High schools: Brady holds off Bow boys’ basketball; Falcons induct first Hall of Famers

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  • Bishop Brady forward Billy Fraser is trapped by Bow forward Steven Guerrette (left) and Ben Harris in the fourth quarter at Bow on Friday, February 1, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady guard Tommy Fraser leads the break as Bow center Steven Guerrette gives chase during the second quarter on Friday, February 1, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady guard Ismael Rivera floats the ball over the out-stretched arm of Bow guard Matt Lamy during the second half on Friday, February 1, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow forward Shaun Lover is surrounded by Bishop Brady players getting a rebound in the second half on Friday, February 1, 2019. Lover later left the game with an ankle injury. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Jim Kaufman (left) prepares to shake hands with fellow inductee Eric Riggs as another inductee Jen Haubrich-Fithian looks on Friday, February 1, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow forward Alex Mullen goes up against Bishop Brady forward Ryan Johnson during the first half on Friday, February 1, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

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Published: 2/2/2019 12:11:30 AM

BOW – Whatever the Falcons put up, they missed – 3-pointers, layups and shots in between. Bishop Brady watched the parade of Bow misses and saw its lead grow, but the Giants were still left wondering.

“You look up at the scoreboard and it’s like, ‘Wow, are we playing good defense or are we getting lucky?’ ” Brady junior Tommy Fraser said.

The answer was a little bit of both, and the Giants (6-6) rode that combination and Fraser’s 19 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, to a 51-47 win on Friday night. The Falcons (2-9) have now lost four in a row by margins of two, three, one and, after this latest loss, four points.

“It’s tough, but it’s all part of the process for these guys,” Bow coach Frank Moreno said. “The biggest thing right now is we can’t quit, we’ve got to try and roll off a couple wins and see what happens.”

The Falcons missed their first 11 shots and finished the first quarter 1-for-16 from the floor. That left the door wide open for the Giants, but they took their time going through it. Brady missed five of its first seven shots, mixed in a couple turnovers and managed just a 4-0 lead after five minutes. But the Giants hit three 3s to end the first – one each from Ismael Rivera (eight points, six rebounds), Billy Fraser (eight points, four rebounds) and Ryan Johnson (five points, three rebounds) – and held a 14-2 lead after one.

The cold shooting followed Bow into the second quarter, where the Falcons went 3-for-14.

“That comes in waves for us, but it’s been rare we’ve started off that slow. I mean, we couldn’t throw it in the ocean,” Moreno said.

Brady wasn’t much better on the offensive end, going 4-for-10 in the second quarter and committing six turnovers. By the end of it, the Giants held a 23-11 halftime lead, and they didn’t feel good about it.

“Yeah, the lead definitely could have been more. We missed a lot of shots, too,” Tommy Fraser said. “But we played pretty good defense, so that helped us a lot.”

Brady did push its lead to 16 points, 33-17, after a Rivera 3-pointer with 3:51 left in the third. That’s when Bow freshman point guard Matt Lamy started to find his range. After scoring just two in the first half, Lamy hit three 3s in the third and had 19 points by the end of the game.

“As much as he struggled shooting the ball early in the game, to finish with 19 points as a freshman, I think he grew up a little bit today,” Moreno said.

Lamy’s shooting kept the Falcons close, and then a quarter-closing 7-0 run powered by Ben Harris (10 points, 11 rebounds) cut Brady’s lead to 37-30 going into the fourth. Bow tried to ride that momentum with full-court pressure defense, but the Giants broke it for layups and gradually upped its lead to 46-32 with 3:10 left in the game after Will Spencer (seven points, three assists, three steals) found Fraser for one of those layups.

The game felt all but over ... until but the Falcons went on a 10-0 run. The last gasp included a 10-second stretch where Bow scored six points and it ended with the Falcons trailing by just four, 46-42, with 1:21 on the clock. But that’s as close as Bow would get.

Fraser broke free for one last press-breaking layup to push the lead back to six, and he made just enough free throws down the stretch (3-for-6) to seal the win.

“I’ve been shooting (free throws) in practice,” Fraser said, “but I’ll get back to it.”

Brady has now won all three of its games against the Falcons this year – 50-48 on Jan. 18 and 65-49 in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament in late December.

“Beating a team three times in one season is difficult,” Brady coach Keith Bergeron said. “And our guys didn’t take that for granted, they came out and played hard.”

