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Chase, defense help lead Hopkinton girls’ basketball over Hillsboro-Deering

  • Hopkinton's Taylor Yianakopolos defends against Hillsboro-Deering's Taylor Burrows in basketball on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Hopkinton's Taylor Yianakopolos defends against Hillsboro-Deering's Taylor Burrows in basketball on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Hopkinton's Sabrey Montore, left, and Hillsboro-Deering's Hannah Murdough go for a rebound during the game on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Hopkinton's Sabrey Montore, left, and Hillsboro-Deering's Hannah Murdough go for a rebound during the game on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Hopkinton's Taylor Yianakopolos defends against Hillsboro-Deering's Taylor Burrows in basketball on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Hopkinton's Taylor Yianakopolos defends against Hillsboro-Deering's Taylor Burrows in basketball on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Hopkinton's Sabrey Montore, left, and Hillsboro-Deering's Hannah Murdough go for a rebound during the game on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Hopkinton's Sabrey Montore, left, and Hillsboro-Deering's Hannah Murdough go for a rebound during the game on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Hopkinton's Taylor Yianakopolos defends against Hillsboro-Deering's Taylor Burrows in basketball on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Hopkinton's Sabrey Montore, left, and Hillsboro-Deering's Hannah Murdough go for a rebound during the game on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Hopkinton's Taylor Yianakopolos defends against Hillsboro-Deering's Taylor Burrows in basketball on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Hopkinton's Sabrey Montore, left, and Hillsboro-Deering's Hannah Murdough go for a rebound during the game on Tuesday evening, December 4, 2012.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

The Hopkinton girls’ basketball team didn’t get the result it wanted in the first game of the season, a two-point road loss to Franklin in which the Hawks didn’t shoot the ball well. Those early-season jitters extended into the first quarter of last night’s home contest with Hillsboro-Deering, as the Hawks missed 11 shots from the floor and only led by four after the opening period. It turned out that all Hopkinton needed to turn its game around was to step up on the other end of the floor. After a strong defensive second quarter that featured steals from multiple players, the Hawks (1-1) were able to improve their overall play and get their shooting rhythm going, leading to a 61-25 victory over the Hillcats (1-1).

“Our focus going into the game was to relax and keep shooting,” Hopkinton Coach Dave Hughes said. “If you miss a shot, don’t worry about it, get back on defense and go for a steal.”

It was steals in particular that got Hopkinton to go on a scoring run in the second quarter, a period which saw the Hawks outscore the Hillcats by an 18-7 margin. The defensive effort was led by sophomore forward Callie Chase, who scored seven points in the game but led by example on defense to get her team going.

“She really sparked us in the second quarter,” Hughes said.

Guards Abby Lui and Sabrey Montore added to the defensive effort and supplied steals of their own.

The Hawks’ solid second quarter translated to a 29-14 lead at halftime, and the lead increased for the home team as the game went on. The third quarter was an identical 18-7 advantage for Hopkinton and allowed the Hawks to find time to get their shooters going.

Montore, who led Hopkinton in scoring with 13 points, in particular benefitted from the team’s shoot-first, ask-questions-later strategy. Despite being in foul trouble early on, she was able to start scoring as the game went on.

“She got all over the floor and got her rhythm going,” Hughes said.

Not to be overlooked among Hopkinton’s contributors was sophomore forward Christine Spaulding, who came off the bench and added eight points, along with multiple steals and rebounds.

After a tough opening game featuring offense that wasn’t up to par, Hopkinton got a much-needed dose of confidence from the other end of the floor. Sometimes, good defense leads to improved all-around play, and the first win of the season for the Hawks proved exactly that.

Franklin 34, Belmont 30

Franklin (2-0) eked out a road win over the Red Raiders (0-2) after scoring pressure free throws in the final minute to break a 30-all tie.

Belmont led 29-27 late but missed some key layups and was unable to keep the lead.

Chayleigh Cadarette led the Raiders with a well-rounded stat line of 11 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and five steals. Cassie Contigiani added eight points, while underclassmen Courtney Clairmont and Jackelyn Robarge scored their first varsity points.

“The experience that we picked up from this game is valuable for our young squad,” Belmont Coach Mark Dawalga said.

Bishop Brady 57, Raymond 15

The Green Giants put on a second impressive display of defensive basketball in their second game of the season and improved to 2-0 with the win at Raymond (0-2). Sarah Thomas took on the challenge of guarding Raymond’s best player and she finished with a team-high 11 points. Taylor Ong also had 11 points for Brady and Katie Nadeau added nine points of the bench.

BOW 73, SANBORN 31

Bow (1-1) picked up its first win of the season after winning the turnover battle with Sanford (1-1), as the Falcons limited its own turnovers to nine while Sanborn gave away 25.

Junior guard Ashlie Tucker led the offense with 27 points, four assists and two steals. Lindsey Nerbonne (eight points, six assists, two steals), Dina Tischofer (eight points, six boards, two assists, three steals, block) and Amanda Murray (eight points, five rebounds, three assists) were among the nine different Falcons who added to the point total.

Mascoma 59, Kearsarge 22

Mascoma (2-0) pulled away from the Cougars (0-2) in the second and third periods after Kearsarge led 7-5 after the first quarter.

The Royals outscored the hosts 18-8 in the second quarter and 17-1 in the third to gain a convincing lead.

“We got outrun,” Kearsarge Coach Kurt McCandless said. “They beat us at our own game.”

Anna Cahill led the Cougars on offense with 10 points, while Molly Jenna added eight points and Maggie Stockwell played well defensively.

LACONIA 36, WINNISQUAM 28

Poor shooting and turnovers hurt the Bears (0-2), who shot 22 percent from the floor, 37 percent from the free throw line and turned the ball over 29 times.

Despite leading 11-10 after the first quarter, Winnisquam succumbed to the man-to-man defense of Laconia (2-0), which grabbed a 19-12 lead at the half. A closely-played second half was won narrowly by the Sachems, 17-16.

Rachel Willcutt led Winnisquam with 10 points, followed by Angie Roy with 8 points and Dallis Austin with 6 points.

Hinsdale 50, Concord Christian 37

The Lady Kingsmen (0-2) gave up a 21-6 lead to Hinsdale (2-0) in the first quarter but rallied back to pull within nine points at the half.

Lauren McLaughlin led CCA with 14 points and Kendra Jarvis added 11 points, while Nastassja Martel and Kaity Purtell each put in five points and Hannah Revitsky had two points.

PITTSFIELD 41, NEWMARKET 26

The Panthers (2-0) got a road win over Newmarket (0-2) propelled by a 16-5 third quarter to break an 11-11 halftime tie.

Brooke Vien scored 14 points to lead Pittsfield, while Bekah Adams (10), Stef Gauthier (six) and Sage Anthony (six) added scoring.

Morgan Corliss started off the pivotal third period for the Panthers with an important three-point field goal.

“We put on a press, and it changed the pace of the game,” Pittsfield Coach Steve Langevin said.

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