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Bishop Brady boys’ basketball team beats MV for first win

  • Justin Williams of Merrimack Valley boys' basketball blocks Joe Bell of  Bishop Brady from making  basket in their game at Bishop Brady on  Thursday, December 20, 2012, <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Justin Williams of Merrimack Valley boys' basketball blocks Joe Bell of Bishop Brady from making basket in their game at Bishop Brady on Thursday, December 20, 2012,

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

  • Joey Brochu of Merrimack Valley boys' basketball charges past Stephen Desmarais of at Bishop Brady in their game at Bishop Brady on Thursday, December 20, 2012, <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Joey Brochu of Merrimack Valley boys' basketball charges past Stephen Desmarais of at Bishop Brady in their game at Bishop Brady on Thursday, December 20, 2012,

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

  • Justin Williams of Merrimack Valley boys' basketball blocks Joe Bell of  Bishop Brady from making  basket in their game at Bishop Brady on  Thursday, December 20, 2012, <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Joey Brochu of Merrimack Valley boys' basketball charges past Stephen Desmarais of at Bishop Brady in their game at Bishop Brady on Thursday, December 20, 2012, <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

The Bishop Brady boys’ basketball team knew its hands were full in hosting an opponent filled with early-season momentum. Merrimack Valley, fresh off a 2-0 start, made the short trip to Brady knowing a 3-0 start was at stake. Meanwhile, the Green Giants were still searching for their first win.

Jourdain Bell scored a game-high 16 points and received help from his brother, Joe, who added 11 as the Giants beat the Pride, 56-42, to improve to 1-1.

“We did an all-around good job,” Coach Mark Yeaton said. “We did a good job against Goffstown last week but we only played well in stretches. Tonight was just a good win.”

Brady jumped out to a 17-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. A 32-15 lead at halftime had the Green Giants feeling good.

“I told the team that we needed to mirror that first half,” Yeaton said. “The ball was in the Pride’s court, so we needed to push them to make adjustments.”

Andrew Alicea scored 13 points and Ryan Head had 10 for a Pride team that defeated Kearsarge just one night before. Their 42-point effort was the lowest output so far this season.

“Our team defense was really good,” Yeaton said. “They never got into a groove.”

Leading 47-27 entering the final quarter, Yeaton elected to shuffle his lineup and give his team some different looks for much-needed experience. He felt the double-digit lead offered a unique challenge in keeping Brady focused down the stretch.

“It was an excellent learning experience. We need to continue to play and finish games,” he said.

Steve Desmarais chipped in with 11 points for the Giants.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Nashua South 66, Concord 41

The Tide (0-3) couldn’t get off the schneid and remained winless after falling to the Purple Panthers (3-0). Kaleb Marquis led all scoring with 25 points but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 48-30 deficit after three quarters.

”We just weren’t disciplined enough,” Coach John Finnegan said. “We’ve got to get on the same page. But there are some positives with the way we’ve played the past couple of games. We’ll get things ironed out.”

Pittsfield 65,
Wilton-Lyndeborough 28

Defense was the name of the game for Pittsfield (5-0) in its victory over Wilton (0-4).

“We wanted to concentrate on defense and hitting the boards,” Coach Jay Darrah said. “And through the first three quarters we did that tremendously.”

The Panthers outrebounded Wilton and held their opponents to only two points in the opening quarter, 10 in the first half, and six in the third. Defense and rebounding, combined with scoring from all 10 players on the Pittsfield roster made for a dominanting win.

Elias Doucette (16 points, five assists), Tyler Booth (10 points, 13 rebounds), and Xenthios Cyr (10 points) led the charge.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Nashua south 54, Concord 32

The Tide (0-4) shot just 22 percent from the floor en route to its fourth loss in as many games.

The Purple Panthers (2-3) limited the Concord offense as Cassidy Emerson led the Tide with 11 points. Meg Cudworth scored six off the bench. Catherine Monroe and Liz Sinotte also played well for the Tide, which resumes play against Merrimack Valley in the Christmas tourney at NHTI on Thursday.

windham 59,
Merrimack Valley 48

A Pride lopsided victory earlier this week was followed by a frustrating defeat at the hands of the visiting Jaguars (3-1).

MV (1-3) closed to within eight points in the final quarter, but Windham’s balanced scheme blocked any chance of a comeback.

Mary Mullen’s 12 points and four rebounds led the Pride offense, while Molly Mullen and Rebekka Donovan contributed as well. MV entered halftime with a 32-25 deficit.

“They pressed us and we weren’t consistent,” MV Coach Joe Raycraft said. “But I thought it was a good overall effort, one of the best this season.”

Bow 50,
Winnisquam 26

The Falcons (6-1) blew past the Bears (3-3) for their sixth straight victory. Ashlie Tucker scored 15 points and added four steals as Bow worked its way to a 37-10 halftime advantage. Lindsey Nerbonne had 10 points, seven assists and six steals in a solid performance as well. Suzie Barry also played well in the win.

Angie Roy led Winnisquam with 10 points, Dallis Austin had four points, and Rachel Willcutt and Tea Michalowski had three points each.

DERRYFIELD 38,
CONCORD CHRISTIAN 26

The Lady Kingsmen dropped to 1-5 with their second straight loss.

Kendra Jarvis had 10 points and six rebounds, Lauren McLaughlin had seven points and five steals, Nastassja Martel added five points, and Hannah Revitsky and Kaity Purtell each scored two.

Derryfield improved to 4-3.

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

John Stark seventh

The Generals came in last in a seven-team meet at Crotched Mountain with 261 points but got two top-10 individual finishes.

Jacob Goldsberry (59.16) finished seventh and Jason Innerfield (1:00.80) placed 10th to lead the Generals. Colbey Decotis’s time of 1:10.75 was good enough for 17th overall.

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

John Stark seventh

At 156 points, the Generals placed seventh at Crotched Mountain after strong efforts from Morgan Gardner and Elizabeth Donison. Gardner placed seventh overall at 1:23.32 and Donison finished 22nd at 1:32.94.

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