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High schools: Brady drops buckets to beat MV; raises bucks for cancer center

  • Bishop Brady’s Marisa Payne (23) lays one in while MV’s Carley Huckins and Abby Grandmaisson watch. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Lauren Roy (12) shoots over MV’s Carly Huckins. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Lauren Roy (12) shoots and makes a 3 pointer late in the game. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Before Friday’s game the Brady team presented a check for $1,027 to the Payson Center for Cancer Care in honor of David Huckins and Bob Osborne, who both passed away from cancer in the last year. The Giants raised money by holding a raffle for winter hats knitted by Brady teacher Suzy Seagroves (above) who was at the game – with her knitting – and is battling cancer herself. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Before Friday’s game the Brady team presented a check for $1,027 to the Payson Center for Cancer Care in honor of David Huckins and Bob Osborne, who both passed away from cancer in the last year. The Giants raised money by holding a raffle for winter hats knitted by Brady teacher Suzy Seagroves (above) who was at the game – with her knitting – and is battling cancer herself. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Sarah Doherty (10) drives to the basket past and MV defender. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Merrimack Valley’s Abby Grandmaisson (32) takes it to the basket on Friday during an 80-58 loss to Bishop Brady in D-II girls’ basketball. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Before Friday’s game the Brady team presented a check for $1,027 to the Payson Center for Cancer Care in honor of David Huckins and Bob Osborne, who both passed away from cancer in the last year. The Giants raised money by holding a raffle for winter hats knitted by Brady teacher Suzy Seagroves (above) who was at the game – with her knitting – and is battling cancer herself. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Ami Rivera (32) shoots a 3-pointer over MV’s Carly Huckins (13). Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography



Monitor staff
Saturday, January 27, 2018

On Thursday, the Bishop Brady girls’ basketball team shot jumpers for more than an hour at practice. On Friday, the practice paid off in buckets.

The Giants (6-4) missed their first shot against Merrimack Valley, and then hit 10 straight, including three 3-pointers. They piled up 26 points in the first quarter, had 68 going into the fourth and saw all five of their starters reach double-digit point totals in an 80-58 win.

“We’ve had games when one person is on, but not one when the whole team is on,” said Brady senior point guard Sarah Doherty, who finished with 16 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter.

The Pride (5-7) isn’t a poor defensive team – MV was allowing 42.6 points per game before Friday night. Yes, this was Merrimack Valley’s second loss to the Giants this winter, but the first was a 49-39 decision in the Capital Area Holiday tournament championship game.

“We just talked and I told the team, we applaud Brady and the way they shot tonight,” MV coach Bob McNutt said. “I’ve never seen anything like that. You could clearly see they had our number, and they couldn’t miss, and even when they did it just rimmed in and out.

“We tried some different defenses, mostly man because we knew zone would be tough against those shooters, but we tried different traps, full court, half court, and it didn’t matter what we did.”

Carly Huckins, Merrimack Valley’s outstanding junior point guard, summed it up perfectly after the game as she was passing Brady coach Annie Alosa in the hall.

“How do you stop that?” Huckins asked Alosa with a grin and a shake of her head.

Brady didn’t give MV any time to stop it. The Giants play with the high-speed offensive philosophy that is changing the game at every level – take the first open shot.

“Up-tempo is everywhere – college level, high school level, pro level – and that’s just a style me and my dad (Brady assistant coach Sal Alosa) like,” Alosa said. “I also don’t want our players to stress about their decisions. I want them to learn the game, but I want them to learn by doing and knowing it’s okay to make mistakes. So an up-tempo offense is good for that.”

The Giants are also undersized and can struggle with rebounding, and the fast-paced offense helps there, too.

“If we shoot in transition and we can stay in that forward motion, we can just go to the rim to get the rebound,” Alosa said. “If we take our time, our feet stop and we don’t always rebound.”

No matter what the reason, playing fast with a coach who encourages her shooters to shoot is a player’s dream.

“It’s so much more fun playing up-tempo,” Doherty said. “Everyone gets excited, everyone is running the floor, I love it. It’s amazing.”

Not only was Brady hitting its jumpers to start the game, the Giants were also executing their press break and making the extra pass to create layups. It was an incredibly hot start, but the Pride matched that offensive execution in the opening minutes.

