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Eagles trapped in the Cage by Hopkins

After his team’s win over Monson in the Division IV West semifinals, Mt. Everett girls’ basketball coach Scott Rote talked about how this season was like a script playing out before him.

Saturday, the final lines were read and the curtains were drawn on the current era of Eagles basketball.

The Eagles were bested by the Hopkins Golden Hawks 76-64 at Curry Hicks Cage Saturday morning, ending their season in the sectional championship game. Gwen Carpenter, who ends her career as the all-time leading scorer in Berkshire County history, led all scorers with 35 points on the day, but it would not be enough for her team to secure a Western Mass. crown.

The Eagles opened up their semifinal game less than a week prior with a 23-point first quarter against top-seeded Monson, propelling them to a decisive win. Saturday, things got off to a slower start.

The teams ended the first quarter tied at 12, but once the second quarter began, Hopkins took control of the action.

A pair of 3-pointers by Allison Kowal-Safron surged the Golden Hawks on an 8-1 run in the first 70 second of the second quarter, forcing Rote to call a timeout with his team down 20-13 and reeling.

After the game, Carpenter looked to the way she and her teammates came out of the gate as one of the main reasons for the defeat, noting a difference in intensity from the Eagles between their victory in the semifinals to the final.

“For whatever reason, we just didn’t have that intensity that we had on Monday,” Carpenter said. “Whether it was that long wait or whatever it was, we just didn’t get out to the start we wanted and I think some of the girls got down on themselves pretty quickly.”

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