Mount Greylock girls basketball keeps hope alive with win over Mount Everett

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The clock is quickly ticking on the 2019-20 basketball season and the Mount Greylock girls are pushing towards the Western Massachusetts tournament, but midnight is quickly approaching.

The Mounties survived to fight another day with a 42-31 win over Mount Everett on Monday.

"We had to win tonight," senior Madison Ross said. "I told the team that we needed this win and needed to play hard and show them what we are made of — this could be our last meaningful game."

Ross came out firing in the first, converting on five shots from the field, good for 12 points in the quarter.

"When we get up by a few baskets early it is a lot more settling and we keep [building off it]," Ross explained.

Ross blew by defenders in both the half and full court, helping the Mounties kick down the doors early. After shifting her way through the paint, Ross had some space beyond the arc and drained two 3-pointers.

Mount Greylock scored 20 points in the first, compared to 14 for the Eagles.

Everett senior Ashley Atwood had three rebounds in the first quarter, including two on the offensive end that she put back for four points to help the Eagles establish a presence in the paint.

Junior Makenzie Ullrich hit a 3-pointer in the quarter and finished with seven points. The injury bug has followed Ullrich for most of the season, but that hasn't stopped her from helping a young Eagles roster develop throughout the season.

"When she missed four games with a thumb injury she was still telling the girls where to be and what to do," Mount Everett coach Ashley Barret said. "I can just see her stepping into that captain position next year and doing a great job."

Ullrich suffered an ankle injury early in the second half and did not return.

After the high-flying first quarter, both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net.

The Mounties, however, found a bolt of energy in the form of sophomore Anna Schoorlemmer. Not only did she bring down two offense boards in the frame, but finished with two points, three rebounds and two assists in limited playing time.

"She has earned her spot on varsity and I don't think she knows just how good she can be," Mount Greylock coach John Jacobbe said. "She can defend, drive and rebound. She's trying to find her way at the varsity level and tonight she did a lot of the key things.

"She can play this game and I feel fortunate to have her on this team."

Schoorlemmer wasn't the only Mountie active on the glass. Senior Ciera Schwarzer had 10 rebounds in the first half and 15 on the evening.

While Ross didn't score in the second quarter, she assisted on all three of Greylock's baskets, finishing with six assists to go with a game-high 16 points.

Emma Stevens hit a 3-pointer in the frame and finished the night with 10 points, but the shooting well quickly dried up. The Mounties didn't convert another 3-pointer in the outing.

"When we aren't shooting we have to either get the ball inside or get to the foul line," Jacobbe explained. "We just have to keep attacking and we need to find people to find those chippy baskets and tonight we were missing those shots.

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"You have to fight through because Mount Everett has some good players and they want to beat us."

The Mounties and Eagles each scored 14 points between the second and third quarters, meaning was a six-point game with eight minutes to play.

Mount Everett freshmen Emma Goewey was in control early in the frame with three quick points and finished with a team-high eight points, which she paired with seven rebounds.

"I am trying to get her to post up stronger than she already is and work on moves like a little baby hook," Barrett said. "They're all playing a lot better as a team and need to continue to do that moving forward."

However, that would be all the scoring for the Eagles in the frame.

Mount Greylock scored eight in the quarter, including two from Delaney Babcock, who had 10 points and eight rebounds, to ice the win.

"Tonight we did enough to win," Jacobbe said, "but we need to continue to grow."

The Mounties are now 7-10 on the year and need to reach 10 wins or finish first or second in the Berkshire South to make the playoffs. With a record of 4-3 in the division, Mount Greylock currently trails Lenox at 5-1 and Lee, who is 4-2.

"We want to keep it going as long as we can and we can control our own destiny," Jacobbe said. "If we get beat by a team that plays better than us that is fine, but we want to play our best basketball.

"We did it in spurts tonight, but we have to do it for longer lengths of time if we want to have the best shot of getting in."

Mount Greylock is back in action Thursday night as they host Baystate Academy. The Eagles are back at home on Thursday night as they host Drury.

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MOUNT EVERETT (31)

Von Ruden 2-0-5, Sarnacki 1-0-2, NgoyNkulu 0-0-0, A. Steuernagle 0-0-0, E. Steuernagle 2-0-5, Devoti 0-0-0, Ullrich 3-0-7, Atwood 2-0-4, Goewey 3-2-8. Totals 13-2-31.

MOUNT GREYLOCK (42)

Ross 7-0-16, Schwarzer 1-0-2, Babcock 5-0-10, Levesque 0-0-0, Codding 1-0-2, Stevens 4-1-10, Schoorlemmer 1-0-2. Totals 19-1-42.

Mount Everett     14     8     6     3     —     31

Mount Greylock     20     8     6     8     —     42

3-point goals — ME 3 (Ullrich, Von Ruden, E. Steuernagle); MG 3 (Ross 2, Stevens)

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.

Mount Greylock     20     8     6     8     —     42

3-point goals — ME 3 (Ullrich, Von Ruden, E. Steuernagle); MG 3 (Ross 2, Stevens)

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.

3-point goals — ME 3 (Ullrich, Von Ruden, E. Steuernagle); MG 3 (Ross 2, Stevens)

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.


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