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High Schools: Hopkinton girls start fast, beat Monadnock to make D-III quarters

  • Hopkinton's Brittany Marshall attempts a shot over Monadnock's Julia Tindell in the second round of the Division III girls playoff on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton's Brittany Marshall attempts a shot over Monadnock's Julia Tindell in the second round of the Division III girls playoff on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton's Maddie Clark charges down the court in the second round of the Division III girls playoff against Monadnock on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton's Maddie Clark charges down the court in the second round of the Division III girls playoff against Monadnock on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton defeats Monadnock in the second round of the Division III girls playoff on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton defeats Monadnock in the second round of the Division III girls playoff on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton's Brittany Marshall looks to make a pass over Monadnock's Jillian Lotito in the second round of the Division III girls playoff on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton's Brittany Marshall looks to make a pass over Monadnock's Jillian Lotito in the second round of the Division III girls playoff on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton's Brittany Marshall attempts a shot over Monadnock's Julia Tindell in the second round of the Division III girls playoff on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton's Maddie Clark charges down the court in the second round of the Division III girls playoff against Monadnock on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton defeats Monadnock in the second round of the Division III girls playoff on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton's Brittany Marshall looks to make a pass over Monadnock's Jillian Lotito in the second round of the Division III girls playoff on February 27, 2014 at Hopkinton High School. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Dave Hughes had a message for his Hopkinton girls’ basketball team before its playoff opener last night.

Move it.

“(I told them) ‘We have to get out and go,’ ” Hughes said. “We have to go 4-0 (in the playoffs). We had to go out and start so the other team knows we’re here to play.”

The Hawks obeyed, getting out to a big first-quarter lead and forcing Monadnock to play a losing battle of catch-up before finishing with a 51-39 win in the second round of the Division III tournament. Hopkinton, the tournament’s fifth seed, will play No. 4 Fall Mountain in the quarterfinals.

“We just kept pushing the ball at them,” Hughes said. “We never walked the ball up the floor all night. Everything was go. … We kind of wore them out at the end.”

With Brittany Marshall (17 points), Maddie Clark (11) and Sabrey Montore (10) leading the charging pace, the Hawks (15-4) pinned the Huskies quickly with a 17-8 first-quarter advantage, then went into halftime with a 29-18 lead.

The stage was set for a Hopkinton runaway – one that never materialized, thanks to free-throw shooting that suddenly went cold. While Monadnock (9-9) shot 11-for-13 from the free-throw line, the Hawks went 16-for-32. They never let the Huskies back into the game, but they weren’t able to bury them either.

“We do a lot better than that typically,” Hughes said. “We just couldn’t hit them tonight.”

The Hawks, who also got seven points from Callie Chase, scored only seven points in the third quarter, but finished the game with 15 fourth-quarter points as Montore went 3-for-4 from the line and Marshall went 3-for-6.

“That’s our goal, just to be aggressive,” Hughes said. “You can’t be afraid of contact.”

Up next is a Wildcats team that beat No. 13 White Mountains, 46-33, and also handed Hopkinton a 55-50 loss in late January. Hughes said his team wasn’t playing back then the way it is now, and he added that the Hawks have a good idea of what to expect in the rematch.

More of the same from yesterday would help.

“It’s going to be just starting off faster than we did last time,” he said. “It’s really going to be a matter of confidence and making your shots. I think it’s going to come down to the foul line.”

Gulp. Not the ideal forecast after a 50 percent shooting night. But Hughes expects those woes to fade away by game time.

“Absolutely,” he said. “If we can shoot 32 times from the foul line against Fall Mountain, I think we’ll be pretty well off.”

D-III GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

NO. 2 BIshop brady 65, No. 18 newport 37

The Giants (17-3) held a 43-21 lead at halftime and cruised to a win in a second-round matchup against the Tigers (8-11).

“Transition basketball is where we excel; in the third quarter we tightened up our defense, forced some turnovers and got out running for some easy baskets,” Brady Coach Aaron Brochu said.

