High schools: Concord hands Timberlane 80th straight loss
Concord's Matthew Giroux finds an opportunity for a shot over Timberlane defense in the game between the schools on Monday afternoon, February 17, 2014 at Concord High School.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Concord's Ian Scura, center, and Thomas Bengston, right, jump up for a rebound during the game against Timberlane on Monday night, February 17, 2014 at Concord High School.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
The prospect of losing to a team that hadn’t won in 79 straight games hovered over the court at Concord High yesterday.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about it before the game,” Concord Coach John Finnegan said of taking on a Timberlane team that’s closing in on the national high school record for consecutive losses.
So when his Crimson Tide came out flat, trailing the Owls in the first quarter, Finnegan went with Plan B, inserting his second string to inject some life into the Tide. By the end of the half, those subs – led by Thomas Bengtson, Ian Scura and Devon Ferland – had given Concord the lead and the Tide eventually pulled away, winning 57-46 to hand Timberlane its 80th consecutive loss in divisional play.
The Owls (0-16) are just eight losses shy of equaling the national record for consecutive losses by a high school boys’ basketball team, set by Mifflinburg Area High School of Pennsylvania from 1972-76.
“We got off to a really slow start,” Finnegan said. “Our ‘A’ team didn’t show up. All subs were in halfway through the first quarter and some kids got some good playing time, which was good. And Timberlane is scrappy. They’re still playing hard.”
The slow start surprised Finnegan some, since the varsity and JV teams had a solid practice on Sunday. But just as teams will play up to their competition, they’ll also let down.
“The kids have been playing well, but I think we played down a little bit tonight,” Finnegan said. “But it’s human nature to do that.”
With the starters back in to start the second half, Concord extended a two-point halftime lead to 30-24 after three, then put it out of reach in the fourth. Jacob Szulc sparked the second-half surge, finishing with a game-high 24 points. Jack Reid chipped in 10 points, and Zach Djabelarbi turned in a strong effort off the bench.
The victory moves the Tide to 5-9, with games against Alvirne – also 5-9 – and Exeter (7-8) this week as Concord takes aim at a playoff spot.
“If we can get two out of three, or three out of three, that would be a positive,” Finnegan said.
CAMPBELL 51, FRANKLIN 38
Kenny Torres led the Tornadoes (4-10) with 21 points, but it wasn’t enough to take down Division III power Campbell (12-2).
The Tornadoes started slowly, trailing 21-5 at the end of the first. They slowly cut into the lead, pulling within four, 36-32, with five minutes left. The Tornadoes couldn’t get over the hump as a veteran Campbell team pulled away.
Bruce Carey chipped in eight points in what Coach Jim Cilley described as a “gutty” performance. Dana Bean, Matt Hennessy and Isaias Muniz all contributed on both ends of the floor.
Monadnock 62, Hillsboro-Deering 49
The Hillcats (3-12) hung with Monadnock (4-10) into the second half – trailing just 34-26 at halftime – but faded down the stretch.
Josh Gould scored 13 points to pace H-D, while Rood Monta added eight and Mike Legare scored six.
Raymond 56, Kearsarge 51
Kearsarge (2-13) battled throughout the game, entering the final quarter in a 39-39 deadlock with Raymond (5-9), but the Rams were clutch from the foul line in the fourth quarter and Kearsarge fell just short.
“We had opportunities down the stretch,” Kearsarge Coach Nate Camp said. “I thought we executed well. We played, I thought, fairly decent defense, we executed on offense, we just missed a few shots.”
Carter Noordsij was the offensive catalyst for the Cougars, dropping in 23 points to go with four rebounds. James Bromwell (10 points, six rebounds), Nick Bailey (eight points, four steals) and Trent Noordsij (eight points, three steals, two assists) also had good efforts for Kearsarge.
CONCORD 65, TIMBERLANE 30
Great defense was the story as the Tide (2-13) forced 24 turnovers to lock down Timberlane (0-16). The Tide led 35-11 at halftime as the game was never close.
Janessa Luciano (21 points), Peyton Osgood (11 points, four assists), Cassidy Emerson (nine points, seven reounds) and Liz Sinotte (six points) led the way, while Deb Morill anchored the defense.
COE-BROWN 47, PLYMOUTH 15
The Bears (9-5) jumped out to 27-6 halftime lead as the contest was never in question.
Jenny Schlim (11 points), Abby Ahern (10 points) and Sarah Curtin (nine points) led the balanced attack.
“Our defense made the difference,” Coach David Hartnett said. “I’m proud of the way that we competed.”
Kearsarge 40, Raymond 24
The Cougars ended any chance for a close game in the second quarter, outscoring the Rams 16-2 in the frame and setting themselves up for an easy road victory.
Raymond fell to 6-9 with the loss.
Freshman Devi Krashaaur led the way for Kearsarge (4-12), grabbing 12 rebounds and scoring 12 points. The Cougars benefitted from a balanced attack, as eight players put up points during the game.
PITTSFIELD 44, EPPING 27
Brooke Vien and Katie Doucette led the Panthers (9-7) offensively with 14 and 12 points, respectively, as they smothered Epping (2-16). The Panthers opened up a 14-3 lead after the first quarter and the game was seemingly over from that point on.
Brie Hill and Jessie Massey also played well.
BOW 5, WINNACUNNET 0
Goalie Robbie Margeson had to make only eight saves to preserve the shutout as the Falcons (12-3) outshot Winnacunnet, 56-8.
Chris Fournier opened the scoring two minutes into the second period as the Falcons began the rout. They added one more in the second, and then three in the third. Other goals came from Devin Barker, Derek Gallagher, Jamie Ess and Brendan Ulrich. Assists were provided by Austin Beaudette and Jake Rand.
Kennett 3, Kearsarge 1
Kearsarge (1-7-1) stayed within striking distance on the scoreboard, but Kennett (7-7-0) outplayed the Cougars on the ice.
“We had no offensive chances,” Coach Michael Fisher said. “They took it to us pretty good.”
Freshman goalie Cody Rowe played his best game of the season to keep it close, turning aside 31 Kennett shots. Jakob Arnold, another freshman, scored with about nine minutes left to pull the Cougars within a goal, 2-1, but Kearsarge proceeded to take a penalty and the Eagles capitalized to regain their two-goal lead.
LEBANON 3, CONCORD 2
The Tide (3-10-0) hung tight with a very good Lebanon (11-3-0) team but came up one goal short.
Annie Mullen and Kaleigh Otto were the goal scorers. Assists were provided by Kate Dasey (two), Mullen and Delana Erickson. Casey Riddell made 20 saves in net.
Hanover 7, Bishop Brady-Trinity 0
Brady-Trinity (7-5-0) ran into the juggernaut that is Hanover and the Marauders posted their third straight shutout and fourth in the last five games to improve to 11-1-0 overall, 9-0-0 in-state.
“We just couldn’t stay with them,” Brady-Trinity Coach Dan Earley said.
“But I’m proud of our girls. That’s a very, very difficult team to play. Everybody’s good.”
Sarah Plourde, Brady-Trinity’s sophomore goalie, did the yeoman’s work in the cages, making 52 saves.