MV hit five of its first six shots, including a 3 from Sara Osborne (eight points) and a pair of layups from Abby Grandmaison (team-high 16 points). And when Aislinn McDonald finished an old-fashioned three-point play with 5:01 left in the first, Brady’s lead was just two, 14-12.

From there, the Pride started missing some shots ... and the Giants didn’t. Brady sophomore Kaylee Smith (15 points) buried back-to-back jumpers. Freshman Ami Rivera (13 points) finished a fast break with a layup. Doherty hit a pair of 3s. And by the end of the first, the Giants lead was 26-16.

Not only did all five Brady starters score in the first quarter, they all had assists, as well. And in the second quarter they all locked down on defense, holding MV scoreless for the first 4:11 of the frame and pushing the lead to 34-19.

The Pride, led by Grandmaison and Huckins (13 points), cut that lead to 43-31 by halftime. It seemed like a reasonable deficit to overcome, and it seemed reasonable to assume the Giants would cool off in the second half. Neither happened.

Smith opened the third quarter with a 3, sparking a 16-3 run that essentially put the game to bed.

“We felt like we had a shot at halftime,” McNutt said. “But then they racked a 3 to open the third and went on another run and we really couldn’t recover.”

Brady senior Lauren Roy finished with a game-high 19 points and freshman Halle Laramie added 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

The shooting practice certainly helped the Giants, but their shots may have also been helped by an overload of good karma. Before the game the Brady team presented a check for $1,027 to the Payson Center for Cancer Care in honor of David Huckins and Bob Osborne, who both passed away from cancer in the last year. Huckins, Carly’s father, was a former MV player who coached the Pride girls’ team from 2014-17, and Osborne is Sara’s father.

The Giants raised the money by holding a raffle for winter hats knitted by Brady teacher Suzy Seagroves, who was at the game (with her knitting) and is battling cancer herself.

“Kudos to them for what they did before the game to honor Dave and Mr. Osborne, that was a class act,” McNutt said.

“We just really wanted to honor them both, and honor what they are experiencing as a basketball team this year,” Alosa said. “Their toughness is evident and really inspiring.”

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

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Lebanon 35, Bow 29

Key players: Bow – Lea Crompton (14 points), Sarah Martin (6 points), Lauren Goyette (8 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons trailed by as many as 15 points and cut the deficit to three points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Records: Lebanon 10-2; Bow 4-4

John Stark 52, Kearsarge 32

Key players:John Stark – Chelsea Woodsum (19 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals), Laura Martin (11 points, 4 assists); Kearsarge – Livia Hernon (10 points), Taylor Albright (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals jumped out to an early lead and controlled the tempo of the game.

Coach’s quote: “We continue to improve and execute better. Tonight was a good team effort.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 4-5; Kearsarge 3-7

Pembroke 61, Plymouth 35

Key players: Pembroke – Morgan Allen (15 points) Brooklyn Zanis (13 points) Ciera Clark (13 points, 10 rebounds), Olivia Langevin (8 points, 10 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: This was the third straight win for the Spartans.

Coach’s quote: “We played with composure against a tough defensive team for all 32 minutes. We’re improving as a team every game. We have some tough matchups next week and we need to bring this positive momentum into them.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Pembroke 6-4; Plymouth 0-11

Belmont 48, Raymond 27

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (16 points), Makenzie Donovan (9 points), Morgan Hall (9 points), Jordan Sargent (3 points, good defense), Lizzie Fleming (defense), Katie Galambos (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders played strong defense, led by Sargent, Fleming and Galambos, to take a 27-10 halftime lead and 36-14 lead after three.

Coach’s quote: “Good overall team win. Everybody scored. I was proud of the girls. They’ve taken stuff from practice and implemented it tonight and played good defense.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 4-7; Raymond 2-11

Gilford 67, Prospect Mountain 56

Key players: Gilford – Hannah Perkins (27 points, 10 rebounds), Brooke Beaudet (15 points), Shelby Cole (15 points), Olivia Harris (8 assists, 4 points), Lauren Dean (10 rebounds, 4 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Eagles pulled away at the end of the fourth quarter in an otherwise evenly-played game.

Records: Gilford 9-2; Prospect Mtn. 8-3

Newport 50, Hillsboro-Deering 22

Key players: H-D – Morgan Racine (12 points, 5 rebounds), Halie Hurd (6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks kept it close early, but Newport took a 16-10 lead in the second quarter and extended it with 11 unanswered points to end the half. Racine played a strong game on both ends of the court for the Hillcats.

