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High schools: MV boys’ basketball team trumps Milford, 59-40

Turning the page on the calendar has been like turning the page on the season for the Merrimack Valley boys’ basketball team.

With last night’s 59-40 victory over Milford, the Pride (5-9) won for the second time in three games in February after going 3-8 over the first two months of the season.

MV made it look easy on the road last night.

The Pride broke on top 13-6 after the first quarter and extended its lead to 32-17 by halftime. Milford (1-13) scrapped back within eight points in the second half, but the Valley promptly regained a 15-point advantage and cruised home, handing the Spartans their 12th straight loss.

Ryan Head (13 points, seven rebounds) and Cole Remillard (11 points, nine rebounds) spearheaded the MV attack, while Justin Williams added six points and 10 rebounds and Glen Shattuck played well on both sides of the ball.


Winnacunnet 75, Concord 56

The Crimson Tide (4-9) kept things close early, but too many turnovers and too many 3-pointers from an experienced Winnacunnet team (9-4) led to the loss at home. Still, Concord Coach John Finnegan saw some good signs from his team.

“We hung with them, the kids worked really hard, and they’re learning,” Finnegan said.

Seimou Smith finished with 26 points to lead the Tide and Jacob Szulc added 11. Concord has three games next week – home against Timberlane (0-15) on Monday, at Alvirne (5-8) Wednesday and home against Exeter (6-8) on Friday – and is looking to solidify its playoff position during that stretch.

“If we can win two out of three, we should be in good shape,” Finnegan said.


Winnacunnet 83, Concord 54

Janessa Luciano scored 12 of her team-high 21 points in the first half as Concord (1-13) stayed within striking distance of host Winnacunnet, 35-28, but the Warriors (9-4) went on an 8-0 run to open the second half and put the game out of reach.

Cassidy Emerson added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Kalli Sargent and Rony Daniels came off the bench to add six and five points, respectively. Deb Morrill played well with six steals and seven rebounds, and Luciano added seven steals to her effort.

Milford 47, MV 37

Merrimack Valley (10-4) went into the fourth quarter tied, 27-27, with top-ranked Milford (13-1), but the Spartans controlled the boards in the final period to pull away for the win.

“They just had more second-chance points in the fourth quarter and that’s what killed us,” MV Coach David Huckins said.

In a see-saw battle, the teams were tied, 10-10, after a quarter, MV took a 21-15 lead into halftime, then Milford pulled back even after three.

Sammi Osborne led the Pride with nine points, all coming on 3-pointers, while Emily Mulleavey and Mayson Kimball added eight points apiece.

Bishop Brady 52, H-D 17

Brady’s suffocating defense held Hillsboro-Deering (1-16) to just three points in the second half as the Green Giants improved to 14-2.

Brady set the tone in the first quarter, taking a 12-2 lead before the Hillcats put together their best quarter in the second, pulling within two points, 16-14, before Brady kicked it into gear. Paige Vincent scored eight of her team-high nine points in the second for H-D.

Kenzie Moulton and Riselly Deoleo scored 10 points apiece to pace the Giants, while Riley Bennett, Emma Will and Sarah Thomas added eight points each in a balanced offensive effort.


High school swim championships set for today

Friday, February 14, 2014

Area high school swim teams will invade UNH’s Swasey Pool today for the Division I and Division II championships. Division I, featuring Concord, will take off from the blocks at 8:30 a.m., while Division II, with Bow, Belmont, Bishop Brady, Kearsarge, John Stark, Coe-Brown and Winnisquam, has been pushed back an hour and will start at 5:30 p.m. …

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