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Coe-Brown boys clamp down on Merrimack Valley

  • Coe-Brown's Samuel Langdon defends Merrimack Valley's Cole Remillard during the game at Coe-Brown on Friday, January 31, 2014.  Coe-Brown won 57-35. <br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Coe-Brown's Samuel Langdon defends Merrimack Valley's Cole Remillard during the game at Coe-Brown on Friday, January 31, 2014. Coe-Brown won 57-35.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Coe-Brown's McCormick Struthers shoots the ball as Merrimack Valley's Ryan Head, left, defends him during the game at Coe-Brown on Friday, January 31, 2014.  Coe-Brown won 57-35. <br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Coe-Brown's McCormick Struthers shoots the ball as Merrimack Valley's Ryan Head, left, defends him during the game at Coe-Brown on Friday, January 31, 2014. Coe-Brown won 57-35.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Coe-Brown's Samuel Langdon defends Merrimack Valley's Cole Remillard during the game at Coe-Brown on Friday, January 31, 2014.  Coe-Brown won 57-35. <br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff
  • Coe-Brown's McCormick Struthers shoots the ball as Merrimack Valley's Ryan Head, left, defends him during the game at Coe-Brown on Friday, January 31, 2014.  Coe-Brown won 57-35. <br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

Team defense has been the star for the Coe-Brown boys’ basketball team this season, and last night the Bears put on one of their best performances yet. Coe-Brown used its usual mix of man, zone, pressure and depth for a 57-35 home decision against Merrimack Valley, the fourth win in the last five games for the Bears (6-3).

“It was a great defensive night,” Coe-Brown Coach David Smith said. “We were able to set a good tone early and set our pace.”

The Bears aren’t looking for a frantic tempo, but they want to play “mildly fast,” according to Smith, to take advantage of their team quickness, and that’s what they did against the Pride (3-8). And when they added a mix of defensive schemes to that pace, the Bears wound up with a 30-16 halftime lead.

“Whether we’re in man or zone it’s all about different areas of the court where we can dictate play with our quickness,” Smith said.

But even though the first half went Coe-Brown’s way, the Bears were prepared for a second-half response from MV. After all, the first time these two teams played the Pride trailed by 17 in the third quarter but fought back to make it a one-point game before falling, 54-48, back on Jan. 14.

“We talked about that at halftime,” Smith said. “We knew they were going to do whatever they needed to do to make a run, and that’s what happened, so we had to work very hard for this win.”

MV used some defensive pressure of its own to trim the lead to eight, but the Pride couldn’t maintain that pace like it did in the first meeting with Coe-Brown.

“We came out hard in the second half and used our trapping stuff, which we do well, but we just had to use so much energy,” Pride Coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We can’t continue to do that.”

While the Pride was running out of gas, the Bears were relying on their depth. Sam Langdon came off the bench to supply great second-half defense and six points, while reserves Adam Edin (six points) and Mac Struthers also played key reserve roles.

Senior forward Eric Rolser led the Coe-Brown starters with a game-high 14 points and nine rebounds. Nick Rolser finished with eight points and four assists, Spencer Nowland was all over the place with seven points, four steals and three assists, and Luke Zollman cleaned up on the glass with five points and 13 rebounds. But once again the real star for Coe-Brown was the defense, which is just what Smith envisioned for his team even before the season began.

“We knew for us to be successful we would have to play team defense,” Smith said. “We don’t have the biggest players, but they have good quickness and big hearts, so we can make that work.”

Cole Remillard finished with a team-high 10 points for MV and Ryan Head had seven points and eight rebounds.

The Pride will get some extra practice time this week before facing Oyster River on Friday. The Bears, on the other hand, have a three-game week with two of the matchups against top Division II teams – Bishop Brady (7-2) on Wednesday and Lebanon (9-2) on Friday.

“We’ll see where we stand,” Smith said.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Nashua North 68, Concord 52

The Crimson Tide (3-6) held a 13-7 lead after the first quarter and trailed by just one at halftime, 31-30, but with Seimou Smith on the bench with foul trouble for most of the second half, Concord couldn’t keep pace with the Titans (4-6).

Jacob Szulc finished with a team-high 17 points for the Tide and Smith had 14. Jordan Lates led North with 30 points.

BISHOP BRADY 60, PLYMOUTH 53

The Green Giants trailed by nine, 44-35, going into the fourth before erupting for 25 points in the final frame to hand Plymouth (8-2) its first home loss of the season. It was the fifth straight win for Brady (7-2).

Joe Bell’s 25 points led all scorers, while Danny Fogarty (nine) and Brendan Johnson (eight) provided solid secondary scoring.

Winnisquam 63, Kearsarge 45

The Bears were making the extra pass and knocking down open shots as they improved to 9-3 with the win at home. Point guard Christian Serrano (11 points, 10 assists) was the ball-movement catalyst for Winnisquam, while Tucker Normand and Torrey Martinez finished with 12 points each to lead a nine-player scoring attack. Sean Buxton (nine points) and Tim Harmon helped control the defensive interior for the Bears and Michael Buxton added eight points.

