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High Schools: Vincent, Winters lead H-D girls to first victory

  • Hillsboro-Deering's Bridgette Winters dribbles past Sanborn's Franny Sciacca during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Hillsboro-Deering's Bridgette Winters dribbles past Sanborn's Franny Sciacca during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Hillsboro-Deering's Paige Vincent lays up the ball during the game against Sanborn at home on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Hillsboro-Deering's Paige Vincent lays up the ball during the game against Sanborn at home on Friday, January 24, 2014.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Hillsboro-Deering's Bridgette Winters guards Sanborn's Kaylea George during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Hillsboro-Deering's Bridgette Winters guards Sanborn's Kaylea George during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Hillsboro-Deering's Paige Vincent shoots the ball as Sanborn's Felicia Bailey, left, and Josie Eacho during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Hillsboro-Deering's Paige Vincent shoots the ball as Sanborn's Felicia Bailey, left, and Josie Eacho during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Hillsboro-Deering's Brianna Dumeny shoots over Sanborn's Lauren Mahoney during during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Hillsboro-Deering's Brianna Dumeny shoots over Sanborn's Lauren Mahoney during during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Hillsboro-Deering's Hannah Murdough passes the ball as Sanborn's Kaylea George, left, and Deven Freihofer guard her during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Hillsboro-Deering's Hannah Murdough passes the ball as Sanborn's Kaylea George, left, and Deven Freihofer guard her during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Hillsboro-Deering's Bridgette Winters dribbles past Sanborn's Franny Sciacca during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff
  • Hillsboro-Deering's Paige Vincent lays up the ball during the game against Sanborn at home on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff
  • Hillsboro-Deering's Bridgette Winters guards Sanborn's Kaylea George during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff
  • Hillsboro-Deering's Paige Vincent shoots the ball as Sanborn's Felicia Bailey, left, and Josie Eacho during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff
  • Hillsboro-Deering's Brianna Dumeny shoots over Sanborn's Lauren Mahoney during during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff
  • Hillsboro-Deering's Hannah Murdough passes the ball as Sanborn's Kaylea George, left, and Deven Freihofer guard her during the game at Hillsboro-Deering on Friday, January 24, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

The Hillcats found themselves down by a pair, 10-8, after the first quarter, but when they seized the lead at 12-11, they’d never trail again.

A tenacious defensive effort and their best offensive output of the season led the Hillsboro-Deering girls’ basketball team to its first victory of the season, 33-27, last night over visiting Sanborn.

“To their credit, they did not hang their heads, they did not get down and they continued to practice hard,” H-D Coach Bill Warnken said. “I’m glad for them to finally get their reward.”

It was a long time coming for the Hillcats, who started the season with 11 straight losses. But after coming close a couple of times in the last 10 days – losing by single digits to both Conant and Raymond – H-D broke through.

The Hillcats applied a zone press throughout the game and limited the Indians (1-10) to just two points in the second quarter, taking a 17-12 lead into halftime. They maintained that five-point advantage after three quarters, leading 23-18, and Paige Vincent sealed the deal down the stretch, sinking four straight free throws in the final 90 seconds.

“With the game on the line,” Warnken said. “Very impressive.”

Vincent, a senior, finished with a game-high 16 points, while freshman guard Bridette Winters notched eight points with six assists and played some stellar defense. “A brilliant game for her,” Warnken said.

Hannah Murdough was a defensive force in the low post for H-D, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking several shots.

Josie Eacho scored 10 points to pace Sanborn.

“The kids were very excited,” Warnken said. “I’m hoping this will pay some dividends for the rest of the season and be a springboard for next season.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

MERRIMACK 46, CONCORD 42

In a frustrating contest, the Tide (1-7) let one slip way. The Tide led through three quarters, 34-30, but the wheels fell off in the fourth.

Janessa Luciano led the way with 18 points and seven steals. Cassidy Emerson recorded 16 points to go along with seven rebounds and six steals. Deb Morill and Kalli Sargent also played well.

