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High Schools: Third-quarter surge leads Bow over Bishop Brady in D-III girls’ basketball showdown

  • Pembroke's Hannah Seidner drives the ball toward the hoop in the game against Plymouth on February 1, 2013 at Pembroke Academy<br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Pembroke's Hannah Seidner drives the ball toward the hoop in the game against Plymouth on February 1, 2013 at Pembroke Academy

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

  • Pembroke's Molly Hamilton looks to pass basketball in the game against Plymouth, February 1, 2013 at Pembroke Academy<br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Pembroke's Molly Hamilton looks to pass basketball in the game against Plymouth, February 1, 2013 at Pembroke Academy

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

  • Pembroke's Hannah Seidner drives the ball toward the hoop in the game against Plymouth on February 1, 2013 at Pembroke Academy<br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • Pembroke's Molly Hamilton looks to pass basketball in the game against Plymouth, February 1, 2013 at Pembroke Academy<br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

BOW – The game was all deflections and missed shots, a defensive struggle that was tied and tight until the middle of the third quarter. That’s when Bow’s Ashlie Tucker relaxed, found her rhythm and broke the offensive tension.

“Ashlie may be a little bit of a streak shooter, but when she gets the feel and gets the confidence, she can really get it going,” Bow Coach Bill Vermette said. “She can be that type of player.”

Tucker scored nine of her 12 points in the third, sparking a 20-2 run that led the Falcons (14-1) to a 42-27 victory over visiting Bishop Brady (12-2) in a showdown of Division III girls’ basketball powers.

“I was just relaxed and I wasn’t thinking about it and they were just going in,” said Tucker, a 5-foot-5 junior guard. “And I was going to keep taking them as long as they were going in.”

The game was critical for both teams as they try to maintain position at the very tight top of the D-III standings. They’re both fighting with Conant (14-1), Laconia (12-2) and White Mountains (12-2) for the top four seeds, which will get first-round byes this year.

“We understood that this was really the game we needed to secure a top-four spot,” said Brady Coach Aaron Brochu, whose team played four games in the last week and won three of them. “So we really wanted this and we went into this stretch of road games knowing we had to have all of them. It’s disappointing, but it makes it pretty clear who you’ve got to beat to win a championship.”

Bow’s only loss this season came in the opener at Brady, a 43-24 decision for the Green Giants on Nov. 30. The Falcons already avenged that loss with a 45-31 win over Brady in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29, a victory that had the Falcons feeling good before last night’s contest.

“There were some nerves because it was a big game,” Tucker said, “but we were also really confident and we knew we could beat this team because we beat them in the Christmas tournament.”

Yet it was Brady that looked like the confident team to start. The Green Giants jumped out to a 6-2 lead and consistently pushed the ball in transition, even though they were playing their third game in four nights.

While Brady kept creating layup chances, and forcing the Falcons to settle for jumpers, the Giants couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities. Bow’s Lindsey Nerbonne (12 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals) scored the first four points of the second quarter to tie the game at 8-8, and it stayed knotted until it was 14-14 at the half.

“We couldn’t make a layup in the first half,” Brochu said. “If we do and maybe we’re up 12 at halftime, it’s a big difference going into the third quarter.”

“Truthfully, I thought they outplayed us in the first half,” Vermette said.

That changed drastically midway through the third. Brady took a 17-14 lead on a free throw from Taylor Ong (seven points, seven rebounds) with 5:39 left in the quarter, but the Falcons answered with a jumper from Dina Tischofer (six points, 10 rebounds) that started the game-changing 20-2 run.

After the bucket from Tischofer (who played her best game of the year, according to Vermette), Tucker buried a 3-pointer from the wing that started her roll. She added two more jumpers after that, a fast-break layup and, with the Brady defense focused on her, two assists that led to a pair of jumpers (one a 3) from Taylor Marston (five points, three rebounds off the bench).

“There was just so much excitement on the bench and on the court and that just boosted my confidence and helped a lot,” Tucker said.

The Falcons led 30-19 by the end of the third, and then held Brady scoreless for the first three minutes of the fourth to leave little doubt about who was in control.

“It was a tough offensive night, but credit their defense,” Brochu said. “I don’t think we were able to even get off more than two jumpers the whole game, and that’s really about their defense.”

The lead stayed in double digits for the entire fourth, but the teams kept playing hard and the atmosphere stayed intense in the crowded gym. That only made sense, given the stakes and time of season.

“Certainly it was a big game for both teams, there’s no question,” Vermette said. “It was a tournament type atmosphere, which is good, especially at this time of year, because we’re not too far away.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Oyster River 57,
Merrimack Valley 44

Oyster River (4-7) outscored the Pride 16-5 in the third quarter, building a lead that MV wasn’t able to overcome.

