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High schools: Pittsfield girls’ basketball falls just short in close loss to Hinsdale

  • Pittsfield's Gabby Bartlett dribbles around Hinsdale's  Kira Rideout during the gam at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013.  Hinsdale won 41-40.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Pittsfield's Gabby Bartlett dribbles around Hinsdale's Kira Rideout during the gam at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013. Hinsdale won 41-40.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Pittsfield's Brooke Vien goes against Hinsdale's Allison Scott , left, and Bridgette Bourne for a rebound during the game at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013.  Hinsdale won 41-40.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Pittsfield's Brooke Vien goes against Hinsdale's Allison Scott , left, and Bridgette Bourne for a rebound during the game at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013. Hinsdale won 41-40.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Pittsfield's Kylee Morel dribbles the ball down the court away from Hinsdale's Skyler Laclare during the game at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013.  Hinsdale won 41-40.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Pittsfield's Kylee Morel dribbles the ball down the court away from Hinsdale's Skyler Laclare during the game at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013. Hinsdale won 41-40.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Pittsfield's Katie Small looks to pass the ball during the home game against Hinsdale on Monday, January 27, 2013.  Hinsdale won 41-40.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Pittsfield's Katie Small looks to pass the ball during the home game against Hinsdale on Monday, January 27, 2013. Hinsdale won 41-40.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Pittsfield's Katie Steeves shoots the ball guarded by Hinsdale's Bridgette Bourne, left, and Kira Rideout during the game at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013.  Hinsdale won 41-40.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

    Pittsfield's Katie Steeves shoots the ball guarded by Hinsdale's Bridgette Bourne, left, and Kira Rideout during the game at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013. Hinsdale won 41-40.

    ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

  • Pittsfield's Gabby Bartlett dribbles around Hinsdale's  Kira Rideout during the gam at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013.  Hinsdale won 41-40.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff
  • Pittsfield's Brooke Vien goes against Hinsdale's Allison Scott , left, and Bridgette Bourne for a rebound during the game at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013.  Hinsdale won 41-40.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff
  • Pittsfield's Kylee Morel dribbles the ball down the court away from Hinsdale's Skyler Laclare during the game at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013.  Hinsdale won 41-40.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff
  • Pittsfield's Katie Small looks to pass the ball during the home game against Hinsdale on Monday, January 27, 2013.  Hinsdale won 41-40.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff
  • Pittsfield's Katie Steeves shoots the ball guarded by Hinsdale's Bridgette Bourne, left, and Kira Rideout during the game at Pittsfield on Monday, January 27, 2013.  Hinsdale won 41-40.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

The Pittsfield girls’ basketball team has been playing well all season, but the Panthers have greater ambitions: to be among the Division IV elite and to have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. A win against undefeated Hinsdale (9-0) in last night’s matchup would’ve been a huge step in that direction, but after 32 minutes of great defense and excellent long-range shooting, the Panthers (7-4) were on the wrong side of a well-played, 41-40 contest.

Trailing by a single point with two minutes left in the game, Gabby Bartlett (15 points) hit one of her five 3-pointers to put Pittsfield up, 40-38. The Panthers did a good job containing Hinsdale’s two star players, Allison Scott (18 points) and Skyler Bonnette (six points), but Scott hit a 3 on the next possession for the game’s final basket. Pittsfield played the last 90 seconds the way it had hoped, but was still trying to find that elusive winning basket when the final buzzer sounded.

“We did what we had to do, we fouled and got the ball back, we just weren’t able to convert any shots ourselves,” Panthers Coach Steve Langevin said of the end of the game.

Pittsfield held the top-ranked Pacers in check early on, taking an 11-9 lead after the first quarter and Katie Small came off the bench in the second and hit a pair of 3s to expand her team’s lead to 27-21 at halftime.

“We took away their transition game. They like to get a lot of fast break points and we didn’t let them do that,” Langevin said.

Langevin’s squad also prevented the Pacers from getting second-chance points, with Katie Steeves (nine rebounds, six points) playing well on the boards. But Hinsdale slowed down the Panthers in the third, holding them to eight points and the two teams went into the final quarter tied, 35-35. But both teams’ defenses cancelled each other out in the fourth, with the Pacers outscoring Pittsfield 6-5 in a low-scoring frame.

Despite solid defense from both teams, over half of the game’s points came from beyond-the-arc with (each team hit eight 3s) and the game was very clean. The Panthers did not take one trip to the charity stripe and Hinsdale shot 3-for-10 from the line, although most of those opportunities came in the fourth quarter from intentional fouls.

“It would have been a really big win for us, but we have to take it as a positive and look at the next game. … I was really happy with what we accomplished tonight,” Langevin said.

