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High Schools: Fast start lifts Bishop Brady girls into quarterfinals

  • Bishop Brady's Kathryn Nadeau goes up to block a shot against Franklin's Lexi Colpack in the Division III second round game on February 21, 2013 at Bishop Brady. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady's Kathryn Nadeau goes up to block a shot against Franklin's Lexi Colpack in the Division III second round game on February 21, 2013 at Bishop Brady.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's Taylor Ong maneuvers the ball past Franklin defense  in the Division III second round game on February 21, 2013 at Bishop Brady. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)`

    Bishop Brady's Taylor Ong maneuvers the ball past Franklin defense in the Division III second round game on February 21, 2013 at Bishop Brady.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)`

  • Franklin's Jill Roberts goes for a shot past Bishop Brady defense in the  Division III second round game on February 21, 2013 at Bishop Brady. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Franklin's Jill Roberts goes for a shot past Bishop Brady defense in the Division III second round game on February 21, 2013 at Bishop Brady.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's Kathryn Nadeau goes up to block a shot against Franklin's Lexi Colpack in the Division III second round game on February 21, 2013 at Bishop Brady. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady's Taylor Ong maneuvers the ball past Franklin defense  in the Division III second round game on February 21, 2013 at Bishop Brady. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)`
  • Franklin's Jill Roberts goes for a shot past Bishop Brady defense in the  Division III second round game on February 21, 2013 at Bishop Brady. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Believe it or not, the No. 3-seeded Bishop Brady girls’ basketball team has been struggling lately in the first quarter.

You wouldn’t know it from last night’s Division III second-round game with No. 19 Franklin. The Green Giants (17-2), who had a first-round bye, made it a point of emphasis to get off to a fast start, and they did just that last night, outscoring the Golden Tornadoes 19-1 in the opening quarter to quickly get a stranglehold on the game. Brady rode that advantage to the final buzzer to get a resounding 56-29 victory.

“We wanted to come out with energy,” Brady Coach Aaron Brochu said. “Our defense led to lots of easy baskets on the floor.”

The key to the Giants’ dominant start came from their defense, which went to a zone press from the start. Brady’s constant pressure and trapping gave Franklin (7-13) little chance to get a clean offensive flow, and turnovers started to pile up, leading to fast-break points and easy buckets.

Franklin was able to pick up 13 points in the second period to go into halftime trailing 33-14, but Brady turned up the pressure again in the third quarter, holding the Tornadoes to two points in the frame and building a 41-16 lead going into the fourth.

The Giants were able to dip into their bench and received well-rounded scoring from their whole roster. Sophomore guard Sarah Thomas was the high scorer with 14 points, while Taylor Ong also scored in double-digits with 12 points. Riselly Deoleo added seven points, and Kathryn Nadeau led the bench effort with six points.

Bishop Brady’s start to the postseason couldn’t have gone much better, and the style of play that led to yesterday’s big win is a blueprint that the Green Giants would like to continue to follow throughout the tournament. Getting ahead early and imposing its will defensively are two key components of Brady’s strategy.

“We need to come out and set a tone right away,” Brochu said. “We did that tonight, and this team is ready to respond well to its playoff opportunities.”

Brady will play host to No. 11 Hopkinton in the quarterfinals on Saturday (7 p.m.) and might face a similar defensive strategy to their own.

“(Hopkinton) does zone press, too,” Brochu said, “so we need to take care of the ball and execute the way we want to play.”

D-III GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

No. 2 Bow 28,
No. 18 Inter-Lakes 20

The Falcons (18-1) shook off a slow first quarter to take a narrow halftime lead, then extended their advantage in the third quarter on the way to the second-round victory.

A defensive battle saw the two teams score only five points between them in the first period, with the Lakers (7-13) leading 3-2. Bow got on top 14-13 at halftime and built a six-point lead by the end of the third quarter.

Lindsey Nerbonne led Bow with 13 points, four steals and four assists, while Suzanne Barry had nine rebounds and four points.

