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Boys’ basketball

Division IV quarterfinals

No. 8 Pittsfield (13-6) at
No. 1 Littleton (18-1), 7 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

pREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Pittsfield edged No. 9 Concord Christian, 58-53. Littleton ousted No. 16 Portsmouth Christian, 62-41.

NOTES: These two played in the quarterfinals last year and Littleton, the No. 2 seed then, took a 66-47 win over the Panthers on its way to a D-IV runner-up finish. The only loss this season for the Crusaders came against Profile, a team Pittsfield beat during the preseason, and that fact isn’t lost on the Panthers.

“We played Profile and beat them, so we’ll go in confident and see how it goes,” said Pittsfield senior Elias Doucette, who had a team-high 20 points in the playoff win over Concord Christian.

The Panthers can attack from multiple angles with Doucette, shooter Kris Jenkins, a post presence in 6-foot-5 center Tyler Booth and guard Xenthios Cyr, an eighth-grader who has emerged in the second half of the season and had 16 points in the first playoff game. Pittsfield will need contributions from all of them against Littleton’s high-scoring tandem of Nick Whipple and Josh Bogardus.

Girls’ basketball

Division II quarterfinals

No. 8 Coe-Brown (12-7) at
No. 1 Lebanon (19-0), 7 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: Lebanon beat Coe-Brown, 69-34, a month ago in Lebanon.

pREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Coe-Brown stopped No. 9 Kennett, 59-41. Lebanon rolled past No. 16 John Stark, 69-27.

NOTES: The Bears have relied on sophomore Jennifer Schlim most of the year, but in the first playoff game it was Abby Ahern, Sarah Curtain and Elizabeth Peabody, Coe-Brown’s only senior, who were the leading scorers. The Bears will take points from anywhere they can get them against Lebanon, which has rolled through the season. The Raiders are scoring 64.6 points per game, allowing just 31.8, and their closest game was a 60-37 win against third-ranked Windham back on Jan. 21.

No. 10 Merrimack Valley (12-7) at
No. 2 Portsmouth (16-3), 7 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

pREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: MV upended No. 7 Hanover, 47-43. Portsmouth dumped No. 15 Oyster River, 55-34.

NOTES: The second-seeded Clippers will pose a challenge for the Pride, especially in Portsmouth, but MV has already won a playoff game in a traditionally tough gym, so perhaps another upset is in the making. The Pride is riding a seven-game winning streak that dates back to Feb. 5 and includes a win at Milford, one of the three teams to beat Portsmouth this year.

Senior guard Jordan Filion had a team-high 12 points and four assists in MV’s comeback win against Hanover in the first round, and her backcourt partner Olivia Thurber added 11. The Pride also has talent and depth on the interior with Mary Mullen, Molly Mullen, Rebekka Donovan and Jordan Neylon.

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