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Girls’ high schools: Inter-Lakes basketball uses team effort to hand Newfound first loss

  • Inter-Lakes’ Julia Gintof (22) makes a clean block of Newfound's Madi Dalphonse's (2) shot during the girls' basketball game at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Newfound's Savanna Bony (10) drives to the basket during the girls' basketball game at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Newfound's Tiffany Doan (11) shoots over Inter-Lakes' Jessalyn Brown (12) during the girls' basketball game at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Inter-Lakes' Julia Gintof (22) goes up for a layup during the girls' basketball game at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Inter-Lakes's Emma Wheeler (10) fights for possession during the girls' basketball game at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Newfound's Ashlee Dukette (22) drives to the basket during the girls' basketball game at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Saturday, January 06, 2018

MEREDITH – The play didn’t involve their leading scorer and it didn’t decide the game, but it did showcase the strength of this Inter-Lakes girls’ basketball team. Taylor Ambrose whipped a pass to a cutting Emma Wheeler, who could have gone up for a contested shot. Instead, Wheeler dropped a quick bounce pass to Jordan Durand for a wide-open layup.

“I just love on our team how we work so well together and how everyone can step up to the plate,” junior captain Julia Gintof said.

The Lakers were especially eager to step up to the plate on Friday night against Newfound, a Lakes Region rival they’ve already lost to this season and haven’t beaten in, “I don’t know how long,” Gintof said. Inter-Lakes (6-1) got six or more points from six players, including a game-high 22 points from Gintof, and ran away with a 56-37 win, handing the Bears (6-1) their first loss of the season and their first regular-season loss in two years.

“(Inter-Lakes) may not have a superstar, but they all play well together and they’re all strong players,” said Newfound coach Karri Peterson, who guided her team to an 18-0 regular season last year before falling in the semifinals. “They don’t have a huge weakness on the floor and they can all contribute something.”

The Lakers’ teamwork and togetherness were critical, as was the relentless attacking from Gintof (who also had six rebounds, five steals and two assists), but the game’s turning point came when Newfound’s Ashlee Dukette, the reigning Division III Player of the Year, fouled out midway through the third quarter. At that point the game was tied, 28-28, but the Lakers were clearly boosted by Dukette’s departure and they built a 39-31 lead by the end of the third, a lead that just kept growing in the fourth.

Dukette picked up her third foul early in the second quarter, but Peterson left her in the game and the star junior led the Bears to a 23-20 halftime lead. Dukette was whistled for her fourth foul with 4:45 left in the third, and then Durand (seven points, six rebounds) drew the fifth with 3:47 to go in the quarter when she posted Dukette up and made a strong move to the hoop.

“It seemed like every time they went to the basket they kind of backed off, so I told them go at (Dukette), go to her, and eventually they did and it worked out,” Inter-Lakes coach Beth Pion-Burlison said.

The only other time Dukette has fouled out this season was on Dec. 15, when these two teams met in Bristol. In that game, the Bears had a 27-point lead early in the fourth when Dukette picked up her fifth foul and the Lakers trimmed 13 points off that deficit before losing, 54-42.

“You could sit her, but the problem is if you sit her, are you going to dig yourself such a hole that you can’t get out of it?” Peterson said. “So do you see how long she can go for, or do you sit her and then dig out of it afterward? I don’t know which is the best way to do that.”

Even with Dukette in the game, Inter-Lakes wasn’t about to get blown out by Newfound a second time.

“We were so excited for this game,” Gintof said. “We didn’t play that well the last time, but our spirits were high and we were ready for revenge.”

The Lakers showed that excitement as they opened up a 6-2 lead to start the game, but then Dukette (team-high 15 points, nine rebounds, four blocks) asserted herself – hitting a 3, crashing the offensive glass, blocking shots – and the Bears took a 12-6 lead after the first. Dukette kept it up in the second quarter, but Inter-Lakes stayed with Newfound as Mollie Durand scored five of her six points in the second and the Lakers’ deficit was just three at halftime.

