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High schools: Rivera leads Brady girls’ basketball to 59-41 win over Pembroke

  • Spartan forward Madison Gaskell gets blocked by Bishop Brady’€™s Ami Rivera as Lauren Roy (15) looks on during the second half on Friday in the Green Giants’ 59-41 victory over Pembroke. Rivera, a freshman, led Brady with 15 points in the Division II win. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Even if Bishop Brady’€™s Samantha Wall (4) didn’€™t have a good night offensively, she still had hustle plays like digging out this loose ball as Spartans Elizabeth Donzell-Jewett (20) and Ciera Clark (21) look on during first half action Friday, Decemember 15, 2017. GEOFF FORESTER—Concord Monitor

  • Bishop Brady guard Halle Laramie (5) gets a shot off against the Spartans’ Olivia Langevin (13) and Morgan Allen (22) during the second half of a victory at Pembroke Academy on Friday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Spartan forward Elizabeth Donzello-Jewett (20) snags a rebound away from Brady’€™s Samantha Will during first half action in Pembroke on Friday, December 15, 2107. GEOFF FORESTER—Concord Monitor



Monitor staff
Saturday, December 16, 2017

PEMBROKE – There are three points of emphasis Bishop Brady girls’ basketball coach Annie Alosa reminds her team of before each game: hard work, communication and moving the ball.

Ball movement has long been a cornerstone of the Giants’ style on offense. Push the pace, keep the defense on its heels and find an open shooter.

It works well for this group that returned three senior starters this season in Sam Will, Lauren Roy and Sarah Doherty, and the underclassmen have stepped up behind them, providing a strong cushion of depth that can contribute scoring.

One of those underclassmen provided the most scoring in Brady’s 59-41 win over Pembroke (1-1) Friday night. Ami Rivera, a 5-foot-6 freshman guard, led the floor with 15 points and made a strong presence battling for loose balls and rebounds.

Rivera, one of five freshmen on the team, has made the starting five, joining Roy, Will, Doherty and Kaylee Smith on Alosa’s first group.

Halle Laramie, another freshman guard, is an early choice off the bench for Brady (2-0). She chipped in five points on Friday.

Smith, a sophomore who swung between JV and varsity last year, has stepped into a starting role and knocked in five points on Friday.

“They’re only going to get better,” Alosa said of her newcomers. “This year, Kaylee has grown her body, grown her confidence and it’s been fun to watch her. She’s truly a catch-and-shoot shooter and it’s something we don’t have. When Sarah drives and kicks it out to her, it’s fun because she’s ready and she’s really worked on her game a lot.”

Smith’s 3-pointer in transition in the second quarter gave Brady a 14-13 lead, and the Giants did not trail again.

Doherty, who scored nine points while quarterbacking the offense at point guard, has found plenty of options distributing the ball. In a fire-paced offense, those options are good to have.

“We have a lot of people who can score, a lot of younger players who can score, so we have some good depth,” Doherty said. “Annie likes to play an up-tempo offense, so you always have to push the ball as soon as you get it and everyone is running the floor.”

Roy finished the game second on the team with 12 points. Will, an All-State First Team pick last season, finished with nine points. After a slow start offensively with two points in the first half, Will found her shot in the second, knocking down a 3-pointer in the third quarter and scoring four points on back-to-back baskets in the fourth.

Pembroke took a 13-11 lead in the first quarter of its home opener.

Brooklyn Zanis and Ciera Clark got it going for the Spartans with a pair of 3s to start the game. Savannah Youngman also knocked down a 3-pointer in the first quarter. Clark finished the game leading her team with 12 points. Zanis finished with five.

Those ended up being the only baskets from 3-point range for the Spartans, but the early accuracy is a positive sign. Stretching the floor offensively can help against a strong shooting team like Brady, which finished with eight 3-pointers.

