Basketball Roundup: Drury girls escape Hampshire on DiGennaro's clutch free throws

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NORTH ADAMS — Brooke DiGennaro sank a pair of game-winning free throws with just five seconds left in Drury's 50-49 win over Hampshire.

"I thought the difference in the game was our defense against Maddie Pond in the second half," Drury's coach Ian Downey wrote in an email. "She is such a strong player and going into the game we knew that stopping her would be key to getting back in the win column. To beat a top team like Hampshire, who is well coached, is a huge confidence booster for our team."

Pond was the game's leading scorer with 17, however strong performances from DiGennaro and Alison Felix, who hit three shots from beyond the arc, helped lift the Blue Devils (4-5) to the win.

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HAMPSHIRE (49)

Labrie 4-3-12, Taylor 0-0-0, B. Salomao 1-1-3, Babyak 0-0-0, Rubeck 3-2-8, Labrecque 3-0-7, Pond 7-1-17, Marek 1-0-2, J. Salomao 0-0-0. Totals 19-7-49.

DRURY (50)

DiGennaro 6-2-15, Shook 2-0-4, Felix 4-0-11, McGrath 1-0-3, Thomas 2-1-5, Zoito 3-2-8, Booth 2-0-4, Dobbert 0-0-0, Dix 0-0-0. Totals 20-5-50.

Hampshire     12     14     11     12     —     49

Drury     14     12     9     15     —     50

3-point goals — H 4 (Pond 2, Labrecque, Labrie); D 5 (Felix 3, McGrath, Digennaro)

Pittsfield 51, Monument Mountain 41

GREAT BARRINGTON — Pittsfield High got 20 hard-earned points from Alexis Garvey and survived a late fourth-quarter scare to pull by Monument Mountain on the road Friday night.

Garvey battled with Fiona Horan inside all night, with Horan totalling 17 points as the two Berkshire North bigs led their teams to battle.

The Generals (8-3, 4-1) got in front by six at halftime and nine through three quarters, but coach Steve Soule's Spartans (5-4, 2-4) cut it to four with about three minutes left.

"It was a good, hard-fought, competitive game," Soule said. "We did a good job on Garvey, she had 20 points and a nice game, but she had to work for them."

Destiny Brown added 14 points for Monument.

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PITTSFIELD (51)

Sime 3-1-9, Shade 1-0-2, Sondrini 2-0-5, Eline-Wright 2-3-7, King 0-1-1, Hines 1-0-2, Garvey 8-4-20, Lummus 1-3-5. Totals 18-12-51

MONUMENT (41)

Powell 1-0-2, Saporito 1-0-3, Horan 7-3-17, Kinne 0-1-1, Cooney 1-0-2, Brown 5-3-14, Pajeski 1-0-2. Totals 16-7-41.

Pittsfield     14     10     16     11     —     51

Monument     8     10     13     10     —     41

3-point goals — P 3 (Sime 2, Sondrini); MM 1 (Brown).

Taconic 74, Belchertown 39

Pittsfield — The Braves allowed just two fourth-quarter points in their win over Belchertown.

Taconic had a well-rounded night on offense as seven different players scored at least five points. Ciany Conyers earned a game-high 16, Ahliya Phillips had 12 and both Taea Bramer and J. Curry each finished with 11.

With the win the Braves improve to 8-2 on the season.

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BELCHERTOWN (39)

LeBlanc 2-1-5, Pikul 3-1-7, Duffy 1-2-4, Klingensmith 1-1-3, Leja 1-0-3, Dugger 2-2-6, Troy 0-1-1, Birks 1-4-6, Medina 1-0-2, LaFlame 0-0-0, Camerota 1-0-2, Vogel 0-0-0. Totals 13-12-39.

TACONIC (74)

Bramer 4-1-11, Phillips 3-6-12, Curry 4-1-11, Bolling 0-0-0, Cross 4-0-8, Lyon 2-0-5, Hamilton 4-0-8, Buda 0-1-1, Conyers 6-3-16, Christopher 1-0-2. Totals 28-12-74.

Belchertown     13     13     11     2     —     39

Taconic     26     12     14     22     —     74

3-point goals — L 6 (Bramer 2, Curry 2, Lyon, Conyers).