Brady held Newport to four points in the third quarter and had enough breathing room to give its starters a rest in the fourth.

Sarah Thomas led the Giants with 26 points.

Brady moves on to the quarterfinals to play No. 7 Somersworth at home.

No. 3 Campbell 50, No. 14 Winnisquam 32

The Bears (10-10) were hindered by a poorly timed sick bug against one of Division III’s top teams, as they fell behind 32-6 at halftime before rallying for a much stronger second half in a second-round game.

“Campbell’s very good. … They ran their offense to perfection,” Coach Amy Dutton said. “Well-oiled machine on their part.”

Seniors Kaylee Howard (10 points) and Hannah Chapin (nine) led the Winnisquam offense, and the Bears also received solid games from seniors Dallis Austin (four points), Kayla Langan (three), Kendra Lonergan (three), Rachel Willcutt and sophomore Tea Michaloski (three).

“They had a nice season, they were very competitive,” Dutton said. “Just not our night to shine.”

No. 11 Gilford 43, No. 6 Bow 39

The Falcons couldn’t recover from a slow start, as the Golden Eagles took a 15-7 lead and held on for a second-round upset.

Taylor Marsten had 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and four steals for Bow, while Ashlie Tucker (nine points, five steals), Kirsten Bresson (four points, nine rebounds, three assists, four steals) and Maddie Horner (six points, six rebounds) also had good games.

No. 9 Franklin 44, No. 8 Laconia 35

The Golden Tornadoes (11-8) advanced to the quarterfinals with a second-round win over the Sachems. Franklin will face No. 1 Newfound tomorrow.

No details were reported.

no. 1 Newfound 47, No. 16 Belmont 32

Belmont (10-10) executed offensively, played solid defense and got the shots it wanted, but couldn’t come through with an upset of top-seeded Newfound (18-1) in a second-round game.

Chayleigh Cadarette registered 11 points and 15 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season. Cassie Contigiani added 10 points.

“You hate losing, but I’m very pleased with our effort. We played a great game,” Belmont Coach Mark Dawalga said.

In just Dawalga’s second year as coach, Belmont showed great improvement in going from 4-14 to 10-10, and has just one player graduating.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Coe-Brown 82, Kingswood 72

The Bears trailed at halftime of their season finale, but cleaned up their defense in the second half to get the victory and finish with a 10-8 record.

Junior guards Sam Langdon and Spencer Nowland led Coe-Brown with 19 and 18 points, respectively, while junior center Luke Zollman added 13 points and 11 rebounds and senior forward Erik Rolser had 11 points and eight rebounds.

Junior forward Isaac Nowland (nine points), junior forward Adam Edin (seven points, eight rebounds) and junior guard Nick Rolser (five points, four assists) also had strong games.

Pittsfield 66, Concord Christian 49

Kris Perkins scored 38 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, helping the Panthers (11-7) take control after they trailed the Kingsmen (5-12) by a score of 25-24 at halftime.

“We were going through the motions, didn’t come out aggressive enough,” Panthers Coach Jay Darrah said.

That changed in the second half as Pittsfield came out and scored its first-half total in the third quarter alone.

Perkins knocked down seven 3-pointers in all. Teammate Xenthios Cyr was also huge in the second half, scoring 17 of his 22 points.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Coe-Brown 68, Kingswood 28

The Bears iced a home game to open the Division II tournament, getting out to a 32-14 halftime lead and never letting the Knights into the contest.

Abigail Ahern led Coe-Brown (13-5) with 24 points, while Jenny Schlim had 11 and Shannon Riley scored nine.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

John Stark-Hopkinton 7, Kennett 3

Cal Loos scored twice Wednesday to lead the Generals (9-6-1), who used a four-goal second period to put away the Eagles.

Garrett Thomas and Alex Lajeunesse had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Hawkes had a pair of helpers. Robbie Ferguson, Tim Sawitzky and Jake Blanchette rounded out the Generals’ goals.

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