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High schools: Belmont girls’ basketball continues progression with comeback win

  • Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette rebounds the ball during the game against Prospect Mountain at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette rebounds the ball during the game against Prospect Mountain at Belmont on February 3, 2014. Belmont won 47-41.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Jackelyn Robarge knocks the ball out of Prospect Mountain's Lindsey Mucher during the game at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Jackelyn Robarge knocks the ball out of Prospect Mountain's Lindsey Mucher during the game at Belmont on February 3, 2014. Belmont won 47-41.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Cassie Contigiani dribbles the ball toward the basket during the game against Prospect Mountain at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Cassie Contigiani dribbles the ball toward the basket during the game against Prospect Mountain at Belmont on February 3, 2014. Belmont won 47-41.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Andreya Murphey shoots the ball while guarded by Prospect Mountain's Brooke Burley during the game at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Andreya Murphey shoots the ball while guarded by Prospect Mountain's Brooke Burley during the game at Belmont on February 3, 2014. Belmont won 47-41.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette is guarded after she rebounded the ball during the game against Prospect Mountain at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette is guarded after she rebounded the ball during the game against Prospect Mountain at Belmont on February 3, 2014. Belmont won 47-41.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette fights for a rebound with Prospect Mountain's Anna Hingston, left, and Brooke Burley during the game at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette fights for a rebound with Prospect Mountain's Anna Hingston, left, and Brooke Burley during the game at Belmont on February 3, 2014. Belmont won 47-41.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette rebounds the ball during the game against Prospect Mountain at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Jackelyn Robarge knocks the ball out of Prospect Mountain's Lindsey Mucher during the game at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Cassie Contigiani dribbles the ball toward the basket during the game against Prospect Mountain at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Andreya Murphey shoots the ball while guarded by Prospect Mountain's Brooke Burley during the game at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette is guarded after she rebounded the ball during the game against Prospect Mountain at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Chayleigh Cadarette fights for a rebound with Prospect Mountain's Anna Hingston, left, and Brooke Burley during the game at Belmont on February 3, 2014.  Belmont won 47-41.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

With such a young squad and the playoffs fast approaching, the Belmont girls’ basketball squad played that kind of game that bodes well for the future of the program. The Red Raiders, with two freshmen in the starting lineup, showed the poise of experienced veterans, overcoming a 10-point deficit to finish off Prospect Mountain (7-8), 47-41, in a home game last night.

“We’re a young team. … We’ve improved so much,” said Belmont Head Coach Mark Dawalga, noting last season’s 4-14 record in comparison to this year’s 6-7 record with five games left. “They’re learning to win. Tonight they were able to close the game out, they played through adversity, but nobody hung their head, they played through it.”

In the first quarter the Red Raiders weren’t facing much adversity, as Makayla Donovan (four points) and freshman Nicole Antonucci effectively executed a box defensive scheme to quell Prospect Mountain’s star point guard, Ella Montiminy, enabling Belmont to take a 13-7 first-quarter lead. The Timberwolves figured out Belmont’s defense and shared the ball, however, outscoring the Red Raiders 16-4 in the second quarter, including a 13-0 run to end the half.

“They stepped up and they made shots, our defense was fine, but the other kids just made some shots in the second quarter to pull ahead,” Dawalga said.

The Timberwolves scored the first four points of the second half to take a 27-17 lead, but Dawalga called a timeout and switched from a box formation to a 2-2-1 zone and Donovan excelled defensively to shut Prospect down.

“We got a little rattled, but we settled down. … (Donovan’s) defensive presence created so many turnovers. … I give the kids all the credit, they executed,” Dawalga said. “The biggest change was our intensity, that was the turning point in the game. … They were able to execute and play our offense.”

Belmont used that intensity to fuel a 19-8 run and held a one-point advantage (36-35) after the third quarter and was able to build on that lead thanks to solid free-throw shooting. The young Raiders showed poise under pressure, shooting a perfect 5-for-5 in the final four and half minutes of the game and 9-for-14 in the quarter (they shot 16-for-28 in the game).

Cassie Contigiani scored a team-high 16 points, while Chay Cadarette scored 12 points and dominated the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds. Freshman Shannon Davies scored 10 points while sophomores Courtney Clairmont (three points) and Andreya Murphy (two points) played solid games.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Coe-Brown 54, Kingswood 36

A stifling press had Coe-Brown running to a commanding 22-3 lead after the first quarter and the Bears (7-4) cruised to the victory at Kingswood (3-8).

