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Girls’ high schools: Newfound earns win over Hopkinton in tournament tune-up


Monitor staff
Saturday, February 03, 2018

With the Division III tournament just a couple of weeks away, the Newfound girls’ basketball team is focused on fine-tuning its defensive play as it aims for a return to the Final Four.

The Bears did just that on Friday night, claiming their fourth straight win with a 48-33 decision against Hopkinton. Newfound now has just one loss in its last eight games.

The effort on the defensive end was clear as the Bears (13-2) held the Hawks (10-4) to a total of 12 second-half points, and only four in the fourth quarter.

“I am proud of their defense tonight,” Newfound coach Karri Peterson said. “We are definitely improving on the defensive side of the ball.”

With three games left in the regular season, Peterson said there is still work to do.

“We’re not there yet, but getting better,” she said.

Ashlee Dukette led the Bears with 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Lea Bunnell scored nine points while Jasmine Peterson (eight points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals), Savanna Bony (seven points) and Bailey Fairbank (six points) also made their way onto the score sheet. Tiffany Doan was strong on the boards with 10 rebounds.

The game was tied, 21-21, at halftime. Hopkinton fell behind in the second half as Newfound’s defense limited the Hawks’ chances at the basket.

“We played hard but had trouble scoring,” Hopkinton coach Patrick Roye said. “The defensive effort was there for us. Credit to Newfound on a well-played game.”

Abby Houston set the pace for Hopkinton on offense with 10 points while pulling down five rebounds. Taylor Signor chipped in eight points and swiped four steals.

The Hawks have lost two in a row for the first time since the beginning of the season. They ripped off 10 straight wins before falling to Gilford on Tuesday.

Hopkinton has four days off before hosting Stevens on Wednesday. Newfound is back on its home court Tuesday to face Berlin.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Lebanon 45, Bishop Brady 32

Highlights/key moments: The Giants’ three-game win streak came to an end in Friday’s loss to Lebanon.

Coach’s quote: “Some good defensive rotations helped us early, but fouls took over the flow of the game. Applause to our girls for mentally competing until the final whistle. We will continue to rise as we work toward the end of the season.” – Bishop Brady’s Annie Alosa

Records: Lebanon 11-2; Bishop Brady 7-5

Laconia 35, Bow 32

Key players:Laconia – Isabella Daly (9 points), Hannah Dow (9 points); Bow – Patti Nordin (8 points), Megan Remick (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: Bow bounced back from a slow start (two points in the first quarter) and took the lead in the third. Laconia regained control in the fourth and protected its lead to the buzzer.

Records: Laconia 6-7; Bow 5-6

Coe-Brown 52, Timberlane 25

Key players: Coe-Brown – Ahna McCusker (14 points, 13 rebounds), Val White (12 points, 5 rebounds), Sydney Neuman (8 points), Mary Thoms (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: After pulling ahead 15-2 in the first quarter and 24-9 at halftime, Coe-Brown cruised to its third straight win.

Coach’s quote: “Had a bit of a lay off. It’s been 10 days since our last game. We needed one under our belt before a really tough stretch of opponents.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Coe-Brown 6-6; Timberlane 4-7

Goffstown 37, John Stark 32

Key players: John Stark – Autumn Nelson (15 points, 13 rebounds), Chelsea Woodsum (11 points)

Highlights/key moments: Stark hit a wall in the fourth scoring and just missed an opportunity to tie it with 11 seconds left in the game.

Coach’s quote: “We just can’t put 32 minutes of consistent basketball together.” – John Starks’s Bruce Johnson

Records: Goffstown 7-5; John Stark 6-6

Gilford 60, St. Thomas 40

Key players: Gilford – Brooke Beaudet (28 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks), Shelby Cole (14 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks), Lauren Dean (8 points), Olivia Harris (4 points, 6 rebounds), Hannah Perkins (3 points, 7 rebounds), Abby O’Connor (3 points, 6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: This was the 12th straight win for the Golden Eagles, who built a 37-19 lead by halftime.

Records: Gilford 12-3; St. Thomas 9-5

Franklin 49, Newport 45

Key players: Franklin – Lauren Marsh (18 points), Hannah Hicks (17 points), Megan Johnston (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Tornadoes were down by four points after three quarters, but they turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth to pull out the home win.

Coach’s quote: “I challenged the girls because of our effort in our last game. The girls came out tonight with intensity and enthusiasm and it carried us to a complete 32-minute game. I’m extremely proud of their effort and now we need to carry this to our next game.” – Franklin’s JJ Winters

Records: Franklin 6-9; Newport 6-6

Mascoma 37, Belmont 33

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (17 points), Makenzie Donovan (8 points), Morgan Hall (4 points), Lizzie Fleming (defense), Chloe Sottak (defense), Jordan Sargent (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Belmont held a one-point lead at halftime and the game stayed tight down to the closing minutes. Mascoma nailed a 3-pointer with less than two minutes to play and the Raiders couldn’t answer back.

Coach’s quote: “(Mascoma) made a couple more shots than we did tonight.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Mascoma 5-10; Belmont 5-8

Stevens 45, Hillsboro-Deering 25

Key players: H-D – Morgan Racine (14 points, 5 steals), Halie Hurd (4 points, 9 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats struggled to score and trailed, 25-11, at halftime. Racine played well offensively, hitting four 3-pointers.

Coach’s quote: “We were able to make some improvements in areas we have been struggling in lately. We’re continuing to work hard and practice and make the most of this very young team that we have.” – H-D’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: Stevens 5-7; H-D 0-14

Farmington 45, Pittsfield 22

Key players: Pittsfield – Katie Rollins (10 points, 4 blocks), Cora Lemay (9 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Panthers ran into a tough Farmington squad that kept Pittsfield down with pressure on defense. The Panthers trailed 26-12 at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “We had trouble getting anything going against a strong Farmington team.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Farmington 10-2; Pittsfield 2-13

GIRLS’ ALPINE

Pembroke fifth

Key players: Pembroke – Jessica Boyajian (22nd slalom, 15th giant slalom), Hannah Brown (46th slalom, 48th GS), Molly Keyes (50th slalom, 32nd GS), Elyza Wingartner (49th slalom, 44th GS)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans gathered 691 points in the five-team meet at Waterville Valley.