St. Joe's earns victory; Hoosac girls qualify for Western Mass. by beating Monument


PITTSFIELD -- After not having practice for a week due to the flu and losing two straight, the St. Joseph's boys basketball team finally got on track on Tuesday.

Tank Roberson had 33 points while Lavante Wiggins added a career-high 20 points and 12 boards to lead the Crusaders to a 67-54 win over Wahconah at the Boys and Girls Club.

"I'm just proud of the way we performed tonight, especially the way things have been this last week," said St. Joe's coach Paul Brindle. "Lavante and Tank took over in this game and showed why they're four-year varsity players. When there's adversity on a team you rely on your seniors to take you through."

Marco Anastasio led the Warriors with 16 while Kevin Boino had 13. Marcus Duncan added 11 in the loss.

The Crusaders were without Michael Carpenter in the win. He sat due to illness. A big game with Mount Greylock looms on Friday.

McCann 54, PVCS 44

SPRINGFIELD -- The Hornets wasted little time in taking care of business on the road, 54-44 over Pioneer Valley Christian School.

McCann opened a four point lead in the first quarter before sending in the second unit. And that's when the Hornets took over. From that point until halftime, McCann outscored the hosts 18-4 to enjoy a 18-point lead. PVCS closed the gap with a 22-point fourth quarter but never seriously threatened.

Anthony Duprat had matched a team-high 11 points off the bench. Cody O'Neill had seven points and nine rebounds in less than half a game.

Hoosac 46, Monument 38

CHESHIRE -- Emily Rosse had a triple-double with game-high totals in points (23), rebounds (14) and steals (12), as the Hurricanes improved to 10-3 and qualified for the Western Massachusetts Division II Tournament.

The Hurricanes never trailed, but never really took control of the game. Hoosac made clutch free throws down the stretch to hold the Spartans off.

It was the first time the Hurricanes were able to take a cushion and finish off an opponent this year. They had either won games by a point or two or by a big margin.

"It was a good game for us to have to do the little things you need to win a game like this," said Hoosac coach Ron Wojcik.

Jen Gale chipped in with 11 points for Hoosac, while Sam White led Monument with 15.

St. Joe's 50, Rensselaer 24

PITTSFIELD -- The Crusaders led 30-6 at half to cruise to this win.

Virginia Goggins led the hosts with 15 while Kendall Smith added 10. Eight different St. Joe's players found their way into the scorebook.

Everett 35, McCann 16

SHEFFIELD -- The Mount Everett girls held McCann's Mary Nguyen 10 points under her average and held the Hornets to five points or less in each quarter in this win.

Deseraye Conaway had 19 points while Brooke Morehouse had 12 for the Eagles. Nguyen had four points while Emijah Barton had five for the Hornets.

"We've been preaching trying to play tougher D," said Everett coach Scott Rote. "I can't speak enough about what Natasha MacLeay and India Ward did [defensively]. Both the girls did a nice job. To hold [Nguyen] to four points is pretty good. We knew if we could play her hard we'd have a chance."

Wahconah 58, Greylock 42

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Mounties lost despite 26 points from Lucy Barrett.

Up by three at halftime, Wahconah pulled away in the second half. Gabby Lavinio had 10 while Maddie Sprague scored a team-high 18 points.

"We know we have to improve defensively," said Greylock coach Paul Barrett. "They didn't have to hit all that many from the outside."


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