Mount Everett 40, Lenox 36

LENOX — Mount Everett escapes Lenox to improve to 2-4 in the Berkshire South while Lenox falls to 0-6 in league play.

"It was a war," Mike Nykorchuck, the coach of Lenox, said. "It was as physical as it could get. There was great defense on both sides. [Gwen] Carpenter got into foul trouble in the third period and they still held us to just three points for the rest of the quarter. Other kids [on Mount Everett] stepped up and deserve a lot of credit."

Even though she ran into some foul trouble, Carpenter led the Eagles (6-6) with 16 points.

Lenox (3-7) made it close late in the fourth, however, Marion DeVoti scored Mount Everett's final five points to shut the door on the comeback.

Nicole Gamberoni finished with a game-high 19 points for the Millionaires.

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MOUNT EVERETT (40)

VonRuden 1-0-2, Carpenter 5-3-16, Stewart 0-0-0, DeVoti 4-0-9, Mad. Ullrich 3-0-6, Mack Ullrich 1-3-6, Atwood 0-1-1. Totals 14-7-40.

LENOX (36)

Patella 3-0-6, Wigington 2-0-4, Pehlert 1-0-2, Paul 1-0-3, Nichols 0-0-0, Najimy 0-0-0, Gamberoni 8-0-19, Giardina 1-0-2. Totals 16-0-32.

Mount Everett     7     16     8     9     —     40

Lenox     7     5     8     16     —     36

3-point goals — ME 5 (Carpenter 3, DeVoti, Mack. Ullrick); L 4 (Gamberoni 3, Paul)

Boys Basketball

Taconic 69, Pope Francis 53

SPRINGFIELD — Again Taconic ventured into west on I-90 and again the Braves return home with a decisive victory.

Taconic got 20 points from Isaac Percy and was a nearly-perfect 16 of 17 from the free-throw line overall to improve to 9-3. Percy had eight in an opening period that saw THS go ahead 20-12.

It was the Braves' eighth-straight victory, all of which have come by double-digit points. It was also the first game senior Quentin Gittens started looking like his old self. The point guard put in 15 points in his third game back from a toe injury. Christian Womble hit four, 3-pointers for 14 points and Mohamed Sanogo added all 12 of his in the first three quarters.

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TACONIC (69)

Moody 1-0-3, Cross 0-0-0, Brown 0-0-0, Womble 4-2-14, Gittens 3-9-15, Wright 0-0-0, Davis 2-0-5, Tayi 0-0-0, Percy 7-5-20, McCown 0-0-0, Sanogo 6-0-12. Totals 17

POPE FRANCIS (53)

Murphy 5-6-16, James 6-0-15, Early 3-0-6, Rivers 3-0-6, Davis 1-6-8, Giardana 1-0-2. Totals 19

Taconic     20     18     13     18     —     69

Pope     12     8     10     23     —     53

3-point goals — T 7 (Womble 4, Davis, Percy, Moody); PF 4 (James 3, Davis)

Monson 63, Lee 58

LEE — The Wildcats had their best quarter at the right time, scoring 19 in the fourth, but it wasn't enough after trailing Monson all night.

Lee (7-5) got 26 points from Ben Harding and canned 11, 3-pointers (five from Myles Whitney-Nason), but the Mustangs had counters throughout.

"We've just got to play as more of a team when things start going the wrong way," said Lee coach Jason Bliss. "That starts tomorrow at practice."

Logan Gerry scored 12 of Monson's 16 fourth-quarter points, en route to a 30-point outing for himself.

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MONSON (63)

Gerry 12-4-30, Messina 3-0-6, Duggan 0-2-2, Nodell 1-0-2, Sisco 7-2-19, Kratovil 1-1-4. Totals 24-9-63.

LEE (58)

Drozd 1-0-3, Nason 5-0-15, Bartini 2-0-6, Jimenez 1-0-3, Harding 10-4-26, Redstone 0-0-0, O'Brien 1-3-5. Totals 20-7-58.

Monson     14     18     15     16     —     63

Lee     11     16     12     19     —     58

3-point goals — M 6 (Sisco 3, Gerry 2, Kratovil); L 11 (Nason 5, Bartini 2, Harding 2, Drozd, Jimenez)


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