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Bow girls turn tables on Brady, reach tournament title game

The first six minutes of the semifinal between Bow and Bishop Brady looked like a rematch of the last meeting between the two girls’ basketball teams, when the Green Giants beat the Falcons, 43-24. But a 3-point heave from beyond the halfcourt line by Lindsey Nerbonne at the buzzer to end the first quarter put the wind back in the Falcons’ sails and Bow took it from there, winning 45-31 to advance to the championship of the Capital Area Holiday Tournament.

Bishop Brady took a 6-0 lead and didn’t allow the Falcons to get on the scoreboard until 1:15 remained in the first quarter. But at 2:41, Bow Coach Bill Vermette called a timeout.

“I called it to settle things down and put our defensive rotation in order and to tell the girls to be more patient on offense,” Vermette said.

That timeout proved to be the game-changer. First Suzanne Barry (game-high 12 points, three rebounds) muscled her way through the paint to score the Falcons’ first bucket of the game. Then Madeline Horner (four points, game-high nine rebounds) scored a layup and Nerbonne (nine points, two steals) launched her buzzer-beater to bring the game to 8-7.

Nerbonne continued to control the tempo at the start of the second quarter, scoring a layup and then forcing a turnover and assisting on an Ashlie Tucker (eight points, 2-for-2 from 3-point range) jumper.

Brady’s Kathryn Nadeau (seven points, four rebounds) responded with three buckets, including a 3, to give the Green Giants a 15-13 lead at halftime, but that was the last time Brady would be ahead.

By hitting four 3-pointers, Bow outscored Brady 19-7 in the third quarter and didn’t allow a single field goal in the second half until 6:11 remained in the fourth quarter.

“Our halfcourt offense was ineffective,” Brady Coach Aaron Brochu said. “Bow did a good job on offense and made big shots and long threes.”

Bow went 6-for-11 from beyond the arc, but a perfect 5-for-5 in the second half. Tucker and Taylor Marston (six points, 2-for-4 from 3-point range) each hit two long shots, while Kirsten Bresson (five points, two rebounds, one steal) had a 3 to open the scoring in the second half, giving the Falcons their first lead, 16-15. Dina Tischofer (six rebounds, one steal) was a factor to the Falcons’ success on both ends of the floor in the second half.

Good play from Brady forwards Taylor Ong (10 points, three rebounds, one block, one steal) and Tori Leblanc (five points, four rebounds) – including Ong going 6-for-8 from the line and a Leblanc 3 to end Brady’s field goal drought – enabled Brady to close the deficit to seven (38-31) with 3:30 to go, but the lack of field goals from the Green Giants hurt them in the end. Brochu also mentioned a high number of turnovers and lack of defense as other reasons for the loss.

“We know Brady will be there in the end (of the Division III tournament) … Brady is a good team,” Vermette said.

Bow’s next opponent, however, will be Merrimack Valley in the tournament’s championship game.

Vermette said the Falcons need to work on improving their inside shooting and confidence to shoot the ball inside, which will certainly be true against Merrimack Valley. The Pride played impressive inside games in tournament victories against Concord and Hopkinton.

The championship game is today at noon at NHTI.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Merrimack Valley 54,
Hopkinton 33

The Pride took down the Hawks en route to a championship appearance in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament.

MV took an 18-6 lead after the first quarter, and led 33-18 at the half. “We started out well … played hard and had good efforts from everybody. That was the reason for our success,” Coach Joe Raycraft said. After the third quarter, the Pride led, 41-24, and added another 13 points in the fourth to extend its lead.

MV received offensive help from several; Mary Mullen scored nine points while contributing four rebounds. Jordan Neylon (nine rebounds) Rebekka Donovan (five rebounds) and Jordan Filon (three rebounds) each contributed eight points.

Brittany Marshall (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Sabrey Montore (eight points, seven rebounds) led the Hawks.

Concord 56, Kearsarge 15

The Tide used hot shooting and full-court pressure defense to beat the Cougars in consolation play of the Capital Area Tournament.

After jumping to a 25-0 lead, the Tide held Kearsarge to 3-for-27 shooting. In the second quarter, the Tide went 19-for-33 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from the 3-point arc, and led 43-6 at halftime.

Janessa Luciano scored 13 points to lead the Tide, but all Concord players were able to get into the scoring column. Deb Morrill (eight points) and Cassidy Emerson (seven points) each had three steals, and Liz Sinotte contributed six points. Nicole Jarry collected seven rebounds and Bryne Rardin had six.

For Kearsarge, Anna Cahill scored eight points and Sydney Bryk had nine rebounds in a solid effort.