“We definitely have some shooters on this team, and we look for opportunities both inside and out,” Pembroke coach Michaela Champlin said. “Tonight wasn’t our night offensively, but hopefully it will be next week.”

The Green Giants pulled away in the second quarter on a 16-4 run that mounted a 30-17 lead at halftime. Pembroke pushed back in the third, outscoring Brady 16-12, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap.

Brady entered the fourth quarter with a 42-33 advantage and didn’t let the Spartans get within 10 points.

“We came out with some high energy in the second half and really played well in the third quarter,” Champlin said. “I liked that energy and we need to take that into our next game.”

Bishop Brady is on the road again Thursday against Pelham before taking its holiday break. Pembroke is on the road Tuesday against Manchester West and Thursday at Merrimack Valley before the break.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3339, nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Bedford 76, Concord 12

Key players: Concord – Ashley Kelley (5 points), Brighid Weeden (3 points)

Highlights/key moments: Bedford owned the offensive glass, grabbing 30 offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs also overwhelmed the Tide with full-court and half-court pressure defenses that forced several turnovers.

Coach’s quote: “Our girls at Concord are still learning what it means to compete. I’m disappointed with our approach to this game, but I think it is something we can learn from and try to improve. Bedford is a very good team. I would have liked to see us work a little harder to see what we could be capable of against a team of that caliber.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Bedford 2-0; Concord 0-2

Hanover 37, Bow 33

Key players: Bow – Lea Crompton (11 points), Patricia Nordin (11 points, defense), Julia Landcastle (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The game was tied at halftime (16-16) and the Falcons took the lead in the third quarter, but the Marauders came back to hand Bow a home-opening loss.

Records: Hanover 1-0; Bow 0-1

Kearsarge 61, Manchester West 8

Key players: Kearsarge – Jackie DeAngelis (14 points), Meg Roy (10 points), Tori Andrewski (9 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars rebounded from a tough opening-night loss to easily defeat a short-handed Blue Knights squad that started four freshmen.

Coach’s quote: “(West) had some sicknesses and were missing girls. Their girls played hard. We did some good stuff tonight. We started moving the ball around well. This is a building block for what we are trying to accomplish this season.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: Kearsarge 1-1; Man. West 0-3

Belmont 30, Berlin 26

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (8 points), Jordan Sargent (7 points), Lizzi Fleming (6 points), Katie Galambos (defense), Morgan Hall (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders played from behind for most of the game and trailed 23-18 heading into the fourth. Belmont answered the bell and mounted a 12-3 run in the fourth to pull out the win. Sargent hit a key 3-pointer with about 2:30 left to give Belmont a four-point lead.

Coach’s quote: “This was a good team win. The energy level was down (early) for whatever reason, but they found a way to work through adversity. That’s what you look for from a young team.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 2-3; Berlin 2-4

Hopkinton 60, St. Thomas 47

Key players: Hopkinton – Taylor Signor (12 points 4 steals), Amelia Thomas (13 points, 6 rebounds), Abby Houston (10 points, 8 rebounds), Katie Meserve (9 points, 5 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks jumped out to a 22-7 first-quarter lead and never looked back en route to their first win of the season.

Coach’s quote: “We really emphasized attacking inside out and sharing the ball tonight and it really paid off.” – Hopkinton’s Patrick Roye

Records: Hopkinton 1-2; St. Thomas 2-2

Newfound 54, Inter-Lakes 42

Key players: Newfound – Jasmine Peterson (20 points, 4 assists, 4 steals), Ashlee Dukette (18 points, 12 rebounds), Savanna Bony (11 points, 4 assists, 4 steals)

Highlights/key moments: Newfound led 17-11 after the first quarter and built a 49-24 lead with six minutes left to play when Dukette was called for her fifth foul.

