Garvey gargantuan in Pittsfield girls basketball road win at Drury

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NORTH ADAMS — Most of a big Pittsfield lead vanished in the second half of Tuesday night's game at Drury. But each time the Blue Devils threatened to take a lead, Alexis Garvey was there.

The Pittsfield senior forward scored 10 of her game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter and pulled down a game-high 21 rebounds as the Generals knocked off the Blue Devils 65-57. It's Pittsfield's third straight win.

It was a game where Pittsfield led by as many as 14 points in the second half, and by as few as one in the final two minutes. But Drury could not score the tying, or the go-ahead basket.

"The first half was kind of scrappy. We knew that. We knew they were going to want it ... because it's their home court. That was a true road game" for Pittsfield, said Garvey, who scored 22 of her 30 points in the second half. "Going into the second half, we knew what we had to do and what we had to get done."

Garvey was one of three Pittsfield players to score in double figures. Point guard Natasha Shade scored all 11 of her points in the first half, and she finished with six assists and three steals, while Alexi Sondrini scored 10 — including a clutch jumper down the stretch in the fourth quarter.

"She made some good moves on the post," Drury coach Ian Downey said of Garvey. "But sometimes we left her wide open on the high post, and that just can't happen in clutch situations in games. But that's why she's a good player.

"She's one of the best players in the county, and you could clearly tell that when they needed a basket, they were going to go to her."

It was the PHS senior who scored all 12 points in the Generals' 12-2 run to open the third quarter. She also scored eight of her 10 fourth-quarter points in the final four minutes.

"No doubt about it," Pittsfield coach Joe Racicot said, when asked about having Garvey on his roster. "Let's just say that things worked out."

Racicot said the Blue Devils kept Garvey under wraps to some extent in the opening 16 minutes. It's hard to do that for 32 minutes.

"At halftime, we talked about getting her body into somebody, instead of just trying to float around like a butterfly," Racicot said. "She got her body in. The kids were wanting to get her the ball."

Pittsfield's Mary Hines drained a 3-pointer with 1:27 left in the third quarter, giving the Generals a 49-35 lead. It looked like the game might be over, but Downey's Devils had other ideas.

McKenzie Dobbert and Brooke DiGennaro — who led Drury with 20 points — hit consecutive shots in the last 42 seconds, cutting the lead to 10 as the horn sounded.

Drury cut Pittsfield's lead to four with 4:38 left, then to three with 3:26 to go, and finally just one when Alison Felix caught a DiGennaro pass and drained a deep trey from the right wing to make it 56-55 with 2:06 to play in the game. That was as close as Drury got.

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On its next trip down the court, Shade had the ball up high and found Garvey on the right block for a layup for her 27th and 28th points. Downey called a quick time out to set up his offense.

Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, DiGennaro and Kayla McGrath both missed 3-point shots. On the second try, the ball went out of bounds to Pittsfield. Shade passed to Sondrini, who calmly drained a mid-range jumper, making it 60-55. PHS outscored Drury 9-2 over the final 2:06 to pull away.

"That worked out very well. That shot was big," said Racicot. "We moved the ball around while they stayed in their zone. We moved the ball around and found the open person."

While DiGennaro was the only Drury player to score in double figures, Felix kept her team in the game in the fourth quarter by scoring all seven of her points. She had a team-high 16 rebounds and also dished out seven assists.

One thing that plagued the Blue Devils was scoring from the foul line. Drury was 7 for 20 from the stripe, while Pittsfield was 9 for 15.

"I thought our girls played hard. We're trying to learn how to win games against good teams," said Downey. "We played Monument tough, we played Wahconah tough, we played PHS tough. Now, it's just coming down to, in the fourth quarter, making those few extra plays more times than they do, so that way we're on the other side of the win column."

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PITTSFIELD (65)

Sime 2-0-5, Shade 5-0-11, Sondrini 3-3-10, Eline-Wright 2-0-4, King 0-0-0, Hines 1-0-3, Garvey 13-4-30, Lummus 0-2-2. Totals 26-9-65

DRURY (57)

Digennero 7-3-20, Shook 3-1-8, Felix 2-2-7, Burdick 0-0-0, McGrath 2-1-5, Thomas 2-0-6, Zoito 1-0-2, Dobbert 3-0-9. Totals 21-7-57.

Pittsfield     19     15     15     16     —     65

Drury     14     16     9     18     —     57

3-point goals — P 4 (Sime, Shade, Sondrini, Hines). D 6 (Digennero 3, Shook, Felix, Dobbert).

Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.


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