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High schools: Lampron, Blodgett spark Concord boys’ hoops to 79-72 OT win over Trinity

  • Concord’s Tyler Bruns drives toward the hoop during a Division-I boys’ basketball game between the Tide and Trinity on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Rylan Canabano lays the ball in during a Division-I boys’ basketball game between the Tide and Trinity on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Scott Lampron dribbles by Trinity’s Luke Duffley during a Division I boys’ basketball game between the Tide and Trinity on Tuesday at Concord High. Lampron hit a game-tying basket with eight seconds left and the Tide won in overtime, 79-72. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Walter Kalisz drives between four Trinity defenders and lays it in during a Division-I boys’ basketball game between the Tide and Trinity on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Scott Lampron drives between a pair of Trinity defenders during a Division-I boys’ basketball game between the Tide and Trinity on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Jacob Knowles goes up over Trinity’s Joe Constant to score during a Division-I boys’ basketball game between the Tide and Trinity on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography



Monitor staff
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Scott Lampron didn’t take a single shot in the first half. In his first varsity start, it’s understandable if the 6-foot guard was feeling a bit nervous on his home floor for the Concord boys’ basketball team in its opener on Tuesday night.

“You could tell we were nervous all the way around,” Concord coach Dave Chase said. “We were a little bit scared to make a play or not make a mistake … Lampron wouldn’t even shoot the ball in the first half and I asked him, ‘What are you out there for?’ ”

Evidently, Lampron was just biding his time.

The junior came out for the fourth quarter and lit up Trinity to the tune of 10 points and three 3-pointers, none bigger than the game-tying shot with 8.1 seconds left that helped spark the Tide to a hard-fought 79-72 overtime victory over the Pioneers.

“I was kind of having a bad game to start, but as soon as I shot that I knew it was going in with confidence,” Lampron said. “I had to step up for the team.”

“It’s his first year on varsity starting and he had to get his confidence up,” said teammate Teddy Blodgett, who scored eight of his 14 points in overtime to help finish off Trinity. “And when he hit it, it just feels good, especially when we were down six with under a minute left. It’s a big shot.”

It was the kind of shot, and win, that can do wonders for a team that struggled to find any kind of consistency or identity a season ago. In the first game this year, the Tide already proved it’s not the type of program that’s going to pack it in, regardless of the situation.

“We’re a young team and we haven’t really understood how to win basketball games,” Chase said. “So for them to make that comeback was nice.”

Concord trailed 63-57 with barely a minute left to play in regulation when Tyler Blodgett (eight points) stepped up and drained a 3 to make it a one-possession game. Trinity could have put the game on ice with some makes at the free-throw line after Concord began fouling to save clock, but the Pioneers left the door open by going 3-for-6 from the charity stripe.

That allowed Lampron to calmly sink his triple from the left wing to tie things up and Concord came up with a defensive stand in the final seconds to force overtime.

“We weren’t a great team last year and we weren’t together,” Lampron said. “This year, though, I think we have been and down the stretch we kind of came together.”

Concord didn’t give Trinity a chance in the extra frame.

Riding high off of Lampron’s shot and a 23-point fourth quarter, the Tide outscored Trinity, 10-1, in the opening minutes of overtime as Teddy Blodgett carved his way through the lane.

Rylan Canabano (11 points, all in the fourth quarter and overtime) got things rolling when he crossed over a Trinity defender, got the step he needed and finished at the rim. Blodgett then made the Pioneers pay off a turnover with an easy layup to make it 70-66 before converting another bucket inside over the long arms of Athiei Bol (19 points).

Like Trinity, Concord also struggled at the line late, missing six of its last eight free throws, but the Tide had built enough separation that it didn’t affect the outcome.

“It feels great to start off 1-0,” Teddy Blodgett said. “We have seven seniors on the team so that always helps, but we just wanted to come out – we weren’t ranked in the top 13 – so we wanted to go out and earn it.”

Concord was also aided by Tyler Bruns (11 points) and John Kalisz (19 points) in the victory as the team prepares to face Bishop Guertin on Friday.

“Some opening-night jitters, but we’re a long way from being where I think we can get,” Chase said. “Hopefully we can build on this. I think we have the pieces, but now it’s just a matter of getting the guys on the same page.”

