Wahconah hands Pittsfield boys basketball its first loss of season, 55-47
DALTON -- Pittsfield's boys basketball team is unbeaten no more.
Marcus Duncan's double-double (15 points, 15 rebounds) led Wahconah to its biggest win of the year, as the Warriors beat the Generals 55-47 Monday night.
Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said his team got a huge boost at the half after limiting Pittsfield to just five points in the second quarter.
"We weathered the storm after halftime and our guys responded well," he said. "Our response was locking down and pulling down rebounds."
Wahconah cemented its lead around the midway point of the fourth quarter, thanks in part to a Marco Anastasio jumper and a Cole Morrison post bucket to put the Warriors up six with 5:41 left. Clutch free-throw shooting helped the Warriors seal the win, as they were 11 for 13 from the line in the final quarter.
Collin Parrott also scored 15 points for Wahconah.
Amancho Adopo led PHS with 15 points, followed by 11 from Bryce Daley. Pittsfield coach Steve Ray said a long layoff slowed down his team early.
"We had been off for nine days and we came out flat. They came out with a lot of intensity," he said, praising Wahconah's effort. "We knew we weren't going to go undefeated."
Lenox 74, Mount Greylock 41
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Lenox emphatically earned its way into the Western Massachusetts Division IV boys basketball tournament Monday night.
Ben Herrick, Evan Lanoue and Kris Vahle combined for 49 points as the Millionaires beat Greylock.
"It was something we talked about," Lenox coach Scott Sibley said. "Our first goal was to get those 10 wins and get in."
Herrick had a game-high 20 points for the Millionaires, while Lanoue had 19 and Vahle had 10.
The Millionaires jumped out to a 19-6 lead after one quarter and went up 41-13 at intermission.
"They're a talented team," Greylock coach Bob Thistle said of Lenox. "They've established themselves in the South. They hurt us in all phases of the game."
Emmitt Shepard had 12 points for Greylock and Cole Jackson added 10.
Lee 72, Mount Everett 67
LEE -- Heamon Williams' season-high 33 points led the Wildcats to a tight win over the Eagles.
Mount Everett led by a point at the half, but Lee grabbed the lead in the third quarter and held it throughout.
Williams scored 17 of his points from the free-throw line Monday.
"We were looking to get the ball inside all day, and it wasn't just us getting in," Lee coach Dan Korte said. "[Williams] got a lot of offensive rebounds and put-backs, too. ... He did a really good job of creating second chances for himself."
Malik Wilbon led Mount Everett with 20 points.
McCann 84, Pathfinder 38
PALMER -- Shane Fuller practically outscored the Panthers, netting a game-high 33 points as McCann moved one game closer to qualifying for the Western Mass. Division IV tournament.
If the Hornets beat Westfield Voc on Thursday, their ticket will be punched.
Fuller scored 21 of his 33 points in a first quarter that saw the Hornets jump out to a 29-8 lead. They led 49-22 at halftime.
"We used a half-court trap which gave them fits," said Hornets coach Mike Nykorchuck. "The team came up with a lot of steals and baskets."
Collin Racette chipped in with 11 points for the Hornets, who opened the game making their first six shots.
Monument Mountain 80, St. Joseph 57
GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Spartans used a balanced attack and solid perimeter defense to beat St. Joseph.
Monument coach Mike Saporito said his team made a concerted effort to extend their defense and limit the long-range attack of the Crusaders.
"Give St. Joe credit for continuing to scrap," Saporito said. "We got a big lift off the bench, and we wanted to keep the tempo up. Everyone contributed."
St. Joe managed just four 3-pointers, and the Spartans held St. Joe's leading scorer, Pat Latini, to 15 points. Peter Oggiani led all scorers with 23, including five 3-pointers.
Girls basketball: Pittsfield 64, Lee 32
PITTSFIELD -- Host Pittsfield broke the game open in the second quarter by outscoring Lee 12-3.
Allie Hunt, who finished with 14 points, scored eight of them in that second quarter.
Trinity Cookis led the Generals with a game-high 19 points.
Pittsfield shot 27 of 59 from the floor in the game.
Alyssa Kelly led Lee with nine points.
Housatonic Valley 47, Everett 36
SHEFFIELD -- The Eagles were outscored by 16 points in the third quarter -- and scored no points of their own.
"It was totally us. It was like the hoop had a cover on it and we lost our poise," said Eagles coach Scott Rote.
Mount Everett actually led 21-14 at halftime.
In the fourth quarter, seventh grader Gwendolyn Carpenter scored 13 of her team-high 15 points to get the Eagles back in the game. They could not complete the comeback.
Cathedral 56, McCann 47
SPRINGFIELD -- The ability to get to the free throw line helped the Cathedral girls defeat McCann.
Cathedral made 13 free throws to the Hornets' three. Emily Jackson had a solid game in the post for Cathedral, scoring 17. Nicole Denver of Cathedral led all scorers with 18. Allie Gibeau and Alanza Quinones each had 12 for McCann.
"Aggressive is good, but we were over-fouling on defense," McCann coach Mike Dowling said.