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High schools: Bow holds off Pembroke, 43-35, in D-II clash

  • Pembroke forward Morgan Allen goes up against Bow forward Erin Boldwin during the first half at Bow on February 1, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow guard Lea Crompton shoots over Pembroke forward Ciera Clark during the first half on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Bow. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow guard Lauren Goyette goes up against Pembroke forward Madison Gaskell (23) during the first half on Thursday, February 1, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow forward Maddie McSweeney and Pembroke guard Savannah Youngman battle for a loose ball in the first half on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Bow. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Friday, February 02, 2018

BOW – The midpoint of the Division II girls’ basketball season has passed, and wins are becoming more crucial for teams caught in the middle of the standings as they position themselves for the tournament.

Bow earned a critical win Thursday night over Pembroke, 43-35, lifting the Falcons back to .500 as they begin a busy stretch with four games in six days.

The Falcons (5-5) pieced together three wins in a row in mid-January but hit a two-game slide before facing the Spartans (6-6) on Thursday.

Those two losses were by a margin of six points or fewer. Falcons coach Bill Vermette hopes the win puts his team back on track as they try to stay sharp in the later minutes of a game.

“We’re not saying we’re the best team in the state, but if we can compete then you never know what happens,” Vermette said. “This was important to bring us back to .500 and hopefully it creates a little momentum.”

Bow senior Lea Crompton said the team has improved its focus and didn’t let those losses undermine confidence.

“Staying mentally tough is a big thing for us,” she said. “We’ve been lacking it lately, but tonight we were able to pull through.”

Thanks in large part to a 19-point second quarter that pulled Bow out to a comfortable 23-12 lead at halftime, the Falcons didn’t let Pembroke back within six points.

The Spartans made it interesting in the fourth quarter as they cut a 13-point deficit down to six. A pair of baskets by Crompton and Patty Nordin plus two free throws by Lauren Goyette late in the fourth helped the Falcons hold off their opponents and capture the win.

Nordin led Bow with 15 points while Crompton poured in nine. Erin Boldwin and Goyette each had eight, and Julia Landcastle chipped in seven.

The Falcons’ bench helped out in the defensive end to hold off Pembroke but couldn’t turn in points on offense. Bow plays again Friday night at Laconia and then two more games in the next three days after.

Contributions from the bench on both ends will be needed for the Falcons to come out of this stretch in good shape.

“We just have to go on the fly and hope that we can have a few kids off the bench give us good minutes,” Vermette said.

Pembroke was led by Brooklyn Zanis who scored a game-high 19 points. Madison Gaskell was behind her with six points, Savannah Youngman scored four, Morgan Allen scored three, Olivia Langevin chipped in two and Emily Lacasse hit a free throw in the first for one point.

The Spartans were coming off a tight 36-31 loss to Hanover on the road less than 24 hours before Thursday’s game. Coach Michaela Champlin thought fatigue may have been a factor as Pembroke scored just 12 points in the first half.

“I think running out of gas is part of that,” Champlin said. “As a team, we’re working on how we respond to adversity, which I think is a challenge at any level.”

Pembroke’s 35 points was its third lowest output offensively through 12 games this season.

“I think the frustration in the first quarter, we had a hard time responding,” Champlin said. “Bow is a tough team and tonight was not our night.”

The Spartans are off until Monday when they host Oyster River.

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

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Concord 54, Keene 43

Key players: Concord – Gabby Evans (16 points, 25 rebounds), Ashley Kelley (12 points, defense), Kasie Maloney (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: Concord jumped ahead early and used a 7-0 run to end the first half up by eight points. Keene responded with a run of its own to take a three-point lead in the third quarter, but the Tide’s defense stepped up in the fourth to finish off the win.