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

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

John Stark 71, Milford 55

Key players: John Stark – Joe Simeone (career-high 15 points), Parker McQuarrie (14 points, 11 rebounds), Charistian Barr (14 points, 9 rebounds), Troy Gamache (10 points), Aaron Bergeron (9 points), Noah Gamache

Highlights/key moments: The Generals outscored the Spartans, 24-9, in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Bergeron and Noah Gamache jump-started the Generals by spearheading a 12-0 run to end the first quarter. Milford opened the game with an 11-2 lead. John Stark controlled the second quarter and the Spartans controlled the third, as the Generals held a one-point lead (47-46) heading into the final frame.

Coach’s quote: “It was a pretty spread scoring effort for us tonight. ... I was very proud of the boys. They did much better handling the (defensive) pressure tonight.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: John Stark 1-1; Milford 1-1

Merrimack Valley 45, Windham 39

Key players: MV – Ryan Defina (16 points), Jack Prewitt (11 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride played strong defense, taking a 13-3 lead after the first quarter, 23-16 lead at halftime and 35-20 lead after three. The Jaguars outscored the Pride, 19-10, in the fourth quarter to close the gap, but MV hung on for the win.

Coach’s quote: “It got a little dicey towards the end in the fourth quarter. We’re trying to hang out hat on the defensive end. If we can eliminate some of the crazy turnovers we can play better on Friday at Pembroke, but a win is a win.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: MV 2-0; Windham 1-1

Manchester West 71, Pembroke 68

Key players: Pembroke – Jake Sherman (24 points), Noah Cummings (23 points), Jack Lehoullier (8 points), Shea Shackford (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans tied the game with 20 seconds left, but West knocked down a long 3 in coverage with eight seconds left to win a tight game. No team led by more than six points at any time during the contest. Pembroke led 24-20 after the first quarter and 58-56 after three. West led at halftime, 39-36.

Coach’s quote: “I’m extremely proud of how the kids competed tonight. It’s a loss, but there is a lot we can take away from this going forward.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

Records: Man. West 2-0; Pembroke 1-1

Belmont 51, Laconia 48

Key players: Belmont – Matt Pluskis (14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks), Dylan Gansert (10 rebounds, 6 points), Griffin Embree (12 points), Matt Thurber (8 second half points), Aidan Rupp (7 points); Laconia – Ryan Chandler (13 points), Ryan Dee (13 points)

Highlights/key moments: Pluskis buried a 3 at the final buzzer to lift the Raiders over the Sachems. Belmont held several leads throughout the game, including a five-point lead with 1:20 to go, but Laconia kept fighting back. Pluskis also played well defensively, holding Chandler, Laconia’s top point guard, to five points in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We battled well through adversity ... we made some uncharacteristic mistakes, but we didn’t panic at the end.” – Belmont’s Jim Cilley

Records: Belmont 2-1; Laconia 1-1

Prospect Mountain 45, Winnisquam 44

Key players: Winnisquam – Kyle Mann (26 points), Angelo Glover (6 points), Jacob Seavey (5 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears led 13-12 after the first quartera and 25-24 at halftime, but the Timberwolves had a strong third quarter, giving Prospect a 38-32 lead heading into the final frame. The Bears had the ball on the last possession of the game with a chance to win but couldn’t get a good shot off.

Records: Prospect Mtn. 1-1; Winnisquam 0-3

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

John Stark 66, Milford 46

Key players: John Stark – Autumn Nelson (15 points, 3 assists), Chelsea Woodsum (14 points, 8 rebounds), Laura Martin (10 points, 4 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals got on top early and led 40-21 at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “Great team effort with everyone scoring. The team continues to improve, but we still have a lot to work on.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 2-1; Milford 0-3

Windham 49, Merrimack Valley 43

Key players: MV – Abby Grandmaison (20 points), Carly Huckins (13 points)

Highlights/key moments: Windham went up 17-7 after the first quarter. MV played solid defense, holding the Jaguars to four points in the second quarter and trailed 21-20 at halftime. Thanks to a strong third-quarter defense, MV held a four-point lead heading into the fourth, but Windham the 4th but Windham went 10-for-12 from the free throw line down the stretch to secure the win.