“I’m very pleased with the way things are going this season,” Winnisquam Coach Kevin Dame said. “The guys are working hard and there’s a great team chemistry.”

Carter Noordsij finished with a game-high 15 points to lead Kearsarge (1-9). Zach Mattos had 13 and seven rebounds for the Cougars and Mike Sullivan scored his first varsity points.

“We’re having a hard time finding some wins, but the kids are still playing hard,” Kearsarge Coach Nate Camp said.

HOPKINTON 72, FALL MOUNTAIN 57

Gabe Nichols (24 points, five rebounds, three assists) played a solid all-around game to lead the Hawks (9-1). Fall Mountain (6-4) hung tough early, trailing 11-10 after the first, but the Hawks took over for the remaining three quarters, smothering Fall Mountain.

Although Nichols had a gaudy stat line, it was a team effort, and Sam Winslow (12 points, eight rebounds, two assists), Liam McNicholas (11 points, four assists) and Luke Luneau (nine points, nine rebounds) all put up some decent numbers of their own.

MASCOMA 48, FRANKLIN 25

The Tornadoes (3-8) trailed at halftime, 23-7, and never closed the gap as Mascoma (6-5) ran away with it.

Kenny Torres had 15 to lead the Tornadoes. Dana Bean and Isaias Muniz provided secondary scoring with four each. Lucas Gagne and Garett Flemming also played well.

Laconia 65, Belmont 48

The Red Raiders (1-9) played with one of the best teams in D-III for three quarters, but were outscored by the Sachems (8-2), 24-10, in the fourth quarter in a loss on the road. Belmont held a 27-24 lead at halftime and trailed by just three, 41-38, after three, but Laconia knocked down some open 3s in the fourth to pull away.

Trevor Hunt (17 points, 11 rebounds) led the Raiders, while Corey Derosier (eight points) and Doug Price (seven points) also played well.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Pembroke 43, Hanover 33

Fourth-place Hanover (7-2) hung with the Spartans (8-4) through the first half, but Pembroke upped its defense and successfully executed a 2-3 zone to pull away in the third quarter. The Spartans led 12-11 after the first quarter and 22-20 at halftime, but opened up a 32-26 advantage heading into the final frame. Pembroke managed to keep the Marauders’ offense, which averages over 55 points a game, in check.

The Spartans also won the rebounding battle, 32-25, and shot better from the free-throw line.

MERRIMACK VALLEY 41, COE-BROWN 34

The Pride (8-3) trailed at halftime, 17-16, but came alive in the second half to overtake Coe-Brown (6-4).

“We played decent tonight,” Coach David Huckins said. “I’m glad that we showed poise in the second half.”

Mayson Kimball (14 points) and Mary Mullen (10 points) led the scoring for MV. Sammi Osborne played well on both ends of the floor.

SOUHEGAN 45, JOHN STARK 17

It was a tough night for the Generals (1-8), who trailed throughout the game and were shut out in the first quarter, 9-0.

Clarissa Foote was one of the lone bright spots, recording six points. Kylee Frink-Kendrick also played well.

Bishop Brady 43, Somersworth 36

The Green Giants (10-1) played well under pressure and held a slim lead after all four quarters in a win at home against the Hilltoppers (8-4). Bishop Brady led 21-16 at halftime and maintained that five-point edge (35-30) going into the fourth.

“I think the best thing we did was that we played very consistent defense and we didn’t get rattled in a close game and kept our composure,” Brady Coach Aaron Brochu said.

Sarah Thomas led the team with 17 points, while Riselly Deoleo scored 10 and Riley Bennett added eight. Taylor Fortin scored six points off the bench and provided a spark later in the game.

WINNISQUAM 42, KEARSARGE 30

The Bears (6-7) were solid in all aspects as they had multiple contributors in the win.

Rachel Willcutt’s 14 points and Hannah Chapin’s double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) led the way. Kaylee Howard, Dakota Austin and Dallis Austin were all solid on both ends of the floor.

For Kearsarge (2-9), Anna Cahill had 11 points and Devi Krashaaur chipped in seven.

LACONIA 41, BELMONT 26

Chayleigh Cadarette had a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) but it wasn’t enough for the Raiders (5-7) in a low-scoring affair against a good Laconia (8-2) team.

“We executed our defense perfectly, but give them some credit,” Coach Mark Dawalga said. “They really have some scorers.”

Cassie Contigiani added five points for the Raiders.

Fall Mountain 55, Hopkingon 50

The Hawks (9-3) ended the first half with a comeback, but gave up a fourth-quarter lead in a tough loss on the road to the Wildcats (10-1), who are in a three-way tie for second place in D-III.

Hopkinton trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter but managed to cut it down to a two-point deficit at halftime. The Hawks took a lead in the fourth quarter but ran into foul trouble down the stretch.

Wilton-Lyndeborough 48, Concord Christian 22

Missing one of their starters due to injury, the Lady Kingsmen (2-10) fell to Wilton (5-6).

