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High schools: Winnisquam basketball grabs win over rival Franklin


Monitor staff
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The Winnisquam boys’ basketball team hadn’t won consecutive games all season entering Monday’s game against local rivals Franklin (1-11), but the Bears played strong defense against the most prolific scorer in Division III and Winnisquam won on its home court, 51-31.

The Bears also won last Friday, 51-45, upping Winnisquam’s record to 4-9 and putting it in the hunt for a playoff spot.

The Bears currently sit in 17th place in D-III. The top 16 teams will advance to the postseason tournament.

Winnisquam jumped out to a 13-5 lead after the first quarter and outscored the Golden Tornadoes 17-6 in the second quarter to take a 30-11 halftime lead.

“We played with good tempo and defensive intensity,” Winnisquam head coach Kevin Dame said.

The Bears did an especially good job against the leading scorer in D-III, Jayden Torres, who averages over 25 points per game, holding him to nine points.

Zach Dunham was Franklin’s leading scorer with 11 points.

“Their press confused us and created too many turnovers and we were flat offensively,” Franklin head coach Michael Donnell said. “Give coach Dame credit, he had his boys pumped and they responded.”

Franklin turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter, holding Winnisquam to just three points in the frame and cutting the deficit to 33-21 heading into the fourth.

“We got some okay looks, but we were trying to go to fast,” Dame said. “We didn’t execute well, but the intensity was there.”

Thanks to strong outings from Kyle Mann (16 points), Phil Nichols (13 points) and Gunnar Horman (11 points), the Bears outscored the Tornadoes 18-10 over the last eight minutes to secure the win.

Winnisquam plays another Lakes Region rival Tuesday on the road against Gilford.

Franklin also plays on the road against Laconia on Tuesday.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Milford 67, Bishop Brady 52

Key players: Bishop Brady – Bryce Johnson (31 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals)

Highlights/key moments: Milford established the tempo early with dribble penetration and layups while the Giants found themselves in early foul trouble. The Spartans shot well from the perimeter while Brady shot poorly from beyond the arc and were outrebounded.

Coach’s quote: “Bryce is our only senior and he is the only returning player from last year’s rotation. He has been a consistent balanced contributor even with a much greater responsibility. Tonight he proved to be one of the league’s best scorers while the other two juniors and nine sophomores are learning from his sense of urgency and leadership everyday.” – Bishop Brady’s Tim Lee

Records: Milford 6-6; Bishop Brady 2-8

Hollis-Brookline 60, Bow 47

Key players: Bow – Shaun Lover (14 points), Ryan Andrews (12 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons were hot from behind the arc, scoring 11 three-pointers, but the Cavaliers scored 18 points in the third quarter to maintain their lead.

Coach’s quote: “We shot the ball well but couldn’t get stops in the third quarter. (Hollis/Brookline) is very tough inside.” – Bow’s Frank Moreno

Records: Hollis/Brookline 8-2; Bow 4-7

Campbell 60, Hopkinton 50

Key players: Hopkinton – Kevin McGrath (18 points), Zachary Signor (10 points), Kevin Newton-Delgado (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: Hopkinton started the game on an 8-2 run only to have Campbell answer with an 18-6 run to end the quarter, and the Cougars gradually built up their lead.

Coach’s quote: “Hats off to Campbell as they outworked and outplayed us. We needed a total team effort and we just didn’t have it tonight.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Campbell 9-3; Hopkinton 11-2

Mascenic 69, Hillsboro-Deering 49

Key players: H-D – Elijah Winters (15 points), Kyle Brown (13 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats held the first-place Vikings in check early on, leading in the first quarter and trailing by just 10 at halftime against a team that beat them by 35 points in the season-opener.

Records: Mascenic 10-1; H-D 0-11

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Bishop Brady 73, Milford 55

Key players: Bishop Brady – Ami Rivera (32 points, 15 rebounds), Kaylee Smith (18 points, 4 3s)

Highlights/key moments: The Giants won their fourth out of the last five games with a victory over the Spartans.

Coach’s quote: “A strong burst of offense and some good ball movement led to strong first-half execution. Some defensive lapses but lots to grow from. We will keep moving forward and learning.” – Bishop Brady’s Annie Alosa

Records: Bishop Brady 8-5; Milford 3-10

Hollis-Brookline 39, Bow 34

Key players: Bow – Lea Crompton (14 points), Lauren Goyette (eight points), Erin Boldwin (10 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Bow held the Cavs to just three third-quarter points, cutting the deficit to three, but the Falcons lost to the second-place Cavaliers for the second time this season. Bow lost to the Cavaliers by nine points on Jan. 5.

Records: Hollis-Brookline 12-1; Bow 5-7

Pembroke 58, Oyster River 36

Key players: Pembroke – Maddie Gaskell (14 points, 6 rebounds), Ciera Clark (8 points, 6 rebounds), Brooklyn Zanis (14 points)

Highlights/key moments: Good clean defense and quick ball movement were keys to the Spartans’ win over the Bobcats.

Coach’s quote: “All 12 players had a role in tonight’s win. We have some things to work on before a tough matchup this week against Laconia. We’re looking forward to playing four out of our five remaining games at home.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Pembroke 7-6; Oyster River 0-13

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

Pembroke third

Key players: Pembroke – Jackson Frazier (2nd), Ben Sporcic (12th), Calvin Michael (14th), Dean Monterio (16th)

Highlights/key moments: Frazier had the second-fastest time of two runs combined to lead the Spartans in a three-team slalom meet at Pats Peak. Windham (385) won the meet, followed by Oyster River (377) and Pembroke (372).

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

Pembroke third

Key players: Pembroke – Jessica Boyajian (6th), Molly Keyes (8th), Katherine Muise (10th), Elyza Weingartner (11th)

Highlights/key moments: Boyajian had the sixth-fastest time of two slalom runs combined to lead Pembroke in a meet at Pats Peak. Oyster River (391) topped Windham (374) and Pembroke (369) for the win.