A pretty drive and finish from Newfound freshman Jasmine Peterson (seven points, three assists) gave the Bears a 28-22 lead with 6:02 left in the third, but Inter-Lakes went on a 17-3 run from there to take that 39-31 advantage into the fourth. Five different Lakers scored during that stretch, including five points from Gintof and four from Wheeler (eight points, seven rebounds).

Peterson hit a 3 to start the fourth, and Newfound freshman Mackenzie Bohlmann (five points, six rebounds) hit another with 6:13 left on the clock to cut Inter-Lakes lead down to six, 43-37. But those were the last points the Bears would score as the Inter-Lakes defense refused to give up easy shots and was quicker to every loose ball.

“We had a tough one against Newfound the first time,” Pion-Burlison said, “but we fixed what we did wrong and we ended up doing it perfectly.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Bishop Brady 69, Laconia 68, 2OT

Key players:Bishop Brady – Halle Laramie (12 points, game-winning basket), Kaylee Smith (22 points), Lauren Roy (14 points), Ami Rivera (11 points, 8 assists), Marissa Payne (8 points, 5 rebounds); Laconia – Sophie George (19 points), Hannah Dow (11 points), Becca Howe (12 points), Devon Mello (8 points, 10 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Friday night featured a tight matchup between Brady, winner of the Capital Area Hoilday Tournament, and Laconia, winner of the Lakes Region Holiday Tournament. Brady freshman Riley Marsh pulled down an offensive rebound and put it back in to tie the game and force the first overtime. Laramie knocked down the game-winning basket with less than a second on the clock in the second overtime to seal the win for the Giants.

Coach’s quote: “Playing with three freshmen on the floor for many minutes and two sophomores, the grit and fight was impressive. Our lone senior tonight, Lauren Roy, showed great leadership. Overall, our pace and decision making improved throughout the game.” – Brady’s Annie Alosa

“As a young team, we are finding a ton of growth within our kids in games and pressure situations like tonight. I’m proud of how we competed.” – Laconia’s Jeff Greeley

Records: Bishop Brady 3-2; Laconia 2-3

Hollis-Brookline 44, Bow 35

Key players: Bow – Julia Landcastle (10 points), Lauren Goyette (9 points), Erin Boldwin (11 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons trailed by two at halftime (17-15) and managed to tie the game (19-19) early in the third quarter. But the Cavaliers went on a tear after that, opening up an 11-point lead later in the frame.

Records: Hollis-Brookline 5-1; Bow 1-2

Kearsarge 46, Milford 32

Key players: Kearsarge – Meg Roy (17 points, 13 rebounds), Jordan Busch (8 points), Jackie DeAngelis (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars trailed by two points after the first quarter, but turned things around to take a 28-20 halftime lead.

Coach’s quote: “We couldn’t make follow-up shots early on, despite 31 first-half rebounds, but as the night went along we got better. Our defense got better, too. Great team effort. It’s great to get back into the win column.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: Kearsarge 3-3; Milford 1-5

Gilford 55, Prospect Mountain 34

Key players: Gilford – Shelby Cole (20 points, 4 assists, 4 steals), Brooke Beaudet (12 points, 8 assists, 7 steals), Hannah Perkins (6 points, 11 rebounds), Abby O’Connor (6 points), Lauren Dean (5 points), Karly Sanborn (6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 20-6 first quarter lead and led the rest of the way to hand the Timberwolves their first loss.

Records: Gilford 3-2; Prospect Mtn. 6-1

Newmarket 35, Pittsfield 25

Key players: Pittsfield – Katie Rollins (9 points, 5 rebounds), Haylee Gilleney (9 points, 4 steals)

Highlights/key moments: The Panthers kept it close early on, trailing 21-19 at halftime, but Rollins picked up her fourth foul early in the third and had to sit most of the quarter, which stalled Pittsfield’s offense. The Mules extended their lead to 27-21 after three. The Panthers pulled to within four points in the fourth quarter, but Newmarket closed the game with a 6-0 run.

Coach’s quote: “We played some of the best basketball that we have played all year. We unfortunately had trouble offensively when Rollins had to sit because of foul trouble. I was super proud of how hard the girls played the whole game.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Newmarket 3-3; Pittsfield 1-6