Jordan Neylon led the way for MV (5-7) with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Molly Mullen recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Mary Mullen (eight points, six rebounds), Jordan Filion (five points, four rebounds), Erin Frost (four points, three steals), Olivia Thurber (three points) and Cassidy Huckins (two points) all played well for the Pride.

Hopkinton 46,
Hillsboro-Deering 22

The Hawks led 25-15 at halftime, but Abby Lui (seven points) scored seven straight unanswered points to open the third as part of a 17-1 quarter that put the game out of reach.

Katlyn Symonds led Hopkinton (9-5) with 10 points and Brittany Marshall had nine. All 14 players on the Hawks’ roster saw time on the court and contributed to the win.

Hannah Pepper led H-D (4-11) with nine points.

Winnisquam 46, Belmont 35

Winnisquam didn’t outscore Belmont by more than four points in any quarter, but the aggregate was enough to allow the Bears to pull away and improve to 9-5. Belmont dipped to 2-12.

Hannah Chapin and Dallis Austin led a balanced Winnisquam offense with 10 points apiece.

Chay Cadarette scored 11 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead Belmont. Makayla Donovan added nine points, and Elizabeth Yelle, Cassie Contigiani, Kylie O’Connell, Zoey Zeller and Courtney Clairmont anchored a tough Raiders defense.

Newfound 49, Kearsarge 21

Despite a solid effort defensively, the Cougars couldn’t keep up with Newfound’s (10-5) quick and explosive offense.

Anna Cahill led the way for Kearsarge (1-13) with 12 points. Claudia Carle (two points) played well in the paint, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out two assists.

Hinsdale 48, Pittsfield 41

In a back-and-forth game, Hinsdale came out on top to remain undefeated through 14 games.

Sage Anthony led Pittsfield (10-4) with 16 points, while Gabby Bartlett scored nine points. Brooke Vien (seven points) and Bekah Adams (five points) also contributed offensively for the Panthers.

Newmarket 46,
Concord Christian 26

The Lady Kingsmen (4-10) got off to a good start but couldn’t hold the momentum in a loss to Newmarket (10-4).

Kendra Jarvis scored eight points and Lauren McLaughlin added seven to lead Concord Christian. Kaity Purtell, Hannah Revitsky and Emily Purtell also scored.

Inter-Lakes 50, Franklin 47

Franklin (4-10) matched Inter-Lakes (6-9) basket for basket into the third quarter on Thursday, but the Lakers went on a 17-2 run to take a 15-point lead with just six minutes to play.

Lexi Colpack (15 points) and Jill Roberts (17 points) played outstanding defense and hit some clutch shots to pull the Tornadoes back in the game. Franklin had a chance to tie it with two minutes left, but missed the opportunity and Inter-Lakes sank its foul shots down the stretch to hold on.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Concord 56, Keene 53

The Crimson Tide found itself in an early hole, down 16-5 after the first quarter, but rallied to pull out a close win.

Concord (2-9) held a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter when Kaleb Marquis (20 points) was sent to the free throw line. He missed the shot, but grabbed his own rebound and drained a field goal to increase the lead to three, and Keene wasn’t able to answer.

Marquis picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, which forced Jacob Szulc to step up and lead the offense. He finished the game with 22 points, scoring nine of them in the third quarter. Harrison Gunn played a strong all-around game for the Tide, tallying six points and blocking three shots.

Keene’s (2-8) top scorer, Brian Bouley, scored 11 points in the first half, but Coach John Finnegan assigned Marc Gaudet to defend him in the second half, and he was limited to just five points over the third and fourth quarter.

Pembroke 58, Plymouth 45

Pembroke (12-0) controlled most of the game, but Plymouth (6-4) made the Spartans work for it, taking a 29-28 lead at halftime.

“Every time we can be tested, it helps us out,” Pembroke Coach Matt Alosa said.

The Spartans came out strong after the break to take a 10-point lead that they held most of the rest of the game.

Pat Welch paced Pembroke with 21 points, Matt Persons added 17 and Rene Maher notched eight points, seven rebounds and 11 assists in an all-around solid effort.

Bishop Brady 72, Kennett 57

The Green Giants were down by two points at the half, but outscored Kennett (2-9), 23-6, in the third quarter to take control of the game.

Jourdain Bell led Bishop Brady (7-3) with 19 points, while Brendan Johnson tallied 15 points. Gary Clark came off the bench to score 14 points, and Joe Bell chipped in 12 points.

Lebanon 62, Coe-Brown 56

The Bears held the ball with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter and a five-point deficit to overcome. They weren’t able to make a shot, and Lebanon (8-3) held on for the win.

