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High Schools: Bow girls’ basketball team deals Conant first loss of season

  • Jacob Dratner of Bow races in the third heat of the boys' 100 yard freestyle race in a meet against Concord and Bishop Brady; Friday, January 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH/ Monitor Staff)

    Jacob Dratner of Bow races in the third heat of the boys' 100 yard freestyle race in a meet against Concord and Bishop Brady; Friday, January 18, 2013.

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  • Leah Willingham of Concord races in the second heat of the girls' 200 yard medley relay in their swim meet against Bow and Bishop Brady; Friday, January 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH/ Monitor Staff)

    Leah Willingham of Concord races in the second heat of the girls' 200 yard medley relay in their swim meet against Bow and Bishop Brady; Friday, January 18, 2013.

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  • Jacob Dratner of Bow races in the third heat of the boys' 100 yard freestyle race in a meet against Concord and Bishop Brady; Friday, January 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH/ Monitor Staff)
  • Leah Willingham of Concord races in the second heat of the girls' 200 yard medley relay in their swim meet against Bow and Bishop Brady; Friday, January 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH/ Monitor Staff)

BOW – The Conant girls’ basketball team came to Bow last night with an undefeated record, one of the top scorers in Division III in Madison Springfield, and a 48.6 points-per-game average. Springfield got hers, finishing with a game-high 20 points, but the Falcons shut down everyone else and handed the Orioles their first loss of the season, 41-38.

“Bow’s defense is phenomenal,” Conant Coach Nick Hill said. “Typically I like it when teams play us man-to-man. I think we match up well and I like our offensive sets against man-to-man, we just couldn’t get into them tonight. Lindsey (Nerbonne) was harassing (Springfield) all game and any time I moved someone else to the point, they got harassed.”

It was the 12th straight win for Bow (12-1), which hasn’t lost since the season opener at Bishop Brady. The Falcons won’t play again until Jan. 29 due to exams, and this win should provide a lift for the next week of practices. It also helps Bow maintain a spot at the crowded top of D-III, which had seven teams with two or fewer losses when the night began.

“We knew we were going to be in for a battle against this team, and this was an important game for us,” Bow Coach Bill Vermette said. “I don’t know if it was more important for them or us, but we needed to solidify our spot in a top-four position, that’s really what we want so we can get home-court advantage for the tournament.”

It’s no surprise Bow claimed the key win with defense. The Falcons are giving up just 25.6 points per game, and in the four games before last night, they allowed only 11, 9, 13 and 18 points.

Bow cranked up the pressure to begin the contest, forcing five turnovers and three misses on Conant’s first eight possessions. On the other end, Ashlie Tucker (12 points, three steals) hit two early 3s, the second one giving the Falcons a 10-0 lead with 3:32 left in the first quarter and forcing Conant to call a timeout.

“I think we had that fast start because we weren’t intimidated by them, we were just focused on ourselves and how we play,” said Nerbonne, who finished with seven points, four assists, four steals and four rebounds.

But after making three of its first four shots, Bow went 4-for-21 for the rest of the half and the Orioles made their way back. It was 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, and by halftime it was tied, 16-16.

Conant’s comeback was fueled by rebounding, so Vermette emphasized the glass at halftime. The Falcons followed instructions in the third as Dina Tischofer (two points, eight rebounds, two blocks) and Suzanne Barry (eight points, four rebounds) went to work down low and Bow gradually rebuilt its lead.

“Our big kids really stepped up in the second half,” Vermette said.

That methodical building process got a shot in the arm when the Falcons ran down the last 44 seconds of the third before Nerbonne found Kirsten Bresson (10 points, six rebounds) for a corner 3 at the buzzer, giving Bow a 31-23 lead heading into the final quarter.

“That was awesome. (Bresson) has done that a lot this year, and coming into the huddle after she makes that shot is really exciting for everybody,” Nerbonne said.

Springfield kept the game exciting in the fourth. The 5-foot-11 freshman drained three 3-pointers in the first three-plus minutes of the quarter, and when she went inside for two more with 51 seconds left, the Orioles were within one, 39-38.

Bow junior Taylor Marston then hit a pair of clutch free throws with 33 seconds left to give Bow a three-point margin. Springfield had two shots from beyond the arc in those final seconds, but neither found the mark and the Falcons walked away with the win.

“We didn’t play our best game, but don’t take anything away from Bow, they were phenomenal,” Hill said. “We’ll learn some things from this and move on.”


Bishop Brady 70, Fall Mountain 42

Bishop Brady (9-1) played strong defense in the first half to get a strong win over Fall Mountain (4-5) and rebound effectively from its first loss of the season last week against Conant.

