The Pittsfield "Squad" varsity AAU team completed a successful season this season that saw the squad go 29-6 overall and win three tournaments.
The team reached the finals of six tourneys, beating teams from Syracuse, Albany and Westchester County, N.Y., along the way.
Highlights included an overtime win over a Syracuse squad in the finals of the varsity division at the Springfield, Mass., "Father's Day Classic." The Squad also won the varsity division of the Adidas Powered 3.0 "War on the Floor" tournament in New York.
The team was coached by Michael Balcom with help from Ahna Balcom.
Players included Tyler Rhoden, Derrick Rowland Jr. and Mike Reith of Albany, N.Y.; Drury's Kareen Beckett and Nick Trombley; Taconic's Shaquille Ardrey, Charles Davis, Hunter Smead and Mike Taylor; Pittsfield High's Feeko Adopo; St. Joe's Reilly Balcom; and Lenox's Trevor Hathaway and Bailey Patella.
MELROSE, Mass. -- Some of Berkshire County's best high school girls basketball players have proven to be some of the best in the state.
And on Sunday, they will look to end the debate.
The West team at the Bay State Games will play in the Gold Medal game Sunday afternoon at Roxbury's Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center after posting a 4-0 record on the first two days of the tournament.
Mount Greylock's Lucy Barrett and Pittsfield's Peyton Steinman have been among the leaders of the squad, made up of six girls from public high schools and six prep school athletes.
"I'm so proud of this group of kids," West coach Matthew Ward said. "We have 12, everyone is playing and contributing regardless of the number of minutes. We've been underestimated, challenged, tested, and here we are at 4-0 and in the final.
"This is a cohesive, tough group of kids that can play with anyone in this state. Berkshire County basketball is legit and these kids are proving it in front of everyone in Massachusetts."
On Friday, the tournament started with a 76-56 win over Central. Pittsfield's Lauren Carnevale scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Steinman scored 16 and Drury High's Emily Moulton added eight points and eight boards.
In West's second game, Barrett scored 15 to help the team to a 93-56 win over Coastal.
On Saturday, Steinman scored 20 and Barrett added 19 in a 78-67 win over Metro. Lee's Cam Biasin (Berkshire school) scored 13.
Steinman had the team's best offensive performance of the tourney so far with 28 in Saturday's 88-77 win over Northeast. Pittsfield's Grace Guachione (Miss Hall's) had a double-double with 25 points and 10 boards.
Carnevale pulled down 16 rebounds, and West got big defensive performances from Barrett and Sarah Kinney in the win over Northeast.
"We got two huge wins over most people's favorite in Metro [Saturday] and a tough win over Northeast after a sluggish start in the first half," Ward said. "We outscored them 26-13 in the final 10 minutes to win."
The win over Northeast clinched the berth in the Gold Medal game.
West has one more round-robin game on Sunday afternoon against Southeast before playing for the title at 4 p.m.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mia Potash went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the Pittsfield South Little League All-Stars to an 11-1 win over Pittsfield West in the District 1 10- and 11-year-old championship game on Sunday afternoon.
London Steinman, Josh Lennon and Kaden Codey had two hits apiece, and Shane Bernardo and Bo Bramer combined on a four-hitter in a game that ended in the bottom of the fifth when Bernardo doubled home Potash with one out.
Johnny Huska doubled and scored on Nick Hall's single in the top of the second for West.
Bryce Huffman and Sam Sherman handled the pitching for West.
Pittsfield South will be home on Wednesday against the champion of District 4 in the state tournament.
An earlier version of this story inadvertently switched the names of the teams in the last three paragraphs.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Andrew Watkins hit a three-run home run and a double and drove in five runs to lead Pittsfield South to a 23-4 win over North Adams in the District 1 10- and 11-year-old Little League semi-finals on Saturday.
London Steinman tripled, drove in three runs and scored three times for Pittsfield South, which moved on to Sunday's final against the winner of Saturday's game between Pittsfield North and Pittsfield West.
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