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High Schools: Kearsarge starts strong, stays strong in win over Franklin

  • Franklin's Isaias Muniz, right, blocks a layup shot by George Benoit of Kearsarge on Wednesday night, January 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Kearsarge's Sam Van Etten rebounds the ball amidst several Franklin players during the game on Wednesday night, January 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Franklin's Bruce Carey shoots a three-pointer during the boys' basketball game against Kearsarge on Wednesday night, January 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

A fast start was just what Kearsarge needed.

The Cougars (3-7) opened last night’s Division III boys’ basketball game with a 15-4 first quarter against Franklin (4-6). Both teams fought hard the rest of the way, but Franklin was unable to erase its 11-point deficit, as the Cougars came away with a 47-36 victory.

The Tornadoes’ challenge was to play with completely different personnel in lieu of three starters gone for the rest of the season who, on average, combined for 35 of the team’s 45 points per game.

“We have a completely different make-up (in personnel) and what we are doing is changing,” said Franklin Coach Jim Cilley, who highlighted turnovers and inexperience as reasons for the loss, but said his team was learning from its mistakes.

On the Cougars’ part, the challenge was to continue to jell as a team and hold the lead. After taking that 11-point lead to start the game, the game was back and forth, with Kearsarge holding an 11- to 15-point lead most of the way.

“We were on the verge of putting it away, but (Franklin) made key shots to stay in it,” Kearsarge Coach Nate Camp said. “He’s doing a great job with them, I tip my hat to Coach Cilley. … (Franklin) really played hard and showed no quit.”

Cilley responded by saying, “That is the best compliment a coach can ever receive … my guys fought hard.”

To their own credit, Camp said that the Cougars played tough and hung on, effectively using a full-court press to stifle Franklin’s offense, a point echoed by Cilley.

Carter Noordsij played a “really well-rounded game” with 13 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Peter Allen (11 points, four rebounds) and Ollie Gallo (11 points, four assists, five steals) played well offensively, while Casey Laughinghouse (nine points, nine rebounds) and Sam Van Etten (three points, five rebounds) both played well in the post.

Freshman center Dana Bean was one of the players stepping up for Franklin, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Isaias Muniz (nine points) and Bruce Carey (eight points) also played well for the Tornadoes.

Kearsarge has won two of its last three and next plays Winnisquam at home tomorrow. Franklin looks to continue to improve as it travels to play rival Mascoma, also tomorrow.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Winnisquam 63, Sanborn 59

Winnisquam (4-7) held off the Indians’ (2-9) second-half surge (outscoring the Bears 37-31) to earn its third home victory.

Christian Serrano (15 points, four rebounds, four assists) and Spencer Pevine (12 points) paced the Bears offense, while Tucker Normand (10 points) and Parker Normand also chipped in offensively. John Montalto (10 rebounds) was huge on the glass for Winnisquam and also netted eight points on 4-for-5 shooting.

Pittsfield 52, Derryfield 51, OT

The Panthers improved to 8-2 after an exciting overtime victory over the Cougars (8-3) in a battle of top Division IV teams.

Down seven at halftime, Pittsfield earned its first lead of the game in the third quarter (44-43) and held it for most of the final quarter. With 14 seconds remaining, Derryfield tied the game and allowed the Panthers a chance for the win, but the ball circled the rim while time expired. In overtime, the teams matched shot for shot, but the Panthers got the last word with Tyler Stockman (four points) breaking Derryfield’s fullcourt press for a layup.

Elias Doucette paced the Panthers with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Tyler Booth (five points, 13 rebounds) and Kris Perkins (13 points) also had solid performances.

St. Thomas 49,
MERRIMACK VALLEY 33

MV scored just two points in the first quarter and fell behind by 20 after three to fall to 3-6 after Tuesday’s loss at St. Thomas (2-5).

Andrew Alicea led the Pride with 11 points and Ryan Head added nine.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Franklin 45, Kearsarge 39

Kearsarge (1-10) had a difficult time recovering after failing to score a basket in the second quarter, falling to the Golden Tornadoes (4-7) at home.

Anna Cahill led the Cougar comeback in the third quarter after knocking down three 3-pointers in a row. Cahill finished with four total from behind the arc and 16 points overall.

Katie Lindh (nine points) was also key down the stretch, going 7-for-8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Syd Bryk (four points) had an overall solid game.

Pittsfield 48,
Derryfield 24

The Panthers (9-3) held the Cougars (4-7) to just five points at halftime to cruise to their ninth win of the season.

Brooke Vien led the offense with 13 points, while Katie Steeves (10 points) and Gabby Bartlett (six points) played well off the bench.

Newmarket 37,
Concord Christian 23

The Lady Kingsmen (3-9) fell in an away game to Newmarket (7-4).

Kaity Purtell led Concord Christian with seven points and Kendra Jarvis chipped in with six. Nastassja Martel had four points and Morgan Draus had two.

WRESTLING

Winnisquam 44,
White Mountains 36

Winnisquam’s Edward Ojkutu (at 126 pounds) opened the night with a strong pin over White Mountains’s Daniel Khuu in the highlight of the match, according to Bears Coach Paul Hrycuna.

In the middle of the meet, Christian Duquette (152) wrestled to a double-overtime pin over Francis Gesel to carry the Bears’ momentum. Jesse Duquette (182) also recorded a win by pin. Tyler Swain (113) notched a 10-1 decision and Rich Mills (170) recorded a 11-2 decision win.

Logan Patten (106), Chandler Ranni (138) and Tyler Labonte (285) all won by forfeit.

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