The Green Giants held their opponent to seven points in the first period and eight in the second to pull out to a 36-15 lead at halftime.

Sarah Thomas led Brady with 20 points, followed by Victoria LeBlanc (13) and Natasha Velez (10).

Pembroke 60, Kingswood 48

Aleanna Clermont led the way for the Spartans (5-6), recording a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Molly Hamilton and Kaylee Montminy each tallied 11 points, while Hannah Seidner added 10.

Hanover 46, MV 44

Hanover (5-4) scored with five seconds left to break a late tie, handing the Pride (5-4) a road loss. The game was close throughout, and the teams were deadlocked at 37 going into the final frame.

Rebekka Donovan (nine points, 10 rebounds), Olivia Thurber (eight points), Molly Mullen (seven points, five rebounds), Mary Mullen (six points), Jordan Neylon (six points, five rebounds) and Cassidy Huckins (four points) played well. Jordan Filion had two points and six assists, while Erin Frost (two points) and Emily Mulleavey were solid defensively.

Kennett 63, Coe-Brown 32

The Bears got off to a slow start and faced a 32-15 halftime deficit. They couldn’t match the offensive power of Kennett in the second half and fell short.

Abby Ahern led the way for Coe-Brown (4-5) with 12 points, while Liz Peabody added eight points.

Con-Val 39, John Stark 26

Rebecca Titcomb recorded a double-double for John Stark, tallying 16 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, but the Generals couldn’t overcome Con-Val and fell to 3-5.

Kelsey Johnstone played well on both sides of the ball and scored six points for John Stark.

Belmont 33, Gilford 27

A very young Red Raider team played great defense and was able to accomplish its goal of playing a full 32 minutes.

“We played 32 minutes of defense, we really played hard and tonight they were finally able to finish … I’m really proud of the girls.” Belmont Coach Mark Dawalga said.

The score was tied 10-10 after the first quarter before Belmont (2-8) went up 16-14 at halftime and 24-23 heading into the final frame. Cassie Contigiani (nine points) hit a 3 with three minutes to go to extend Belmont’s lead to four.

Sophomores Contigiani and Chay Cadorette (12 points, 11 rebounds, eighth double-double of the season) were the leading scorers, while freshmen Courtney Clairmont did a great job running the point. Makayla Donovan played “a whale of a game” on defense. Senior Elizabeth Yelle, the only upperclassmen on the Red Raiders roster for the game, had “her best game of the season” with six points.

Hopkinton 44, Mascoma 34

The entire Hawks (6-4) team contributed in a physical game against one of the better schools in Division III to come away with a big win over Mascoma (7-3).

“This was a big win for us,” Hopkinton Coach Dave Hughes said. “It was a physical game and we didn’t back down.”

Callie Chase scored 11 points and Brittany Marshall had 10. Sabrey Montore also played a great game.

Hillsboro-Deering 39, Sanborn 35

The Hillcats held a 19-18 lead at halftime, and never trailed in the second half. Sanborn cut the lead to two points with 34 seconds left in the game before H-D’s Miranda Dyer was fouled and sank two clutch free throws to secure the win.

Paige Vincent led the Hillcats (4-8) with 16 points, while Hannah Pepper added 11 points. Erin DeLacy chipped in eight points and ran the offense from the point, playing the entire game.

Winnisquam 38, Franklin 33

The Bears (7-4) pulled out the road victory while Franklin (3-8) dropped its fifth straight game.

The Golden Tornadoes had a tough stretch in the third quarter to go down by 11 points and weren’t able to pull all the way back by the end of the fourth.

Sophomore guards Lexi Colpack and Sadie Kaplan led the team with eight points each, while Kelsey Bird chipped in six. Emily Daniel and Kaley Shepherd came off the bench and worked hard on the boards.

Concord Christian 26, Lin-Wood 12

Nastassja Martel (10 points) was the leading scorer as the Lady Kingsmen (3-8) defeated Lin-Wood (0-12).

Kendra Jarvis had six points and 12 rebounds and Lauren McLaughlin chipped in with five points.

Sunapee 57, Pittsfield 45

Pittsfield (8-3) had its four-game winning streak snapped, getting held to single-digit points in the second and third periods. Sunapee (8-1) pushed its own win streak to four.

The Panthers led 18-9 after the first period but were held to six points in the second quarter and eight in the third.

Sage Anthony led Pittsfield with 18 points scored, followed by Brooke Vien (10) and Bekah Adams (eight).