Coach’s quote: “It has been two games in a row that our two key returning and experienced players have fouled out and my freshmen have had to step in and seal the win for us against strong opponents.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 3-0; I-L 2-1

White Mountains 63, Winnisquam 34

Key players: Winnisquam – Megan Goodridge (11 points, 4 steals), Meghan Cote (8 points), Shannon Goodwin (6 points), Makenzie Snow (defense and leadership)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears had a rocky start, but outscored the Spartans, 14-12, in the fourth quarter.

Coach’s quote: “We played great defense tonight in spurts. If we continue to pressure teams and convert on easy opportunities, our season will start to turn around. The girls worked really hard tonight and it was great to see them come together as a team in the third and fourth quarters.” – Winnisquam’s Jordan Richardson

Records: White Mtns. 3-0; Winnisquam 0-4

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Pembroke 60, Bishop Brady 47

Key players: Pembroke – Noah Cummings (25 points), Brandon Linscott (10 points), Shea Shackford (6 points), Malik Faraj, Tyler Smith, Justin Smith, Chandler Bean; Bishop Brady – Bryce Johnson (17 points), Tommy Fraser (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: Brady led 11-10 after the first quarter and 29-27 at halftime, but the Spartans overcame early foul trouble and the loss of Jake Sherman to an ankle injury to win their opening game of the season. Pembroke took a 43-37 lead after the third quarter thanks to a half-court defense and sparks from the Smith twins, Faraj and Bean off the bench. The Spartans hit their free throws late in the game to secure the win.

Coach’s quote: “We got into early foul trouble and Sherman rolled his ankle, so we moved it back to half-court defense. We did a good job on defense in the second half, holding Brady to 18 points. Brady wasn’t going down easy, that’s for sure. They were a tough out. It’s a nice way to start the season.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

Records: Pembroke 1-0; Brady 0-1

Merrimack Valley 49, John Stark 48

Key players: John Stark – Chase Patterson (16 points), Jake Silva (6 points), Christian Barr (5 points), Noah Gamache (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride came back after trailing 27-23 at halftime. John Stark held a five-point lead with 1:30 left, but strong defense and disciplined shooting at the free-throw line helped MV erase the deficit and escape with a one-point victory.

Coach’s quote: “It came down to turnovers and making foul shots for us. I thought we played well in situations until the final 1:30, so we’ll work on closing out games.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: Merrimack Valley 1-0; John Stark 0-1

Kearsarge 62, Pelham 46

Key players: Kearsarge – Tayler Mattos (22 points, 22 rebounds), Tommy Johnson (16 points, 7-for-8 free throws), Joe Storozuk (9 points, 3 steals), Jordan Bryk (10 points, 6 rebounds), Kyle Hernon (5 points, 10 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars led Pelham, 29-23, at halftime. Storozuk knocked down a jumper and a 3-pointer during a key 17-9 run for Kearsarge in the third quarter to pull away, leading the Cougars to a win in their first game in Division II.

Coach’s quote: “We out-rebounded (Pelham) and played solid defense. This was a good game for us on opening night.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Kearsarge 1-0; Pelham 0-1

Coe-Brown 65, Hollis-Brookline 39

Key players: Coe-Brown – Scott Spenard (27 points, 7 assists), Luke McCusker (17 points, 10 rebounds), Kyshaun Rowell (12 points, 7 deflections), Ben Watson (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears played excellent defense, holding the Cavaliers to just eight points in the first quarter to take a 21-8 lead. Coe-Brown led 36-28 at halftime, but outscored the Cavs 29-11 in the second half, allowing just six points in the third quarter and five in the fourth.

Coach’s quote: “Excellent defensive night and an excellent night on the boards. (Hollis-Brookline) is a good team. They’re big guys, so our guys had to work very hard to control the boards. It was a solid night by everyone.” – Coe-Brown’s David Smith

Records: Coe-Brown 1-0; Hollis-Brookline 0-1

Hopkinton 72, St. Thomas 33

Key players: Hopkinton – Dustin Rose (18 points), Zachary Signor (14 points), Kevin McGrath (12 points), Caleb Yianakopolis seven points)

Highlights/key moments: Hopkinton opened up a nine-point lead at the end of the first quarter and built on it in each of the last three quarters, including a 26-point third quarter. The Hawks held St. Thomas to single digits in the first three quarters and hit 14 3s, including four each from Rose and Signor.

