High school roundup: Mount Everett girls basketball team wins opener

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TURNERS FALLS — Gwen Carpenter made a successful return to the hardwood Thursday night. She and her Mount Everett teammates advanced to the championship game of the Franklin Tech Tournament with a 63-18 win over Smith Vocational.

Carpenter scored a game-high 19 points as the Eagles scored early and often in the first-round contest against the Vikings. It was the season opener for both teams.

The Eagles outscored Smith Vocational 21-4 after one quarter, led 47-12 at halftime, and coasted home with the win.

"Defensively, we played really well," Everett coach Scott Rote said. "We got a lot of pressure on their ballhandlers and pushed the ball up the court [on offense]."

Carpenter, who sat out the end of the 2016-17 hoops season because of knee surgery, appeared to have not missed a beat in her return.

It was the stat line of Madeline Von Ruden that stood out. Von Ruden scored 15 points, while Madison Ullrich added 12. But Von Ruden not only scored all 15 of her points in the first half, she was 7 for 7 from the field in the first half. That included going 1 for 1 from outside the 3-point arc.

The Eagles will play Hopkins Academy at 6:30 p.m. in tonight's championship game.

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MOUNT EVERETT (63)

Von Ruden 7-0-15, Carpenter 7-4-19, Rathbun 0-0-0, Devoti 1-0-2, Mad. Ullrich 5-2-12, Parsons 2-0-4, Mac. Ullrich 1-1-4, Beckwith 1-1-3, Seward 2-0-4. Totals 26-8-63.

SMITH VOCATIONAL (18)

Sherman 1-0-2, Ding 1-1-3, Sullivan 1-0-2, Cyr 1-0-2, Torrell 2-0-5, Kidder 0-1-1, McDonald 1-1-3. Totals 7-2-18.

Mount Everett     21     26     8     8          63

Smith Vocational     4     8     3     2          18

3-point goals — ME (Von Ruden, Carpenter, Mac. Ullrich). SV (Torrell, McDonald).    

Boys basketball

Ware 70, Mount Everett 31


TURNERS FALLS — For the last three quarters, this game was fairly competitive. The first quarter, however, was a doozy.

The Eagles were outscored 27-1 in the first quarter, and never recovered.

"We started out a couple of steps back and it stayed that way throughout the game," Everett coach Jowe Warren said.

Cavan Brady scored 12 points to lead the Eagles.

Devin Slattery had a game-high 22 points for Ware. That included five 3-point baskets.

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MOUNT EVERETT (31)

Twing 2-0-5, Lupiani 0-0-0, Casivant 0-2-2, Silk 1-0-2, Carpenter 1-2-4, Brady 4-4-12, Gulotta 1-0-3, Bleau 0-0-0, Zucco 0-0-0, Kushi 1-0-3. Totals 9-8-31.

WARE (70)

Biera 3-3-9, Johnson 4-0-8, Soctys 0-0-0, Dy. Slattery 0-0-0, De. Slattery 8-1-22, Dilone 6-4-16, Berthiaume 0-0-0, Velasquez 0-2-2, Orszulak 1-0-2, Smith 3-0-8, Doty 1-0-3. Totals 26-10-70.

Mount Everett     1     14     5     11          31

Ware     27     17     17     9          70

3-point goals — ME (Gulotta, Kushi, Twing). W (De. Slattery 5, Smith 2, Doty 1).


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