After six years as the JV girls coach at North Adams, Brock Caldwell finally got the opportunity to celebrate a McDonald’s Classic championship on Dec. 28 as his girls downed Manchester 45-16 in the title game played on the home court of the Lady Devils.
“It feels great to finally win this tournament,” said Caldwell after the game. “We’ve been playing so well all year and it’s nice to come out and get a trophy for it.”
The outcome of this final game was never really in doubt as North Adams raced out to an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter. All the Lady Hounds could muster in the opening frame was a bucket by Kelsey Friend and at the end of one period, the Lady Devils held a commanding 16-2 advantage.
The story of the second quarter was North Adams’ Madison Jenkins, who used her definitive height advantage to score four baskets in the stanza as the Lady Devils continued to increase their lead. The home team also got a pair of scores from point guard Kamia York and the Manchester offense awoke with a three -pointer from Montana Hamilton and two buckets by Bethany Sweeney but when halftime rolled around, it was still North Adams in control, 31-10.
Both offenses ground to a halt in the third quarter, combining for just two field goals, though the Lady Devils were a perfect 4 for 4 from the foul line, two from Caitlin Young and two from Jenkins. Manchester got another basket from Sweeney but still trailed 37-12 heading into the final seven minutes.
In the fourth period with the outcome long since decided, the Lady Devils got a pair of scores from the other half of their “twin towers” Katie Pertuset and baskets from Jade Spriggs and Taylor Wylie to wrap up Coach Caldwell’s first McDonald’s Classic title by a final score of 45-16.
North Adams dominated the stat sheets, getting 13 of their 18 baskets in the paints and grabbing 19 steals on the defensive end, winning their sixth consecutive game. Madison Jenkins led the way for the winners with a double double performance of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Katie Pertuset added 8 points and 6 boards for North Adams.
For Manchester, it was Bethany Sweeney leading the way with 8 points on the day.
2 8 2 4 —16
16 15 6 8 —45
Manchester (16): Friend 1 0-0 2, Wilbur 1 0-3 2, Hamilton 1 1-2 4, Sweeney 4 0-2 8, Stamm 0 0-2 0, Team 7 1-9 16.
N. Adams (45): York 3 0-0 6, Wylie 2 1-2 6, Young 0 2-2 2, Pertuset 4 0-0 8, McDowell 0 1-2 1, Jenkins 6 4-4 16,
Spriggs 3 0-0 6, Team 18 8-10 45.
Three-Point Goals: Manchester- Hamilton 1
N. Adams- Wylie 1