High schools: Greenfield girls hold off McCann Tech in regular season finale

By GARRETT COTE

Staff Writer

Published: 02-14-2024 9:38 PM

NORTH ADAMS — A quick third-quarter run was all the Greenfield girls basketball team needed on the road at McCann Tech on Wednesday night.

With the score tied 21-21 midway through the frame, the Green Wave rattled off nine straight points, and ended the quarter ahead 31-24 behind a strong defensive effort.

That effort continued in the fourth, as Greenfield gave up just seven points in the frame to hang on for a 36-31 independent victory over McCann Tech.

“I think we really stepped up our defensive intensity in the second half,” Green Wave head coach Ben Johnson said. “We started things a little slow coming off a back-to-back, maybe didn’t have a ton of energy, but we picked things up in that third quarter and it helped get our offense going.”

Greenfield’s 36 points was its third-lowest scoring output all year, and it took awhile for things to click on that end because Amber Bergeron — who entered Wednesday’s contest needing 16 points to reach 1,000 for her career — played sparingly in the first half, and not at all in the second half.

Bergeron injured her knee in the Green Wave’s game against Hoosac Valley on Tuesday. She tried playing with a brace on it on Wednesday, but discomfort continued and Johnson knew it was best to keep her sidelined to prevent further damage.

“Obviously things change when Amber comes out, but I was really proud of how everybody stepped up and played their hearts out,” Johnson said. “There are some things we need to work on still, but we played hard. That’s all I can ask for.”

Anna Bucala (16 points) and Tayler Bergeron (14 points) combined for 30 of Greenfield’s 36 points in the win. Carly Blanchard tossed in four points while Gloria McDonald added two points.

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It’s unsure whether Amber Bergeron will be ready to go come Monday — the quarterfinal round of the Western Mass. Class C tournament. With that, Johnson is hoping his team can gain confidence from games like Wednesday where each player had to step up and contribute.

“It’s all about confidence,” Johnson said. “Once they believe in themselves, we can go as far as they take us. I know they’re capable of it, they just need to have that confidence to believe it themselves. Go out, compete and take it from there.”

Seeds and matchups for next week’s tournament will be released on Friday. The Wave are likely to play at Franklin Tech in the Class C quarterfinals.

Boys basketball

Mahar 62, Frontier 50 – The Senators snapped a two-game losing streak, righting the ship with a Hampshire League South road victory on Wednesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Mahar closed out its regular season 13-5 overall, and will now turn its attention to the Western Mass. Class C Tournament.

Mahar led 13-7 after one quarter and 25-13 at halftime. Frontier used a 15-4 run in the third quarter to get within one possession, but the Sens closed it out in the fourth quarter.

Frontier dropped to 8-10, and the Hawks will hope to hold onto the eighth and final spot in the Class B standings to earn a sectional tournament berth.

PVCICS 51, Franklin Tech 47 – The Eagles capped their regular season slate with a tight loss to the Dragons on Wednesday night in Turners Falls.

Franklin Tech (0-18) has two non-playoff games remaining to try and pick up its first win of the season. The club will host Hampden Charter West on Thursday and travel to Gateway on Friday.

Late Tuesday results

Girls basketball

Taconic 44, Franklin Tech 34 – The Eagles led 18-10 after one quarter but managed just 16 points over the final 24 minutes in an independent road loss on Tuesday in Pittsfield.

Hannah Gilbert paced the Franklin Tech offense with 16 points, and Lea Chapman added nine points and pulled down 21 rebounds.

The Eagles, which finished their regular season 15-3 overall, will likely host a Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal game next week.