Coach’s quote: “ Our transition offense looked much better tonight. We saw the floor pretty well. The improvements we’re making in practice are finally starting to transfer over to our games.” – H-D’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: Newport 6-5; H-D 0-13

Hopkinton 41, Campbell 24

Key players: Hopkinton – Amelia Thomas (11 points, 4 rebounds), Maurghan McGrath (10 points), Abby Houston (6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks combined the hot shooting of Thomas and McGrath with a solid defensive effort to win their ninth straight.

Coach’s quote: “We continue to make a strong effort defensively. We had contributions from everyone tonight.” – Hopkinton’s Patrick Roye

Records: Hopkinton 9-2; Campbell 2-9

Mascoma 39, Winnisquam 36

Key players: Winnisquam – Meghan Cote (10 points), Megan Goodridge (10 points), Makenzie Snow (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears led 20-14 at halftime and 32-26 after the third quarter, but missed some layups down the stretch and the Royals came from behind.

Coach’s quote: “We played really good defense tonight and the girls showed effort and improvement over the past couple of weeks. In basketball the little things matter and you have to make layups.” – Winnisquam’s Jordan Richardson

Records: Mascoma 4-8; Winnisquam 1-10

Epping 39, Pittsfield 38, OT

Key players: Pittsfield – Katie Rollins (17 points, 5 rebounds), Haylee Gileney (9 points), Meredith Smith (6 points, 9 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Pittsfield led 17-8 at halftime, but Epping adjusted and held the Panthers to just one point in the third to take a 23-17 lead. Rollins hit two late free throws to give Pittsfield a lead, but Epping tied the game with 10 seconds left in regulation and mad two free throws with four seconds left in overtime.

Coach’s quote: “The girls played an amazing game against a team that just beat us by 20 on Monday. They stuck with the game plan and if we had a stronger third quarter the outcome would have been in our favor.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Epping 8-2; Pittsfield 2-8

Newfound 56, Stevens 30

Key players: Newfound – Ashlee Dukette (14 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks), Jasmine Peterson (11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists), Savanna Bony (18 points), Tiffany Doan 9 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears only led by seven (22-15) at halftime, but outscored the Cardinals 34-15 in the second half of Thursday’s game.

Coach’s quote: “It was a hard-fought team win. It was a physical game and the girls stepped up to the challenge. You never know how the girls will react when you are counting on the young players on a regular basis.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 10-2; Stevens 4-6

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Concord 69, Keene 43

Key players: Concord – Scott Lampron (28 points), Tyler Bruns (12 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists), Tyler Blodgett (11 points, 2 3s), John Kalisz (9 points, 5 rebounds), Rylan Canabano (8 assists, 3 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide shot 10 of 17 from three-point range, led by Lampron’s 6-for-8 effort, and outplayed the Blackbirds on the boards. Concord led 18-9 after the first quarter and 31-22 at halftime. Keene made three 3s in a row in the third quarter to cut Concord’s lead to two, but the Tide buckled down defensively and made several 3s of its own to rebuild the lead.

Coach’s quote: “This was our best rebounding game as a team. Our running game was working, our shooting was working, our rebounding was working. We worked the ball around well.” – Concord’s Dave Chase

Records: Concord 4-4; Keene 0-8

Bishop Brady 54, Merrimack Valley 45

Key players:Brady – Bryce Johnson (24 points, 10 rebounds), Tommy Fraser (16 points 6 rebounds); MV – Jake Hebert (16 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Giants opened the game with an 8-0 run and then overcame 21 turnovers on their way to the home win against what Brady coach Tim Lee called a, “tough, well-coached MV group.” It was just the second loss of the season for the Pride.

Coach’s quote: “You can only rise to the level of your training, and tonight the kids displayed how hard they’ve been working at practice.” – Bishop Brady’s Tim Lee

Records: Bishop Brady 2-5; Merrimack Valley 8-2

Kearsarge 59, John Stark 40

Key players:Kearsarge – Tom Johnson (24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists), Tayler Mattos (11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 steals), Kyle Hernon (8 points, 3 steals), Joe Storozuk (8 points, 3 assists), Sean Tobin (3-pointer, first varsity points), Will Chadwick (4 points); John Stark – Christian Barr (8 points), Chase Patterson (8 points), Payton Marden (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars led 11-9 after the first quarter and extended their lead to 32-17 at halftime and 50-22 after three.

