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High Schools: MV boys show mental toughness in victory

  • Belmont's Kaleb Brace jumps for a shot during the game against Laconia on Friday evening, January 25, 2013. <br/>JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff

    Belmont's Kaleb Brace jumps for a shot during the game against Laconia on Friday evening, January 25, 2013.
    JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff

  • Belmont's Jared Clough, left, jumps for a rebound along with Laconia's Efran Nouel during the game on Friday evening, January 25, 2013. <br/>JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff

    Belmont's Jared Clough, left, jumps for a rebound along with Laconia's Efran Nouel during the game on Friday evening, January 25, 2013.
    JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff

  • Belmont's Kaleb Brace jumps for a shot during the game against Laconia on Friday evening, January 25, 2013. <br/>JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff
  • Belmont's Jared Clough, left, jumps for a rebound along with Laconia's Efran Nouel during the game on Friday evening, January 25, 2013. <br/>JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff

When Coe-Brown’s Damon Doyle hit a 3-pointer with two minutes left to cap a nine-point rally and tie last night’s game at Merrimack Valley, it looked like trouble for the Pride.

MV has struggled under pressure this season, and Doyle had definitely pressurized the moment. But this time the Pride (4-6) rose to the occasion and made all the plays in the final minutes to claim a 67-58 over the visiting Bears (6-2).

“It was really good for us to battle back like that after they tied it,” Merrimack Valley Coach Sean Young said. “We’ve really had to work at our mental toughness and not hang our heads and tonight we did a better job of that.”

After Doyle’s 3, MV came up with a big loose ball that turned into a layup at the other end for J.T. Driscoll, his only two points of the game. The Bears then missed their next two shots and started fouling to stop the clock, but MV junior Ryan Head hit four straight free throws to ice the game. Head was actually on the bench with a calf injury early in the fourth, but he convinced Young he was fine and the coach put him back on the court.

When these teams played two weeks ago, Coe-Brown rolled to a 65-46 win. The Pride shot just 6-for-34 from the paint in that one, but last night MV finished its interior chances. Andrew Alicea led that effort and wound up with a game-high 20 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and three assists.

“He was attacking, getting to the hole, and finishing,” Young said.

Adam Presutti had 12 points and 11 rebounds, including three huge defensive boards down the stretch, and played tough defense on Chris Laurion, who had 26 points in the game two weeks ago but finished with 15 last night.

Dylan Baer added 16 points for Merrimack Valley and Joey Brochu had nine. Doyle and Josh Jackman both had 10 points for Coe-Brown, while Andrew Langdon and Beau Pingree had nine each.

“This is a great win for us, and we’re going to enjoy it tonight,” Young said. “That being said, we have to start getting ready for our next game, against Oyster River, right away tomorrow.”

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Bedford 62, Concord 40

The Tide was only down by eight points, 43-35, at the end of the third quarter, but it couldn’t get shots to fall in the fourth, and Bedford (4-5) pulled away to finish with a convincing win.

Harrison Gunn and Sam Marquis each finished with nine points for Concord (1-8), while Kaleb Marquis added eight points.

Bishop Brady 60, Plymouth 50

The Green Giants (5-2) had four double-digit scorers in a solid home win over Plymouth (5-3).

Brendan Johnson led Bishop Brady in scoring with 19 points, ahead of teammates Jourdain Bell (14 points), Steve Desmarais (12) and Joe Bell (11).

The Giants held Plymouth to just six points in the second quarter to open up a 30-18 lead at halftime. Brady’s lead grew to 15 points in the second half, though the Bobcats made it a closer game thanks to an 18-point effort in the final period.

PEMBROKE 55, HANOVER 52, OT

Hanover took possession of the ball with 12 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and hit a shot to send the game into overtime. But the Spartans (10-0) were able to pull out the win thanks to clutch free throws from Jordan Williams (16 points, five rebounds).

Dominic Timbas recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Pat Welch finished with 14 points.

Liam Gantrish led Hanover with 19 points.

Souhegan 77, John Stark 50

Souhegan (4-3) hit 10 3-pointers in the first half to open up a big lead over the Generals (5-4), 46-34. John Stark got within eight points in the third period before the Sabers went on another scoring run to pull ahead for good.

Nic Lloyd led Stark with 16 (points, Zach Grattan had 13 points and eight boards, and Adam Wasiewski was a spark off the bench with two points and six steals.

