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High Schools: Brady, Bow girls win to set up semifinal showdown

For the Bishop Brady girls’ basketball team, defense was the name of the game in last night’s Division III quarterfinal matchup between the No. 3 Green Giants and No. 11 Hopkinton. Brady Coach Aaron Brochu emphasized containing the Hawks’ ball-handlers and protecting the paint, and for the second time in the tourney Brady’s defense delivered, this time in a 46-34 victory.

In the second round, Brady (18-2) held No. 19 Franklin to 29 points.

Both coaches described the contest as “a game of runs,” and it was Brady’s 7-0 run to open the game that set the tone, helping the Giants to leads of 14-8 lead after one quarter and 25-16 at halftime. The Hawks (13-7) struggled offensively but actually pulled within two points with under two minutes to play in the half.

“We had our chances to make it a much better game, but we missed our shots. ... We were sloppy with the ball and had a bad lapse before halftime,” said Hopkinton Coach Dave Hughes, whose team bettered its 2012 playoff performance by one round (the Hawks lost to Somersworth in the second round last year).

Brady took control of the game in the fourth quarter, at one point extending the lead to 18 before a Hopkinton rally cut the lead to nine.

Sarah Thomas and Taylor Ong each scored 12 points to lead Bishop Brady, while Tori LeBlanc and Natasha Velez added 10 apiece.

Sabrey Montore (14 points) and Brittany Marshall (eight points) led the Hawks, while Jessie Quinn led the team in steals and rebounds.

“Overall we played hard and we played well,” Brochu said, noting that consistent defense will again be crucial when his team faces No. 2 Bow for the fourth time this season in the semifinals on Wednesday (6 p.m.) at SNHU.

D-III GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

No. 2 Bow 58, No. 7 Laconia 30

Laconia (14-6) kept the game close through the first half, trailing 14-7 after the first quarter and 26-21 at halftime, but the Falcons (19-1) exploded for 21 points in the third quarter while only allowing six to secure a spot in the semifinals against Bishop Brady.

Lindsey Nerbonne had 18 points, eight assists and five steals, Dina Tischofer recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Kirsten Bresson scored 12 points.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Central 46, concord 29

The Tide (0-18) had a rough start to its senior night on Friday, scoring only six points in the first half and trailing Central (5-13) 17-6 at the break on the way to a season-ending loss.

The offense picked up in the second half and was led by Janessa Luciano (10 points overall, eight in the second half) and Peyton Osgood (nine points, seven in the second half).

Deb Morrill grabbed eight rebounds for the Tide and Osgood added three steals and four blocks. Catherine Monroe played well defensively.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

John Stark-Hopkinton 2, Pembroke-Campbell 1

John Stark-Hopkinton (16-1-1) fell behind 1-0 in the second period, but Keith Galli responded with a goal 10 seconds later and Callahan Loos added a goal in the third as the Division III team knocked off Division II Pembroke-Campbell (8-9-1).

Henry Merrow and Thomas Zervos assisted on the game-winning goal, and goaltender Connor McDonald made 22 saves.

With the win, Stark-Hopkinton secured the No. 2 seed for the D-III tourney.

Kearsarge 9, Con-Val 3

Kearsarge (4-14) scored five second-period goals to turn a 2-1 lead into a rout and earn the win on senior day.

Tristan Rowe led the way for the Cougars with four goals, while Matt Pickman added a pair of goals and assists. Sam Tucker scored and had two assists, and Shayne Cashin (goal, assist), Steven Ricker (goal), Kelsie Dalton (assist) and Will Aufranc (assist) also chipped in to the offensive effort. Seniors Lauren Adie and Allie Folcik also played well, and Sarah Beattie made 21 saves for Kearsarge.

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