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High schools: Mattos scores 39 to lead Kearsarge past Windham



Monitor staff
Friday, December 22, 2017

Kearsarge coach Nate Camp doesn’t believe his team has played its best basketball yet. That’s a scary thought for the rest of Division II boys’ hoops.

Playing up a division after winning the state championship in D-III a season ago, the Cougars continued their hot start to the year on Thursday with a 77-57 home win over Windham in their final game before the holiday break.

Kearsarge is 3-0 and averaging 70 points per game.

So far, so good in its new home.

“It was a good game for us tonight. We won, but we really started to come together,” said Camp, who’s in his ninth year at the helm for the Cougars. “I still don’t think we’ve fully clicked yet, which can be scary, but I think this group still has another gear that we’re still hoping to get where we’re just all clicking.”

Kearsarge came close to finding that gear in the second half against the Jaguars.

After taking a slim two-point lead into the half, the Cougars pieced together a game-changing 25-7 run in the third quarter, fueling their transition buckets and fast-break scores with stops and turnovers on the defensive end.

“I think Windham hit seven 3s in the first half. Some teams could go a whole game without hitting that many against us. They shot the lights out, and in some cases, we were right in their face,” Camp said. “That third quarter was the difference. We came out of halftime with some fire knowing that we had to get stops and then we got lot of breakouts that led to the big run.”

Camp credited senior Will Chadwick for helping swing the momentum back in Kearsage’s favor with a 3-pointer in the second quarter that weathered the long-range barrage from Windham. But it was the usual suspects for the Cougars who carried the scoring load.

Seniors Tayler Mattos and Tommy Johnson combined for 62 points. Mattos poured in 39 while pulling down 12 rebounds and Johnson carved the Jaguars up for 23 points, six assists and four rebounds.

While the duo’s numbers on a nightly basis are eye-popping, it was the contributions from the rest of the rotation players that had Camp fired up: Joe Storozuk added four points, but finished with six rebounds and five assists; Kyle Hernon paired well with Mattos inside and flashed some nifty interior passing, finishing with eight rebounds and five assists; and both Jordan Bryk (four points) and Noah Tremblay (three rebounds, two steals) have transformed themselves into steady players for the Cougars.

“We’ve been able to put up points with obviously Tommy and Tayler leading us, but we’ve had multiple guys on our periphery that all chip in,” Camp said. “I think that’s really going to be the difference for us this year – it has to be the difference – because in Division III, most nights you could get away with Tommy and Tayler, and maybe that’s it. But in Division II you have to be deep and you have to have guys that can step up and knock down shots.”

The Cougars won’t resume the regular season until hosting Lebanon on Jan. 2, but they are one of eight local teams participating in the 47th annual Capital Area Holiday Tournament, which tips off for Kearsarge on Wednesday at NHTI with a contest against Pembroke at 5:30 p.m.

“We’re definitely trying to go down there, play at a high level and win that tournament,” Camp said.

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Concord 51, Bishop Guertin 40

Key players: Concord – Rylan Canabano (21 points, 12-for-12 FT, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists), Teddy Blodgett (11 points, 5 rebounds), John Kalisz (9 points, 3 rebounds), Jacob Knowles (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide clamped down on the Cardinals in Nashua with a suffocating defensive effort. BG took its only lead of the game early in the third quarter, before Concord responded with a 17-4 run to seize control. The Tide shot 21 of 26 from the charity stripe in the win.

Coach’s quote: “That has to be one of the better defensive efforts this program has put forth in a while. It’s pretty exciting for the kids, none of them has seen 2-0 before. It was a good night for the program. The defense is paying dividends.” – Concord’s Dave Chase

Records: Concord 2-0; Bishop Guertin 0-1

Pelham 72, Bishop Brady 61

Key players: Brady – Bryce Johnson (20 points), Tommy Fraser (10 points), Ismael Rivera (10 points), Charlie Coffin (9 points)

Highlights/key moments: Pelham earned the win with efficient shooting and strong penetration inside the lane.

