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High schools: Brady girls’ basketball tops Coe-Brown for fifth win in its last six


Monitor staff
Friday, February 09, 2018

The Green Giants are hitting their stride at the right time.

The Bishop Brady girls’ basketball team didn’t have much trouble finding the basket in a 63-36 win over Coe-Brown on Thursday.

Four of Brady’s players hit double figures, led by Kaylee Smith’s 14 points that included four 3-pointers.

Sarah Doherty also contributed strong numbers in Brady’s balanced offense with 13 points and five assists. Halle Larame scored 11 points and was strong in the defensive end while Ami Rivera was close behind her with 10 points and six rebounds.

“Tonight was a good all-around team effort on both sides of the ball,” Brady coach Annie Alosa said. “Energy was high and we were able to execute.”

The Giants improved to 9-5 and have won five of their last six games. Only four games remain on the schedule before playoffs begin.

Coe-Brown (6-8) was led with an impressive performance by Ahna McCusker, who pulled down 22 rebounds and poured in a game-high 17 points. Valentina White also found worked her way onto the scoreboard with 10 points. Meski Wallace scored four points and secured five rebounds for the Bears.

McCusker and White accounted for three quarters of Coe-Brown’s offense, but Brady had the scoring touch and the Bears struggled to keep up.

“If a team is going to shoot like that, they’ll be a tough team to beat,” Coe-Brown coach Joe Vachone said. “We were never in this game. Hats off to Brady.”

Scoring aside, the Giants showed poise in the defensive end, limiting Coe-Brown to 14 points in the first half.

Brady begins a three-game homestand Tuesday against Oyster River. Coe-Brown, now on a two-game slide, hosts John Stark on Tuesday and then plays its final three regular-season games on the road.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Laconia 59, Pembroke 23

Key players:Laconia – Bella Daly (20 points, 4 steals, 5 rebounds), Becca Howe (14 points), Hannah Dow (8 points, 11 rebounds); Pembroke – Ciera Clark (7 points, 5 steals)

Highlights/key moments: The Sachems came out on fire outscoring the Spartans 20-4 in the first quarter.

Coach’s quote: “We played a complete game for all 32 minutes. I’m proud of the contributions we got from our bench, never dropping off with our intensity or efficiency.” – Laconia’s Jeff Greeley

“Some intensity from the bench late in the game was a positive for us. Laconia came out ready to play. Kudos to them.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Laconia 7-7; Pembroke 7-7

Hopkinton 37, Stevens 21

Key players: Hopkinton – Abby Houston (9 points, 7 rebounds), Amelia Thomas (9 points, 4 steals), Maurgan McGrath (9 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks’ defense held Stevens to six points in the second half, as Hopkinton secured its 11th win of the season.

Coach’s quote: “We dug in after halftime and played some solid defense. I was proud that we were able to grind it out.” – Hopkinton’s Patrick Roye

Records: Hopkinton 11-4; Stevens 5-9

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Hopkinton 67, Hillsboro-Deering 26

Key players: Hopkinton – Kevin Newton-Delgado (17 points), Caleb Yianakopolis (11 points), Dustin Rose (8 points), Kevin McGrath (6 points), Jake Tomlinson (6 points), Tyler Allen (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: Hopkinton took a 20-6 lead in the first quarter and didn’t let the Hillcats back in.

Coach’s quote: “I was proud of our defense holding H-D to single digits in the first three quarters.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 12-2; H-D 0-14

Timberlane 50, Pembroke 46

Key players: Pembroke – Noah Cummings (16 points), Jake Sherman (13 points), Sean Menard (12 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans worked their way back into striking distance in the second half after scoring just 12 points in the first, but couldn’t take over the lead on Tuesday.

Records: Timberlane 7-4; Pembroke 8-4

WRESTLING

Bow 51, Kearsarge 24

Key players: Bow – Colby Rousseau (113 pounds, win by pin), Zack Anderson (126, pin), Andrew Bliss (138, pin), Mark Borak (152, decision)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons wrestled to a win over the Cougars as they head toward the Division III championships at Winnisquam on Feb. 17.

GIRLS’ ALPINE

Concord third

Key players: Concord – Grace Devanny (9th place), Sophia Shea (18th), Fabi McLeod (19th), Ella Fabozzi (19th)

Highlights/key moments: Led by Devanny, the Tide earned 351 points for third place in the seven-team slalom race at Pats Peak.

Coach’s quote: “The team is feeling good going into next week’s championships.” – Concord’s George Golden

Pembroke fifth

Key players: Pembroke – Jessica Boyajian (8th place), Katie Muise (26th), Molly Keyes (30th), Hannah Brown (36th)

Highlights/key moments: Boyajian paced Pembroke with a top-10 finish as the Spartans gathered 336 points to finish in fifth place in the six-team slalom race at Crotched Mountain.

BOYS’ ALPINE

Concord second

Key players: Concord – Kevin McDonough (1st place), Shane Hyland (6th), Neil Shea (9th), Sean McDonough (12th)

Highlights/key moments: Led by Kevin McDonough, who reached his fourth podium finish in six races this year, the Tide placed three skiers in the top-three and gathered 379 points, nine points behind the winners from Bedford at Pats Peak.

Coach’s quote: “We struggled in slalom this year, but both the girls and boys showed some true grit in tough conditions Thursday.” – Concord’s George Golden

Pembroke fifth

Key players: Pembroke – Jack Thomas (11th place), Jackson Frazier (12th), Logan Raymond (25th), Ben Sporcic (36th)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans gathered 335 points to finish in fifth place during the seven-team slalom race at Crotched Mountain.