Pinkerton 75, Concord 51

Concord (1-7) dropped its fourth straight in a loss to Pinkerton (2-5), which opened up a double-digit halftime lead and held it throughout the second half.

Kaleb Marquis led the Crimson Tide with 15 points, followed by Jacob Szulc (seven) and Robert Kelly (six).

Bishop Brady 55, Goffstown 52

Jourdain Bell scored 25 points as the Green Giants (4-2) overcame an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to top Goffstown (3-4) on the road.

Bishop Brady trailed 55-44 going into the final period but turned up its defense to hold the Grizzlies to seven points.

Joe Bell (17 points) and Brendan Johnson (14) added scoring for Brady.

Coe-Brown 63, Kennett 44

The Bears (6-1) had a strong team defensive effort to hold Kennett (0-8) to single digits in points in two quarters.

Coe-Brown led 31-21 at halftime and pulled further ahead in the third period, outscoring Kennett 17-4. The Bears have won four straight games.

Andrew Langdon was the top scorer for the Bears with 17 points, along with six assists. Josh Jackman and Beau Pingree each scored nine points, while Chris Laurion (eight points, 10 boards) and Eric Rolser (seven points, six rebounds) played well.

Pembroke 78, Kingswood 41

Kingswood had no match for the Spartans’ press, which forced numerous turnovers and helped Pembroke finish with a convincing win to remain undefeated at 9-0.

Matt Persons and Kafani Williams each had 24 points for the Spartans. Williams also grabbed 15 rebounds to record a double-double, while Rene Maher had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists to go along with eight steals.

John Stark 66, Con-Val 58

The Generals came out strong from the beginning, holding a 17-6 lead after the first quarter, and they were able to hold on throughout the game to clinch the win.

Nic Lloyd (21 points, five assists) and Zach Grattan (17 points, 13 rebounds, three blocked shots) led the way for John Stark (4-3). Nic Simeone and Zach Gagnon each tallied nine points and five steals. Gagnon made clutch fourth-quarter free throws to secure the victory. Adam Wasiewski dominated the boards, grabbing eight rebounds.

Hopkinton 44, Mascoma 34

Hopkinton forced seven turnovers in the third quarter as it out-scored Mascoma 14-0 en route to a victory.

Brian Hauschild scored 10 points for the Hawks (5-3), and along with Riley McNicholas led a solid defensive attack. Liam McNicholas played an all-around great game, tallying five points, seven assists, four steals and four rebounds. Collin Paraskeva (seven rebounds) and Harry Legier (six points, five rebounds) played well in the paint, while Sam Winslow came off the bench to energize his team with three points and three steals.

Kearsarge 45, Fall Mountain 41

Coach Nate Camp called Fall Mountain “a tough place to play,” but Kearsarge was able to pull out a solid road win to improve to 2-6.

Peter Allen led the Cougars in scoring with 17 points, while Casey Laughinghouse finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Carter Noordsij grabbed seven rebounds, and Sam Van Etten came off the bench to score four points and grab five rebounds, providing great energy for Kearsarge.

Gilford 62, Belmont 51

The Red Raiders (2-6) spotted undefeated Gilford (8-0) a 17-3 lead in the first quarter and couldn’t come all the way back, though they did outscore the Golden Eagles 48-45 the rest of the way.

Pedro Perez scored 17 points to lead Belmont, ahead of teammates Bret Spaulding (11) and Kaleb Brace, who had a well-rounded game with 11 points, nine boards and seven blocks.

Winnisquam 71, Franklin 30

Winnisquam nearly doubled its point output from the first time the teams met, putting together a solid all-around game to beat Franklin (4-5) and improve to 3-7.

The Bears jumped out to a 14-5 lead after one quarter and ballooned their advantage to 38-14 by halftime to put the game away.

Tucker Normand dropped in 21 points and Christian Serrano added 18 to power Winnisquam.

Concord Christian 62, Lin-Wood 37

Concord Christian maintained a commanding lead throughout the game, which ultimately resulted in a win.

Nick Peters led the way for the Kingsmen (6-4) with 24 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Jesse Kelley tallied 15 points and seven rebounds and Matt Johnson chipped in eight points and blocked three shots. Jeremiah Boulter anchored the defensive effort, recording three steals while also scoring 12 points.

Sunapee 74, Pittsfield 64

The Panthers (7-2) could only score seven points in the first period and were down by 10 at halftime. Sunapee (3-5) kept up its double-digit lead through the rest of the game, though Pittsfield did score 27 points in the fourth period to pull a bit closer.

