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Franklin boys’ basketball team rallies past Laconia for first victory

  • Amanda Riley of  Coe-Brown Northwood Academy goes up for the ball against Emily Weidman of John Stark in their game at Coe-Brown. Tuesday December 11, 2012<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Amanda Riley of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy goes up for the ball against Emily Weidman of John Stark in their game at Coe-Brown. Tuesday December 11, 2012
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  • Brandie Valentine of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy takes control of the ball during their game against John Stark. Tuesday December 11, 2012<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Brandie Valentine of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy takes control of the ball during their game against John Stark. Tuesday December 11, 2012
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  • Steph Goulet (left) and Jordnan Shat (right) of John Stark and  battle Madison Btowell (center) for the ball after Coe-Brown's attempt to score in their game at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. Tuesday December 11, 2012<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Steph Goulet (left) and Jordnan Shat (right) of John Stark and battle Madison Btowell (center) for the ball after Coe-Brown's attempt to score in their game at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. Tuesday December 11, 2012

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Amanda Riley of  Coe-Brown Northwood Academy goes up for the ball against Emily Weidman of John Stark in their game at Coe-Brown. Tuesday December 11, 2012<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Brandie Valentine of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy takes control of the ball during their game against John Stark. Tuesday December 11, 2012<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Steph Goulet (left) and Jordnan Shat (right) of John Stark and  battle Madison Btowell (center) for the ball after Coe-Brown's attempt to score in their game at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. Tuesday December 11, 2012<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

It was just a minor pushing match, nothing too out of the ordinary for high school basketball. But it was enough for Franklin senior Kody Benwell to draw a technical foul, and that meant Benwell had to sit the rest of the second quarter last night against Laconia.

“It really wasn’t much, and Kody was the second guy in, but as usual that’s the guy who gets caught, so he had to sit the rest of the quarter, that’s the policy,” Franklin Coach Jim Cilley said. “And that sort of exposed us.”

Without Benwell, the Golden Tornadoes lost their lead, scored just four points in that second quarter and found themselves behind by eight at halftime. But Benwell came back in a big way in the second half to finish with a game-high 20 points and lead Franklin to a 46-43 win, its first of the season.

“The boys executed well in the second half,” said Cilley, who is in first year on the Franklin bench. “It was a good win for us.”

The Tornadoes (1-1) opened the game playing shut-down defense, but they also had a hard time finding their own rhythm, and held a 7-6 lead after one thanks to a couple of shots from Jake Jameson (13 points, four assists).

Benwell’s technical came early in the second, and by the time the quarter was done, the Sachems (0-2) had pulled ahead for a 19-11 lead. Cilley was pleased with the first-half defensive effort, “giving up 19 points in a half is right about where we want to be,” he said, but the coach knew his team needed more offensive patience, and more Benwell. The Franklin senior obliged and made his presence felt immediately as he drained a 3 on the first play of the second half. Freshman forward Dana Bean also made a big impact in the third, coming off the bench to grab seven of his nine rebounds. By the end of the quarter, Laconia’s lead was down to four, 32-28.

Franklin spread out its offense in the fourth, and Benwell took advantage by cutting into open spaces and using his quickness against the slower Laconia big men. The Tornadoes kept feeding Benwell and he kept delivering, scoring 13 of his 20 in the fourth.

Myles Lynch patrolled the interior for Franklin and finished with 11 rebounds. Bruce Carey chipped in with eight points for the Tornadoes, who face another Lakes Region rival Friday when they host Newfound.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Belmont 62, Winnisquam 49

Senior Kaleb Brace finished with a career-high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals as the Red Raiders claimed the road win and moved to 1-1. Belmont led 15-13 after one but pushed that to 35-25 by the half. Senior Bret Spaulding also had a big night, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Freshman point guard Christian Serrano led Winnisquam (0-2) with 21 points and junior Spencer Pevine added 10.

CAMPBELL 64, BOW 38

It was a tough day on the road for the Falcons, who fell to 1-1 despite 10 points apiece from Devin Calkins and Matt Ehrenberg. Campbell improved to 2-0.

Stevens 76, Kearsarge 69

Kearsarge had a strong bounce-back performance, but fell just shy of holding on in the fourth quarter as it dropped a tough one against Stevens (1-0). The Cougars (0-2) made all the right hustle plays and put together three strong quarters, especially right after halftime, when they erupted for 26 points and turned a 10-point deficit into a two-point lead, but just couldn’t hold on during the final eight minutes.