Hanover 54, Merrimack Valley 50, OT

The Pride (7-3) pushed undefeated Hanover (7-0) into an extra session, but couldn’t pull off the win in Penacook. The Marauders jumped out to a 20-11 lead after the first quarter behind their two stars, JJ Daniell (17 points) and Lexi Hamilton (13 points). But MV refocused its defense on those two, created some turnovers and converted its interior attempts to eventually take a 41-38 lead after three quarters.

With the game locked at 48-48, Hanover held the ball for the final 2:30 of the fourth quarter looking for the final shot, but the Pride defense forced a miss at the buzzer. The Marauders defense took over after regulation, however, holding MV to just two points in the four overtime minutes.

Mayson Kimball finished with 22 points to lead the Pride, while Cassidy Huckins had 12 and Erin Frost added 10.

Coe-Brown 46, Kennett 22

The Bears (5-3) scored half of their points in first quarter to take a big 23-4 lead after one as they rolled to the win at home.

Coe-Brown used pressure defense, transition offense and six points from Jen Schlim (game-high 12 points) to take that early lead against the Eagles (3-5). Abby Ahern added eight points for the Bears and Sarah Curtin had seven points and four steals.

PEMBROKE 40, KINGSWOOD 29

The Spartans (7-2) battled hard in a defensive affair. They trailed 5-4 at the end of the first quarter, but the game soon shifted as the Spartans controlled the remaining three quarters.

Pembroke will travel to Souhegan to take on the second-place Sabers (7-1) on Monday night.

When these two teams met on Jan. 10, Franklin’s Kat Styles had 26 points in the Golden Tornadoes’ 50-37 win. Winnisquam’s Hannah Chapin and Dakota Austin helped shut down Styles last night, holding her to five points, but Franklin (7-4) got 16 points from Kaley Shepherd and went 22-for-39 from the free throw line (the Bears were just 4-for-9) to claim the road win in front of a big crowd in Tilton.

Lexie Colpack and Sadie Kaplan each finished with nine points for the Tornadoes. Chapin led Winnisquam with 12 points and nine rebounds, Kaylee Howard had 10 points, and Kendra Lonergan and Rachel Willcutt each finished with eight.

Gilford 57, Belmont 46

Belmont’s Chayleigh Cadarette finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough against the Golden Eagles (7-4). Cassie Contigiani had 13 points for the Red Raiders (4-6), while Makayla Donovan and Jacklyn Robarge anchored the defense.

“I really think we’re getting there,” Belmont Coach Mark Dawalga said. “We’ve made some huge strides to stay in games that we couldn’t stay in last year.”

Bow 34, Conant 25

The road-warrior Falcons won their fourth straight game away from Bow and sixth straight overall to improve to 9-3. Conant dropped to 5-6.

Sam Lulka got hot early for Bow and had a solid all-around game with 10 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists. Kirsten Bresson and Ashlie Tucker each scored seven points. Taylor Marston threw in five points and came up with four steals and two assists, and Maddie Horner was impressive in the frontcourt with eight rebounds and six blocks to go with three points.

Sarah Gonzalves paced Conant with 14 points.

HOPKINTON 51, MASCOMA 35

The Hawks (9-3) played an all-around game led by senior guard Brittany Marshall, who finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals. The Hawks led 26-13 at halftime in a game that was never really in question.

Hannah Hughes (13 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks) and Sabrey Montore (nine points, four rebounds, three steals, two assists) played solid all-around games for Hopkinton. Sarah Ewing and Christine Spaulding played well on the defensive end.

SUNAPEE 52, PITTSFIELD 33

In a battle of Division IV powers, Sunapee (8-1) outplayed the Panthers (7-3).

Brooke Vien and Gabby Bartlett led the Pittsfield offense with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Kylee Morel also played well on both ends of the floor.

