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High schools: Belmont pulls out win over Winnisquam in friendly matchup

  • Belmont's Shannon Davies tries to shoot as Winnisquam's Madison Langan, left, and Hannah Chapin guard her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Shannon Davies tries to shoot as Winnisquam's Madison Langan, left, and Hannah Chapin guard her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014. Belmont won 55-44.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Shannon Davies rebounds the ball as Winnisquam's Kaylee Howard, left, and Hannah Chapin defend her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Shannon Davies rebounds the ball as Winnisquam's Kaylee Howard, left, and Hannah Chapin defend her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014. Belmont won 55-44.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam's Kaylee Howard shoots as Belmont's Shannon Davies tries to block her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam's Kaylee Howard shoots as Belmont's Shannon Davies tries to block her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014. Belmont won 55-44.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam's Rachel Willcutt looks to pass as Belmont's Nicole Antonucci guards during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam's Rachel Willcutt looks to pass as Belmont's Nicole Antonucci guards during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014. Belmont won 55-44.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Shannon Davies looks to pass the ball guarded by Winnisquam's Kaylee Howard, middle, and Hannah Chapin during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Shannon Davies looks to pass the ball guarded by Winnisquam's Kaylee Howard, middle, and Hannah Chapin during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014. Belmont won 55-44.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam's Tea Michaloski shoots the ball over Belmont's Cassie Contigiani during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Winnisquam's Tea Michaloski shoots the ball over Belmont's Cassie Contigiani during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014. Belmont won 55-44.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Makayla Donovan and Winnisquam's Rachel Willcutt vie for the ball during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Makayla Donovan and Winnisquam's Rachel Willcutt vie for the ball during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014. Belmont won 55-44.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Makayla Donovan shoots the ball as Winnisquam's Tea Michaloski guarded her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Makayla Donovan shoots the ball as Winnisquam's Tea Michaloski guarded her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014. Belmont won 55-44.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Shannon Davies reaches for the ball before it goes out of bounds after Winnisquam's Madison Langan knocked it away during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Shannon Davies reaches for the ball before it goes out of bounds after Winnisquam's Madison Langan knocked it away during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014. Belmont won 55-44.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Makayla Donovan grabs a rebound as Winnisquam's Hannah Chapin tries to knock it away during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Makayla Donovan grabs a rebound as Winnisquam's Hannah Chapin tries to knock it away during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014. Belmont won 55-44.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Shannon Davies tries to shoot as Winnisquam's Madison Langan, left, and Hannah Chapin guard her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Shannon Davies rebounds the ball as Winnisquam's Kaylee Howard, left, and Hannah Chapin defend her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam's Kaylee Howard shoots as Belmont's Shannon Davies tries to block her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam's Rachel Willcutt looks to pass as Belmont's Nicole Antonucci guards during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Shannon Davies looks to pass the ball guarded by Winnisquam's Kaylee Howard, middle, and Hannah Chapin during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Winnisquam's Tea Michaloski shoots the ball over Belmont's Cassie Contigiani during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Makayla Donovan and Winnisquam's Rachel Willcutt vie for the ball during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Makayla Donovan shoots the ball as Winnisquam's Tea Michaloski guarded her during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Shannon Davies reaches for the ball before it goes out of bounds after Winnisquam's Madison Langan knocked it away during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Makayla Donovan grabs a rebound as Winnisquam's Hannah Chapin tries to knock it away during the game at Winnisquam Regional on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Belmont won 55-44.<br/> <br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

No one could blame the coaches and players in last night’s basketball game between Belmont and Winnisquam if there was some confusion over the teams.

You see, Winnisquam’s Amy Dutton also coaches the Belmont girls’ soccer team, and five of her varsity soccer players were on the court against her current Bears basketball players. And Belmont Coach Mark Dawalga, who coaches with Dutton during the soccer season, used to coach basketball at Winnisquam, but was coaching against Dutton and the Bears last night.

Got that?

“It’s one of those tough games for the two of us,” Dawalga said. “We’ve coached together for 11 years, but this is the first time we’ve coached against each other in a varsity game.”

For Dutton, it was particularly tough to see her current Winnisquam team come up short, 55-44.

“I care about those kids,” Dutton said of her Belmont soccer players, “but when the game starts, you just focus on the things you have to do. They’re family, I care about them and I’m proud of them, but I’m proud of my Winnisquam girls, too.”

As close as the teams are, they were just as close on the court for most of the game. Belmont (4-3) held a 9-6 lead after one quarter and a 22-16 edge at halftime.

