WILLIAMSTOWN -- Wearing a stern expression, Lucy Barrett started practicing her shot at halftime on Monday.
Barrett was frustrated after a first half against St. Joseph where she had just two points and missed two free throws. Teammate Margot Besnard rebounded for Barrett as she started knocking down shot after shot shortly before the half.
"I think people get down on themselves, and there’s no coming back from that," Besnard said. "I just try to help her remember she’s a good player. This is a game of basketball and she just needs to play her game."
The extra practice helped. Barrett scored 12 of her 18 points in the third, helping the Mounties turn a five-point lead into a 61-31 rout of the Crusaders. Besnard had 12 in the second half, too, ending St. Joe’s hopes of a trip to the Western Massachusetts tournament.
"Once we got behind, we missed a couple layups," said Crusaders coach Jack Quinn. "Then you go into panic mode. We didn’t panic mode very well."
After clawing to within five at halftime following a slow start, St. Joe was sluggish out of the locker room. The Mounties rattled off 14 straight points to build a lead the Crusaders (9-11) couldn’t challenge. Kendall Smith, who finished with 11 points, had both of St. Joe’s baskets in the third.
Barrett, meanwhile, had no such struggles. She couldn’t miss, including a 3-pointer that bounced around the rim to fall in halfway through the quarter. The lead had ballooned to 17 points.
"Those are my favorite. It doesn’t happen too much," Barrett said. "It felt great coming off a bad first half and then ending strong."
Greylock was able to negate Smith, who is averaging more than 13 points per game, on the inside. The senior had just three points at halftime, and was often surrounded by defenders or forced away from the basket. Virginia Goggins added 10 points in the season finale for St. Joe with six of those points coming from the foul line.
The Crusades had just six points in the first quarter, none from Smith. The equally anemic third quarter doomed St. Joe.
"We got tired, I think," Goggins said. "We played well at the end of the first half. We just got slow coming back out."
The Crusaders graduate five seniors from a program that hadn’t won in four years when Quinn arrived two seasons ago. St. Joe finishes a win shy of the Western Mass. tournament.
"They come away with nine wins this year," Quinn said. "You got to remember, if you’re a female athlete at St. Joe you got to play soccer, you got to play volleyball, you play basketball. So I don’t have a lot of just pure basketball players. You just take a bunch of kids, you make something out of nothing and you hope some of it sinks in."