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High Schools: Perkins, Cyr and stifling defense lead Pittsfield boys over Concord Christian

  • Pittsfield guard Kylee Morel adds two points while holding off Concord Christian in the fourth quarter as Concord Christian girls' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Pittsfield guard Kylee Morel adds two points while holding off Concord Christian in the fourth quarter as Concord Christian girls' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013.
    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Max Tuttle gets two points for Pittsfield as Concord Christian boys' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Max Tuttle gets two points for Pittsfield as Concord Christian boys' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013.
    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Christian guard Jeremiah Boulter (right) chases Pittsfield guard Xenthios Cyr as Concord Christian boys' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Concord Christian guard Jeremiah Boulter (right) chases Pittsfield guard Xenthios Cyr as Concord Christian boys' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013.
    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Pittsfield center Katie Steeves (right) blocks a shot by Concord Christian's Kendra Jarvis as Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Pittsfield center Katie Steeves (right) blocks a shot by Concord Christian's Kendra Jarvis as Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013.
    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Christian's team captain Kendra Jarvis gets ready for a free throw as Concord Christian girls' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Concord Christian's team captain Kendra Jarvis gets ready for a free throw as Concord Christian girls' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013.
    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Christian guard Jeremiah Boulter tries for two as Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Concord Christian guard Jeremiah Boulter tries for two as Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013.
    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013.
    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013.
    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013.
    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013.
    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Pittsfield guard Kylee Morel adds two points while holding off Concord Christian in the fourth quarter as Concord Christian girls' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Max Tuttle gets two points for Pittsfield as Concord Christian boys' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Christian guard Jeremiah Boulter (right) chases Pittsfield guard Xenthios Cyr as Concord Christian boys' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Pittsfield center Katie Steeves (right) blocks a shot by Concord Christian's Kendra Jarvis as Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Christian's team captain Kendra Jarvis gets ready for a free throw as Concord Christian girls' basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Christian guard Jeremiah Boulter tries for two as Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Christian basketball hosts Pittsfield at the Concord YMCA on Friday, December 13, 2013. <br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

There aren’t many better ways to kick off a season. The Pittsfield boys’ basketball team’s offense was hot, the defense was stifling, and as Concord Christian found out, the Panthers are a pretty tough team when they follow that formula from start to finish.

Boosted by Kris Perkins’s and Xenthios Cyr’s sharp shooting, Pittsfield took a quick lead and then smothered the Kingsmen from there, earning a 68-45 road win in the season opener for both teams.

“Our defense went right along with the shots that (Perkins and Cyr) hit,” Panthers Coach Jay Darrah said. “Hopefully, that’ll be contagious.”

Pittsfield will be celebrating plenty of victories this year if it gets the performances it got out of Perkins and Cyr. Perkins, a senior shooting guard, scored 26 points while hitting six 3-pointers, and Cyr, a freshman point guard, added 25 as well as seven rebounds and seven assists. The two combined to hit three 3-pointers right away to put Pittsfield up 9-2, en route to an 18-8 first-quarter advantage.

“Both of them were on fire to start the game,” Darrah said. “That set the tone, and took some of the air out of them.”

Concord Christian fought back to play the Panthers even in the second half and make it 30-20 at halftime, but cracks were beginning to show. The Kingsmen committed 13 turnovers against Pittsfield’s full-court press in the first half, and when the Panthers ratcheted up the defense in the second half, Concord Christian made 16 more turnovers and fell off the pace.

“We just couldn’t take care of the ball,” Kingsmen Coach Brandon Yeo said. “The inexperience with the pressure did us in in the second half.”

The play at the offensive end, which also included 11 points as well as four steals from Derek Pike, was what Darrah was looking for, and the defense also played up to the level he was hoping to see.

“That was our game plan, to press for all 32 minutes, all over the floor,” he said. “We wanted to control the tempo. We wanted to take them out of their comfort zone and make them panic as much as possible.”

The Kingsmen were led by 24 points from Jeremiah Boulter, while Jonathan Taylor and Adam Sylvester added 11 points each and David Peters played well defensively.

Boys’ basketball

Coe-Brown 49, Souhegan 48

Junior guard Sam Langdon hit a huge 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining, giving Coe-Brown (1-0) just enough to pull out a road win over Souhegan (0-1).

The Bears had held the Sabers down defensively for much of the game, with the home team only scoring four points in the second quarter to put Coe-Brown up 25-14 at the half. Coe-Brown then traded points with Souhegan in the third to go into the final period up 42-30.

The Sabers started to get hot offensively, while the Bears suffered from turnovers and missed seven free throws in the quarter (compared to making 11 foul shots in the first half).

