Roundup: Taconic boys, girls basketball sweeps doubleheader from Hoosac Valley

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PITTSFIELD — The Taconic High School boys basketball team had a big night from two of its big stars on Monday. In doing so, the Braves kept Hoosac Valley from qualifying for the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament for another night.

Isaac Percy and Mohammed Sanogo, both seniors on Senior Night, combined for 47 points, as the two of them outscored Hoosac in a n 84-42 win.

Hoosac (9-7, 1-4 Berkshire North), still needs one victory to reach the 10 that punches a ticket to the tournament. Taconic is now 15-4, and 6-1, and has won seven straight with one game remaining in the regular season.

Taconic jumped right out to an early lead and never let up. The Braves outscored Hoosac 45-17 in the first half. Percy had 17 of his game-high 28 points in the first half, while Sanogo had 16 of his 19. The Braves' other senior, Eric Montgomery tallied eight points as well.

Carson Meczywor and Izaha Stubbs each had 14 points to pace Hoosac.

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HOOSAC VALLEY (42)

Stubbs 5-2-14, Davis 0-0-0, Kastner 0-0-0, Desroches 0-0-0, Meczywor 5-1-14, Swistak 2-0-4, Owensby 1-0-3, Levesque 1-0-2, Dozier 1-0-2. Totals 15-4-42.

TACONIC (84)

Sherman 1-0-3, Harrigan 4-2-10, Boua 3-0-6, Bramer 2-0-4, Montgomery 3-0-8, E. Percy 2-0-4, Lee 1-0-2, I. Percy 12-1-28, Sanogo 8-3-19. Totals 36-6-84.

Hoosac     10     7     17     8     —     42

Taconic     24     21     19     20     —     84

3-point goals — HV 6 (Meczywor 3, Stubbs 2, Owensby). T 6 (I. Percy 3, Montgomery 2, Sherman).

Wahconah 55, Southwick 23

SOUTHWICK — After one quarter, the visiting Warriors (12-4) were down by two points. No problem.

Wahconah held Southwick to 12 points over the final three quarters to pick up a nice road victory.

Kevin Huban and Tom O'Connor outscored Southwick by themselves. Huban had a game-high 20 points and O'Connor added 15.

The Warriors get a few days to practice and prepare for a run of four games in five days to wrap up the regular season. It all starts Friday at home against Lee.

"It's a nice win," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said. "We have a couple of days to do some prep."

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WAHCONAH (55)

Mendez 0-0-0, Bernardo 2-0-4, Huban 7-6-20, Voigt 0-0-0, Eberwein 2-0-4, Salvini 4-0-8, O'Connor 6-2-15, Gallagher 0-0-0, Trager 0-0-0, Astore 1-0-2, Hescock 1-0-2. Totals 23-7-55.

SOUTHWICK (23)

Molka 4-0-10, Michael 0-1-1, Goodwin 0-0-0, Billings 0-1-1, Clark 2-2-6, Liss 1-0-3, Poole 1-0-2, Collins 0-0-0. Total s8-4-23.

Wahconah     9     19     14     13     —     55

Southwick     11     5     7     0     —     23

3-point goals — W 1 (O'Connor). S 3 (Molka 2, Liss).

Drury 85, Bay State 65

NORTH ADAMS — The roller coaster dipped in Drury's favor at the right time on Monday night.

The Blue Devils (11-6) led by 11 after one quarter, trailed by two at halftime and entered the fourth with a paper-thin 48-46 lead.

That was when Keeghan Vidal heated up and took over the game for a stretch, helping the hosts drop 37 points over the game's final eight minutes to pull away and pound Bay State Academy.

Vidal hit four, 3-pointers in the game for 17 points, while Scott McGuire added three more triples for 21 points. Tim Brazeau was the big man literally and figuratively, as the Drury center grinded his way to a game and career-high 22 points.

Drury coach Jack Racette said it was good to get scoring from a variety of places, as freshman Louis Guilotte also added a career-high 16 points, scoring more than half of those in the third quarter. Hunter Sarkis added nine points in the win.

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BAY STATE (65)

Rankin 2-0-4, Byrd 4-2-13, Mayfield 7-0-14, Candlin 3-1-7, Rodriguez 7-2-18, Hardy 4-0-8. Totals 27-5-65.

DRURY (85)

McGuire 8-2-21, Guilotte 7-1-16, Vidal 5-3-17, Brazeau 8-6-22, Sarkis 3-2-9, Woodson 0-0-0, Moulton 0-0-0. Totals 31-14-85.

Bay State     9     19     18     19     —     65

Drury     20     6     22     37     —     85

3-point goals — BS 6 (Byrd 4, Rodriguez 2); D 9 (Vidal 4, McGuire 3, Sarkis, Guilotte).

Girls Basketball

Taconic 53, Hoosac Valley 47 (OT)

PITTSFIELD — Taconic had won the first two games against its Berkshire North rival. The Braves earned a sweep, but it took a third-quarter rally and overtime to do it.

The Hurricanes (12-5) led 22-15 at halftime, but Ciany Conyers scored nine of her 11 points in the second half while Taea Bramer scored seven of her 11, to tie the game at 40-40 after regulation.