Bow 61, Somersworth 45

The Falcons (7-5) took an early lead over the Hilltoppers (7-3) and never looked back.

Colby Desmarais led Bow with 17 points, while Matt Ehrenberg (12 points) and Matt Sanford (10) added offense.

Hopkinton 54, Fall Mountain 36

The Hawks (7-3) harassed with their pressure defense, shared the ball offensively and made 14 of 18 free throws to run away with the win on the road.

Junior Jake Nelson played his best game of the season for Hopkinton and finished with nine points and eight rebounds. Liam McNicholas had 15 points and six assists, and Steve Auger added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Kearsarge 50, Winnisquam 39

Kearsarge outscored the Bears 13-2 in the third quarter, and its defense effectively shut down Winnisquam’s high-powered offense throughout the game.

Peter Allen led the Cougars (4-7) with 18 points and three steals, while Ollie Gallo tallied 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. Sam Van Etten chipped in two points and grabbed three rebounds as he sparked the defensive effort. Dan Orlando (seven points, seven rebounds) Casey Laughinghouse (five points, nine rebounds) and Carter Noordsij (seven points, six rebounds) also played well for Kearsarge.

Winnisquam (4-8) was led by Spencer Pevine (seven points), Tucker Normand (six points) and John Montalto (six points).

CONCORD CHRISTIAN 48, WILTON 46

Nick Peters hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:05 left and then buried the game-winning free throws with just a few seconds on the clock as the Kingsmen rallied for the road win. Concord Christian trailed 30-19 at halftime after shooting just 14 percent from the floor. Aggressive defense, and better shooting, fueled the second-half comeback.

Matt Johnson took three charges in the fourth quarter for the Kingsmen, Adam Sylvester provided pressure defense on the perimeter and eight points, and Jeremiah Boulter added eight points as well.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Bedford 69, Concord 15

Concord (0-10) ran into a hot Bedford team (10-2), which won its sixth straight game.

Cassidy Emerson led the Crimson Tide with six points, while Debra Morrill and Janessa Luciano each had four points. Peyton Osgood had five rebounds and four steals.

Coe-Brown 55,
Merrimack Valley 48

The Bears (6-5) used a 21-12 second period to pull ahead of MV by double digits at halftime, 33-22. The Pride (5-6) outscored Coe-Brown in the second half (26-22), but couldn’t come all the way back.

Sophomore Jennifer Schlim led Coe-Brown with 20 points, while Elizabeth Peabody added 12 points.

For the Pride, Molly Mullen (13 points, eight boards) led the team in scoring, while Erin Frost (five points, four rebounds), Mary Mullen (five points, six boards, three assists), Jordan Neylon (six points, six rebounds) and Jordan Filion (four points, seven assists, three steals) played well.

Souhegan 47, John Stark 32

The Generals couldn’t match the offensive intensity of Souhegan, and suffered a tough loss.

“We played hard as a team defensively,” coach Robin Wilson said. “We just started slow.”

Kelsey Johnstone led the man-to-man defensive effort. Offensively, John Stark was led by Becca Titcomb (13 points, eight rebounds) and Emily Weidman (nine points, 16 rebounds).

Hopkinton 37,
Fall mountain 35

Brittany Marshall made a layup with six seconds left after getting a steal to give the Hawks (8-4) a dramatic fourth straight win. Hopkinton led 35-30 with under three minutes to go before Fall Mountain (5-6) scored five straight points to tie.

Marshall had a solid all-around game with a game-high nine points to go along with 10 rebounds and eight steals. Sabrey Montore also came up big with four points, eight boards and eight steals, including seven steals in the second half. Abbi Lui (seven points), Sloane White (six) and Callie Chase (six) also contributed for the Hawks.

Bishop Brady 45,
Somersworth 42

In a back-and-forth game, the Green Giants (10-1) came out on top, thanks to two clutch 3-pointers by Sarah Thomas and Taylor Ong going 5-for-6 from the free throw line late in the fourth quarter.

Thomas finished with 14 points, while Ong tallied 13 points. Victoria LeBlanc and Natasha Velez each chipped in seven points for Bishop Brady.

Laconia 62, Belmont 34

Laconia (10-2) scored early and often, knocking down six 3-pointers in the first half and building a lead that the Red Raiders (2-9) couldn’t overcome.