After the break, Winnisquam (2-5) upped the tempo, sparked by the tenacious play of Dallis Austin, who pounded the boards, creating several conventional three-point plays, and leading a 9-0 Bears run. Austin also scored all eight of her points in the quarter, helping Winnisquam to a 31-27 lead entering the final quarter.

That’s when Cassie Contigiani, one of the five who play for both Dutton and Dawalga, put the Raiders on her back. The junior drained a pair of 3-pointers – “That seemed to be the dagger at that point,” Dutton said – to give Belmont the lead, and when Winnisquam was forced to foul, Contigiani went 12-for-15 from the line in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. Belmont hit 21 of 28 free throws for the game.

“They were pulling it out and we had to go get them,” Dutton said. “And to Belmont’s credit, they hit the majority of their free throws.”

Contigiani finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but the Raiders received strong outings across the board, particularly after Chayleigh Cadarette (eight points, six rebounds) fouled out. Courtney Clairmont scored five of her eight points in the fourth quarter, hitting the front end of several 1-and-1s, Andreya Murphy (six points, five rebounds) stepped up big, as did Shannon Davies (five points, 10 rebounds), and Makayla Donovan and Nicole Antonucci had outstanding defensive games.

“When Chay fouled out, it was actually good for us, because it gave an opportunity for us to prove we need everybody,” Dawalga said. “We’ve grown a lot.”

Along with Austin’s eight points for Winnisquam, Kaylee Howard scored 10 points, Rachel Willcutt had eight points, and Kayla Langan came off the bench in the second quarter to sink back-to-back shots to keep the game tight.

“I think we’re making positive strides,” Dutton said. “We just need to do a little better executing down the stretch.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Sunapee 55, Pittsfield 39

Pittsfield would like to take back the third quarter.

“They tend to get spurts, and we let them have a spurt,” Panthers Coach Steve Langevin said.

That spurt turned a five-point game at the half into a 16-point Sunapee cushion entering the final quarter. And those 16 points are the same margin by which the Lakers (5-1) outscored Pittsfield (5-2) from the foul line (23-7).

Still, Langevin was pleased with his team’s competitive level, staying within two points of Sunapee until a 3-pointer right before the half.

Brooke Vien paced the Pittsfield offense with 16 points, Stefani Gauthier added 11 points in a strong game at the point, and Katie Steeves contributed six points.

Kingswood 47, John Stark 27

Kingswood pulled even at 3-3 while dropping the Generals to 1-5. No details were reported.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Winnisquam 57, Belmont 38

The Bears took control early, breaking on top 17-6 after the first quarter and 29-11 at halftime to pick up an important win to move over .500 at 3-2.

“That’s a big win,” Winnisquam Coach Kevin Dame said. “They’ve been playing teams tough lately.”

Winnisquam’s defense forced Belmont (1-4) into 17 turnovers in the first half, leading to multiple transition baskets. The Bears also hit a couple of 3-pointers against Belmont’s zone defense to help build the early advantage.

“We just didn’t take care of the ball,” Belmont Coach Derek Hamilton said. “When we bury ourselves that deep, we don’t have the firepower to catch up.”

Christian Serrano led the winners with 15 points, five assists and six steals, Tucker Normand added 13 points (including 3 treys), Spencer Pevine scored 10 points (with a pair of 3-pointers) and Michael Buxton had a strong game on the boards.

Belmont freshman Trevor Hunt led all scorers with 19 points to go with seven rebounds.

Stevens 74, Kearsarge 66

Kearsarge’s Carter Noordsij scored 27 points and pulled down seven rebounds, but Stevens (2-2) rallied back with a 20-7 fourth quarter to come away with the win.

“Their first quarter was a lot like our fourth quarter,” said Kearsarge Coach Nate Camp, whose team raced to an 18-6 lead to start the game.

The Cougars (0-6) maintained the 12-point lead at the half, and still led by five with six minutes to go.

“I like where we’re at,” Camp said. “I like the fact that we’re battling; we were just a few possessions away tonight. I like where this team is headed.”

Along with Noordsij, Nick Bailey added 12 points and five steals, Logan Maville scored 11 points, James Bromwell notched nine points and 14 rebounds, and Lucas Courser added five points.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Oyster River 4, Concord 0

The score is a bit misleading. Concord, still looking for its first win at 0-4, kept the undefeated Bobcats (5-0) off the scoreboard until the final 10 minutes of the game. Unfortunately for the Tide, Oyster River scored four times in those final 10 minutes.

Amandaline Tibbals was a big reason Concord kept it scoreless for so long, making 35 saves in the Tide nets.

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