Pittsfield will take on undefeated Hinsdale (8-0) on Monday night.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Merrimack 59, Concord 30

Merrimack kept its perfect record intact with the win against the visiting Crimson Tide (3-4). The Tomahawks (7-0) led 33-16 at halftime.

Jacob Szulc finished with a team-high 10 points for Concord.

COE-BROWN 51, KENNETT 42

It was a back-and-forth contest as the Bears (5-2) buckled down in the second half to seal the deal. Kennett (6-2) actually led at halftime, 19-18. The Bears executed in the second half, outscoring Kennett, 33-23.

“We played well,” Coach Dave Smith said. “Our second half defense really bailed us out.”

Nick Rolser led the Bears with 18 points, while Luke Zollman chipped in 13 points with eight rebounds. Eric Rolser also added nine points and 10 rebounds. Adam Edin and Spencer Nowland contributed on both ends of the floor.

JOHN STARK 50, CON-VAL 46

The Generals (2-6) used clutch defense and free throw shooting to squeak past Con-Val (1-6).

Cam Williams and Egan Nickerson led the offense with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Serge Boucher added seven, while Drew McQuarrie chipped in eight rebounds.

“I was happy with our performance,” Coach Mike Smith said. “We played smart, which is always good.”

FRANKLIN 65, WINNISQUAM 38

Dana Bean’s 31 points and 17 rebounds led the Golden Tornadoes (3-5) in a decisive effort. Kenny Torres (13 points, 12 assists) and Bruce Carey (10 points, 13 rebounds) also contributed offensively for Franklin, while Isaias Muniz played well defensively.

The Tornadoes led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter and Bean scored all 16 of those points. The lead was 34-15 by halftime as the Tornadoes pulled away.

Mike Buxton had 12 points to lead the Bears (6-3). Christian Serrano (nine) and Spencer Pevine (eight) also helped the offense.

HOPKINTON 52, MASCOMA 47

Gabe Nichols led the Hawks with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a hard-fought affair.

The Hawks led 23-16 at the half, but Mascoma (5-4) didn’t disappear. At the end of the third, the score was tied up at 35-35. Luke Luneau’s clutch fourth-quarter free throw shooting helped the Hawks to secure the win.

Wes Rose and Brian Hauschild also played well, adding eight points apiece.

SUNAPEE 79, PITTSFIELD 43

It was a tough night for the Panthers (6-3), as they trailed for the duration of the game.

Kris Perkins was one of the only bright spots for the Panthers, as he scored 23 points.

CONCORD CHRISTIAN 61, LIN-WOOD 51

The Kingsmen (3-6) controlled the game, leading from start to finish.

Jeremiah Boulter had 30 points to lead all scorers. Jonathan Taylor and Adam Sylvester provided secondary scoring with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

CONCORD SECOND

In a five-team meet at Gunstock, the Crimson Tide performed well, coming in just behind first-place Pinkerton, 383-377. Exeter (third), Spaulding (fourth) and Dover (fifth) were the other schools competing.

Trevor Devanny led the Tide with a third-place finish. Caleb Seymour (fifth), Matthew Adams (eighth) and David Scmitt (11th) rounded out Concord’s scoring.

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

CONCORD SECOND

The Tide finished with 374 points to come up just short of first-place Exeter (384) in a five-team meet at Gunstock. Pinkerton, Dover and Spaulding also competed, finishing in that respective order.

Jess Malfait’s third-place result paced the Tide. Jessie Bean (eighth), Rachel Stevenson (ninth) and Brittany Munnell (10th) also scored for Concord.

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Dana Bean, Franklin boys’ basketball, 31 points, 17 rebounds in win Jeremiah Boulter, Concord Christian boys’ basketball, 30 points in win Paige Vincent, H-D girls’ basketball, 16 points in first win Chayleigh Cadarette, Belmont girls’ basketball, 18 points, 14 rebounds in loss Mayson Kimball, MV girls’ basketball, 22 points in loss Brittany Marshall, Hopkinton girls’ basketball, 13 points, 12 rebounds, …

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