Andrew Langdon led the way for Coe-Brown (7-3) with 22 points and five assists. Chris Laurion finished with 10 points, while Josh Jackman and Eric Rosler each chipped in seven points. Rosler also played a strong game defensively for the Bears.

John Stark 68, Milford 43

The Generals (6-4) held a 12-point lead at halftime, but Stark applied more pressure in the third quarter, outscoring Milford, 20-6, to seal the win.

John Stark forced 28 Milford (2-9) turnovers, most of them coming in the third.

Nic Lloyd scored 26 points to go along with eight steals. Zach Gratton (12 points, eight rebounds, four blocks) and Cam Williams (six points, five steals, four assists) both played well-rounded games. Zach Gagnon (12 points) provided an offensive spark.

Oyster river 55,
Merrimack valley 31

The Pride (4-7) couldn’t match the Bobcats (7-3) press and defensive intensity in a loss at home.

Dylan Baer led MV with eight points. Adam Presutti, JT Driscoll, Glenn Shattuck and Cole Remillard each scored four points and Joey Brochu had five.

belmont 58, winnisquam 53

The Red Raiders (4-8) executed well offensively for the first three quarters, getting good looks at the basket and running effective sets, to build sizeable leads of 35-17 at halftime and 45-30 after three before hanging on for the win.

Winnisquam (4-9) effectively used a full-court press in the second half, forcing turnovers and forcing Belmont to take tough shots, enabling the Bears to mount a late comeback, but they ran out of time.

For the victors, Kaleb Brace scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Jared Clough scored 13 points. Clough got into foul trouble in the fourth quarter, but Andrew Derosia came off the bench and scored career-highs in points (six) and rebounds (eight).

Christian Serrano and Tommy Mahoney scored 16 points each to lead Winnisquam.

Hopkinton 77,
Hillsboro-Deering 32

Hopkinton (8-4) got just what it needed coming off a tough two-point loss to Stevens earlier this week. Eleven Hawks scored (five in double figures) and the team doled out 21 assists.

“We controlled the boards, we controlled every aspect of the game, really,” Hopkinton Coach Dave Chase said. “It was nice to see that.”

Gabe Nichols (14 points, nine rebounds) and Steve Auger (12 points, nine rebounds) just missed out on double-doubles to lead Hopkinton. Wes Rose came off the bench for 11 points and three boards, Harry Legier added 10 points and six rebounds, and Liam McNicholas (10 points) took over the point for an injured Brian Hauschild and played his best game of the season. Cooper Cyr hit a pair of 3-pointers among his eight points.

Viktor Montanez led shorthanded H-D (4-9) with seven points, and Josh Gould and Ian Robie added six points each.

Newfound 44, Kearsarge 38

The Cougars were down by 13 points after three quarters, and their 19 fourth-quarter points proved to be too little, too late. They were only 7-for-20 from the free throw line, which proved to be a difference maker, as Newfound went 16-for-23.

Ollie Gallo led Kearsarge (4-9) with 15 points, and he spearheaded the fourth-quarter comeback defensively. Carter Noordsij tallied seven points and three steals, and Tim Berube scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter.

Pittsfield 78, Hinsdale 36

Hinsdale (2-10) executed a defensive game plan to shut down Pittsfield’s big men, but they didn’t account for the Panthers’ superb shooting from beyond the arc, which proved to be the difference.

Kris Perkins tallied 27 points for Pittsfield (10-2), which he scored in the form of nine 3-pointers. Xenthios Cyr scored 19 points off the bench, including five 3-pointers. Elias Doucette tallied 16 points and eight assists, while Tyler Booth chipped in 12 points.

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

Kearsarge fifth

The Cougars skied their way to a fifth-place finish at Sunapee, with their combined slalom and giant slalom points totaling 673. Hanover placed first overall with 776 points, while Lebanon (724), Derryfield (709) and Milford (706) placed second, third and fourth, respectively.

Kearsarge earned 341 of its points from the giant slalom, where David Smith led the way, placing 13th overall. Andrew Bolger (15th), Tom Barss (22nd) and Patrick Moore (24th) also scored.

In the slalom, Kearsarge tallied 332 points, with Bolger (17th), Smith (18th), Cameron Commerford (23rd) and Moore (26th) making up the Cougars’ top four.

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

Kearsarge fourth

Kearsarge placed fourth overall at Sunapee, tallying 680 points and finishing behind Hanover (757), Lebanon (740) and Sunapee (721).

Maggie Bolger led the way for the Cougars, placing 10th in the giant slalom and 18th in the slalom. Alison Josefiak placed 23rd in the GS and 22nd in the slalom; Geneva Heffernan placed 27th in the GS and 23rd in the slalom; and Victoria Botana rounded out the scorers, finishing 21st in the GS and 26th in the slalom.

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