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High schools: LaTorra nabs first win with Concord girls’ basketball



Monitor staff
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

When Tim LaTorra decided to take over a Concord girls’ basketball program that went 4-14 last year, he knew that if the Tide was going to be successful, the squad would need a mindset makeover.

Concord still has a ways to go, but started heading in the right direction on Monday, giving LaTorra his first victory behind the Tide bench with a 47-32 win at Trinity.

“We’re trying to change their mindset. To get a result from that early on in the year is great for them,” LaTorra said. “We’re just trying to play as hard as we can and letting the results speak for themselves.”

The Tide (1-2) learned plenty from its first two games of the season – a narrow 46-44 loss to Spaulding in the season opener and a 76-12 drubbing at the hands of last year’s runner-up Bedford.

Bedford dominated the offensive glass against the Tide on Saturday, collecting 32 offensive rebounds, but Concord played much more aggressively against the Pioneers, limiting Trinity (0-3) to just nine offensive boards.

The Tide took a 10-8 lead after the first quarter, but was able to limit Trinity’s second-chance opportunities in the second quarter, providing Concord with more chances to drive and draw fouls.

Concord cashed in on most of those fouls, shooting 8-for-12 from the charity stripe to extend its lead to 27-16 at halftime.

“We definitely paid attention to our defense,” LaTorra said. “It’s been pretty solid for most of the year, but we haven’t been able to rebound out of it. Our girls were really aggressive with trying to push the tempo.”

The Tide outscored Trinity in the paint, 24-4.

Senior Gabby Evans “owned the glass,” according to LaTorra, finishing with 25 rebounds, while Kasie Maloney and Jada Duvert finished with seven rebounds apiece.

“We’re learning to be a lot tougher with the basketball,” LaTorra said. “We’re progressing ... our girls were really aggressive with trying to push the tempo.”

The Tide continued to take care of the basketball and rebound hard in the second half, holding a 37-28 lead after the third quarter and held Trinity to just four points in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

“The biggest thing for us was learning how to win and close out games,” LaTorra said. “We used some timeouts and we talked about what would need to happen in order to secure the victory. We did a great job rebounding, taking care of the ball, changing some defenses around, our girls rose to the occasion.”

The Tide was bolstered by the most balanced offense Concord has seen all year, with Evans (10 points), Maloney and senior Ashley Kelley (nine points each) leading the scoring.

That trio also played solid defense along with Duvert, senior Brighid Weeden and sophomore Ky Bucholtz.

“I’m just proud of the kids for holding themselves and their teammates accountable for working hard,” LaTorra said. “We’re not just going to show up and beat people. Hopefully, we can keep that mentality going forward. Every day is hopefully a step in the right direction.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Kearsarge 67, Plymouth 62, OT

Key players: Kearsarge – Meg Roy (20 points), Caitlin Prescott (13 points), Madi Courser (10 points), Taylor Albright (7 points, 5-for-6 FT shooting)

Highlights/key moments: Courser knocked down back-to-back 3s in overtime, DeAngelis also made a shot from behind the arc and Albright hit some key free throws down the stretch to lift the Cougars to a win over the Bobcats. Kearsarge led by 10 points in the first half, but Plymouth clawed back to cut the lead to two points at halftime. The Cougars led by as many as 10 early in the fourth quarter, but Plymouth fought back to force overtime.

Coach’s quote: “We couldn’t finish them off. They worked hard. They beat us on the glass in the fourth quarter and weren’t able to make shots down the stretch, but the girls showed poise. Good overall team effort. We hung in there.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: Kearsarge 2-1; Plymouth 0-3

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Sanborn 61, Hillsboro-Deering 48

Key players: H-D – Elijah Winters (16 points), Zack Rowell (12 points), Ben Ketterer (11 points, defense)

Highlights/key moments: It was the second quarter that did the Hillcats in. H-D was outscored 18-3 in the frame and despite a strong offensive showing in the second half, it wasn’t enough to make up the ground.

Records: Sanborn 2-1; H-D 0-2

Hopkinton 41, Mascoma 22

Key players: Hopkinton – Kevin Newton-Delgado (13 points), Kevin McGrath (8 points), Caleb Yianakopolis (5 points)

Highlights/key moments: Hopkinton’s defense allowed only three Mascoma field goals and nine points through the first three quarters of play.

Coach’s quote: “It was nice to see how well we played on defense despite not having a strong offensive performance.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 4-0; Mascoma 1-3

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes 4,
Kearsarge-Plymouth 1

Key players: Kearsarge-Plymouth – Cody Bannon (first career goal), Sam Johnson (goalie), Tony Velez (defense), Josh Johnston (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Bannon scored his first career goal, but it wasn’t enough for the Cats in Saturday’s season-opening loss to the Renegades.

Records: M/I-L 1-0; Kearsarge-Plymouth 0-1