Thursday’s basketball roundup: Everett boys, girls win; late bucket lifts Hoosac boys
TURNERS FALLS -- Kenny Krom and Malik Wilbon led the Mount Everett boys basketball team to a 54-22 opening-night win over Ware on Thursday at the Franklin Tech tournament.
Krom scored a game-high 12 points, with Wilbon adding 11 more.
The Eagles held Ware to 9 of 22 shooting. Sage Angell also finished in double figures with 10 points for Everett.
Everett coach Jowe Warren said his team played well together.
"We had some turnovers at the beginning of the game, but we settled down. [Kenny] Krom had a lot of rebounds and several blocks for us down low," he said.
Hoosac 61, Greenfield 59
GREENFIELD -- Matt Koperniak picked up a loose ball and laid it in at the buzzer to give the Hurricanes a big opening-game win over last year’s Western Mass. Division II finalists.
"It was a pretty crazy sequence at the end," said Hoosac coach Bill Robinson. "Guys were batting the ball all over the place. When Koperniak finally got hold of the ball, time was almost out. As the ball went through the net, the buzzer went off. I said, ‘Let’s get out of here, guys.’ "
Hoosac’s Matt Braman led all scorers with 19, while Koperniak added 14. Robin Marchese led the Green Wave with 15, including a big 3-pointer that tied the game at 59 with 1:12 left.
Mount Everett 40, Norfolk Aggie 19
TURNERS FALLS -- Brooke Morehouse had a game-high 11 points as Mount Everett won its season opener and advanced to the championship game of the Franklin Tech Tournament.
The Eagles led 16-11 at halftime, but erupted in the third quarter and outscored North Fork 16-3.
"What was nice was that Brooke Morehouse had a big third quarter for us," said Everett coach Scott Rote. "We came out and pushed the ball better. Brooke and Emily Coon were sparks for us."
Deseraye Conaway and Coon finished up with seven points each.
The Eagles will play Franklin Tech tonight at 6:30 in the girls’ championship game.
Monument sweeps New Lebanon
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. -- Monument Mountain went across the border and came home with a pair of swim victories over New Lebanon.
The Monument boys won 77-10, while the girls were victorious 61-32.
In the boys meet, the Spartans won all three individual races that both teams entered swimmers in.
Brandon Louison won the 200 freestyle, Will Palmer won the 40 freestyle and Dominic Roy took the 100 freestyle.
The Monument girls won all but one event as New Lebanon’s Hannah French won the 500 freestyle.
For the Spartans, Maeve Wilber led the way with wins in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. Wilber’s younger sister Emma notched her first varsity win, taking the 200 individual medley.
Rowan Rice also notched a pair of individual victories, winning in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
Taconic Hills girls 93, Pittsfield 77
CRARYVILLE, N.Y. -- The Taconic Hills girls won seven of the 10 events and beat visiting Pittsfield 93-77 on Thursday.
It was a good day for Pittsfield’s Theresa Murphy, who not only won twice, but qualified for the Western Massachusetts swim championships in the 100 butterfly. Murphy easily won the fly in 1 minute, 11.07 seconds. Her time was 10 seconds faster than runner-up Louisa Dodds. Murphy also won the 200 individual medley, and was part of Pittsfield’s winning 400 free relay team.
Taconic Hills eighth grader Mia Modafferi also won twice. Modafferi won the 100 and 200 freestyle. She was part of the 200 medley and 200 free relay winners for Taconic Hills.
Pittsfield boys 113, Taconic Hills 56
CRARYVILLE, N.Y. -- Pittsfield’s Zach Williams not only won two individual events, but earned spots in the Western Mass. meet. Williams won the 50 freestyle in 25.34 and the 100 free in 55.36. His race in the 50 was a thriller, as he touched out Taconic Hills’ Ted Koch, who swam a 25.84. That time was good for Koch to qualify in his New York sectional.
Olin Flaum qualified in New York with a 1:12.78 to win the 100 butterfly.
Pittsfield’s Aaron Coty won twice, taking the 200 and 500 freestyle.
The Generals had 1-2-3 finishes in the 200 and 500 freestyle along with the 100 backstroke.