Coach’s quote: “Shots are going to fall and we are going to get much better at playing defense during the season.” – Brady’s Tim Lee

Records: Brady 0-2; Pelham 1-2

Laconia 61, Prospect Mountain 34

Key players: Laconia – Jakob Steele (16 points, 6 rebounds), Ryan Paiva (12 points, 7 rebounds) Christian Gaspa (7 points, 4 steals)

Highlights/key moments: The Sachems stretched out their lead to 17 points in the second quarter thanks to a 17-3 run in the frame. Laconia received contributions from several players in the fourth to lock things up.

Coach’s quote: “It was great to come out and get a win in our home opener. It was great to see us come out and play aggressive.” – Laconia’s Stephen McDonough

Records: Laconia 2-1; Prospect Mountain 1-2

Newport 53, Hillsboro-Deering 35

Key players: H-D – Ben Ketterer (10 points), Kyle Brown (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats hung tough for two quarters as the Tigers took a 29-23 edge into halftime, but Newport went on a 10-0 run in the third quarter to pull away.

Coach’s quote: “The kids are playing with more pride. The effort is there.” – Hillsboro-Deering’s Carl Doucet

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 0-4; Newport 2-1

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Bishop Guertin 65, Concord 32

Key players: Concord – Quinn Daniels (10 points)

Highlights/key moments: Up against a strong Bishop Guertin team, Concord struggled to score the ball but did put up a fight with solid defense and rebounding. Daniels led the team in points in a contest that the Tide received several high-effort performances in.

Coach’s quote: “We continue to make progress as a team and I am proud of the girls for continuing to change their mindset and be willing to compete every night, regardless of opponent and outcome.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 1-3; Bishop Guertin 3-1

Pelham 64, Bishop Brady 28

Highlights/key moments: After scoring 56 and 59 points in their first two games of the season, the Green Giants struggled to get anything going offensively in their final contest before the holiday break.

Coach’s quote: “Applause to Pelham on a good game.” – Brady’s Annie Alosa

Records: Brady 2-1; Pelham 4-1

Hollis-Brookline 66, Laconia 52

Key players: Laconia – Sophie George (22 points), Delia Cormier (8 points), Isabella Daly (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Sachems were outscored, 22-10, in the opening quarter and could never cut the deficit below six despite posting 34 combined points in the second and third quarters.

Coach’s quote: “Our effort wasn’t consistent enough tonight, but I’m pleased with our defensive intensity in the second half.” – Laconia’s Jeff Greeley

Records: Laconia 1-2; Hollis-Brookline 4-0

Hanover 56, John Stark 39

Key players: Stark – Autumn Nelson (12 points), Laura Martin (9 points)

Highlights/key moments: Hanover controlled the pace of the game from the start, creating a lack of consistent execution for the Generals. Stark also hurt itself with poor foul shooting for the first time this season.

Coach’s quote: “Hanover is a very good team, we will learn a lot from this game.” – Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: Stark 2-2; Hanover 2-1

Merrimack Valley 60, Pembroke 33

Key players: MV – Carly Huckins (11 points), Abby Grandmaison (15 points), Sara Osborne (8 points); Pembroke – Olivia Langevin (7 points, 5 steals), Madison Gaskell (6 points, 8 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: With some solid contributions from the bench, the Pride went up by 20 at halftime and carried that play over into the second half to close things out.

Coach’s quote: “We played a strong game on both ends tonight. Total team effort and very proud of the way the girls responded after our last game.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

“MV came out strong and took the game to us. We’re going to look to get back to Pembroke basketball in the holiday tournament.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: MV 2-2; Pembroke 2-2

Bow 55, Plymouth 36

Key players: Bow – Lea Crompton (16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists), Megan Remick (13 points), Patty Nordin (8 points), Erin Boldwin (7 points, 8 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Bow started hot, leading 19-1 after the first quarter but netted just two points in the second to stay ahead, 21-11, at halftime. The Falcons never relinquished the lead on the way to their first win.

Records: Bow 1-1; Plymouth 0-4

Windham 48, Kearsarge 27

Key players: Kearsarge – Meg Roy (10 points), Tori Andrewski, Livia Hernon, Jordan Busch, Mary Meagher

Highlights/key moments: The Jaguars took advantage of a slow start from the Cougars and built a 21-point cushion by halftime. Kearsarge played Windham evenly over the final two quarters.