Coach’s quote: “John Stark played tough and hustled. They played with a lot of class.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Kearsarge 5-4; John Stark 3-5

Pembroke 68, Plymouth 59

Key players: Pembroke – Noah Cummings (15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), Sean Menard (11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), Jake Sherman (10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals), Brandon Linscott (8 points, 7 rebounds), Tyler Smith (8 points, 3 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans led 17-11 after one, 28-25 at halftime and 47-41 after the third quarter. Malik Faraj, Justin Smith, Jared Dupuis and Chandler Bean played well off the bench.

Coach’s quote: “Great total team effort.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

Records: Pembroke 5-3; Plymouth 4-5

Newport 65, Hillsboro-Deering 43

Key players: H-D – Ben Ketterer (12 points), Kyle Brown (8 points), Jack Ferguson (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats trailed by 16 points at halftime, but played the Tigers more evenly in the second half.

Records: Newport 3-4; H-D 0-8

Hopkinton 67, Campbell 40

Key players: Hopkinton – Kevin McGrath (18 points), Kevin Newton-Delgado (18 points), Caleb Yianakopolos (11 points), Zachary Signor (8 points), Jake Tomlinson (6 points), Dustin Rose (5 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks used their size to their advantage, holding Campbell to single digits in the first and second quarter while taking advantage of several second-chance opportunities on the boards. Hopkinton continued to extend its lead in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “I am extremely proud of how hard they worked on the defensive end tonight. They took pride in stops and quickly transitioned to offense leading to several uncontested layups.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 9-1; Campbell 6-2

Mascoma 45, Winnisquam 41

Key players: Winnisquam – Kyle Mann (20 points), Phil Nichols (10 points)

Coach’s quote: “We had the lead for most of the game, but (Mascoma) made more plays down the stretch than we did. We played well, we just need to execute a bit better.” – Winnisquam’s Kevin Dame

Records: Mascoma 4-7; Winnisquam 2-8

Pittsfield 86, Epping 69

Key players: Pittsfield – Josh Whittier (23 points, 10 rebounds), Cam Darrah (22 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists), Garrett Guerrero-Hadley (17 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Panthers jumped out to a 10-point lead after the first quarter, thanks to six points from Hadley in the opening minutes of the game. Pittsfield had a 22-point lead late in the fourth before Epping started committing fouls. The Panthers went 17-for-22 from the line in the last 3:30.

Coach’s quote: “Another solid effort by Garrett. He played both sides of the ball and was able to set the tone early in the first quarter as he penetrated as they sagged and doubled Cam early. Josh had a big night. Epping had no answer for him on the post.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 10-1; Epping 4-6

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

Pembroke seventh GS, eighth slalom

Key players: Pembroke – Jack Thomas (10th GS), Logan Raymond (18th GS), Ryan Burns (31st slalom), Owen Thomas (34th slalom)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans finished seventh in the giant slalom (312) thanks to Thomas’s top 10 finish and eighth in the slalom (288) in a nine-team meet at Mount Sunapee.

Bow first, Gilford second,
Hopkinton third, Bishop Brady fourth

Key players:Laconia – Thomas Turpin (1st GS); John Stark – Aiden Moser (1st slalom, 2nd GS); Belmont – Lars Major (2nd slalom, 5th GS); Bow – Connor Wachsmuth (3rd slalom, 6th GS); Gilford – Tyler Hanf (5th slalom, 10th GS); Hopkinton – Kyle Pellerin (7th slalom)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons placed four skiers in the top 10 in both the giant slalom and slalom races to win a 10-team meet at Gunstock with a combined score of 760. Gilford (699), Hopkinton (674) and Bishop Brady (645) rounded out the top four. Laconia (590) and Belmont (537) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, while John Stark (367), Newfound (217) and Hillsboro-Deering (206) claimed the eighth, ninth and 10th spots.

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

Pembroke seventh GS, seventh slalom

Key players: Pembroke – Jessica Boyajian (18th GS, 29th slalom), Elyza Weingartner (19th slalom, 43rd GS), Katherine Muise (25th GS)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans finished seventh in the giant slalom (311) and in the slalom (238) in a race at Mount Sunapee. Hanover (379) won the slalom and the GS (383).