Cassie Contigiani led Belmont with 13 points, while Chayleigh Cadarette recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Makayla Donovan and Elizabeth Yelle both played solid all-around games for Belmont.

Winnisquam 64,
Kearsarge 22

The Bears (9-4) held a narrow 15-12 lead after the first quarter, with Anna Cahill scoring 10 points for Kearsarge. But they tightened their defense on Cahill throughout the rest of the game, and none of the Cougars could fill the offensive void.

Cahill finished with 15 points for Kearsarge (1-11). Lily Huntoon played in her first varsity game and drained a free throw in the fourth quarter.

Winnisquam was led by Angie Roy and Bailey Long, who each had 11 points. Kaylee Howard and Hannah Chapin finished with 10 points.

Mascoma 47,
Franklin 40

Franklin (4-9) hung with Mascoma (9-3) until the final minute, when the Royals pulled away on consecutive baskets.

Senior center Jill Roberts played her best game of the year with 14 points, while Lexi Colpack (nine points) and Kelsey Bird (seven) contributed scoring.

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

PEmbroke fifth

Pembroke raced to a fifth-place finish, tallying 667 points at the Plymouth Invitational at Waterville Valley.

Andrew Goulet led the Spartans in the slalom with a 20th-place finish, followed by Edward Miner (31st), Danny Caraway (32nd) and David Miner (34th). Other finishers were Peter Caraway (41st) and Richard Hammond (43rd).

In the giant slalom, Goulet placed 29th, followed by Edward Miner (31st), David Miner (37th) and Danny Caraway (45). Hammond placed 46th, followed by Peter Caraway in 47th.

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

Pembroke fourth

Pembroke raced to a fourth-place finish, tallying 690 points in the combined slalom and giant slalom events at the Plymouth Invitational at Waterville Valley.

Hannah Cunningham led the Girls in the slalom with a 14th-place finish, followed by Lyla Boyajian in 15th. Larissa Amour in 19th and Kasey Williams in 22nd also scored for the Spartans.

In the GS, Boyajian finished in 19th, followed by Cunningham (23rd), Amour (25th) and Williams (28th). Sarah Hubbard placed 32nd.

BOYS’ SWIMMING

Concord at Londonderry

James Schumacher won both the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.49) and the 100 breaststroke (1:07.94) and was part of two winning relay teams to lead Concord in a meet at Londonderry.

Logan Lamb (100 butterfly, 59.91 seconds) and Jacob Rhodes (200 freestyle, 2:00.79) also picked up individual wins for the Tide, which was swimming against Londonderry, Belmont, Nashua South, Derryfield and Campbell.

Concord swept all three relays, with the team of Schumacher, Stephen Anderson, Denys Bowen and Rhodes winning the 200 free relay (1:39.05); the foursome of Schumacher, Lamb, Kevin Hayes and Rhodes winning the 400 free relay (3:42); and the team of Hayes, Bowen, Lamb and Anderson winning the 200 medley relay (1:56.99). The Tide’s Stephen Moran, Ryan Quinn, Joshua Miranda and Christian McDermott took fifth in the 200 free relay.

Also scoring individually for Concord were Rhodes (third 500 free), Moran (second 200 IM and 100 fly), Anderson (third 50 free, second 100 free), Hayes (fifth 50 free, second 100 back), Bowen (fifth 100 free, fourth 100 breast) and Lamb (third 100 back).

Belmont’s Antony Hubbard won the 50 freestyle in 24.24 and the 100 freestyle in 52.31.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

Concord at Londonderry

Alaina Pribis and Kaelin Willette each won two individual events to lead Concord in a meet at Londonderry that also included swimmers from Belmont, Nashua South, Derryfield and Campbell.

Pribis won the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.51) and the 200 freestyle (2:03.04), while Willette won the 50 freestyle (29.14) and 100 freestyle (1:03.84).

Adelaide Cummings (fifth 50 freestyle), Sarah Smith (third 100 fly, second 100 free), Leyan Li (fifth 100 free), Kathryn Hochberg (third 100 back) and Madeline Fore (sixth 100 breaststroke) also earned top-six finishes.

The 200 medley relay team of Hochberg, Pribis, Smith and Willette was second, with the squad of Glynnis Cummings, Kaitlyn Kelleher, Fore and Leah Willingham sixth.

The 200 free relay of Pribis, Smith, Willette and Li was second, with the team of Adelaide Cummings, Hochberg, Holly Grace and Amy Williams fourth.

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