LEE -- The Lee girls' basketball team couldn't miss through the first 16 minutes, and led Hoosac Valley by a point at the break. But the Hurricanes stepped up defensively in the second half and rolled to a 52-38 win on Thursday night.
Hoosac coach Ron Wojcik didn't let his team off the hook at halftime. He knew it needed to play better in the second half and told them as much. The Hurricanes responded.
"I think a lot of it was [Lee was] hitting everything," he said, "but our turnovers gave them more chances."
He wasn't sure how many turnovers the Hurricanes had in the first half, but said it was definitely in double digits, about 15.
What he was impressed with was how his team closed the door. Even with a lead that grew to as many as 17 in the second half, the Hurricanes kept their foot on the gas.
Emily Rosse scored 18 points for Hoosac and added 15 rebounds. Meg Rodowicz had 14 points. Tori Rumbolt had only six points, but was strong on the glass, hauling in 11 rebounds. She also had seven steals. Maddi Ryan contributed five assists to the cause.
The Wildcats were playing without Stephanie Young, out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
The absence was a surprise to Wojcik, who knew she was hurt in the fourth quarter against Drury on Tuesday, but figured she'd be back in the lineup. He spent two days of practice preparing to defend her.
"We caught a huge break," he said. "That makes a huge difference for them."
McCann girls' basketball
NORTH ADAMS -- A hot-shooting South Hadley squad jumped out quickly and held off the Hornets, 55-28.
"We were down, 28-12 at halftime, but we came out and outscored them 11-2," said Hornet coach Mike Dowling. "But they regrouped the rest of the way."
McCann was held to just one point in the fourth.
Mary Nguyen led the home side with 10 points. Lexie Gawron led all scorers with 12 for the Tigers.
PITTSFIELD -- Connor Lein picked up wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle to anchor the St. Joseph's boys' second victory of the year, 48-25 over Hoosac Valley.
The Hurricane girls, led by Julia Whitney in the 100 and 200 freestyle, Emma Whitney in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and Liz Bernardy in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, picked up a 57-36 win.
Keith Pero was a double-winner for Hoosac in the 100 breast and 200 free.