Pembroke 46, John Stark 21

In consolation play at the Capital Area Tournament, the Spartans took down the Generals.

Marissa Kibbee scored 15 points for Pembroke, with Hannah Seidner scoring seven. Madison Allen had seven rebounds and Jillian Major pulled down six.

For John Stark, Rebecca Titcomb scored seven points and Emily Weidman scored six with eight rebounds.

Kennett 35, Pittsfield 25

Pittsfield took home third place in the Mike Lee Holiday Bash at Farmington after falling to the Eagles in the semifinals.

Sage Anthony led the way for the Panthers with 12 points. Brooke Vien (seven points) and Gabby Bartlett (four points) also played well.

Pittsfield will resume regular-season play on Wednesday against Wilton at home.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Pembroke 52, Bow 32

Patrick Welch scored the 1,000th point of his high school career in the win against Bow, putting the Spartans in the championship of the Capital Area Holiday Tournament at NHTI. Welch, a junior, scored a total of 24 points for Pembroke, which will take on Concord in today’s 2:30 p.m. final.

Pembroke led the Falcons, 14-9, after the first quarter, and continued to build its lead from then on out. The Spartans led 33-20 at the half and 48-30 after the third quarter. Also playing well for Pembroke was Matt Persons, who scored 16 points and had pulled down six rebounds.

For Bow, Colby Desmarais (nine points) and Daniel Crisman (eight points) led the offensive effort.

Bishop Brady 47,
John Stark 46

Jourdain Bell came through in the clutch for the Green Giants, driving the lane and scoring on a layup at the buzzer to give Brady a dramatic win in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament consolation round.

The Generals took the lead with seven seconds left when Zach Grattan scored his 14th point from underneath the basket. Brady called a timeout to organize its final play, which went to Bell, who finished with 19 points.

“We talked about knowing where Bell was. We just didn’t get over in time,” Stark Coach Mike Smith said. “I thought the boys played very well tonight. … We just had a bit of a mental letdown at the end of the game.”

Joe Bell added 16 points for the Green Giants, who had to hang on despite taking a 40-33 lead into the fourth. Jourdain Bell added 10 rebounds while Stephen Desmarais grabbed eight and Brendan Johnson scored eight points.

Grattan also had 17 rebounds and five blocks for Stark, while Nic Lloyd scored 19. Nick Simeone had five points and seven rebounds, Ian Franco had five rebounds and Ryan Thompson played well off the bench.

Merrimack Valley 71,
Kearsarge 26

Adam Presutti (14 points) and Andrew Alicea (13 points, four rebounds) led the Pride’s offensive charge to a win over the Cougars in consolation play of the Capital Area Tournament.

Merrimack Valley led 14-0 after the first quarter and 35-6 at the half. Also for the Pride, Cole Remillard played well with eight rebounds.

For Kearsarge, both Trent Noordsij and Carter Noordsij scored six points to lead the offense.

Coe-Brown 50,
Saunders (N.Y.) 45

Chris Laurion paced the Bears with 21 points and 18 rebounds, as Coe-Brown edged Saunders (N.Y.) in the semifinal match of the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament in Keene.

Josh Jackman netted 10 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Damon Doyle (seven points, four assists) and Beau Pingree (seven points, six rebounds) also contributed offensively. Nick Rolser (four points) sank two crucial free throws with a minute and a half remaining.

Coe-Brown advances to tonight’s championship game where it will face Conant at 7.

Prospect Mountain 61,
Winnisquam 45

The Bears couldn’t overcome a 33-16 halftime deficit to a solid Timberwolves team in the semifinals of the Lakes Region Holiday Tournament.

Offensively, Parker Normand (12 points) and Spencer Pevine (eight points) led Winnisquam. Tommy Mahoney had a strong all-around game, chipping in with nine points.

Winnisquam will look for its first win of the regular season on Wednesday when it hosts Newfound.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Coventry, R.I. 8,
Concord 2

After a solid first period, it looked like Concord might come away with its first win at the Tuscan Blue Devil Classic in Salem. But after a 1-1 period, Coventry scored the next three to pull away.

Adam Godbout scored off an assist from Mitchell Hayes on the power play in the opening period, and Braden Smith scored with assists from Tim Weinhold and Bradley Sargent to keep Concord in it at 4-2. But Coventry scored twice more before the end of the period and tacked on two more in the third to seal it.

Ben Nelson (10 saves) and Austin Judd (12 saves) split time in the Tide nets, each allowing four goals.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Hanover 6,
Bishop Brady-Trinity 0

Bishop Brady-Trinity kept Hanover off the board in the first period, and trailed by just two goals after two. But skating two lines to Hanover’s three, Brady-Trinity ran out of gas in the end. Still, Coach Dan Earley was extremely pleased with his team.

