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High Schools: Hopkinton girls outlast pesky Franklin in season opener

  • Franklin junior guard Lexi Colpack (10) drives toward the basket against Hopkinton freshman guard Maddie Clark during Hopkinton's close victory over Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Franklin junior guard Lexi Colpack (10) drives toward the basket against Hopkinton freshman guard Maddie Clark during Hopkinton's close victory over Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton junior Sarah Ewing (24) gets a shot off against Franklin senior Katarina Styles (21) during Hopkinton's victory over Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton junior Sarah Ewing (24) gets a shot off against Franklin senior Katarina Styles (21) during Hopkinton's victory over Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Franklin junior guard Lexi Colpack (10) drives toward the basket against Hopkinton freshman guard Maddie Clark during Hopkinton's close victory over Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton junior Sarah Ewing (24) gets a shot off against Franklin senior Katarina Styles (21) during Hopkinton's victory over Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton beats Franklin in the girls' basketball season opener in Hopkinton on Friday, December 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

Defense and intensity defined the season-opening game between the Hopkinton and Franklin girls’ basketball teams, but in the end the Hawks had just a little more depth as they won a back-and-forth Division III contest, 47-41, at home.

While Franklin used defense to keep the game close early, Hopkinton used defense to seal it.

“It was pretty intense. It was an intense game,” Hawks Coach Dave Hughes said.

That intensity started right from the opening tip, when the Golden Tornadoes proved they were ready to play.

“They weren’t afraid of anything,” Hughes said. “You couldn’t shake them. JJ Winters (Franklin’s head coach) is a great coach and they have great leadership (from their upperclassmen).”

Using a tight-marking defensive strategy, the Golden Tornadoes held Hopkinton to 6-for-30 shooting in the first half, which ended with the score tied 19-19. Franklin then took a 31-28 lead after three quarters thanks to the offensive production of junior Lexi Colpack (14 points overall) and seniors Kat Styles (13 points) and Kelsey Bird (12 points).

“(Bird) and (Colpack) played well in the press and their defensive intensity carries over into the rest of the team,” Winters said.

The Golden Tornadoes had worn down Hopkinton in the third quarter, but whereas Franklin only had five scorers, Hughes felt confident in using all 10 of his players during the game, and that depth paid off in the final quarter.

“I played only five girls for most of the fourth quarter. They found their groove,” Hughes said of the lineup of Sabrey Montore, Sarah Ewing, Maddy Clark, Sloane White and Hannah Hughes.

The quintet outscored the visitors 19-12 in the final quarter to secure the win. Montore had a game-high 25 points and scored 13 in the final frame, including shooting 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. Ewing played well off the bench, scoring six points in the game and played great defense, along with Clark (nine points, four in the fourth), White (three points) and Hughes (two points in the fourth), all of whom had multiple steals in fourth quarter.

But what impressed Hughes the most was the initiative the girls took when they were losing and how they remained composed under pressure, showing the experience and growth of the team over the past year.

“They took responsibility of what was going on on their own shoulders,” he said. “We kept up the pressure and we didn’t panic. We had an opportunity to lose, but we stuck to our game plan and we won.”

Winters was also impressed with how his team performed, despite the loss.

“We showed some first-game jitters, we made some turnovers,” he said. “It was a good overall team effort for us. We knew coming in that Hopkinton was one of the top four teams in our (division) and we wanted to play well.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Bishop Brady 39, Bow 35

In a defensive duel, the Green Giants barely came out on top.

Brady’s offense was led by Sarah Thomas with 21 points and Riselly Deoleo with 11 points. Emma Will contributed seven rebounds.

It was a game of runs, and a pair of Brady runs propelled it to victory. The Giants led 22-12 at halftime, but Bow nearly tied the game before Brady built its lead back to 30-23 by the end of three. Bow again rallied in the fourth, but Brady’s stellar defense kept Bow from closing the gap all the way.

Sam Lulka’s 17 points led Bow as the defending Division III champions fell.

Winnisquam 35, White Mountains 28

In a game described by Bears Coach Amy Dutton as a “grind-it-out, defensive, physically played game,” Winnisquam held the Spartans to nine second-half points to knock off the defending Division III runner-up.

“It was a big game for girls; it’s the first time they’ve defeated White Mountains in their careers,” said Dutton, adding that beating the defending runner-up and having seven players in the scoring column was an especially satisfying way to start the season.

Dallis Austin (eight points, five rebounds) and center Madison Langan (six points, nine rebounds) put up strong rebounding numbers in addition to leading the scoring, while Kaylee Howard and Tea Michaloski played strong defensively. Captains Rachel Willcutt and Hannah Chapin played well in the backcourt.

Stevens 50, Hillsboro-Deering 26

The Hillcats kept it close in the first half, but the Cardinals broke open a 20-16 halftime game with a 13-4 run to open the third quarter and took control of the game from there to hand H-D a loss on the road.

Forward Hannah Pepper had nine points in the first half and guard Paige Vincent had eight points in the second half, but Stevens successfully held one of the pair of seniors scoreless in each half.

The Hillcats face a challenge in their home opener on Tuesday when they play host to a strong Hopkinton team.

Kearsarge 46, Newport 40

Anna Cahill scored 13 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter as the Cougars outscored Newport, 17-0, in the final frame. Kearsarge kept it close but trailed 15-13 after the first quarter and 27-24 at halftime before falling behind 40-29 after the third.

“We kept up the defensive pressure all game long,” said Cougars Coach Kurt McCandless, who credited freshman Maicy Hansen for her tough defense on Newport’s top scorers while also scoring the first six points of her varsity career.

Fellow freshmen Devi Kraashaur also scored the first eight points of her career and could’ve scored more had she not gotten into foul trouble.

A come-from-behind victory in the season opener bodes well for a Kearsarge team that finished 1-17 last season.

“It was much needed,” McCandless said. “We still have a lot to work on, but it was great to start the season on the right foot.”

Belmont 44, Farmington 32

The Red Raiders outscored Farmington 10-2 in the second quarter en route to a 21-8 halftime lead and an season-opening victory. Freshmen Shannon Davies scored 20 points, while Chayleigh Cadarette had a team-high 10 rebounds. Cassie Contigiani played well at point guard.

Belmont next plays at Franklin on Tuesday.

Pittsfield 35, Epping 30

Brooke Vien scored 17 points to lead the Panthers past the Blue Devils.

Pittsfield controlled the first half, going into the break with a 23-12 lead, but Epping refused to go away. Pittsfield lost momentum for a good chunk of the second half, and early in the fourth quarter Epping pulled within one at 27-26. But Pittsfield, led by Vien, went on a short run and finished strong in the fourth quarter.

“We’re a young team, and the composure that we showed in the fourth quarter was impressive,” Pittsfield Coach Steve Langevin said. “It’s always good to start the season with a win.”

Gabby Bartlett, the regular backup point guard, provided stability as she filled in in the starting lineup due to injury. Junior Katie Steeves added 10 points in the win.

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High school stars of the day

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sabrey Montore, Hopkinton girls’ basketball, 25 points in win Anna Cahill, Kearsarge girls’ basketball, 13 fourth-quarter points and 26 overall in win Shannon Davies, Belmont girls’ basketball, 20 points in varsity debut Sarah Thomas, Bishop Brady girls’ basketball, 21 points in win Madison Langan, Winnisquam girls’ basketball, 6 points, 9 rebounds in win Brooke Vien, Pittsfield girls’ basketball, 17 points … 0

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