Pittsfield High girls basketball wins finale at Mount Anthony to punch postseason ticket

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Needing one last win to make the Western Massachusetts tournament, the Generals searched all throughout the area in order to find that last win, but had no luck dropping four-straight. However, they found that much-needed win in Vermont, knocking off the Mount Anthony Patriots 65-37 on the final night of the regular season, earning a spot to the dance.

"We knew the fans would be rowdy and we wanted to keep that in the back of our minds," senior Jordyn Lummus said. "It was now or never, and we had to leave it all out on the court.

"We couldn't leave with our heads down and not make Western Mass."

Lummus did everything to make sure the Generals (10-10) would be tournament-bound in the last year of her high school career. Not only did she score a team-high 19 points, but brought down six rebounds and dished out eight assists. Keep in mind, that doesn't include the countless dives for a loose balls, keeping everyone in position on defense and defending a 1,000-point scorer twice her size.

"It isn't always about the height," Lummus explained, "but about the heart and who wants it more. It was a big challenge, but my teammates' help defense helped a lot."

Mount Anthony's Grace Mahar finished with a game-high 27 points, but the Generals staggered the Patriots as a whole, keeping them below 10 points in three of four quarters.

Pittsfield had plenty of open shots early, but struggled to gain any traction in the first — until freshman Randi Duquette got inside the Patriot defense for two baskets.

With Randi doing the damage early, it was only a matter of time until Jamie Duquette left her fingerprints on the game. With the score tied at six, Lummus found Jamie for first of three, 3-point baskets in the outing.

The shooting quickly became infectious for the Generals. Lummus, and junior Alexi Sondrini hit back-to-back 3-pointers.

Sondrini ended the quarter with a block and Pittsfield was in business leading 17-8.

Lummus, Sondrini and Jamie Duquette quickly took control of the game, on both sides of the ball. The trio combined for 56 points on the night and held the Patriots to just four points in the second quarter, breaking the game wide open.

Monday's outing was a playoff-type atmosphere and Jamie Duquette quickly showcased that she wasn't afraid of the big stage, but actually thrived in it.

The freshman matched Lummus with 19 points and added 10 rebounds, good for a double double. Her performance gave Pittsfield, which played without sharpshooter Emery Sime, a big-time threat in the paint.

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"My teammates really helped me build [the confidence needed to play at the varsity level]," Jamie Duquette said. "We just have to always work hard and build each other up."

With a 33-12 lead at the half, Pittsfield went for the dagger in the second half from beyond the 3-point arc. Sondrini nailed a walk-up 3-pointer from the top of the key early in the fourth and Lummus added two more shots from deep to put the game away for good.

After stumbling through a handful of games, Monday's win instilled the idea that the Generals have the talent to compete at a high level.

"The younger kids have been a little shy, but I think they realize now that they can play with anyone," coach Joe Racicot said. "The sky is the limit, it is just a matter of digging a little deeper and seeing what we can pull out."

Monday's game was the final one of Pittsfield's regular season. The Generals have some time to rest up before the Western Mass. D-II seeding is released later this week, when they'll will discover the path needed to take in order to capture a sectional title.

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PITTSFIELD (65)

Sistrunk 1-0-2, Williamson 0-0-0, Sondrini 7-0-18, R. Duquette 3-0-7, Hines 0-0-0, J. Duquette 7-2-19, King 0-0-0, Lummus 7-3-19. Totals 25-5-65.

MOUNT ANTHONY (37)

Greene 0-0-0, Crossman 1-0-2, Moscarello 0-0-0, Douglas 0-0-0, O'Brien 1-0-2, Mahar 9-7-27, 0-0-0, Paquin 0-0-0, Jones 0-0-0, Connell 2-0-4, Kipp 1-0-2. Totals 14-7-37.

Pittsfield     17     16     15     17     —     65

Mount Anthony     8     4     16     9     —     37

3-point goals — P 10 (Sondrini 4, J. Duquette 3, Lummus 2, R. Duquette); MAU 2 (Mahar 2).

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

Mount Anthony     8     4     16     9     —     37

3-point goals — P 10 (Sondrini 4, J. Duquette 3, Lummus 2, R. Duquette); MAU 2 (Mahar 2).

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

3-point goals — P 10 (Sondrini 4, J. Duquette 3, Lummus 2, R. Duquette); MAU 2 (Mahar 2).

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


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