Belmont first, Hopkinton second,
Gilford third, Bishop Brady fourth

Key players: Bishop Brady – Olivia Crainich (1st slalom, 3rd GS); Hopkinton – Addie Locke (1st GS, 8th slalom), Elizabeth Berliner (2nd slalom); Belmont – Katie Gagnon (2nd GS, 4th slalom), Becca Camire (5th slalom, 10th GS); Gilford – Bailey Hildren (3rd slalom, 8th GS); John Stark – Samantha Innerfield (4th GS, 10th slalom)

Highlights/key moments: Gagnon had two top-four finishes and Camier had a pair of top-10 finishes to lead the Raiders to a win at Gunstock. Belmont’s combined score of 730 points topped the 10-team field that included Hopkinton (727), Gilford (701), Bishop Brady (638), Bow (634) and Laconia (518) in the top six. Hillsboro-Deering (221), John Stark (188) and Newfound (155) took eighth through 10th place.

BOYS’ NORDIC SKIING

Inter-Lakes second, Kearsarge third,
Bow fourth, Hopkinton fifth

Key players:Inter-Lakes – Parker Caswell (2nd), Ian Daly (3rd); Kearsarge – Hunter Burns (5th), Trevor Spaulding (6th), Ben Boulton (10th); Bow – Christian McDonald (8th); Hopkinton – Simon Doneski (tied 12th)

Highlights/key moments: Kearsarge placed three in the top 10 at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds. Moultonborough (383) topped Inter-Lakes (370), Kearsarge (367), Bow (351.5), Hopkinton (329.5), Derryfield (316) and Profile (158).

Coach’s quote: “I thought that our top three skied really good races. But having Corbin Montminy finish 18th was a great finish for him. He’s been battling illness for a few weeks and it’s good to see him coming out of that.” – Kearsarge’s Kevin Lee

GIRLS’ NORDIC SKIING

Kearsarge first, Hopkinton second,
Inter-Lakes fourth, Bow fifth

Key players:Kearsarge – Lili Baer (1st), Marliese Baer (2nd), Marlia Richer (9th), Jenna Cook (10th); Hopkinton – Lily Sabol (5th), Emma Rothe (6th); Inter-Lakes – Maya Weil-Cooley (8th); Bow – Isabelle Dolcino (21st)

Highlights/key moments: The Baer sisters went 1-2 to lead the Cougars to a win at Hopkinton Fairgrounds. Kearsarge (382) topped Hopkinton (369), Moultonborough (359), Inter-Lakes (354), Bow (323), Profile (247) and Derryfield (166).

Coach’s quote: “We have been so lucky to have such wonderful kids who are working so hard on classic technique in challenging conditions. Lili and Marliese were awesome, but Marlia Richer and Jenna Cook both broke into the top 10 and Molli Mayo and Jenna Bears also finished in the top 15.” – Kearsarge’s Kevin Lee

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

Bow 8-0, Concord 4-3

Key players:Bow – Katie Jenkins (1st 100-yard back, 1st 200 free), Amanda Sampo (1st 100 free), Sonya DeLorie (2nd 200 fly), Dillon Hicks (2nd 500 free, 3rd 100 breast); Concord – Abby O’Brien (3rd 50 free, 4th 100 free), Lexi Quinn (3rd 200 free)

Highlights/key moments: Bow took down all its opponents in this meet at Colby-Sawyer College. Jenkins, DeLorie and Sampo teamed with Saige Murphy for first in the 200 free relay, and that trio teamed with Hicks to take first in the 200 medley relay.

BOYS’ SWIMMING

Concord 7-1

Key players: Concord – Kevin Quinn (1st 200-yard free, 1st 500 free), Jay Blasko (1st 100 back, 2nd 200 IM), Aaron Saffian 1st 100 fly, 3rd 200 IM), Ethan Case (3rd 100 free)

Highlights/key moments: Concord outscored Hopkinton, Gilford, Kearsarge, Bow, Kingswood, Prospect Mountain and Merrimack Valley, but couldn’t best Conant in this event at Colby-Sawyer College. In addition to their individual results, Quinn, Blasko and Case combined with Jace Castellano for winning efforts in both the 200 and 400 free relays.

Coach’s quote: “We had some really nice performances tonight. Lots of season best times. We appear to be peaking as we round out our regular season.” – Concord’s Bill Quinn