Kris Perkins (21 points), Elias Doucette (19) and Tyler Booth (12) all scored in double figures for the Panthers.


Meet at Concord

Jacob Rhodes, Stephen Anderson and James Schumacher each won two individual events and teamed to win two more relays to lead Concord to victory over Bow and Bishop Brady at the Concord YMCA.

Rhodes won the 200 freestyle (2:02.42) and 100 free (56.17); Anderson won the 50 free (24.39) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.42); and Schumacher won the 100 butterfly (56.48) and 500 free (5:24.58). Logan Lamb was also an individual winner for the Tide, taking the 200 individual medley (2:17.96) as well as taking second in the 500 free and taking part in two winning relays.

Other individual scorers for Concord were Stephen Moran (second 200 free, third 100 back), Christian McDermott (third 200 IM, third 100 breast), Kevin Hayes (fifth 50 free, fourth 100 fly) and Denys Bowen (third 100 free, second 100 back).

Hayes, Schumacher, Anderson and Lamb teamed to win the 200 medley relay (1:53.38); Anderson, Moran, Hayes and Rhodes won the 200 free relay (1:42.16); and Rhodes, Bowen, Lamb and Schumacher won the 400 free relay (3:49.4).

Nick Weckstein (second 50 free, third 500 free) and Ross Cook (third 50 free, second 100 free) led runner-up Bow, along with Louis Miyara (fourth 200 free, fifth 100 fly), Nate Olson (fourth 200 IM, fifth 100 back), Chris Barrington (fourth 50 free), Gregory Howard (second 100 fly, fourth 100 back) and Jackson Podis (fourth 100 breast). The Falcons took runner-up in all three relays, with Howard, Miyara, Olson and Barrington swimming the 200 medley, Podis, Cook, Howard and Weckstein teaming on the 200 free, and Cook, Miyara, Olson and Weckstein swimming the 400 free.

Austin Schinlever won the 100 backstroke (1:04.82) and was second in the 200 IM to lead Brady. Also scoring for the Giants were Alex Thompson (third 200 free, fifth 100 free), Michael Sokul (third 100 fly, second 100 breast), Matt Fogarty (sixth 50 free, fourth 100 free), Jacob Faretra (sixth 100 free) and Elliott Chiang (fifth 100 breast). Sokul, Schinlever, Faretra and Fogarty swam to third in the 200 medley relay, while Schinlever, Fogarty, Thompson and Sokul were third in the 200 free relay.


Meet at Concord

Alaina Pribis won both the 200 freestyle (2:03.02) and 500 free (5:27.26) and was part of two winning relays to lead Concord to victory over Bow and Bishop Brady.

Kaelin Willette won the 100 free (1:04.22) and was second in the 50 free for the Tide, which also got top-six finishes from Holly Grace (fifth 200 free and 100 back), Leyan Li (second 200 IM, third 100 butterfly), Adelaide Cummings (sixth 50 free, third 100 free), Sarah Smith (second 100 fly, fourth 100 free), Kathryn Hochberg (second 100 back), Amy Williams (third 100 back) and Madeline Fore (fourth 100 breast).

Hochberg, Smith, Pribis and Willette won the 200 medley relay (2:09.41), while Concord teams also took third and fifth in the event. Pribis, Willette, Smith and Li won the 200 free relay (1:58.42), with Concord teams also placing fourth and sixth.

Audrey Reed and Katrina Wiesner were double winners for Bow, with Reed taking the 200 IM (2:48.59) and 100 breaststroke (1:23.76) and Wiesner winning the 50 free (27.3) and 100 fly (1:10.9). Anne Kuenning won the 100 back (1:08.77) and was second in the 200 free.

Also scoring for the Falcons were Hollie Breton (fourth 200 free and 100 back), Haley Parker (fourth 100 fly, sixth 100 breast), Jillian DeLand (second 100 free), Lindsey DeLorie (sixth 100 free, second 100 breast) and Shannon Benson (sixth 100 back). Breton, Parker, Amy Zahensky and Reed won the 400 free relay (4:56.7); Kuenning, Wiesner, Reed and DeLorie were second in the 200 medley relay; and Kuenning, DeLorie, DeLand and Wiesner were second in the 200 free relay.

Michala Sawyer was the top finisher for Brady, taking third in the 200 free and fifth in the 50 free. Angie Escher (third 50 free), Allison Senko (fourth 50 free, fifth 100 free), Mikayla Clarke (third 100 breast) and Tiffany Fu (fifth 100 breast) also scored. Senko, Shayna Boisvert, Escher and Sawyer took fourth in the 200 medley relay and third in the 200 free relay.