Taconic (13-1) outscored Hoosac 13-7 in overtime for the win. Ahliya Phillips, who scored a game-high 18 points, and Bramer each had four points in overtime.

Averie McGrath and Sarah Field each had 15 for Hoosac.

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HOOSAC VALLEY (47)

Canales 0-0-0, Billetz 0-7-7, Garabedian 0-0-0, Levesque 0-0-0, Winn 0-0-0, Robinson 3-1-9, Hugger 0-1-1, Bird 0-0-0, McGrath 4-6-15, Field 5-2-15. Totals 12-17-47.

TACONIC (53)

Buda 1-0-3, Conyer 5-0-11, Bramer 3-4-11, Phillips 7-3-18, Patrick 2-2-6, McNeice 0-0-0, Balcom 0-0-0, Cross 2-0-4. Totals 20-9-53.

Hoosac Valley     11     11     6     12     7     —     43

Taconic     10     5     13     12     13     —     50

3-point goals — HV 6 (Field 3, Robinson 2, McGrath). T 4 (Buda, Conyers, Bramer, Phillips).

Wahconah 47, Monument Mountain 25

DALTON — Wahconah (14-4, 4-3 Berkshire North) used a 16-4 second quarter to pull away from visiting Monument Mountain (2-13, 0-5).

Becca Morris scored all eight of her points in the second quarter, helping the Warriors take a 30-11 halftime lead.

Maria Gamberoni had a game-high 16 points for Wahconah, Noelle Furlong had 11 and Jilly Cote added 10. Maya Conney had eight to lead Monument.

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MONUMENT MOUNTAIN (25)

Cunningham 1-0-3, Saporito 0-0-0, Louw 2-1-5, Dohoney 0-1-1, A. Wade 2-0-4, Helmke 0-0-0, Cooney 4-0-8, Velasco 1-0-2, M. Wade 1-0-2, Hull 0-0-0. Totals 11-2-25.

WAHCONAH (47)

Morris 3-0-8, Furlong 4-3-11, Gagliardi 0-0-0, Belcher 0-0-0, Gamberoni 6-1-16, Cote 4-0-10, Drury 0-0-0, Marauszski1-0-2, Quinto 0-0-0, Duma 0-0-0, Figiela 0-0-0. 18-4-47

Monument Mountain     7     4     9     5     —     25

Wahconah     14     16     11     6     —     47

3-point goals — MM 1 (Cunningham). W 7 (Gamberoni 2, Cote 2, Morris 2).

Longmeadow 57, Pittsfield 54

LONGMEADOW — The Generals got some hot shooting from Emery Sime and Lexi Sondrini, along with a steady hand from Jordyn Lummus at the point to nearly pull off a huge road victory.

Pittsfield and Longmeadow were locked in at 15 after one quarter, but the Lancers put PHS behind by 11 at halftime, before the Generals roared right back into the game.

Sime and Sondrini combined to hit seven, 3-point shots, while Lummus scored a team-high 16 points.

Ilana Kofman amassed 18 points to hold the visitors off.

PHS drops to 10-7 with a big Berkshire North home clash against Hoosac Valley on Thursday for Senior Night.

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PITTSFIELD (54)

Sime 4-0-12, Sondrini 5-0-13, R. Duquette 3-1-7, J. Duquette 3-0-6, Lummus 6-4-16, Sistrunk 0-0-0, Williams 0-0-0, King 0-0-0. Totals 21-5-54.

LONGMEADOW (57)

Kingston 0-2-2, Levin 1-3-5, Brown 5-1-13, Kofman 5-3-18, Minardi 6-0-12, Cardarotoli 2-3-7. Totals 20-10-57.

Pittsfield     15     6     19     14     —     54

Longmeadow     15     17     12     13     —     57

3-point goals — P 7 (Sime 4, Sondrini 3); L 7 (Kofman 5, Brown 2).

Drury 50, Lee 45

LEE — Both teams were playing short-handed, but it was visiting Drury (5-11, 3-4 Berkshire South) who got the victory.

The game was tied at 36-36 after three quarters, but the Blue Devils' Tatyiana Ross scored four of her team's 14 points in the final stanza as they pulled away from the Wildcats (11-7, 4-2).

"They made some shots down the stretch when it mattered," Lee coach Rick Puleri said.

Alison Felix had a game-high 17 points to pace the Blue Devils. Emma Puleri and Lydia Simone each had 13 to lead the Wildcats.

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DRURY (50)

Houghtaling 3-0-8, Felix 5-4-17, Burdick 2-0-4, Cellana 1-0-3, Russell 2-1-5, Ross 3-0-6, Zoito 0-3-3, Booth 1-0-2, Sampson 0-0-0. Totals 17-10-50.

LEE (45)

Bartini 1-1-3, Lyd. Simone 5-0-13, K. Kelly 0-0-0, Le. Simone 3-4-10, Simmons 2-0-4, Brown 1-0-2, Puleri 6-0-13. Totals 18-5-45.

Drury     12     10     14     14     —     50

Lee     10     10     16     9     —     45

3-point goals — D 6 (Felix 3, Houghtling 2, Cellana). L 4 (Lyd. Simone 3, Puleri).


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