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Playing up two divisions, Pittsfield holds its own

The Division IV Pittsfield Panthers held a 18-17 halftime lead over the Division II Kennett Eagles, but the Eagles rallied in the third-quarter to claim the Farmington Holiday Tournament title.

Kennett opened the game with a 12-8 lead after the first quarter, but Pittsfield’s 10-5 second quarter run gave it a one-point lead at halftime.

“Considering they are Division II, we were pretty happy,” Panthers Coach Steve Langevin said. “It was a good game for us.”

The Eagles went on a run in the third quarter, outscoring Pittsfield 17-8 to take a 34-26 lead. The Panthers pulled back within four points, 38-34, with two minutes left, but were forced to foul to get possession of the ball and Kennett took advantage of free-throw attempts down the stretch.

Junior forward Katie Steeves had a team-high 13 points and was also named to the All-Tournament Team with teammate Gabby Bartlett. Guard Katie Small scored nine points and forward Brooke Vien added seven.

Pittsfield resumes its regular season at home on Friday against Sunapee.

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Notre Dame (Mass.) 79, Concord Christian 46

The Kingsmen led 18-10 after the first quarter and 26-24 at halftime, but were outscored 55-20 in the second half to fall in a consolation game on Saturday.

“They have a deeper bench. We just ran out of gas,” said Kingsmen Coach Brandon Yeo, who added that Notre Dame had a 16-player roster.

Jeremiah Boulter scored 24 points to lead Concord Christian, while Jonathan Taylor added 14. Colin Lockwood, Tim Fisher and David Peters played well defensively.

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