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NHIAA girls’ basketball: Franklin comes back to top Winnisquam, 40-26


Monitor staff
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Nothing comes easy when neighboring rivals Franklin and Winnisquam meet. And the first three quarters of Tuesday night’s game in Tilton were certainly a struggle for the Franklin girls’ basketball team.

The Golden Tornadoes scored just 17 points in those opening 24 minutes, and trailed the gritty Bears by three headed into the fourth. But Franklin’s experience rose to the occasion in the final frame as the Tornadoes erupted for 23 points in the fourth to claim a 40-26 road win.

“Our seniors really bailed us out in the fourth,” Franklin coach JJ Winters said.

Seniors Lauren Marsh, Lexy Lynch and Megan Johnston combined to score 18 in the final quarter for the Tornadoes. Franklin’s size (both Marsh and Lynch are 5-foot-10) and defensive pressure also paid dividends at the end of the game.

Marsh finished with 16 points, Lynch added eight and Johnston had six as the Tornadoes improved to 2-0 on the young season.

Winnisquam (0-2) actually trailed at halftime, 14-8, but turned in its best quarter of the season in the third to take a 20-17 lead after three. Megan Goodridge, Mackenzie Snow and Ashley Chamberlain led the Bears defensive effort.

“I thought we played our best quarter of the year so far in the third when we used our defensive pressure to change the tempo of the game,” Winnisquam coach Jordan Richardson said.

Both teams are back in action on Friday: The Bears will look for their first win when they travel to Laconia for another Lakes Region matchup, and the Tornadoes will try for a third straight victory when they host Stevens.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Belmont 66, Somersworth 22

Key players: Julianna Estremera (21 points), Elaina Hoey (14 points), Morgan Hall (9 points), Chloe Sottak (defense), Makenzie Donovan (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders wasted no time getting ahead of Somersworth with a 30-3 lead in the first quarter. Each player on the Belmont roster put points on the board by the final horn.

Coach’s quote: “Everyone scored and I’m happy about that, especially for our four freshmen.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 1-1; Somersworth 0-2

Fall Mountain 49,
Hillsboro-Deering 20

Key players: H-D – Halie Hurd (10 points, 5 rebounds), Zoe Kemp (8 points), Fayth Grimes (10 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats struggled to score throughout and gave up too many transition points in the first half to visiting Fall Mountain.

Coach’s quote: “As a team we need to continue to grow and find our shots throughout the season. There are a lot of things we have to work on, but we will continue to improve.” – H-D’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 0-2; Fall Mountain 2-0

Stevens 29, Hopkinton 26

Key players: Hopkinton – Abby Houston (11 points, 4 steals, 8 rebounds), Taylor Signor (10 points, 6 steals); Stevens – Lindsey Miller (11 points)

Highlights/key moments: Stevens jumped out early on its home court and scored just enough to hold off the Hawks.

Coach’s quote: “We worked hard on defense and forced a lot of turnovers but we were ice cold from the field and the foul line tonight.” – Hopkinton’s Pat Roye

Records: Hopkinton 0-2; Stevens 1-1