Coach’s quote: “We started slow, but bounced back with some solid defense in the second and third quarters to get us back in the game, holding Windham to 10 points in both quarters combined. In the fourth, offensively we continue to struggle making the extra pass and executing our offense. Windham did a better job than us late in the game to close it out. We are not where we need to be right now and we need to get better.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: Windham 3-0; MV 1-2

Pembroke 63, Manchester West 31

Key players: Pembroke – Brooklyn Zanis (13 points), Savannah Youngman (11 points), Olivia Langevin (11 points), Lindsya St. Jacques (6 points, 10 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans ended the first quarter in control of the lead and carried the momentum through the fourth quarter.

Coach’s quote: “Truly a team effort tonight with a scoring contribution from every player. Hopefully we can bring this offensive confidence into a tough matchup Thursday at Merrimack Valley.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Pembroke 2-1; Manchester West 0-3

Newfound 57, Franklin 23

Key players: Newfound – Jasmine Peterson (16 points, 14 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists), Ashlee Dukette (14 points, 13 rebounds, 6 blocks, 3 assists, 3 steals), Madi Dalphonse (11 points), Savanna Bony (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: Newfound held a 22-11 lead at halftime and outscored Franklin 25-4 in the fourth quarter.

Coach’s quote: “Franklin threw at us some different looks on the defensive end and it took a few minutes to get the girls adapted to what they were trying to do. But once our defense turned missed shots into fast break points, things started to run a little easier offensively.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 4-0; Franklin 2-4

Gilford 50, White Mountains 35

Key players: Gilford – Hannah Perkins (15 points, 13 rebounds), Brooke Beaudet (11 points, 5 assists), Olivia Harris (8 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles avenged a season-opening loss to the Spartans by jumping out to a 20-1 lead after the first quarter. Gilford led at halftime, 26-6.

Records: Gilford 2-2; White Mtns. 4-1

Sanborn 57, Hillsboro-Deering 32

Key players: H-D – Fayth Grimes (13 points, 8 rebounds), Morgan Racine (8 points, 4 steals), Halie Hurd (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats were a bit slow out of the gate allowing Sanborn a 10-0 lead, but H-D responded well and cut it to 10-8 midway through the first quarter. Sanborn took off for a 36-12 lead at halftime and didn’t look back.

Coach’s quote: “Things came together a little more for us in the second half of the game. Kenley Moriarity rebounded the ball well, which helped to get us some more shots. We have a long way to go still but everyday we are working to better our program.” – H-D’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: Sanborn 5-0; H-D 0-5

Hopkinton 41, Conant 30

Key players: Hopkinton – Katie Meserve (11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks), Abby Houston (8 points, 3 steals), Amelia Thomas (7 points, 5 rebounds), Taylor Signor (6 points, 5 steals)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks’ defense held Conant to 13 points in the second half on their way to winning their second straight game.

Coach’s quote: “This was a good win for us. Our defense in the second half led to some opportunistic offense. We had contributions from everyone tonight.” – Hopkinton’s Patrick Roye

Records: Hopkinton 2-2; Conant 3-3

Inter-Lakes 45, Berlin 30

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Jessalyn Brown (10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Mollie Durand (8 points), Emma Wheeler (6 rebounds), Taylor Ambrose (7 points, 4 steals), Julia Gintof (12 points, 4 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers bounced back from their loss Friday to Newfound and are averaging 46.5 points per game.

Records: Inter-Lakes 3-1; Berlin 2-5

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Hanover 14, Concord 0

Highlights/key moments: The Tide allowed seven first period goals to the top program in the state and gave up six in the second, but buckled down defensively, allowing just one goal in the third.

Coach’s quote: “Unfortunately, we went through five tough periods (three in Saturday’s loss to Exeter and the first two in Hanover on Monday), but we ended on a high note today, only allowing one goal and matching their shots in the third period. Very proud of how this team responds and continues to compete. We’re looking to get back on track, and go into the winter break trending in the right direction.” – Concord’s Patrick McDonough

Records: Hanover 1-0; Concord 1-2

Bishop Brady-Trinity-West 9,
Lebanon-Stevens 4

Key players: Brady-Trinity-West – Sydney Herrington (6 goals, 3 assists), Lauren Trippiedi (2 goals, 3 assists), Mary Anne Wiley (goal, 4 assists), Marie Barriosz (27 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Herrington-Trippiedi-Wiley line accounted for nine goals and 10 assists in a season-opening victory. Lebanon-Stevens tied the game 1-1 in the first period, but Brady led the rest of the way, taking a 2-1 lead after the first period and a 6-1 lead after the second.