Souhegan inched its way back and finally took the lead by one with a minute left. A made foul shot put them ahead by two, and after consecutive misses from both squads, Langdon hit the game-winning shot. The Sabers’ bid to win the game at the buzzer hit the rim and went out.

Langdon led the team with 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Luke Zollman scored eight and had 13 boards. Spencer Nowland (eight points) and Erik Rolser (five points, seven rebounds) also played well.

Plymouth 49, John Stark 31

The Generals took their lumps in their opener, falling behind 15-6 after the first quarter and seeing that deficit grow to 35-19 by the end of the third.

Senior Zach Gagnon scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds, and freshman Drew McQuarrie debuted with six points and six boards. Seniors Cam Williams (six points, three assists) and Ryan Thompson also played well.

St. Thomas 42, Merrimack Valley 38

The Pride had a 17-15 halftime lead, but the Saints answered with a 6-0 run to start the second half, and Merrimack Valley couldn’t regain control of the lead.

“We battled back and fourth. We certainly had our opportunities,” Coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We just couldn’t seem to get it back.”

Justin Williams had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Pride, which got to within three points with a minute left but fell short of getting the tying points. Nate Mulleavey and Ryan Head scored seven points apiece.

PEMBROKE 68, LEBANON 65

In a back-and-forth battle, the reigning Division II champions were able to squeak out a close one when Dylan Gage hit the winning 3-pointer in the final seconds.

Star guard Pat Welch had a difficult shooting night but still finished with 21 points. Jordan Williams had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Dominic Timbas also had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Lebanon (0-1) led 31-25 at halftime, but the Spartans (1-0) then exploded for a 27-point third quarter to take a 52-49 lead. They continued to hold the lead throughout most of the fourth quarter before Lebanon tied the game at 65 with less than a minute to go.

With less than 10 seconds left, the Spartans were able to penetrate Lebanon’s press. They swung the ball to Gage, who hit the tie-breaking 3-pointer with three seconds remaining. Lebanon’s half-court heave missed as time expired.

SOMERSWORTH 59, BELMONT 41

The Red Raiders (0-1) were down for the duration in their season opener. Freshman Corey Derosier had 19 points, but Somersworth’s (1-0) high-intensity defense was very effective elsewhere.

Belmont, which trailed 27-19 at the half, wasn’t able to penetrate the Toppers’ full-court pressure.

“Their defensive system gave us fits,” Belmont Coach Derek Hamilton said. “Somersworth is a difficult opponent to play against.”

The Toppers’ lead opened up to 18 by the end of the third, 49-31, in what ended up being a one-sided second half.

Bow 55, Kearsarge 54

Bow (1-0) and Kearsarge (0-1) battled back-and-forth in the season opener for both teams, but the host Falcons came away with the victory when Kearsarge’s buzzer-beater attempt rimmed out.

Bow led 38-36 going into the fourth quarter and pulled ahead by six points midway through the period, but Kearsarge got within a basket of taking the lead in the closing seconds.

Matt Ehrenberg was strong for Bow, pouring in 25 points and scoring timely buckets. Matt Sanford (eight points) and Devin Calkins (six) added offense for the Falcons. Freshman Nate Alford scored eight points and played well defensively.

Carter Noordsij paced the Cougars with 22 points and eight rebounds before fouling out late in the game, while Zach Mattos scored 19 points and grabbed eight boards. Trent Noordsij had a solid game at the point guard position, scoring four points and tallying multiple assists.

“Both teams made plays down the stretch,” Kearsarge Coach Nate Camp said. “It was an exciting game.”

Newport 85, Hillsboro-Deering 59

The Hillcats (0-1) faced a tough task in heading to face Newport, which made the D-III semifinals last season. It proved to be a straightforward win for the Tigers, which led 46-27 at the half and 66-40 after three quarters.

Despite going down by double digits early in the game, H-D continued to play hard for the whole game.

“We played tough for the whole 32 minutes and didn’t give up,” first-year H-D Coach Kevin Fowler said.

Rood Monta led the Hillcats with 16 points, while Ian Robie had nine points and Max Parenteau scored eight points with two 3-pointers.

BERLIN 85, WINNISQUAM 70

In a high-scoring season opener, the Bears weren’t able to contain Berlin’s potent offense.

Christian Serrano was the game’s high scorer, compiling 28 points for the Bears, who led 25-18 after the first quarter but watched as Berlin took a 39-35 lead at halftime and didn’t look back.

Berlin outrebounded the Bears throughout the contest.

“Berlin is a very talented team. Their work on the boards made the difference,” Winnisquam Coach Kevin Dame said.

Torrey Martinez and Spencer Pevine each added nine points for the Bears.