Bow Hall of Fame

After the game, there was an induction ceremony for the first class of the Bow High Athletics Hall of Fame. The inductees were Jim Kaufman (athletic director and coach), Jen Haubrich-Fithian (basketball), Eric Riggs (basketball, baseball, lacrosse), Corey Laroche (wrestling, soccer, baseball), DJ Meagher (wrestling) and the girls’ 2009-10 Nordic ski team (Allison Baier, Laura Bello, Emily Buck, Kristen Chulada, Kyle Duval, Elaina Enzien, Rachel Gottlieb, Abbie Holmes, Rachel Kramer, Sarah Large, Abby Lavoie, Julia Romano and Samantha St. George).

Ronan Lucey, who graduated from Bow in 2017, created the Hall of Fame as his senior project. He studied other high school halls of fame, and created by-laws, selection criteria, an operating budget and induction ceremony guidelines. Lucey got credit for the project two years ago, and then he stuck with it until the first class was inducted and his project became a reality.

“We have a mantra that Falcons fly forever, and I wanted that to be true, so the athletes who better their teams and society are recognized forever in the Hall of Fame,” Lucey said. “Maybe that will give that scrawny little freshman with a good golf swing, a good jump shot or a good curveball something to strive for.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20)Boys’ Basketball

Keene 55, Concord 43

Key players: Concord – Rylan Canabano (12 points), Scott Lampron (11 points), Tyler Bruns (11 rebounds)

Coach’s quote: “The Tide shooting was as cold as the temperature outside, going 17-for-52 from the floor (32 percent) and 3-for-21 from 3-point range. But they never quit and competed to the end.” – Concord’s Dave Chase

Records: Keene 7-3; Concord 5-4

Pembroke 68, Man. West 57

Key players: Pembroke – Noah Cummings (18 points, 5 rebounds), Shea Shackford (17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals), Tim Pitman (13 points, 4 rebounds), Jack Lehoullier (12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals), Jared Dupuis

Highlights: The Spartans had a 22-15 lead after the first quarter and kept building it from there.

Coach’s quote: “It wasn’t our best game, as far as playing with intensity on the defensive end of the floor, but a win is a win. We certainly have to improve upon that, but a it was a total team win.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

Records: Pembroke 10-1; Man. West 2-10

Milford 65, Merrimack Valley 45

Key players: MV – Kyle Dube (21 points)

Highlights: The Pride played the Spartans evenly in the second half, but Milford’s 41-21 halftime lead was enough to put the game away.

Coach’s quote: “It wasn’t our night.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: Milford 6-5; MV 8-4

Coe-Brown 43, Lebanon 40

Key players: Coe-Brown – Luke McCusker (25 points, 7 rebounds), Cayden Donoghue (14 points, 4 deflections, 3 steals), Al Lapiejko (7 rebounds, 5 deflections, 2 points), Dom Cronshaw (5 deflections, 2 points)

Highlights: McCusker had a big 3 and went 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch to secure a come-from-behind win in Northwood. Donoghue also had a big layup in the closing minutes as the Bears closed the gap.

Coach’s quote: “A solid defensive effort the entire way.” – Coe-Brown’s Dave Smith

Records: Coe-Brown 6-4; Lebanon 6-4

Kearsarge 74, Hanover 59

Key players: Kearsarge – Noah Tremblay (26 points, 5 steals, 6 rebounds), Kyle Hernon (17 points, 5 rebounds), Ben Carl (16 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals), Tyler Sidmore (7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks off the bench), Jak Jallah (11 rebounds, 2 points), Nick LeBlanc (hit a 3 before halftime), Scott Bassi (2 points, defense)

Highlights: With Bassi, Sidmore and Jallah leading the way, Kearsarge upped its defensive pressure in the second half and turned a one-point halftime lead (31-30) into a comfortable second-half margin.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight we played with much more energy and had a lot of unselfish play. We probably played one of our better halves of the season.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Kearsarge 6-5; Hanover 7-3

Belmont 67, Hillsboro-Deering 50

Key players: Belmont – Keith Landry (11 points), Matt Thurber (10 points), Mikey Sprague (10 points), Angelo Papadopoulos; H-D – Jack Ferguson (14 points)

Highlights: Belmont used some great pressure defense in the first half to open up a 41-19 lead and coasted to a comfortable victory.