Casey Laughinghouse had another impressive performance with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Peter Allen also scored 15 points and did much of the dirty work on defense to force several turnovers. Ollie Gallo and Carter Noordsij chipped in with 11 points each, and Tim Berube added eight of his own to help with a very well-rounded scoring output for the Cougars.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Coe-Brown 66, John Stark 23

After falling behind in the first quarter, Coe-Brown (1-1) made a roaring comeback in the second to outscore John Stark (1-1) by 25 points. The Bears never looked back, as they outscored the Generals in the second half and put together a dominant fourth quarter.

Jennifer Schlim led the way for the Bears with 16 points and five rebounds, while teammates Abby Ahern and Brandie Valentine chipped in with 12 and nine points, respectively. It was a great team effort, as 12 out of the 13 players for the Bears were able to put points on the board.

John Stark had strong performances from Emily Wideman, who pulled down 13 rebounds, and Kelsey Johnstone, who led the team with nine points.

Lebanon 57, MERRIMACK VALLEY 32

The Pride (0-1) was sloppy in its season opener, committing 35 turnovers and shooting poorly from the field (26 percent in the first half and 16 percent in the second half).

Lebanon (2-0) opened up its lead with a 13-3 scoring advantage in the third quarter.

Molly Mullen led MV with 11 points and added six rebounds, while senior center Bekka Donovan controlled the paint with six points, 13 boards and six blocks.

Jordan Filion, Erin Frost and Emily Mulleavey produced solid all-around performances.

Pembroke 51, Oyster River 41

Pembroke rebounded from a big loss in its first game of the season and got a better result in its home opener with a win over Oyster River (1-1), which was playing its first road game of the year.

Aleanna Clermont (nine points) and Hannah Mitchell (nine points, six boards) led the way for the Spartans (1-1), while Kacie Coppinger played outstanding defense and controlled the tempo of the game at the point guard position.

BISHOP BRADY 45, HOPKINTON 27

The Green Giants (3-0) ended the first half with a slim 22-18 lead, but tightened their defense and improved their rebounding en route to outscoring the Hawks 23-9 the rest of the way.

Sarah Thomas led the way for Brady with 13 points, while Taylor Ong added 10 and Natasha Velez scored nine.

Sabrey Montore scored 13 points and Jessica Quinn had 11 for Hopkinton.

Winnisquam 39, Belmont 36

In a back-and-forth affair, Winnisquam’s Kaylee Howard drained a 3-pointer late in the game to put the Bears up for the final time, 37-35. Winnisquam improved to 2-2.

Belmont (0-4) led by three points with a minute and a half to play, but a couple of turnovers and the big 3-pointer overturned their fortunes.

Angie Roy (11 points), Bailey Long (10), Tea Michaloski (four fourth-quarter points) and Rachel Willcutt (six) provided timely offense for the Bears. Willcutt hit a buzzer-beating half-court shot at the end of the second period to break a 15-11 tie.

Cassie Contigiani led the Raiders with 15 points, while freshman Andreya Murphy was solid with eight points and four rebounds.

Bow 54, Campbell 35

The Falcons (3-1) won their third straight game, buoyed by a quality defensive second half in which they outscored Campbell (2-2), 32-17.

Lindsey Nerbonne (22 points, five rebounds, five assists, four steals) and Suzie Barry (12 points, 14 rebounds) both had solid stat lines for Bow, while Ashlie Tucker (eight points) and Dina Tischofer (six points, strong defense) pitched in.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Berlin 8, Bishop Brady-Trinity 2

In its first game as a varsity squad, Bishop Brady-Trinity (0-1) suffered a goal blitz in the second period on the road at Berlin (1-0) but took some positives out of the program’s inaugural game.

Arianna Harris opened the scoring for the contest (assisted by Stephanie Snow and Skylar Pepin) at the 11:10 mark of the opening period to take a short-lived lead before Berlin went up 2-1 by the first intermission. The hosts turned up the heat and scored six more goals in the second period.

Snow scored the other goal for the visitors, assisted by Athena Serois, at 3:16 of the second period.

Despite the heavy scoreline, Brady-Trinity outshot its opponents 34-22 and gave a good effort in a tough road game for a season opener.

“Berlin’s a good team, and we outplayed them at times,” Brady-Trinity Coach Dan Earley said. “We’ve got to put the puck in the net.”

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