Saturday's high schools: Taconic girls hoops wins, PHS makes W. Mass.


PITTSFIELD -- Down three points at the half Saturday, Taconic's girls basketball team responded in a big way to win the Hall of Fame Game at home.

The Braves got a double-double from Nyanna Slaughter and beat Lee 53-41 in a North Division showdown, keeping the Braves in the division race.

"They responded great," Taconic coach Matt Mickle said. "The girls knew what was on the line, and they really worked hard to finish the game off.

"I thought they played with that urgency that needed to be played with."

Slaughter scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the Braves, who grabbed the lead in the third quarter and pulled away. Shalee Conyers added 11 points.

Nikki Laudon led Lee with 12 points.

Pittsfield 51, Minnechaug 34

WILBRAHAM -- With Allie Hunt's 13 points and Peyton Steinman's 12 points leading the way, the Generals (10-6) qualified for the Western Mass. tournament with a road victory.

Lauren Carnevale added 10 points for the victors, who limited Minnechaug to just 10 first-half points. Carnevale and Hunt each had double-doubles, with both girls pulling down 13 rebounds.

"We were able to push the ball up in transition and get easy baskets, especially in that first quarter," PHS assistant Paul Crennan said.

Miss Hall's 48, Suffield Academy 46

SUFFIELD, Conn. -- Grace Guachione's 20 points -- and last-minute key plays -- led the Hurricanes to a road win.

Guachione got a steal and a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to tie the score. After a defensive stop and a rebound, Guachione -- a birthday girl Saturday -- was fouled, and knocked down the two key free throws Miss Hall's (11-5) needed.

"She's a playmaker. That's what she does," Miss Hall's coach Matt Ward said. "She was completely out of the picture when she got that steal. She came out of nowhere."

Sarah Willson added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners, while Nanya Okeke added 11 more points.

Wrestling: Monument at dual-meet state tourney

WAKEFIELD -- Monument Mountain's wrestlers were done in by a tiebreaker in the quarterfinal round Saturday.

An eighth tiebreaker.

The Spartans got pins from Terrance Powell (195 pounds), Robert Yvon (220) and Jacob Hines (285) to force a 40-40 tie with Triton, but Monument lost based on Triton's wrestlers scoring the first points in six of the matches to Monument's five.

"I've seen some tiebreakers, maybe not all the way," Monument coach Gordie Soule said. "There's 16 of them. We went halfway through them."

Monument reached the quarterfinals with a 47-25 win over Hanover.

Mark Leon-Duque (170), Sebastian Zapata (138), Powell, Yvon and Hines had two wins for Monument (24-4). Nate Cormier was also 2-0 at 120 for Monument.

"They're used to [pressure]," Soule said of his three key wrestlers at the end. "They do well. We've been in four matches like that this year, and this is the first time we didn't come out on top."

Taconic 2-1 at Minnechaug

WILBRAHAM -- The Braves beat South Hadley (42-18) and Pathfinder (47-18), and lost 48-18 to Westfield.

Nick Bailey (126), Dylan Sickell (145) and Josh Broskey (195) earned three wins each for the Braves (11-7).

Mason Papirio earned a technical fall win against Pathfinder at 138. Normally a 132-pounder, the win was the deciding factor in Taconic coach Jeremy Tetreault's decision to move Papirio up to 138 for Western Mass.

"He was just real slick on his feet," Tetreault said. "He was taking him down, putting him right to his back and he wrapped up the points real good."

Jordan Knowlton (160) and Austin Houghtaling (182) earned two wins each, and junior Courtney Gagne, a first-year wrestler, got a win by pin at 160. David Jones was 2-1 at 220 with two pins for Taconic.

Tetreault expects Broskey to earn a No. 1 seed at 195 for Western Mass. Tournament seedings will be determined today.

"I'm happy with the way we finished up," the coach said. "It's a good way to end it. Going forward, hopefully we can make some noise and get some good seeds."

Mount Everett at Franklin Tech

MONTAGUE -- The Eagles went 1-4, beating Gateway (35-12) before losing to Granby (36-30), Franklin Tech (54-17), Mahar (42-27) and Athol (42-30).

Pat Fosby (113) and Bradley Lupiani (126) won four matches for the Eagles (3-11-1). Lupiani is now 28-3 this season, with 127 career wins.

Anthony Lupiani (106) and Pete Regan (138) had three-win days for Everett.

"Pete Regan, that was a good day for him to get three wins," assistant coach Dan Lanoue said. "We've been fighting some injuries and a lot of sicknesses, but the guys are rounding into form for a good week of practices, and getting ready to go into Western Mass."

Hockey: Wahconah 5, West Springfield 4

SPRINGFIELD -- At the Olympia Ice Center, the Warriors (8-6-1) held off a third-period charge by West Springfield.

Wahconah led 5-1 after two periods, only to watch West Springfield score three unanswered goals in the third.

"They had a big push," WRHS coach Don Disbrow said. "We also didn't take the body. I think we were a little bit tired, so it was a combination of those three things."

Hjalmar Gustafsson scored a goal and assisted on two more in the first period for Wahconah. Andrew Beaudoin scored twice for the winners.

"You kind of see the same names and same numbers when we get power play goals," Disbrow said. "They're generating shots and getting some good net presence. [Patrick] Jamross, Gustafsson and [Jeff] Hancock, those guys are all out there doing a good job on the power play."

The Warriors will meet county rival Taconic at 7 p.m. Monday at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink in North Adams.

Easthampton 7, Mount Everett 2

SHEFFIELD -- The Eagles got second-period goals from Jacob Malicky and Aaron Norton to tie the game at 2, but Easthampton skated away with it from there.

Alex Zadworny had a hat trick for Easthampton, with Mike Grise notching a goal and four assists.

"We started the second period more physical," Mount Everett coach Aidan Gilligan said. "We were very good for the first five minutes ... and unfortunately, we didn't keep the physicality up.

"They had a couple of guys who could really go end-to-end with the puck [Grise and Tim Pfau]. We were unable to stop the two of them, so it was pretty tough."

Luke Murphy added two assists, and Norton and David Ibanez had an assist each for the 0-13 Eagles. Mount Everett is back in action Monday night at Berkshire School against Housatonic Valley, Conn.


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