“It was a really great effort by the team,” Earley said. “It was a major step for us to be able to play at their level. It’s something to build off of.”

Goalie Sarah Plourde rose to the challenge of facing Hanover goalie Kelly Gaudet, and kept her team in the game, Earley said.

GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK

UNh Morning session

Milford (69), Souhegan (68), St. Thomas (25), Merrimack Valley (25) and Campbell (16) were the top five finishers in the morning session.

Merrimack Valley received points from several athletes to place fourth. In the 300, Morgan Walton (48.1 seconds) placed fifth, followed closely by Randee Tatham (49.1) in sixth. In the 600, Heidi Gooch (1:55.1) placed sixth. Jess Currier took third in the 55 hurdles (10.4). The Pride’s 4x160 relay team (1:33) placed third, and Mary Mullen (30-6 1∕4) and Maureen Mullen (30-1 3∕4) placed second and third, respectively, in the shot put.

For Winnisquam (seventh, 13.5 points), Jaila Remillard placed third in the high jump (4-8) and first in the long jump (14-10 1∕4).

Katie White led the scoring for Hillsboro-Deering (eighth, 12), placing first in the shot put at 30-9 1∕4. Aspen Dubuque took third in the 300 (13:59), and Dominique Vaillancourt took fifth in the 600 (1:54.9).

Brooke Solomon was the top performer for Bishop Brady, placing seventh in both the 55 and 300.

unh afternoon session

Bedford (98), Portsmouth (70), Kennett (35), Oyster River (29) and Pelham (24) placed in the top five in the afternoon session. Bow (18) placed sixth and Belmont and Pembroke (6) tied for seventh, locally.

For Bow, Haleigh Garrett took second in the 600 (1:48.2), followed by Nora Scanlon (1:50) in sixth. Scanlon also took sixth in the 55 hurdles at 10.3. Allie Krause placed third in the 1,500 (5:35.6). Also for Bow, the 4x160 relay team placed fourth at 4:49.1.

Elizabeth Abbott placed second in the 3,000 (12:02.3) to lead Pembroke. Brianna Douglas took third in the 1,000 at 3:37.1.

Rebecca Drew-Moyer was a standout for Belmont, throwing 30-11 to take first in the shot put.

BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK

UNH morning session

Souhegan (79), Merrimack Valley (62), Milford (46), Sanborn (43) and Prospect Mountain (17) were the top five finishers in the morning session at UNH. Locally, Bishop Brady (13) took sixth and Hillsboro-Deering (7) placed ninth.

For Merrimack Valley, Keegan Hanks took first in the 600 (1:33.4), and John Lindonen took first in the 55 hurdles (8.6), followed closely by Trevor Parsons (third, 9.4). Andrew Alicea took second in the 55 (6.8) and third in the long jump (18-1 1∕4). Brendan Polichronopoulos took second in the 1,000 (2:45.3), Colin Phillips took third in the 1,500 (4:30.4), and Mathew Gilliland threw 36-1 for third in the shot put. The Pride 4x400 relay team finished in 3:50.2 to take second.

For Bishop Brady, Conor Harrison took first in the 300 (39.4) and fourth in the 55 (6.9). Chandler Robinson took third in the 300 (39.60).

Hillsboro-Deering’s 4x160 relay team placed fifth with a time of 1:30.30, and Chris Cook took fourth in the high jump (5-6).

unh afternoon session

Portsmouth (82), Bedford (76), Oyster River (49), Pelham (20) and Kennett (17) placed in the top five at UNH’s afternoon session. Pembroke (16) took sixth, Bow (11) eighth and Belmont (7) ninth.

Cody Steed placed first in the long jump (19-10 1∕2) to lead Pembroke. Drew Harris ran the 600 in 1:31.5 to take fourth. The 4x400 relay team took fourth with a time of 4:00.5.

For Bow, Alex Evans took first in the 1,500 with a time of 4:14.9. Jordan Birtz took fourth in the 55 at 6.9, and Ben Evans (1:32.4) placed fifth in the 600.

Joseph Boles placed first in the 600 for Belmont, finishing with a time of 1:28.4. With this time, Boles broke the school record and qualified for the state meet. Austin Haddock (41.7) took sixth in the 300.

Hats off to the Pembroke coaching staff who continues to find a way to bend the rules in their favor. Recruiting their AAU players to "reside" in town is brilliant. As long as the NHIAA turns their collective backs on it, I don't blame the staff for taking full advantage of it......way to go guys ;) You have truly risen to the top.........now, if you could just do something about your ill-fitting cheap suits.

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