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Preview capsules for D-II girls’ basketball, D-I girls’ hockey semifinals


Monitor staff
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

DIVISION II SEMIFINALS

No. 8 Bishop Brady (14-6) vs. No. 13 John Stark (11-9)
at SNHU, 8 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: The Green Giants handed it to John Stark, 63-40, on Feb. 21.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Brady topped No. 9 Bow, 58-41, in the opening round and stunned top-seeded Portsmouth, 55-48, for a seat in the semifinals. John Stark edged No. 4 Pelham, 43-41, in the first round and turned back No. 5 Kennett, 48-36, in the quarterfinals.

NOTES: It’s probably not the semifinal matchup most were expecting, but those who follow both programs closely aren’t surprised. Bishop Brady got senior scoring threat Sam Will back from injury at the perfect time, evident by her 20-plus point efforts in both games through the first two rounds. The Green Giants like to play fast, get buckets in transition and utilize Will as much as possible, but if the Generals focus too much on Will, the likes of Sarah Doherty, Lauren Roy and Ami Rivera have the tools to make them pay. In his first year, Stark coach Bruce Johnson already has a No. 13 seed on the doorstep of a championship game appearance and the Generals have done it with a balanced attack, especially from seniors Jillian Douzanis, Laura Martin and Emily Patten. After their win over Kennett in the quarterfinals, Johnson said: “Our last few victories most people will consider upsets, but these girls are a very good team and they earned those victories with team play and hard work.”

GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY

DIVISION I SEMIFINALS

No. 2 Hanover (16-2) vs.
No. 3 Brady-Trinity-West (16-2-1) at Plymouth State, 5:30 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: Hanover blanked Brady-Trinity-West, 6-0, on Feb. 20.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: The Giant Pioneers got off to a strong start with a 7-3 victory over No. 6 Berlin-Gorham in the quarterfinals. Hanover eased past No. 7 Souhegan, 7-1.

NOTES: After losing to Hanover in its regular-season finale, Bishop Brady-Trinity-West coach Dan Earley called the Marauders “the team to beat.” Whether the Giant Pioneers can pull it off the upset or not still remains the question. Brady-Trinity-West is good enough to beat almost any team in the division with a first line of Sydney Herrington, Mary Anne Wiley and Lauren Trippiedi, but challenging Hanover is another story. The Marauders are deep with three lines and have a knack for wearing opponents down. They outshot the Giant Pioneers, 43-9, in their meeting late in the year and kept the pressure in the attacking zone for much of the contest. Earley, though, promised his group would be in “another level of shape” come playoff time.