We got in a hole due to their energy and our lack of [energy]. ... They made some key shots down the stretch."

Ware 42, McCann Tech 19

NORTH ADAMS -- Ware’s defense held the McCann Tech offense in check getting them the win.

McCann wanted to limit the inside presence of Ware, but the Hornets could not hit enough shots to offset the improved defensive performance in their second meeting with the Indians.

A 17-7 third quarter sealed the game for Ware.

Taylor Green and Heather Bouchard each scored 9 for Ware. Emijah Barton and Alex Wood led McCann Tech with 4 each.

"We packed it in because they hit a lot of shots inside," McCann Tech coach Mike Dowling said. "We kept it as close as we could, but it’s a learning process. It was an improvement over the last game against Ware."

Boys Basketball
Taconic 56, Drury 45

NORTH ADAMS -- Shaq Ardrey’s 19 points led Taconic over Drury.

The game was even early, but a 4 point second quarter made Drury’s deficit too much to overcome. Nick Trombley and Alex Heck led Drury with 9 each.

"We can’t not make baskets against a good team," Drury coach Jack Racette said.


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