West girls, made up of Berkshire County players, earn Bay State Games basketball silver medal


BOSTON -- Beating the reported favorite in a tournament once is something teams do with some regularity. Beating the same team twice in a day isn’t quite as easy.

Some 24 hours after beating the Metro girls scholastic team in the Bay State Games, the West Scholastic girls couldn’t complete the task in the gold medal game, taking home silver after dropping a 71-61 decision Sunday afternoon at the Reggie Lewis Center.

"I’m proud" to have coached the team to the silver medal, said head coach Matt Ward. "One thing we kept saying is we were the West team, but we were representing Berkshire County. We’re feeling proud because we played so hard."

That’s because all of Ward’s players came out of the county.

In the gold medal game, Peyton Steinman had 29 points, Lauren Carnevale scored nine, Liz Mitts eight while Lucy Barrett and Grace Guachione added seven each.

Metro dropped a 78-67 decision to West on Saturday, but came out firing on Sunday. The Metro squad led 48-33 at halftime.

"[Saturday] we were able to handle their size a little," Ward said. "They were very big. We weren’t able to control anything in the paint."

The West team cut the 15-point deficit to eight late in the third quarter. Metro went on a fourth quarter run and went up by 20. Ward’s team cut that lead to 12 with a minute to go, but couldn’t catch up.

In the first game of the day, West went to 5-0 in pool play with a 67-56 win over Southeast. Lucy Barrett had 14 points, Steinman had 10 and Madison had nine.


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