Coach’s quote: “I am proud of the team and how hard they worked on the defensive end. Kevin McGrath had another strong performance on defense. We did a nice job in transition which resulted in many fastbreak points.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 3-0; St. Thomas 0-2

Fall Mountain 69, Franklin 61

Key players: Franklin – Ben Lafrance (18 points), Harrison Clark (16 points), Jayden Torres (16 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Wildcats outscored the Tornadoes in the fourth quarter, 22-13.

Coach’s quote: “We know we can score but if we don’t box out, winning games will be difficult.” – Franklin’s Michael Donnell

Records: Fall Mtn. 1-2; Franklin 0-2

White Mountains 60, Winnisquam 37

Key players: Winisquam – Kyle Mann (17 points), Avery Hutchinson (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears lost their second straight to open the season.

Coach’s quote: “They beat us up pretty good. We didn’t quit and played hard in the second half. I wish we had executed more in the first half.” – Winnisquam’s Kevin Dame

Records: White Mtns. 1-2; Winnisquam 0-2

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

Bow first slalom and GS;
Belmont second slalom and GS;
Laconia third GS, fourth slalom

Key players: Bow – Ben Wachsmuth (1st slalom), Alexander Mangini (3rd slalom, 3rd GS), Connor Wachsmuth (4th slalom, 4th GS), Jonathan Cook (2nd GS, 5th slalom), Aden Lipsy (6th GS); Belmont – Lars Major (2nd slalom, 9th GS), Nolan Gagnon (7th slalom, 13th GS), Jake Deware (10th slalom, 10th GS), Mitchell Berry (8th GS, 12th slalom); Laconia – Thomas Turpin (1st GS), Bradley Weeks (5th GS, 9th slalom), Dakota Cross (15th slalom, 17th GS), Ayden Duncan (18th slalom, 30th GS)

Highlights/key moments: Ben Wachsmuth won the slalom, Mangini finished third in the slalom and giant slalom and Connor Wachsmuth finished fourth in the slalom and giant slalom to lead Bow to first place in both events at Thursday’s season-opening race at Bretton Woods. The Falcons placed six in the top eight of the slalom to win with 391 points and placed five in the top seven to win the giant slalom with 389 points. Belmont finished second out of six teams in both the slalom (378) and giant slalom (370). Laconia finished third in the giant slalom (361) thanks to Turpin’s victory and finished fourth (270) in the slalom.

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

Belmont first slalom and GS;
Bow third slalom, fourth GS

Key players: Belmont – Katie Gagnon (1st slalom, 3rd GS), Abby Camire (5th slalom, 8th GS), Becca Camire (6th slalom, 12th GS), Keagan Berry (6th GS), Margaret Witham (11th slalom); Bow – Megan Lavigne (2nd slalom, 4th GS), Madeline Soucy (10th slalom, 18th GS), Carolyn Johnson (17th slalom, 22nd GS), Clara Arribas (20th slalom), Madison Amann (29th GS); Laconia – Nicole Turpin (7th slalom, 11th GS), Rinnie Randall (7th GS), Kaitlyn Brooks (12th slalom, 20th GS)

Highlights/key moments: Gagnon won the slalom and finished third in the giant slalom to lead Belmont to victories in both events in a season-opening race at Bretton Woods on Thursday. Belmont topped the slalom standings with 381 points and the giant slalom standings with 375 points. White Mountains finished second in both the slalom (365) and giant slalom (371). Bow finished third in the slalom (360) out of four teams and fourth in the giant slalom (338) out of five teams. Laconia competed, but did not have enough skiers to score.