Coach’s quote: “The younger kids played a lot in the second half and gave us some life. The team fought hard and that was good to see. Hopefully we can use this as a learning experience.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: Windham 4-0; Kearsarge 2-2

Inter-Lakes 71, Belmont 43

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Jessalyn Brown (18 points), Jordan Durand (16 points), Emma Wheeler (14 points, 20 rebounds); Belmont – Julianna Estremera (21 points)

Highlights/key moments: Wheeler helped Inter-Lakes control the glass and the 70 points were a season-high for the Lakers, who’ve now won two straight this week after falling to undefeated Newfound on Dec. 15.

Coach’s quote: We just struggled to get anything going tonight. It felt like we were stuck in mud.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Inter-Lakes 4-1; Belmont 2-4

Newfound 82, Winnisquam 27

Key players: Newfound – Ashlee Dukette (38 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals), Jasmine Peterson (18 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks), Savanna Bony (12 points), Tiffany Doan (defense, 10 rebounds); Winnisquam – Meghan Cote (9 points), Mackenzie Snow (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: Newfound used its high energy to force turnovers early and rode a 17-point effort from Dukette in the first quarter to a big lead. The victory was the fifth straight for Newfound.

Coach’s quote: “The girls started off tonight quickly and it was nice to see the energy right from the start.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 5-0; Winnisquam 0-6

Hopkinton 47, Sanborn 38

Key players: Hopkinton – Amelia Thomas (18 points), Taylor Signor (10 points), Maurgan McGrath (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: Thomas netted 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half to carry the Hawks to victory. Signor delivered from the free-throw line late to ice the game as Hopkinton rolled to its third straight win.

Coach’s quote: “This was a hard-fought win for us. We continue to rely on our defense and a balanced attack. I’m very proud of how these girls compete every night.” – Hopkinton’s Patrick Roye

Records: Hopkinton 3-2; Sanborn 5-1

Campbell 48, Hillsboro-Deering 33

Key players: H-D – Fayth Grimes (11 points), Halie Hurd (8 points, 5 rebounds), Morgan Racine (7 points), Erin Dean (10 rebounds, 5 blocks)

Highlights/key moments: Hurd’s 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer gave the Hillcats a 12-10 lead and Grimes scored eight of her 11 points in the second quarter to put H-D up four, but it still wasn’t enough. Campbell came out aggressive for the second half and outscored the Hillcats, 30-11.

Coach’s quote: “The first two quarters were the best that we’ve played all season. I believe that our youth got the best of us in the second half tonight.” – H-D’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: H-D 0-6; Campbell 2-3

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Londonderry 4, Bishop Brady 0

Highlights/key moments: The Green Giants had their best opportunity to score – and make a game of things – at the end of the second period on Wednesday, but couldn’t get the puck to bounce their way.

Coach’s quote: “We missed a chance to make it a one-goal game at the end of the second period. When they got the third goal, it seemed to really challenge our mental toughness. Hopefully we learn from it.” – Brady’s Ed Seney

Records: Bishop Brady 1-3; Londonderry 2-1

Keene 6, Bow 2

Key players: Bow – Ryan Tobeler (2 assists), Jake Mielcarz (goal), Brandon Tibbetts (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Keene took advantage of Bow’s mental mistakes, especially in the second period where the Blackbirds took a 4-1 lead to pull away.

Coach’s quote: “We are improving each day and we played better than we did in our last game against Dover, but we really need to ramp up the level of play fast.” – Bow’s Tim Walsh

Records: Bow 1-2; Keene 2-1

ALPINE SKIING

Pembroke boys’ team fourth
Pembroke girls’ team fifth

Key players: Pembroke – Jessica Boyajian (18th place), Jackson Frazier (10th), Jack Thomas (13th)

Highlights/key moments: Boyajian paced the Pembroke girls’ team with a two-run slalom total of 2:26.85 during the race at Crotched Mountain. Frazier was the fastest finisher for the Pembroke boys’ team with a time of 1:49.13.