Thursday's high school basketball: Steinman's treys fuel Pittsfield's win
NORTH ADAMS -- There was no stopping Peyton Steinman on the outside, and the rest of the Pittsfield girls basketball team also found its 3-point shooting touch as Pittsfield racked up 10 3-pointers to beat Drury 56-40 on Thursday night.
Steinman led all scorers with 25 points, all of which came in the first three quarters.
"Peyton, she's pretty tough. She's got a terrific little step-back," Drury coach Jay Meehan said. "I don't think they were all open threes.
"She creates space with her dribble and she doesn't need much room. She gets it off quickly. She's a terrific player."
Her 10 first-quarter points staked the Generals to a 17-9 lead after eight minutes.
The Blue Devils didn't let the lead balloon too much and trailed by 12 going to the fourth.
"I kept thinking we were going to get back into it. I was hoping for a run," Meehan said. "They just got big baskets. If we strung two in a row together, they'd put an end to it."
Pittsfield put together a 14-point fourth to maintain its distance.
Monument 49, Taconic 46
PITTSFIELD -- Just two days after a 12-for-23 performance from the line against Drury, the Spartans rebounded with an 8-for-8 showing against Taconic, and it proved to be the difference.
The Braves were just 11 for 21 from the free-throw line.
Kayla Aberdale led the way from the free-throw line with six, and she also provided the scoring down the stretch to keep Taconic from retaking the lead.
Braves coach Matt Mickle said she made a couple of nice drives late. Aberdale finished with a game-high 15 points.
The Spartans came out of the gates the Braves needed to, and that helped get them out in front early. Taconic scored just six points in the first quarter.
"We just started out slow. A little flat and they came out with energy," Mickle said. "It took us until there was about six minutes left in the first half to pick up energy.
"We're not a team that's going to go on 12-0 runs so when you get down, you're just plugging away, hoping you can take the lead."
Taconic did take the lead midway through the fourth quarter, but a couple of breakdowns and Monument's solid free-throw shooting shot the Spartans back into the lead.
Hoosac Valley 72, Mount Greylock 53
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Hurricanes continued to use their pressure defense, and it limited the Greylock offense.
The Hurricanes usually rely on full-court pressure to harass offenses, but this time, it was their half-court trapping that caused Greylock fits.
The Hurricanes forced 20 turnovers in the first half, leading to a 43-17 halftime advantage.
On offense, six 3-pointers fueled the Hurricane attack. Emily Rosse led Hoosac with 19. Greylock's Lucy Barrett led all scorers with 21.
"Pressure was a big part," Greylock coach Paul Barrett said. "The first quarter, we struggled. ... A lot of points came off their pressure. Twenty turnovers in the first half is hard to recover from."
Wahconah 47, Lee 29
LEE -- A combination of solid Warrior defense and poor Wildcat offense gave Wahconah all the cushion it needed by the end of the first half.
Wahconah held Lee to just three points in the opening quarter and 12 in the half, while its own offense clicked away to the tune of 25 points.
The Warriors spread the scoring around, with no one breaking into double digits. Maddie Sprague and McKenna McIlquham each had nine, while Katie Dumas and Emma Cote each had eight. Cote had both of Wahconah's 3-pointers.
Game-high honors went to Lee's Alyssa Kelly, who cashed in for 12 free throws to fuel her 16 points. But with the Wildcats making just seven field goals, they couldn't make a comeback bid.