The Panthers are now 7-4, with two losses coming against Sunapee (9-1). Sunapee, Hinsdale and Groveton (10-0) sit atop the D-IV standings. Pittsfield are hoping to close the gap and join those elite teams and will get another crack at Hinsdale on Feb. 10.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Coe-Brown 57, Manchester West 25

The Bears (6-3) played “lock-down defense” in the first half, according to Coach David Hartnett, taking a 27-6 lead at halftime and expanding on that lead in the second half in a win on the road over West (0-9).

Deb Peabody and Abigail Ahern each scored 12 points and Jen Schlim added nine, but Coe-Brown played the whole bench and played great team defense. The Bears also made some adjustments and had an opportunity to work on some things in the second half, a well-timed opportunity since the Bears’ next opponent is a strong Merrimack Valley (7-3) team. MV hosts Coe-Brown on Friday.

Souhegan 45, Pembroke 32

The Lady Spartans (7-3) kept things close in the first quarter, trailing only 11-8 after the first quarter, but the Sabers (8-1) forced turnovers and opened the game up in the second quarter, outscoring Pembroke 11-4 to take a 22-12 lead and Souhegan held on from there.

Pembroke came out strong in the second half and was able to cut the lead to five a couple of times but couldn’t get any closer. The Sabers knocked down two clutch 3-pointers and hit 6 of 10 free throws down the stretch to preserve the win. Souhegan forced 19 turnovers, while only committing seven.

Newfound 57, Winnisquam 52

Winnisquam (4-7) took a 43-34 lead into the fourth-quarter and forced second-place and 10-1 Newfound to play catch up, but the visitors were able to do it, outscoring Winnisquam 23-9 in the final frame for the win. Newfound made some adjustments in the latter part of the second half and hit some key 3s down the stretch.

“I’m really proud of the girls, we executed our game-plan. We made a 10-1 team chase us,” said Winnisquam Coach Amy Dutton, whose team held 17-14 and 31-30 leads after the first two quarters.

Dallis Austin (16 points, nine rebounds) led the offense and made some tough baskets while Kaylee Howard scored all nine of her points on three first-half 3s. Rachel Willcutt added six points, while Madison Langan (six points) and Dakota Austin played great defense.

“The girls played tough and they played well. Newfound is just more battle-tested than us and made a couple more plays. … We showed tonight that we can play with anybody,” Dutton said.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Winnisquam 73, Newfound 50

The Bears (7-3) put on a dominant second-quarter performance to turn a 17-13 advantage into a 42-18 cushion by halftime, and rolled from there for the road win.

Torrey Martinez led the way for the victors with 19 points, while Tucker Normand scored 16 and Christian Serrano added 14 for Winnisquam, which got points from eight different players. Mike Buxton picked up 10 rebounds to go with seven points.

Pittsfield 69, Hinsdale 37

Kris Perkins wasn’t on the court long, but the senior terrorized the Pacers in the minutes that he did play, hitting nine 3-pointers and finishing with 37 points in less than three full quarters of game action.

Cam Darrah (11 points) and Max Tuttle (10) also broke double figures for the Panthers (7-3), who outscored Hinsdale (0-8) 20-4 in the third quarter to run away with the win. Xenthios Cyr scored five points and had 11 assists for Pittsfield, which hit 15 3-pointers as a team.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Hanover 5, Concord 4

The Tide (3-7) trailed 4-1 after the second period, but responded with three goals in a five-minute span of the third period before allowing the Marauders (4-5-1) to put away the game-winner with 3:44 remaining. Alex Marceau, Ethan Cole and Adam Godbout scored in the third period, and those goals tied the game at 4 with 9:57 left. Hanover scored the game-winner after a delayed penalty gave the Marauders a 6-on-5 man advantage.

Connor Beatty scored in the first period, which ended tied 1-1. Alex Orcutt and Matt Norris each had a pair of assists during the game and Godbout had a single assist. Goaltender Ben Nelson made 27 saves.

“It’s disappointing that we came out like that, to come back and tie and then to lose it,” Tide Coach Dunc Walsh said. “But they gave a good effort. The kids played well.”

Souhegan 8, John Stark-Hopkinton 2

The Generals (3-3-1) ran up against a strong Souhegan (6-1-0) squad and didn’t put in their best effort, resulting in a lopsided loss on Saturday.

Kyle Kolehmainen and Robbie Ferguson scored the two John Stark-Hopkinton goals, both in the third period. Forwards Tim Meserve, Aidan Molnar and Nolan Quinn all had strong efforts for the Generals.

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Kris Perkins, Pittsfield boys’ basketball, 37 points (9 3’s) in win Gabby Bartlett, Pittsfield girls’ basketball, 15 points on 5 3s in one-point loss Dallis Austin, Winnisquam girls’ basketball, 16 points, 9 rebounds in loss Torrey Martinez, Winnisquam boys’ basketball, 19 points in win … 0

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