AMHERST -- Amherst was committed to stopping Danielle Racette. The Hurricanes held her to just two free throws, but her six assists helped the Drury girls' basketball team beat their Division I foe, 43-25.
Shannon Garvey was the primary target for Racette, and she didn't waste the opportunities. She led all scorers with 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half. She was also tied with Ali Tatro and Emily Moulton to lead Drury with eight rebounds.
But the biggest reason for the success was a concentrated effort on the defensive glass. Amherst grabbed 12 offensive rebounds in the first half, but just two in the final 16 minutes.
"Defense is definitely locking in, doing a good," Franzoni said. "Kids did a great job holding them to two in the second half and a big key for us extending our lead."
The Blue Devils jumped out to a big lead early, 12-4 at the end of the first quarter. It remained a 12-point advantage at the break. Moulton registered eight of her 10 points in the opening half, and Tatro netted six of her seven.
Hoosac girls' basketball
CHESHIRE -- The Hurricanes turned away St. Joe's behind a season-high 10 3-pointers in a 63-15 win.
Maddie Ryan finished with 11 points -- including three 3s. Emily Rosse had 11 points as well for Hoosac.
"They played zone," said Hurricanes coach Ron Wojcik. "I thought we did a good job playing inside-out. ... Fortunately we shot the ball well."
The Hurricanes had a commanding 44-5 lead at the break, scoring 24 points in the second quarter. Hoosac allowed no more than six points in any one quarter.
Liz Bean led the Crusaders with 10 points.
McCann girls' basketball
GRANBY -- McCann was held to just eight points in the first three quarters of a 50-20 loss to Granby.
Mary Nguyen led the Hornets with six points as McCann fell to 1-3 on the year. Coach Mike Dowling said he still saw some improvement.
"I see some bright spots," Dowling said. "Still has to be more patience along the way, but after four games I think we've improved a little bit."
Greylock boys' basketball
ASHLAND -- It wasn't the showing the Mounties were hoping for, but it's one coach Bob Thistle knows will help his team down the road. Greylock lost its second game of the Ashland Clockers' tournament, this one 70-63 to Wayland in the consolation game.
"Our kids played very well. We competed down at the east end of the state," Thistle said. "I think we're going to take a lot out of this experience."
Wayland, which Thistle called one of the best Division III teams in the state, showed its high-powered offense with quarterly scoring of at least 16 points. The Mounties' 3-point shooting kept them in the game, though. They made 10 3s on the night. Tyrell Thomas, who had a team-high 17 points also led the team with three treys. Hank Barrett and Nathan Majumder each made a pair from beyond the arc.
Jaleen Bell and Wayland proved too much, even for a 24-point fourth quarter from Greylock.
"It was the best quarter of the game, and I think the best quarter of the season," Thistle said.
GREENFIELD -- Ryan Ouimet scored a hat trick to lead Wahconah over Amherst 4-1 in the opening round of the Rabbit Graves Hockey Tournament on Friday night.
"They didn't get a lot of pressure on us tonight," said Warrior coach Don Disbrow. "And their goalie had a heck of a game. If not for him, we would have done a lot more damage."
Amherst goalie Eddie Sablak had 44 saves.
Ouimet scored a goal in each period, as the Warriors (4-2) dominated.
Nick Montferret had four assists for Wahconah.
Wahconah faces Turners Falls in the final today at 6 p.m.
MCLA women's basketball
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The Trailblazers rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit and used a powerful closing run to rally past host Lycoming College 73-69 in the opening game of the Hoops for Hounds Classic.
MCLA (6-4) play Susquehanna in the championship round Saturday at 3 p.m.
Lucy Tremblay was the Trailblazers' leading scorer with 24 points. Joining her in double figures included Danielle Beauchamp with 15 and Johanna Miner with 14.
After a back-and-forth first half, MCLA led 35-30 halftime. The hosts quickly took control to open the second half. With the score at 40-38 in favor of MCLA, Lycoming went on a 17-6 spurt to grab a 55-46 lead with eight minutes to play. Lycoming's Julia Antonelli, who had a game-high 25 points, contributed eight points in the run.
A 3-pointer from Tremblay, along with a Miner layup made it 55-51, before Lycoming would halt the run with another Antonelli bucket.
MCLA kept coming, though, eventually knotting the game at 61 on a Beauchamp layup. Her free throw completed the 3-point play to give the Trailblazers a 62-61 advantage with 2:55 left. MCLA would trade baskets before scoring five straight to take a 69-63 lead with just 45 seconds left.