High Schools: Pittsfield rallies to force OT, but falls to Newmarket
Cassidy Emerson of Concord girls' basketball attempts a shot with Shawna Weidman (left) and Masha Lange (right) of Timberline trying to stop her on defense; Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
Jannessa Luciano of Concord girls' basketball charges towards the basket against Dakotah Vondrasek of Timberline; Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
Xenthios Cyr’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with seven seconds to play in regulation capped Pittsfield’s frantic fourth-quarter rally from 14 points down to send the game to overtime. But the Panthers couldn’t quite overtake Newmarket, falling to the Mules, 47-43, last night.
“You don’t want to be happy about a loss, but to take them to overtime at their place – where they haven’t lost in two years – and on their senior night, I’m pretty happy with how we played,” Pittsfield Coach Jay Darrah said.
It was a defensive struggle through the first three quarters, with the Mules (16-2) – the second-ranked team in Division IV – leading 22-12 at halftime and 32-18 entering the final eight minutes of regulation.
Then, Pittsfield scored more points in the fourth quarter than it had in the first three combined to rally back and force the extra period.
“They played really good defense, and a lot of our focus was on defense, which took some energy away from the offense,” Darrah said of the low-scoring first three quarters. “We got more aggressive in the fourth quarter with the urgency and time running down, and started going to the basket and getting to the rim. And the shots that weren’t falling in the first three quarters started falling.”
Kris Perkins scored 12 of his team-leading 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the comeback. Elias Doucette scored four points to go with eight rebounds and five assists, and played tough defense on Newmarket’s top players. And Cyr, just an eighth-grader, scored all seven of his points in the fourth and OT, including the big 3 after Perkins penetrated the lane and kicked the ball back up top.
In overtime, Doucette’s layup tied the game at 43-43, but the Panthers missed the front end of two free throw situations and their upset bid slipped away.
Pittsfield finishes the regular season at 12-6 and on a four-game losing streak, but the last two of those losses were by just four points.
“The schedule got tougher … and we struggled a little bit,” Darrah said. “We went into a shooting slump the last four or five games, but we’re starting to come out of it, and hopefully by Tuesday we’ll be out of it.”
That’s when the Panthers open the first round of the Division IV boys’ basketball tournament, when they expect to be the No. 8 seed and host Concord Christian.
Concord Christian 59,
The Kingsmen (11-6) started off in dominating fashion, shutting out Hinsdale 22-0 in the first quarter, and cruised from there.
The Kingsmen put everything together – offensive execution, defensive execution and good shooting at the right time – just before the playoffs. The Kingsmen shot over 50 percent while holding Hinsdale (2-15) to 16-percent shooting in the first half.
Nick Peters had a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, and Jeremiah Boulter was the top scorer with 18 points in addition to seven rebounds and three steals. Jesse Kelley (10 points, seven assists), Matt Johnson (nine points) and Adam Sylvester (eight points) all played well.
John Stark 37
Foul trouble in the second quarter (the Generals were outscored 19-8 in that frame), poor free-throw shooting (5-for-15) and fatigue following a double overtime game the night before was just too much for John Stark to overcome in a loss to the Cavaliers.
Nic Lloyd finished with 17 points, but Zach Grattan, who was in foul trouble early, was held to nine. Cam Williams (nine points, six steals) did “a nice job” on both ends of the floor.
John Stark (8-7) looks to improve before a rematch with Hollis-Brookline (12-3) tomorrow.
H-D (4-13) honored its four seniors in their final home game, but the Hillcats couldn’t overcome Monadnock (6-9).
Senior Viktor Montanez was a bright spot for H-D, leading the team with nine points and five steals.
Timberlane 47, Concord 38, OT
Cassidy Emerson received a long inbounds pass, took two dribbles past halfcourt and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. But with its first win of the season within its grasp, Concord (0-17) saw it slip away when Timberlane (5-13) hit five of six free throws in the extra period to seal the win and keep the Owls in the playoff hunt.
A defensive first half saw Timberlane take a 13-11 lead into the break. The Owls hit a couple of 3-pointers in the third, but Deb Morrill (four points) and Emerson (five points) kept the Tide within two points, 24-22, entering the fourth.
The teams traded leads, with Janessa Luciano scoring six of her 10 points in the fourth and the Tide ramping up its defense. Holding a two-point lead with six seconds left, the Owls went to the line, but hit just one of two, setting the stage for Emerson’s heroic heave.
Timberlane grabbed the first lead of overtime and proceeded to pull the ball out, forcing Concord to foul, and the Owls made good from the line.
Emerson finished the game with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Luciano had a strong all-around game with 10 points, seven assists and six steals. Nicole Jarry led the way on the glass with 14 rebounds to go with two blocks, and Morrill grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with three steals.