Coach’s quote: “It was nice to get the bench extended minutes and rest the starters in the second half. Coach (Carl) Doucet has H-D playing extremely hard for a full 32 minutes. My hat’s off to him. Excited to get to 9-3 and prepare for a huge home game on Tuesday coming up with defending champions from Somersworth.” – Belmont’s Jim Cilley

Records: Belmont 9-3; H-D 4-9

Winnisquam 79, Franklin 53

Key players: Winnisquam– Phil Nichols (20 points), Kyle Mann (14 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds), Gunnar Horman (14 points), Angelo Glover (9 points), Caleb Bushway (8 points); Franklin – TJ Laramie (27 points)

Highlights: The Bears jumped out to a 20-10 lead after the first quarter and never looked back against their rivals from Franklin.

Coach’s quote: “We had really good defense from everybody, starters through the bench.” – Winnisquam’s Kevin Dame

Records: Winnisquam 6-6; Franklin 5-7

Girls’ Basketball

Concord 44, Keene 27

Key players: Concord – Elizabeth Blinn (15 points, 7 rebounds), Elli Cox (9 points), Quinn Daniels (8 points)

Highlights: Concord built a 16-9 first-quarter lead with solid interior play by Blinn and Daniels. After that, the Tide rode its defense to the win.

Coach's quote: “It was an exciting night for our program. We welcomed about 50 kids from our rec. basketball program to join us for some fun pre-game activities. It was great to have so many future Tide players there.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 4-9; Keene 1-11

Bishop Brady 72, Bow 66

Key players: Bishop Brady – Ami Rivera (26 points), Kaylee Smith (21 points); Bow – Madison Speckman (12 points), Lauren Goyette (12 points), Taylor Burham (11 points)

Highlights: The Giants picked up the defensive intensity and transition pace in the third quarter to increase Bishop Brady’s lead to 20 points. The Falcons closed the gap to six points in the fourth, but fell short.

Coach’s quote: “Overall our girls battled tonight. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy playing Bow a third time. Applause to them for their 32 minutes of intensity. Proud of our girls for responding to adversity and managing our lead at the end in this fun triple-game environment.” – Bishop Brady’s Annie Alosa

Records: Bishop Brady 10-3; Bow 5-8

Pembroke 40, Laconia 35

Key players: Pembroke – Chloe Carignan (8 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks), Ashley Stephens (16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks)

Highlights: The score was tied after the first three quarters, but clutch free throws by Maddie Gaskell secured the win for the Spartans.

Coach’s quote: “A great 32 minutes of defense from guards Savannah Youngman, Cierra Hill and Ashley Stephens challenged Laconia’s talented shooters. Our rebounding was great tonight. Looking to take this momentum into next week.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Pembroke 4-8; Laconia 9-4

John Stark 45, Hollis Brookline 37

Key players: John Stark – Chelsea Woodsum (14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals), Autumn Nelson (14 points, 5 steals, 4 assists), Lilli Stogner (7 points, 11 rebounds)

Highlights: Stark only scored five points in the second quarter, but outscored the Cavaliers, 16-8, in the fourth to come away with the victory.

Coach’s quote: “It was a great back-and-forth game. The girls really executed well in the fourth quarter to defeat a very good Hollis Brookline team.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 11-3; Hollis Brookline 10-3

Merrimack Valley 52, Milford 25

Key players: MV – Carly Huckins (12 points), Jadyn Holmes (6 points, 9 rebounds), Alyssa Woodman (10 points)

Highlights: The Pride snapped a two-game skid with a decisive victory over the Spartans.

Coach’s quote: “It was a team win, but we need to get better. We did not play at a level we are capable of and need to keep improving each day.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: MV 7-6; Milford 3-10

Lebanon 59, Coe-Brown 23

Key players: Coe-Brown – Lauren Curtin (7 points), Jenny Bettencourt (6 points)

Highlights: The Bears couldn’t match up with the first-place and undefeated Raiders.

Records: Lebanon 12-0; Coe-Brown 6-5

Belmont 56, Hillsboro-Deering 29

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (30 points), Katie Galambos (8 points), Lizzie Fleming (6 points), Morgan Hall (6 points), Mackenzie Donovan (4 points, 6 assists), Kat McClure (2 points); H-D – Morgan Racine (9 points), Zoe Kemp (6 points), Erin Dean (5 points), Kenley Moriarty (4 points)

Highlights: The Raiders opened the game with a 22-2 first-quarter lead and led 35-9 at halftime to even their record at .500.