Coach’s quote: “The girls played well as a team and everybody contributed.” – Brady-Trinity-West’s Dan Earley

Records: Brady-Trinity-West 1-0; Lebanon-Stevens 1-1

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

Concord first GS, first slalom

Key players: Concord – Kevin McDonough (1st giant slalom, 1st slalom), Shane Hyland (2nd GS, 2nd slalom), Aidan MacWhinnie (3rd GS), Neil Shea (5th GS, 5th slalom), Sean McDonough (6th slalom)

Highlights/key moments: McDonough and Hyland went 1-2 in both the morning giant slalom and afternoon slalom events to lead Concord to wins in both races at Bretton Woods. In the GS, the Tide (393 points) topped Exeter (375), Keene (365), Dover (336), Winnacunnet (334) and Spaulding (321). In the slalom, Concord (390) beat Exeter (380), Keene (362), Winnacunnet (340), Spaulding (330) and Dover (322).

Coach’s quote: “It was a great first race to kick off the season.” – Concord’s George Golden

Hopkinton seventh morning, fifth afternoon

Key players: Hopkinton – Aiden Moser (2nd morning, 2nd afternoon), Zach Berliner (17th and 3rd), Kyle Pellerin (8th and 12th), Jason Johannson (19th and 19th)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks finished seventh (247 points) in the morning slalom race, but did better in the afternoon, finishing fifth (329), in their first races of the season at Crotched Mountain. Lin-Wood (377) won the morning race over Derryfield (366) and Sunapee (343). Bishop Brady (318) finished fifth out of nine teams. In the afternoon race, it was Derryfield (377), topping Lin-Wood (375) and Littleton (338). Bishop Brady (298) finished seventh out of nine teams. A shorthanded John Stark team finished ninth in both races. Moser finished second in both races to lead the Hawks.

Coach’s quote: “Good to get the first race of the season under our belts to evaluate the team’s talent. Its always interesting to see how they perform in gates for the first time without any on snow practices.” – Hopkinton’s Bob Berliner

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

Concord third GS, third slalom

Key players: Concord – Sophie Shea (9th GS, 18th slalom), Grace Devanny (10th GS), Ella Fabozzi (11th slalom, 12th GS), Fabi McLeod (15th slalom), Mayanna Llewelyn (16th GS, 16th slalom)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide finished third in both the morning giant slalom and afternoon slalom races at Bretton Woods. In the GS, Exeter (386) topped Keene (376), Concord (360), Spaulding (333), Dover (331) and Winnacunnet (no team score). In the slalom, Keene won with 383 points, beating Exeter (381), Concord (355), Spaulding (336), Dover (335) and Winnacunnet (no team score).

Coach’s quote: “It was a great first race to kick off the season.” – Concord’s George Golden

Hopkinton third

Key players: Hopkinton – Addie Locke (6th morning session, 8th afternoon session), Elizabeth Berliner (9th and 10th), Maura Zankel (10th and 11th), Cathen Hall (40th afternoon session), Madeline Maughan (33rd morning session); John Stark – Samantha Innerfield (7th and 9th)

Highlights/key moments: Hopkinton placed three skiers in the top 11 to finish third out of nine teams in both the morning and afternoon slalom races in season-opening meet at Crotched Mountain. The morning and afternoon races were scored separately. Lin-Wood and Sunapee split the two team titles, with Lin-Wood taking the morning race, 367-366, and Sunapee taking the afternoon race, 381-366. The Hawks finished third with a morning score of 354 and an afternoon score of 347. Bishop Brady finished sixth (259) in the morning and fifth (322) in the afternoon. Innerfield finished in the top 10 in both races as John Stark’s lone competitor.

Coach’s quote: “Very pleased to see three of our Hopkinton girls in the top 10 in their first race of the season.” – Hopkinton’s Bob Berliner

WRESTLING

John Stark at Hollis-Brookline
Nor’Easter Tournament

Key players: John Stark – Jeffrey Johnston (2-2 at 220), Joshua Johnston (3-2 at 160)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals competed at the Hollis-Brookline Nor’Easter Tournament on Saturday and both Johnston brothers came within one win away of placing in their divisions.