Lily Rivera led Concord Christian with six points, while Becca Johnson, Suzanne Kleinberg and Emily Purtell each added four points. Morgan Draus and Kayla Lockwood contributed a bucket each and Bea Gillespie played well.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Bishop Guertin 3, Concord 0

The Crimson Tide held Bishop Guertin (7-1) to its second-lowest goal total of the season, thanks in large part to 27 saves from Amandaline Tibbals, but Concord couldn’t generate any offense to match the defensive effort. The Tide drops to 1-7.

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

Pembroke at Mt. Sunapee

The Spartans placed eighth in both the giant slalom and slalom competitions in an eight-team meet at Mt. Sunapee. Hollis-Brookline, Oyster River and Milford finished first, second and third, respectively, in both races.

In the GS, Andrew Goulet (24th), John Hollis (48th) and Killian Drouse (51st) were the Spartans scorers, while Edward Miner (18th), Goulet (23rd), Drouse (46th) and Hollis (50th) scored in the slalom.

MEET AT GUNSTOCK

The Belmont boys finished first in the slalom and second in the giant slalom in the 10-team meet. The Hillsboro-Deering boys finished seventh in both the slalom and giant slalom.

In the slalom, Christopher Spoone led Belmont with a third-place finish. TJ Hennessy (eighth), Brad Cyr (11th) and Cory Yelle (13th) also placed highly for the Raiders. Spoone finished third in the GS as well. He was followed by Hennessy (seventh), Yelle (eighth) and Nick Galambos (19th).

For H-D, Danny Egner was the highlight with a fourth-place finish in the slalom. The Hillcats’ only other finisher in the slalom was Logan Snow (39th). In the GS, Danny Egner was the story again, placing fifth. Logan Snow (30th) and Jake Kallander (43th) rounded out the Hillcats’ scoring.

MEET AT WILDCAT

James McCluskey’s fifth-place finish in the giant slalom propelled Hopkinton to a sixth-place finish in the nine-team meet.

Jake Hemmerlein (ninth), Ryan Mitchell (56th) and Austin Grant (59th) also helped the Hawks.

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

Pembroke at Mt. Sunapee

The Spartans placed seventh in the giant slalom and eighth in the slalom in an eight-team meet. Souhegan easily won both competitions, while Con-Val (second GS, third slalom) and Hollis-Brookline (second slalom, third GS) rounded out the top three. Pembroke topped Windham in the GS.

Lyla Boyajian (20th GS, 17th slalom) was the top Spartan in both races, while Hannah Cunningham (26th GS, 37th slalom) and Larissa Amour (29th GS, 32nd slalom) also scored in both races. Shannon Drouse (31st GS) and Sarah Hubbard (30th slalom) were the other scoring skiers.

MEET AT GUNSTOCK

Belmont finished fourth in both the slalom and giant slalom in the 10-team meet. The Hillsboro-Deering girls placed fifth in the slalom and sixth in the GS.

For Belmont, Madi Blajda was on top with a 10th-place finish in the slalom. She was followed by Kylie Donnovan (14th), Alexa Robbins (16th) and Cori Heimlich (21st). In the GS, Blajda led the way once again with a ninth-place finish. Donnovan (18th), Robbins (19th) and Melanie Nix (26th) also helped the Raiders.

Emma Moore’s fifth-place finish in the slalom was the best of any H-D girl. Molly Wilson (22nd), Jordan Goodliff (28th) and Hannah Anderson (32nd) rounded out the effort. In the GS, Moore led the way, finishing fifth once again. Wilson (24th), Goodliff (30th) and Merdith Denu (33rd) also scored for the Hillcats.

MEET AT WILDCAT

Meg Hemmerlein (seventh) led the Hopkinton girls in the giant slalom as the Hawks finished fourth in the nine-team meet.

Ireland Tawney (16th), Melissa Irwin (18th) and Jordan Rose Mack (37th) also scored for the Hawks.

BOYS’ SWIMMING

CONCORD 4-2; BELMONT 1-4

The Crimson Tide was led by Logan Lamb (second 500-yard free, third 100 butterfly) and Kevin Hayes (third 100 back) as they picked up dual-meet wins over Belmont (93-12), Souhegan (97-4), Derryfield (99-22) and Campbell (86-22), but fell to Bedford (115-51) and Londonderry (97-69).

The relay team of Lamb, Hayes, Max Cross and Denys Bowen came in second in both the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay.

Belmont, a one-man team, beat Souhegan (12-6), but fell to Londonderry (132-12), Bedford (130-10), Concord (93-12) and Derryfield (48-12).

Antony Hubbard, the lone member on the team, won the 200 freestyle and finished second in the 100 freestyle.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

CONCORD 1-2

Alaina Pribis led the Tide as she won the 500-yard freestyle and finished second in the 200 IM. The Tide defeated Derryfield (60-33), but lost to Bedford (123-33) and Londonderry (110-47).

The relay team of Pribis, Kaelin Willette, Mackenzie Witham and Amy Williams finished third in the 200 medley relay.

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