Coach’s quote: “I am proud of our kids for bouncing back tonight after what has been a long week. ... We had some players step up when we needed them to and the kids played with a lot of pride tonight. It was a great team win.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 3-8; Keene 1-9

Laconia 75, Manchester West 29

Key players:Laconia – Sophie George (15 points), Bella Daly (12 points), Becca Howe (12 points)

Highlights/key moments: After a string of four straight losses, the Sachems turned things around with a huge second half against the Blue Knights. Effort and ball pressure proved to be the difference as Laconia cruised to an easy win.

Coach’s quote: “It’s nice to get a win, but more importantly, we got back to shooting the ball well tonight. Hats off to West, they played hard for 32 minutes.” – Laconia’s Jeff Greeley

Records: Laconia 5-7; Manchester West 0-13

Merrimack Valley 60, Plymouth 31

Key players:MV – Abby Grandmaison (17 points, 10 rebounds), Carly Huckins (13 points), Aislinn McDonald (14 points, 12 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride’s defense clamped down in the second half, holding Plymouth to just eight points to build on its lead. Merrimack Valley led 31-23 at halftime and used high energy and sound rebounding to take over in the final 16 minutes.

Coach’s quote: “In the second half we came out with some energy and defended and rebounded, which allowed us to get some easy baskets. If we commit ourselves to rebounding the ball well, we will be a tough team to beat.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: MV 6-7; Plymouth 0-11

John Stark 51, ConVal 29

Key players:Stark – Chelsea Woodsum (17 points, 10 rebounds), Autumn Nelson (13 points), Laura Martin (9 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals used a quick start to build an early lead before opening things up in the third quarter. After an uneven start to the season, John Stark has now won three straight.

Coach’s quote: “We still continue to play inconsistently but each game the quality minutes are getting higher. The girls are working extremely hard and it’s paying off.” – Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 6-5; ConVal 4-7

Gilford 53, Inter-Lakes 44

Key players:Gilford – Shelby Cole (17 points, 3 assists, 2 steals), Brooke Beaudet (13 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Lauren Dean (12 points), Hannah Perkins (7 points, 10 rebounds); Inter-Lakes – Julia Gintof (17 points), Jessalyn Brown (10 points), Emma Wheeler (10 points)

Highlights/key moments: With the score tied at 19 at halftime, the Golden Eagles broke things open late in the third quarter for a statement win over the Lakers. Gilford made 11 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Records: Gilford 11-2; Inter-Lakes 10-4

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Hopkinton 71, Newfound 44

Key players:Hopkinton – Caleb Yianakopolos (17 points), Kevin McGrath (14 points), Kevin Newton-Delgado (10 points); Newfound – Mason Dalphonse (16 points), Colby Miles (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks began the contest on an 11-0 run and never trailed to win their fourth straight and 11th overall. Hopkinton received points from 11 players in the win.

Coach’s quote: “It was nice to see the whole team contributing tonight and working together. Hats off to Newfound for never giving up and playing hard to the final whistle.” – Hopkinton’s Steve Signor

Records: Hopkinton 11-1; Newfound 0-11

GIRLS’ ALPINE

Concord third

Key players: Concord – Ella Fabozzi (8th), Grace Devanny (9th), Sophia Shea (15th), Fabi McLeod (19th)

Highlights/key moments: Behind Fabozzi (1:04.78) and Devanny (1:04.96), the Tide finished with a team score of 356 during the seven-team meet at Gunstock. Exeter pulled off the win with 378 points.

Coach’s quote: “The girls had their best race of the season, giving them some great motivation going into states.” – Concord’s George Golden

BOYS’ ALPINE

Concord second

Key players: Concord – Sean McDonough (5th), Neil Shea (6th), Daniel Loosigian (11th), Liam Devanny (12th), Aidan MacWhinnie (13th), Cole Gorham (14th), Simon Foisey (16th)

Highlights/key moments: Concord put forth a second-place effort as a team with six skiers inside the top 15. Kevin McDonough, who failed to finish his first run of the giant slalom, had the fastest second run of the day at 26.63 seconds.

Coach’s quote: “The boys had a tough first run but pulled it together for second run to close the gap.” – Concord’s George Golden