Concord second

Concord had a respectable second-place finish with 366 points in a seven-team field, coming in behind division heavyweight Exeter (390 points) in a slalom at Crotched Mountain.

Jess Malfait led the Crimson Tide with a fifth-place finish in 1:22.22. Jessie Bean (11th), Rachel Stevenson (13th) and Emily Lafond (15th) also skied well for the Tide.

John Stark at King Pine

The Generals had three skiers compete in a four-team meet held at King Pine. John Stark finished fourth in the giant slalom and slalom races, with Plymouth on top in the former and Kennett winning the latter.

In the GS, Morgan Gardner led the Generals with a two-run combined time of 1:16.44, good for 15th. Serina Chase (16th) and Alexia Perdikes (19th in her first ever race) came in behind Gardner.

In the afternoon’s slalom, Chase led the pack in 21st place, and Gardner was just behind in 22nd.

Belmont fourth, Pembroke fifth

Belmont (342 points) placed fourth with Pembroke (327) fifth in a race won by Souhegan (394).

Madi Blajda led the way for the Red Raiders with a 12th-place finish, recording a two-run combined time of 1:05.45. Kaitlyn Berry (19th), Kylie Donnovan (22nd), and Alexa Robbins (24th) rounded out the scoring for Belmont.

The Spartans had a strong finish from Lyla Boyjian (1:06.45, 16th place), and additional points from Hannah Cunningham (23rd), Larissa Amour (26th), and Sara Hubbard (38th).


Concord second

The Crimson Tide finished in second place amongst a six-team field, narrowly missing out on the top spot with 376 points, just two points behind Pinkerton and one point ahead of Exeter in a slalom race at Crotched Mountain.

The Tide swept the fifth through seventh spots, with Trevor Devanny (fifth) leading the way with a two-run combined time of 1:22.63. Teammates Liam Healy (sixth) and Freddie Sheehan (seventh) followed just behind Devanny, and Caleb Seymour (10th) was the final Concord points scorer.

John Stark at King Pine

John Stark came in fourth and third, respectively, in the morning giant slalom and afternoon slalom races held at King Pine, with three other teams competing. Plymouth took first in the giant slalom, while Kennett was first in the slalom.

Jason Innerfield was the top skier in the giant slalom with a two-run combined time of 1:04.86 for 11th place. Keith Nieman (22nd) and Colbey Decotis (34th) came in behind Innerfield.

In the afternoon race, Jacob Goldsberry (59.86 seconds) was eighth, ahead of Innerfield (11th), Nieman (29th) and Decotis (41st).

Belmont second,
Pembroke sixth

Belmont and Souhegan tied for second place with a total of 369 points, finishing just a point behind St. Thomas (370). Belmont’s Angelo Palmer finished second overall with a two-run combined time of 55.63. Chris Spooner-Bish (sixth place), TJ Hennessey (12th) and Cory Yelle (15th) also scored for the Red Raiders.

Pembroke placed sixth, led by a 17th-place finish from Andrew Goulet (1:02.46) and additional points from Edward Miner (20th), David Miner (31st), and Danny Caraway (36th).


Meet at Waterville

Bow (386 points) placed three skiers in the top five and four in the top seven to win a five-team meet at Waterville Valley ahead of White Mountains (378), Gilford (277), Kearsarge (268), and Belmont.

Kevin McCully was the top local finisher, coming in second place in a time of 15:05 to lead the Falcons. Mitch Blair (15:49), Thomas Cleary (15:50) and Jeff Andrew (16:01) finished fourth, fifth and seventh to round out Bow’s scoring.

Conor Terhune (16:47) came in 12th to lead Kearsarge with Peter Martin (17th) and Keatton Hansen (18th) finishing just two seconds apart.

Devon Kenney was the lone skier for Belmont, finishing in 33rd place.


Meet at Waterville

Naomi Kramer (17:06) just beat out teammate Lilly Naimie (17:07) to finish first and second in their ski race at Waterville Valley as Bow (388) beat White Mountains (378), Kearsarge (359), Gilford and Belmont.

Ana Urbina (18:25) and Lindsey Reynolds (18:50) finished in sixth and seventh places to round out the Falcons scoring.

Ariana Stokes (19:27) and Maggie Lee (19:40) finished ninth and 11th to lead Kearsarge. Geneva Heffernan (19th) and Svetlana Kozikowski (21st) also scored for the Cougars.

Carol Lipshultz was the lone skier for Belmont, placing 29th.

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