The Knights, behind Elizabeth McLaughlin’s 11 points, pulled within 12 at halftime, but never really threatened.

Coe-Brown shared the wealth offensively, with three players all putting up similar numbers. Jenny Schlim led the way with 16 points, Sydney Fisher added 15 and Abigail Ahern scored 14.

Campbell 57, Bishop Brady 39

The Green Giants (10-2) held a 14-7 lead after the first quarter and a 23-16 lead at halftime. But the Cougars (11-1) pressed the ball in the second half, forcing a dozen turnovers, while Brady committed several unforced turnovers as they were outscored 41-16 in the second half, in a loss between two of Division III’s finest.

Sarah Thomas scored 16 points to lead Bishop Brady and Melissa Mallahan added nine.

“It’s definitely a team we’re going to have to beat to win the championship, the champion will have to go through them,” said Brady Coach Aaron Brochu, adding that, “to win against them you need to play all four quarters.”

Hopkinton 55, Kearsarge 31

The Hawks (10-3) held only a 20-19 lead at halftime, but came out focused in the second half and put the game away with a 16-4 third quarter.

Sabrey Montore led the way with 20 points, and also added six steals and a pair of assists. Sloane White had seven points, three steals and two rebounds, and Hannah Hughes had seven points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Lily Huntoon and Eleanor Angus had eight points apiece to lead the Cougars (2-10).

Newmarket 42, Concord Christian 24

Concord Christian (2-11) put together a fourth-quarter surge, but couldn’t overcome its early deficit to Newmarket (6-6).

Lily Rivera led the Lady Kingsmen with nine points, while Becca Johnson, Emily Purtell and Morgan Draus added four points each. Suzanne Kleinberg, Kayla Lockwood and Bea Gillespie also played well.

Nute 41, Pittsfield 38

Gabby Bartlett (seven points) stole the ball and fired a 3 that hit the rim and rolled out of the basket at the buzzer in a home loss to Nute (9-2). Pittsfield (7-7) struggled to shoot the ball in the first half, trailing 22-11 at halftime and only scoring three points in the second quarter. The Panthers closed the lead to two or three points a few times in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t find the winning bucket.

Brooke Vien and Katie Stevens each scored 10 points to lead Pittsfield.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Coe-Brown 50, Kingswood 39

Coe-Brown (7-3) grabbed a five-point lead after the first quarter, 18-13, and steadily pulled away to keep Kingswood winless at 0-11.

“It was a good grind-it-out type of night,” Coe-Brown Coach David Smith said.

The Bears received a balanced offensive effort, led by Adam Edin’s 13 points and seven rebounds. Spencer Nowland added 12 points and doled out four assists, Sam Langdon scored nine points, and Luke Zollman had six points and a team-high 10 boards.

Hopkinton 73, Kearsarge 44

Kearsarge (1-10) stayed with Hopkinton (10-1) through the first half, but Gabe Nichols scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the first half and the Hawks hit five 3-pointers in the third quarter to eventually wear down the Cougars. Hopkinton led 17-11 and 35-26 after the first two quarters, but outscored Kearsarge 23-6 in the third quarter to seal the win.

Wes Rose had three 3s and Liam McNicholas (13 points, three assists) hit two from long range to force Kearsarge out of its zone defense which had held the Hawks at bay early on. Hopkinton also outrebounded Kearsarge 49-25.

Luke Luneau (11 rebounds, eight points, three assists), Jake Nelson (six points, eight rebounds) and Brian Hauschild (four assists) played well in a balanced team effort. Zach Mattos (14 points, seven rebounds, five blocks), Carter Noordsij (10 points, six rebounds) and James Bromwell (eight points) led the Cougars.

Newmarket 44, Concord Christian 26

The Kingsmen (3-8) only shot 28 percent from the field and the Mules (7-4) used their depth to their advantage as Concord Christian fell in a road contest. Newmarket held a 20-16 halftime lead. The Kingsmen played good team defense.

Pittsfield 76, Nute 45

Kris Perkins hit seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 42 points as the Panthers (8-4) made it look easy in the road win.

Perkins also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Xenthios Cyr also had a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists. Cam Darrah added 10 points for the Panthers, who got points from nine different players in the victory.

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