Pittsfield girls open up offense in second half to drop Lenox
The Berkshire Eagle
PITTSFIELD — A basketball hoop is big enough for two basketballs to simultaneously make it through the hoop, however, it may not always feel like it. In Monday's battle between the Lenox and the Pittsfield girls, players from both sides had to scratch and claw for each and every shot that reached the bottom of the net.
In the third quarter the basket opened up for the Generals, as they pulled away for the 44-20 win over the Millionaires. Midway through the third quarter of action Pittsfield held just a 20-18 lead before scoring 24 of the next 26 points to take the victory, improving to 5-3 on the season after back-to-back wins.
"After halftime we realized we are a lot better than what we were playing," senior forward Alexis Garvey said after the game. "We had to move the ball and take our time. We just had to get ourselves set, calm our nerves and focus on playing our game."
The first half of action ended for Garvey with only three points and two fouls, but in the fourth quarter, Garvey took control of the game. With the Generals ahead by 10 early in the fourth, Garvey jumped a pass and broke free for an easy two points. She scored six more points in the quarter, ending the night with 11 points to go with six rebounds.
Jordyn Lummus was the most consistent offensive threat for the Generals, finishing as the only player in the game to score in each of the four quarters. In fact, she was the only General to score in the second quarter, ending the night with a game-high 12 points that included two baskets from beyond the arc.
Lenox (2-6) kept the game slow and had a hand in every passing lane on defense, however, struggled on the offensive side. The Millionaires were held to just two points in both the second and fourth quarters. Anna Najimy, who scored seven points, was Lenox's leading score. Jade Alward connected on Lenox's only made 3-ball, ending with five points. Mia Giardina scored four to go with five rebounds. Julie Pehlert, one of the team's two seniors, scored two and also brought down ten rebounds on the night.
"Both teams were getting some good looks [early in the game] " Pittsfield coach Joe Racicot said. "But neither could convert shots. We had a lot of great opportunities and I think what woke us up is the fact they got to within two points of us. [Lenox] was working hard and they made us play ugly."
Natasha Shade provided the Generals with offense early in the game, connecting on two of the team's first three shots. Shade finished the night with 11 points and five rebounds. Part of the reason the Generals found their second-half rhythm was the amount of opportunities they had. Emma King dominated the boards, pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds. Four different Generals hauled in five boards on the night.
After starting the season 3-3, the Generals have won two-straight games in which they have held their opponent to just 20 points, while also outscoring them by at least 20.
The Pittsfield girls will look to continue this trend Tuesday night in North Adams with a matchup at Drury (3-2). Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Millionaires are off for a week before heading to Monument on Jan. 14 for showdown with the Spartans.
Alward 2-0-5, Patella 1-0-2, Pehlert 1-0-2, Paul 0-0-0, Nichols 0-0-0, Najimy 2-3-7, Gamberoni 0-0-0, Giardina 2-0-4. Totals 8-3-20.
Sime 3-0-7, Shade 5-0-11, Sondrini 1-0-2, Eline-Wright 0-0-0, King 0-0-0, Hines 0-0-0, Garvey 5-1-11, Speers-Brown 0-1-1, Lummus 4-2-12. Totals 18-4-44.
LENOX 6 2 10 2 — 20
PITTSFIELD 12 4 9 19 — 44
3-point goals — P 4 (Lummus 2, Shade, Sime), L 1 (Alward).
Jake Mendel can be reached at Jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, @Jmendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.
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