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High Schools: Belmont girls’ basketball team fades in second half

  • Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette and Inter-Lakes' Tricia Delrossi battle for a rebound during the game on Tuesday evening, January 22, 2013. Despite leading most of the game, Belmont lost 35-31.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette and Inter-Lakes' Tricia Delrossi battle for a rebound during the game on Tuesday evening, January 22, 2013. Despite leading most of the game, Belmont lost 35-31.

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  • Belmont's Zoe Zeller, right, fights for possession of the ball with Inter-Lakes' Reilly Donovan on Tuesday evening, January 22, 2013. Despite leading most of the game, Belmont lost 35-31.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Belmont's Zoe Zeller, right, fights for possession of the ball with Inter-Lakes' Reilly Donovan on Tuesday evening, January 22, 2013. Despite leading most of the game, Belmont lost 35-31.

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  • Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette and Inter-Lakes' Tricia Delrossi battle for a rebound during the game on Tuesday evening, January 22, 2013. Despite leading most of the game, Belmont lost 35-31.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Belmont's Zoe Zeller, right, fights for possession of the ball with Inter-Lakes' Reilly Donovan on Tuesday evening, January 22, 2013. Despite leading most of the game, Belmont lost 35-31.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

The Belmont girls’ basketball team got off to a dream start in its tough matchup against an improving Inter-Lakes team last night. The Red Raiders just didn’t get the dream finish they were looking for. A tough second half doomed the Red Raiders as they fell to the Lakers, 35-31.

Belmont (2-9) jumped out to an 11-5 first-quarter lead. A combination of a great inside presence from Chayleigh Cadarette and some superb defense from Makayla Donovan had Belmont breathing pretty easy as it went into halftime with a 20-9 lead. There was only one problem – there was still the whole second half to go, and Inter-Lakes (4-7) wasn’t ready to give up.

Inter-Lakes started off slow in the third quarter, but then all of a sudden busted out a 10-0 run to end the quarter and completely swing the momentum.

“That 10-0 run they went on to end the third quarter was a real game changer,” Belmont Coach Mark Dawalga said. “It took every bit of momentum we had built up and gave it right back to them.”

Belmont still held a slim 25-21 lead going into the fourth, but just couldn’t gain the momentum back to hold on. Foul trouble is what really doomed the Red Raiders, as they had to sit several key players for long stretches because of fouls.

Inter-Lakes outscored them 14-6 in the final quarter and snuck away with the four-point victory.

“The foul trouble was a real backbreaker. I feel like if we could have avoided the foul trouble we would have had the depth to hold on to the game,” Dawalga said.

Despite seeing its record fall to 2-9, Belmont can still take away plenty of bright spots from the game. Cadarette finished with a solid double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Cassie Contigiani was second on the team with nine points. Both players are only sophomores and provide a nice outlook for the future of the team.

Belmont will look to rebound from the loss as it looks for the upset on the road against Laconia on Friday night.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

St. Thomas 55,
Merrimack Valley 49

The Pride (5-5) crumbled in the final couple minutes of the game to suffer a heartbreaking loss to the Saints (3-6).

MV led for most of the game as it took a 24-23 lead into halftime. The Pride came out strong to start the second half and pulled ahead by a score of 42-38 to end the third quarter. The Pride was able to hold on until about three minutes to go in the final quarter, when St. Thomas hit a big 3-pointer and a couple of clutch free throws to seal the deal.

Molly Mullen had an excellent overall game with 12 points and eight rebounds for MV, while Mary Mullen helped out with 11 points and five rebounds. Jordan Neylon dominated the boards for the Pride with 11 rebounds.

Winnisquam 58, Sanborn 31

The Bears (8-4) traveled to Sanborn (1-10) and picked up their third win in a row, while the Indians dropped their 10th straight contest.

Winnisquam opened up a 22-11 lead at halftime and went on to outscore Sanborn by 16 points in the second half.

Hannah Chapin was the high scorer for the Bears with 14 points. Kaylee Howard (13 points), Angie Roy (eight points), Bailey Long (seven), Dallis Austin (six) and Tea Michaloski (six) added offense for Winnisquam.

Mascenic 19,
Hillsboro-Deering 14

Mascenic (5-7) took advantage of its game plan to pull ahead early in the first quarter, 11-6. From there on out the Vikings executed the plan to perfection and held on to the ball and used their quickness to gain an edge on the much-bigger H-D (4-9) squad.

The Hillcats held Mascenic scoreless in the second quarter, but were only able to put up two points to go into halftime trailing, 11-8.

The second half failed to provide much more action as the Hillcats failed to capitalize on any turnovers they created. With 25 seconds left to go, and trailing 17-14, they had an open 3 with a chance to tie, but missed it and that sealed up the victory for Mascenic.

Paige Vincent led the Hillcats with five points.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Hillsboro-Deering 63,
Mascenic 57

The Hillcats (4-7) got off to a quick start as they jumped out to a 22-10 lead in the first quarter. That lead proved to be a difference maker as Mascenic (3-7) clawed its way back, eventually narrowing the lead to four by halftime. But a little bit of a run to start the third quarter helped H-D secure the victory in the hard-fought win.

Dan Kulbacki had a monster game for the Hillcats with 35 points and 16 rebounds. Not to be overlooked were solid outings by Victor Montanez with 11 points and seven rebounds and Max Parenteau, who had anchored the defense.

John Stark 58,
Pelham 49

The Generals passed one of their toughest tests this season, as they had to go on the road to take on Pelham (6-3) and came out with a victory.

The Generals (5-3) looked to control the pace throughout the game with a 13-10 first-quarter lead. Pelham made a little run in the second quarter, but Stark held on and went in to halftime with a 29-24 lead.

The third quarter proved to be an even battle with both teams scoring 13 points, and then the Generals pulled away in the final quarter.

Zach Grattan proved to be a monster in the paint, both offensively and defensively, with 24 points and 21 rebounds. Nic Lloyd also notched a double-double for the Generals with 12 points and 10 assists. Nic Simeone pitched in a solid game of six points and eight rebounds, and Zach Gagnon led the team with an excellent defensive effort.

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

Kearsarge at Mount Sunapee

Kearsarge finished fourth in both the morning giant slalom races and in the afternoon slalom races held at Sunapee Mountain, with nine other teams competing. Gilford took first in both the GS and slalom races.

David Smith (seventh) and Berkley Stevens (ninth) were the top finishers for Kearsarge in the GS with times of 45.72 and 46.48, respectively. Colin Andrews (17th) and Patrick Moore (23rd) also scored for the Cougars.

In the afternoon race, Cameron Commerfor (1:20.09) was 11th, ahead of teammates Andrews (18th), Moore (20th) and Tanner Boucher (21st).

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

kearsarge at mount sunapee

Maggie Bolger had an excellent two-run time of 48.28 to finish in sixth place overall and give Kearsarge a sixth-place finish in the giant slalom race. Victoria Botana (20th) and Geneva Heffernan (21st) also scored for the Cougars.

The slalom race proved to be a little better for the Cougars as all three of their skiers finished in the top 20 to lead them to a fifth-place finish. Heffernan led the way with a two-run time of 1:37:08 and finished 14th overall, followed closely by teammates Botana (15th) and Bolger (18th).

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