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Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

High school tournaments today

Girls’ basketball

Division III first round

No. 19 Raymond (7-11) at No. 14 Winnisquam (9-9), 7 p.m.

head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Notes: It’s a matchup of teams headed in opposite directions. After a slow start out of the gates – Winnisquam won just two of its first seven games – the Bears have been playing more consistently down the stretch – winning five of their last seven, with the only losses to No. 1 Newfound and No. 2 Bishop Brady. Raymond, however, has won just once in February, losing six of its final seven games. Raymond does play a more challenging schedule, with eight games against teams in the top seven.

No. 17 Prospect Mountain (9-9) at No. 16 Belmont (9-9), 7 p.m.

head to head: Belmont swept the season series, winning 55-42 at Prospect Mountain and 47-41 at home.

Notes: Prospect Mountain had a solid start to the season, going 7-4 through the middle of January, but the last month has not been so kind, with the Timberwolves losing five of seven games. A young Belmont team has pulled it together in February, winning four of six games, with the only two losses in the month being by three points each time. Belmont more than doubled its win total from a year ago, putting the Raiders back in the postseason after a year away.

No. 20 Kearsarge (5-13) at No. 13 White Mountains (9-9), 7 p.m.

head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Notes: After a 10-game losing skid through the middle of the season, Kearsarge won three of its final four games to grab the final postseason spot and win four more games than a year ago. The Cougars will have their hands full against a White Mountains team that won four of its final five games and lost to top-ranked Newfound by a single point. But Kearsarge has beaten three tournaments teams already in Newport, Raymond and Mascoma, so an upset isn’t out of the question.

Division IV first round

No. 10 Pittsfield (11-7) at No. 7 Moultonborough (12-6), 7 p.m.

head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Notes: After a rough patch at the end of January, when Pittsfield lost five straight – with three of those losses coming to teams in the top three – the Panthers have regrouped and enter the postseason with a four-game winning streak. Included in those final four games is a victory against a Derryfield team it had lost to just two weeks before. They’ll be playing a red-hot Moultonborough Panthers squad, however. Moultonborough is riding a six-game winning streak and has won 10 of its last 11 games. The only loss in that stretch was to No. 3 Sunapee, but only four of the wins came against tournament teams, and none of them had winning records.

No. 16 Concord Christian (3-15) at No. 1 Hinsdale (18-0), 7 p.m.

head to head: Hinsdale swept the season series, winning 47-23 at home and 61-30 in Concord.

Notes: Despite losing two more games than it did a year ago when it did not make the playoffs, Concord Christian won just three times but still snuck in as the bottom seed. Its reward for reaching the postseason? A trip to Hinsdale to face a Pacers team that hasn’t lost a regular-season game in two years. Still, the Lady Kingsmen will look to stay competitive and give Hinsdale a challenge.

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