High schools: In a game of streaks, Hopkinton girls hold off Bow, 37-34
Hopkinton's Hannah Hughes, left, blocks a shot attempt by Bow's Kirsten Bresson in the game between the schools at Bow High School on Friday night, January 3, 2013.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Hopkinton's Maddie Clark looks to make a pass while surrounded by Bow defense in the game between the schools on January 3, 2013 at Bow High School.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Just as quickly as Hopkinton broke out to a 16-point halftime lead, Bow battled its way back in, trailing by just a point before a Sabrey Montore 3-pointer in the fourth quarter gave the Hawks breathing room in their 37-34 girls’ basketball victory last night at Bow.
“This is my eighth year, and it’s our first time winning on their court,” Hopkinton Coach Dave Hughes said. “It’s nice to get a win.”
Hughes’s Hawks survived a bizarre middle two periods to improve to 5-1, while Bow came up short after a valiant comeback to dip to 3-3.
Shooting 33 percent in the first half, Hopkinton turned a four-point lead after the first quarter into a 16-point lead at the break, 21-5. But as cold as the Falcons were in the first half, Hopkinton went icy in the third quarter, scoring just four points as Bow pulled within 25-23 entering the final quarter.
“We let ’em back into it,” Hughes said. “We just came out blank. We couldn’t hit the right side of a barn in the third.”
Meanwhile Bow, which struggled with its outside shooting in the first half, began to drain those shots in the third quarter. “The goal was to stop their outside shots, and we left them open,” Hughes said.
With the game tightening, Montore, the game’s high scorer with 16 points, drained the trey to give Hopkinton enough of a cushion to hold off Bow.
Hannah Hughes was a force in the paint for the Hawks, turning in the best game of her career, according to her father/coach. The senior grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds to go with three assists, four steals and three blocks. She also scored two points.
Christine Spaulding did the yeoman’s work defensively, holding down Bow’s post players. She finished with three rebounds, one assist, two steals, a block and six points.
Kirsten Bresson led Bow with 14 points, while Ashlie Tucker and Taylor Marston scored six and four points, respectively. Marston had a team-high eight rebounds.
Conant 26, H-D 14
Hillsboro-Deering held Conant (3-0) to half its season scoring average, but couldn’t keep up offensively, falling to 0-5.
The Hillcats trailed by one, 11-10, at halftime and were within three, 17-14, before the Orioles scored the final nine points of the game.
Conant’s Sarah Gonsalves was the game’s high scorer with 12 points, and Paige Vincent led H-D with 10 points.
Hopkinton 70, Bow 41
A 15-3 first quarter sent Hopkinton (3-0) on its way to a convincing victory over Bow (1-3).
The Hawks dominated inside, led by double-doubles from both Gabe Nichols and Jake Nelson. In just 18 minutes of court time, Nichols finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Nelson pulled down 10 boards to go with 10 points. Luke Luneau added nine points and six rebounds to the paint prowess.
Liam McNicholas (four points, seven assists) and Sam Winslow (seven points, five rebounds) also had strong games for Hopkinton, which put 13 players in the scoring column. The Hawks travel to Division III powerhouse Conant on Tuesday.
Adam Nelson (16 points), Matt Ehrenberg (11 points) and Nate Alford (six rebounds) led Bow.
Hanover 106, Concord 54
Alaina Pribis won both the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, but Concord finished behind host Hanover in a dual meet.
Brinley Brown also came home victorious, winning the 100 backstroke.
Mackenzie Witham (second 50 free, third 100 free), Kaelin Willette (third 50 free, second 100 free) and Simone Klemann (third 200 free) also had top-three finishes for the Tide, which took first and second in the 200 free relay and second in the 200 medley relay.
Concord 77, Hanover 74
Concord won all three relays, overcoming a four-second deficit in the final one, to edge host Hanover in a dual meet.
The Tide pulled out the victory when the 400 free relay, made up of Kevin Hayes, Denys Bowen, Max Cross and Logan Lamb, rallied to overtake the Marauders’ foursome.
The Tide was also first in the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay, and also had a team take third in the medley relay.
Individually, Lamb won both the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Hayes won the 100 butterfly and took second in the 100 back.
Cross (second 100 free, third 100 back), Bowen (second 100 breast), Stephan Moran (second 50 free, third 100 butterfly), Elden Gray (third 50 free) and Christian McDermott (third 100 breast) also turned in top-three swims for Concord.