Coach’s quote: “We have a lot of things we’ve been doing in practice and we’ve been improving. We’re looking to keep improving, that’s our goal. It’s nice to get to .500.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 7-7; H-D 2-14

Hopkinton 64, Campbell 35

Key players: Hopkinton – Katie Meserve (29 points, 12 rebounds), Amelia Thomas (13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists)

Highlights: Meserve and Ellie Owen scored six points apiece in the first quarter to get the Hawks off and running en route to their third straight win.

Coach’s quote: “We were able to rebound and run tonight and that got us some easy baskets. Great contributions up and down the roster. A quality win on the road for us.” – Hopkinton’s Pat Roye

Records: Hopkinton 10-4; Campbell 7-7

Franklin 45, Winnisquam 44

Key players: Franklin – Ashleigh Magoon (15 points), Fayth Kaspszak (11 points), Ryley Haskins (8 points)

Highlights: Kaspszak hit a 3-pointer with just under a minute go to put Franklin up by two, and the Golden Tornadoes survived from there.

Coach’s quote: “This was a close game throughout. We played with emotion tonight and that helped us get the victory. This was a total team effort.” – Franklin’s JJ Winters

Records: Franklin 4-11; Winnisquam 0-14

Kearsarge 42, Souhegan 24

Key players: Kearsarge – Caroline Camp (10 points), Livi Hernon (9 points), Jordan Busch (8 points)

Highlights: Kearsarge used pressure defense to force turnovers and a 16-7 run in the second quarter to take control of the game.

Coach’s quote: “Another complete effort by all the girls. We were down two starters tonight due to injury and the girls stepped up and made the difference. We play nine kids regularly and it showed tonight that no matter who we go to, they will get the job done. Ellie Camp had a great game tonight as well, scoring four points and making some key plays defensively for the team.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: Kearsarge 6-6; Souhegan 2-11

Boys’ swimming

Concord 5-2

Key players: Concord – Joshua Mueller (1st 50 free, 1st 500 free), James LeMahieu (1st 200 IM, 2nd 100 breast), Jay Blasko (2nd 100 back, 4th 200 IM), Ethan Case (4th 200 free, 4th 100 free), Aaron Saffian (4th 100 fly); Bow – Ethan Rychwalski (6th 100 free), Andrew Conley (6th 100 breast); Kearsarge – Owen Cottrill (3rd 50 free, 5th 100 free), Peter Russel (4th 100 breast); Belmont – Logan Wineriter (1st 100 free, 1st 100 breast)

Highlights: An undermanned Tide team with just six swimmers still managed top three finishes in all three relay events to go 5-2 in an eight-team meet at Hanover in Wednesday’s regular-season finale. The 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relays placed second, while the 200 freestyle relay finished third. Bow went 4-3 on the night followed by Kearsarge (2-4-1) and Belmont (0-4-3).

Coach’s quote: “We are a team of six facing much larger teams. Very happy to see as many personal bests as we had at Hanover. We appear to heading in the right direction as we prepare for States.” – Concord’s Bill Quinn

Girls’ swimming

Concord 7-2

Key players: Concord – Lexi Quinn (2nd 500 free), Raaya Burns (6th 200 IM, 7th 100 free), Abby O’Brien (6th 100 breast); Hopkinton – Emma Hall (1st 100 free, 1st 100 breast), Cailey Stockwell (1st 200 free, 3rd 100 back), Sydney Stockwell (2nd 100 back, 3rd 100 fly); Bow – Sarah Guerrette (2nd 50 free, 2nd 100 free), Rebecca Klements (3rd 100 free, 5th 100 free), Shannon Luby (4th 50 free); Kearsarge – Avril Prak (3rd 50 free, 3rd 100 breast)

Highlights: The Tide used its depth to its advantage, winning seven duals in a 10-team meet at Hanover in Wednesday night’s regular-season finale. Concord’s 400 freestyle relay finished third and 200 freestyle relay finished fourth. Hopkinton won the 200 medley relay and its 200 freestyle relay finished third. The Hawks were 6-3 on the night, Bow went 5-4, Kearsarge was 3-6 and Belmont went 0-8-1.

Coach’s quote: “The girls may not appear to have finished in the top three much, but we were able to put multiple girls in almost every event which led to points against other teams. We didn’t win any events overall, but our placements were high enough to win those events against several teams in the field. I am really proud of these girls. I pressed each of them to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves with new events. As a result we were able to chip away and scratch out points up and down the lineup.” – Concord’s Bill Quinn

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