Girls’ basketball

Souhegan 49, Coe-Brown 44

The Bears scored 25 fourth-quarter points after taking a 30-19 deficit into the final period, but fell just short of starting their season with a comeback win.

Junior center Abigail Ahern scored 18 points to lead Coe-Brown, and junior forward Jenny Schlim added 11.

PLYMOUTH 37, JOHN STARK 29

Hannah Nelson had 13 points for the Generals, but it wasn’t enough in their season opener. After an 11-2 run to begin the game, they became careless with turnovers, helping Plymouth (1-0) to an 18-13 halftime lead.

Clarissa Foote and Amanda Berthiaume, the Generals’ primary post players, were in foul trouble throughout the game. That lack of size in the paint allowed the Bobcats to outrebound Stark, and eventually take control of the game. Stark led 6-2 after the first quarter but the Bobcats held the lead for the next three quarters.

Emilee Stenger chipped in with five points for Stark. Madison Janelle also played well.

Merrimack Valley 65, St. Thomas 40

The Pride (1-0) opened its season with a win on the road, pulling ahead of St. Thomas (1-0) by double digits in the second quarter and staying comfortably ahead for the rest of the game. MV led 31-21 at halftime and was up 47-29 going into the fourth quarter.

Mayson Kimball had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Mary Mullen scored 13 points with nine rebounds. Emily Mulleavey had a well-rounded game with six points, nine steals and five assists.

Somersworth 52, Belmont 44, OT

The Red Raiders (1-2) went on a 6-0 run late in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Belmont’s run extended a contest that had been tight throughout, with the Raiders and Somersworth (1-1) finishing the first, third and fourth periods tied. Belmont had a chance to take a shot with the clock ticking down, but the attempt was blocked at the foul line.

It was 42-42 entering OT, and the Raiders managed just two points against 10 from Somersworth.

Freshman Shannon Davies led the team with 17 points and added seven rebounds, while Chayleigh Cadarette scored nine points and had 13 boards. MaryKate Russo (seven points), Cassie Contigiani (five) and Jacklyn Robarge (five) added offense, while Zoe Zeller played great defense and gave the Raiders a boost in the second period.

Newport 46, Hillsboro-Deering 29

The Hillcats (0-3) stayed within striking distance of Newport (1-2) until five and a half minutes left in the game, when the Tigers pulled away with a 6-0 run.

H-D trailed 25-15 at the half but outscored Newport 11-8 in the third to pull closer. H-D could only manage three points in the fourth quarter while Newport tallied 13.

Hannah Pepper led the Hillcats with 10 points.

HOPKINTON 50, STEVENS 27

Sabrey Montore’s 20 points and seven steals and Hannah Hughes’s 10 rebounds helped propel the Hawks (3-0) to a comfortable victory.

It was a fast start for the Hawks, as they led, 28-17 at halftime. Once the second half began, the shooters went cold, going 1-for-16 from the field en route to a two-point third quarter. However, Hopkinton’s defense held Stevens (1-1) to six points in what turned out to be an all-around difficult quarter.

An 18-4 fourth-quarter run sealed the deal. Sarah Ewing had three points in the quarter, and the Hawks defense clamped down on the Cardinals.

Callie Chase and Sloane White played solid all-around games.

BERLIN 54, WINNISQUAM 44

Captain Rachel Willcutt led the Bears with 12 points, but a slow start and poor execution was ultimately their demise.

Down 9-6 at the end of the first, the Bears (1-2) tied things at 25-25 at halftime before Berlin (2-1) took control over the final 16 minutes.

“We failed to execute,” Coach Amy Dutton said. “Give Berlin some credit, they played us tough.”

Kaylee Howard had 11 and Hannah Chapin added nine. Laura Harmon and Kendra Lonergan provided solid defensive intensity.

Pittsfield 43, Concord Christian 34

The Panthers were in danger of seeing a big halftime lead erased completely when a 22-12 advantage shrunk to a 37-34 margin, but they then scored the game’s final six points to prevent the rally.

Kylee Morel scored 16 points and Brooke Vien had 11 for Pittsfield, which held Concord Christian scoreless for the final three minutes.

Kendra Jarvis (13 points, 18 rebounds), Lily Rivera (12 points) and Emily Purtell (six) had strong games in defeat.

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High school stars of the day

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Kris Perkins, Pittsfield boys’ basketball, 26 points, 6 rebounds in 68-45 win Sabrey Montore, Hopkinton girls’ basketball, 20 points, 7 steals, 5 rebounds in win Matt Ehrenberg, Bow boys’ basketball, 25 points in 55-54 win Xenthios Cyr, Pittsfield boys’ basketball, 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists in 68-45 win Jeremiah Boulter, Concord Christian boys’ basketball, 24 points in 68-45 loss …

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