Coe-Brown 58, Oyster River 46
Coe-Brown (10-7) kept alive its hopes for a home playoff game, rallying from a six-point deficit in the final quarter to beat Oyster River (5-12).
The Bears’ pressure defense finally paid dividends in the final quarter, and a pair of 3-pointers from Jenny Schlim sent Coe-Brown on its way. Schlim and Sarah Curtain combined for 15 of the Bears’ 25 points in the quarter.
Schlim finished with 20 points, Curtain added 12, and Debbie Peabody and Liz Peabody netted seven apiece.
Merrimack Valley 42,
Manchester West 19
The Pride (11-7) finished its regular season with a convincing win over West (0-17). The Pride led 15-5 after the first quarter and didn’t look back, allowing only seven second-half points, and West scored no more than seven in a single quarter.
Erin Frost was the top scorer with 10 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Cassidy Huckins also played a great game, finishing with nine points, nine steals and six rebounds. Mason Kimball (eight points) and Morganne Waldo (six points, 10 rebounds) also contributed offensively while Belle Weeks (four points, five rebounds, three assists), Emily Mulleavey (two points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals) and Haley Adams (three points, two assists) all played well-rounded games.
john stark 28
The Generals (4-13) played the Cavaliers (12-5) even through the final three quarters, but a 14-1 scoreline after the first quarter made the difference in the loss.
John Stark struggled with poor shooting from the foul line and from the field, especially in the first quarter, but stepped up defensively in the final three quarters. Madison Janelle was a key factor in causing the turnaround, playing great defense in the second quarter and holding H-B to only eight points.
Rebecca Titcomb had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds and Jordan Shatny scored six points and also played good defense.
It was a close and high-scoring game throughout, but the Cougars (3-14) gave up two goals during one shift in the second period and had four penalties in the third as the Wolfpack (5-12) earned the win. The game was tied 2-2 after the first period, but the Wolfpack had a 4-2 lead going into the final frame.
Dakota Tyno (two goals, three assists) and Kolby Fournier (two goals, two assists) led Laconia-Winnisquam. Matt Missert and Derek Dutton also scored. Alex Cammack played an outstanding game, making 42 saves.
For the Cougars, Matt Pickman and Tristan Rowe each scored two goals, while Ryan Beattie also scored. Shayne Cashin (two assists) and Will AuFranc recorded assists. Nate Thompson made 35 saves.
Salem 5, Bishop Brady 0
Brady couldn’t light the lamp for the second straight game and fell to 1-16 with a loss at Salem (10-5-2).
Goalie Carter Lee played well for the Green Giants, who finish their season against rival Concord on Saturday.
The teams were tied in the standings coming in, but Pelham-Windham (9-7-1) jumped ahead by a game and left Pembroke-Campbell in the 10th and final spot for the playoffs, though the team has already clinched a berth. No details were reported.
Somersworth/Coe-Brown 5, Lebanon 2
The Bearcats (3-14) picked up their third win of the season – and second over Lebanon (2-15) – with a solid performance on the road. No details were reported.
John Stark-Hopkinton 6,
John Stark-Hopkinton won its seventh straight game to improve to 15-1-1 and lock up the No. 2 seed for the Division III tournament. Kennett fell to 9-8. No details were reported.
Belmont-Gilford solidified its hold on a top-four tournament spot, improving to 12-5 with a victory over Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes (9-7-1). No details were reported.
hanover 7, concord 2
The Crimson Tide (5-11-1) fell to an undefeated Hanover team (18-0) on senior night.
Jess Carroll scored in the first period, assisted by Annie Mullen and Meg Ficarra, and Mullen scored in the third period, assisted by Isabel Stoddard. Arielle Berger stopped 26 shots.
The Tide honored its seniors: Carroll, Ficarra, Charly Hoadley, Berger, Hayley Kelso and Brittni Spaulding.
St. Thomas-Dover 5,
Bishop Brady-Trinity 4
Brady-Trinity (6-10) played extremely well, but just couldn’t find the back of net when it counted in a loss to St. Thomas-Dover (9-7-1).
The game was tied 1-1, but St. Thomas-Dover scored two goals within a minute of each other to go up 3-1 at the end of the first. St. Thomas-Dover led 5-3 after two. Brady-Trinity hit the post a few times, pulled Sarah Plourde (22 saves) to put on the extra skater and outshot St. Thomas-Dover, 29-27, but it wasn’t enough.
A-M Disciscio scored two goals and Hannah Stephen and Melissa Houde each netted one. Captains Skylar Pepin and Kerry Twomey showed great leadership and played very well.
“We gave it everything we had,” Coach Dan Earley said. “I’m really proud of the effort they put in. We just fell short.”