The Falcons will take on No. 7 Laconia in the quarterfinals Saturday at 7 p.m.

No. 11 Hopkinton 51,
No. 6 Somersworth 45

The Hawks (13-6) overcame early struggles against the press defense of Somersworth (14-5), and after a low-scoring first quarter for both teams, Hopkinton was able to move the ball better and start scoring. Hopkinton had a 23-17 lead at halftime and stayed ahead, stretching its lead to nine at the end of the third.

“We stayed patient and stuck to our gameplan,” Hawks Coach Dave Hughes said.

Sabrey Montore had a well-rounded game with 15 points, eight boards and six steals, while Sloane White (10 points) also scored in double digits. Brittany Marshall had five points but had a monster game on the glass with 18 rebounds and also added seven steals. Senior captain Jessica Quinn (11 rebounds) and Abbi Lui (six steals) each scored five points.

Hopkinton will face Bishop Brady in the quarterfinals Saturday at 7 p.m.

“The teams know each other well from summer ball, and we’re excited to take them on,” Hughes said.

No. 7 Laconia 38,
No. 10 Winnisquam 36

The Bears (12-7) came out of the short end in a second-round game between evenly matched teams. No details were reported.

The Sachems (14-5) face No. 2 Bow in the quarterfinals Saturday at 7 p.m.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Concord 78, Manchester West 43

The Crimson Tide took care of business and remained in contention for one of the final tournament spots in Division I, rolling to its biggest win of the season against the struggling Blue Knights (1-15).

Concord (4-13) got 50 of its 78 points from the Marquis brothers – senior Kaleb, who scored 26, and sophomore Sam, who scored a career-high 24.

Jacob Szulc and Harrison Gunn added eight points apiece to contribute to the offense. Meanwhile, the Tide defense did a great job, according to Coach John Finnegan, holding the three West players who average in double-figures to just 17, 4 and 0 points, respectively.

“We took care of the ball and played great defense,” said Finnegan, whose team led 22-10 after one quarter and 44-18 at halftime. “The kids knew what they needed to do. ... If things fall in place, we may have a chance to sneak in.”

Concord is off for seven days before concluding its regular season with a must-win game at Dover (7-8) next Friday.

Bishop Brady 55,
Merrimack Valey 52

The Pride (7-10) trailed by double digits throughout the first half before mounting a third-quarter comeback that gave it a four-point advantage in the fourth period, but a cold stretch offensively featuring multiple turnovers led to the Green Giants (9-6) getting the lead back. Jourdain Bell, high scorer on the night with 22 points, hit two late free throws to clinch the win.

Bishop Brady led 25-10 after the first quarter and 36-25 at halftime, but MV made adjustments after missing easy shots in the paint during the first half and outscored Brady 20-9 in the third quarter. With 4:30 remaining in the fourth period, MV had chances to extend upon a four-point lead but kept turning the ball over.

Jourdain Bell (13 points in the first period) and Brendan Johnson (15 points, all in the first half and 13 in the first period) helped Brady to its fast start offensively. Joe Bell and Aaron Svendsen each had six points.

Joey Brochu led the Pride with 13 points. Dylan Baer (12 points) and Andrew Alicea (11) also scored in double-digits, while Justin Williams (eight), Adam Presutti (four), Nate Mulleavey (two) and Ryan Head (two) added offense.

MV has a shot at a seed in the range of Nos. 12-14, while the Giants will likely need at least two more wins to get home-court advantage in the opening round of the upcoming postseason tournament.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Lebanon 5,
Bishop Brady-Trinity 1

Bishop Brady-Trinity (6-11) trailed 2-0 early to Lebanon (13-3-2), one of the top teams in the division, and couldn’t generate enough offense to get back into the game. Brady-Trinity did cut the 2-0 lead to 2-1 at the end of the first period, but the visiting Raiders added two goals in the second period and a fifth goal in the third.

Freshman Ann Margaret Disciscio scored the lone, unassisted goal for Brady-Trinity, while Lauren Owsowitz made 20 saves in net.

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