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Girls’ high schools: Bishop Brady basketball falls to undefeated Lebanon

Monitor staff
Published: 1/12/2019 12:15:30 AM

Coming off a trip to the Division II semifinals last season and a third straight Capital Area Holiday Tournament title last month, the Bishop Brady girls’ basketball team has the look of a postseason contender.

Lebanon figures to be one of the teams obstructing Brady’s path to another final four, and the Raiders proved the Green Giants have some work to do between now and March.

Brady sophomore Ami Rivera scored a team-high 20 points, but the Green Giants fell to Lebanon, 66-56, on the road Friday night.

Annie Alosa took solace in knowing her team is close to undefeated Lebanon (7-0), which won a D-II title in 2017 and was the No. 2 seed before a quarterfinal upset in last season’s tournament.

“A great game, extremely competitive and full of energy, was tight throughout until the final minutes,” the Bishop Brady coach said. “Applause to our entire team for their energy and commitment to rebounding and defense tonight. We continue to learn.”

Riley Marsh led the defensive effort for the Giants and provided a significant presence on the boards, while Kaylee Smith joined Rivera as a double-figure scorer with 10 points.

Bishop Brady (5-2) has a week off until a visit from Bow on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Girls’ Basketball

Concord 46, Windham 44

Key players: Concord – Elizabeth Blinn (15 points, 6 rebounds), Ky Buchholz (10 points), Quinn Daniels (10 points, 6 rebounds), Jordyn Lengle (defense, rebounding)

Highlights: It was a back-and-forth game from start to finish with the teams answering each other’s leads. Concord opened the first quarter with a 12-9 lead and held a two-point lead at halftime. The Tide’s ability to get the ball inside and convert at the free throw line made the difference, including clutch free throws down the stretch from Blinn, Buchholz and Daniels.

Coach’s quote: “I am very proud of our kids. This was a game in which we had to match physicality and control the interior play of a tough Windham team. We executed the best we have all year defensively. There were a few times where Windham’s pressure gave us some trouble, but we kept our composure and continued to make plays on both ends when we needed to. We have been in a lot of these situations this year and it feels great to be on this side of it this time. Great signs of growth tonight.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 2-6; Windham 5-3

Coe-Brown 51, Souhegan 33

Key players: Coe-Brown – Valentina White (29 points, eight 3s, 4 rebounds), Jenny Bettencourt (7 points), Angelina Rene (9 rebounds)

Highlights: The Bears and Sabers battled in a tightly contested first half, but White connected on five of her eight 3s in the second half, lifting Coe-Brown to a victory.

Coach’s quote: “Playing away and having a rough time is not a bad thing. We’re learning to play through some adversity.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Coe-Brown 3-3; Souhegan 2-6

Laconia 37, John Stark 32

Key players: John Stark – Chelsea Woodsum (14 points), Anna Stenger (7 points)

Highlights: The Sachems turned up the pressure to give the Generals their first loss of the regular season.

Coach’s quote: “The combination of some bad coaching and 37 turnovers was the cause of our loss tonight.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: Laconia 6-2; John Stark 6-1

Bow 45, Stevens 30

Key players: Bow – Lauren Goyette (15 points), Taylor Burham (8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals), Megan Remick (8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists)

Coach’s quote: “Bow came out strong and kept the team’s intensity. Bow took the lead and never relinquished it. There was energy on the Bow team and it never wavered throughout the whole game.” – Bow assistant Albert Douglas

Records: Bow 3-5; Stevens 1-8

Conant 43, Hopkinton 40

Key players: Hopkinton – Maurgan McGrath (15 points), Ellie Owen (5 rebounds, defense)

Highlights: Silas Bernier and Liz Gonyea sealed the win at the foul line for Conant.

Coach’s quote: “I was proud of the way we fought back after falling down by 13 early. We had chances down the stretch. Nice effort against a quality opponent.” – Hopkinton’s Pat Roye

Records: Conant 6-2; Hopkinton 7-2

Belmont 45, St. Thomas 25

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (23 points), Morgan Hall (8 points), Katie Galambos (4 points, defense), Mackenzie Donovan (4 points), Lizzie Fleming (4 points, defense)

Highlights: The Raiders were leading 28-23 after three, but dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Saints, 17-2, to secure the victory. Hall provided an extra boost for Belmont in the final frame, scoring all eight of her points in the game’s final eight minutes.

Coach’s quote: “Everything for us starts on the defensive side. We were able to get some stops and get out running. That was the difference in the ballgame. The kids really clamped down in the fourth quarter. Probably the best defense we’ve played all year. I was proud of the overall team effort. The intensity was great.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 3-5; St. Thomas 5-3

Somersworth 50, Franklin 16

Key players: Franklin – Fayth Kaspszak (7 points)

Coach’s quote: “We struggled right from the beginning of the game and we couldn’t make shots. It was a bad all-around night but we need to regroup quickly and prepare for our next game.” – Franklin’s JJ Winters

Records: Somersworth 1-7; Franklin 3-5

Pittsfield 32, Concord Christian 17

Key players: Pittsfield – Haylee Gilleney (17 points, 7 steals), Destinee Ellis (7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals); Concord Christian – Hannah Vacco (9 points)

Highlights: Gilleney scored 11 of Pittsfield’s 15 first-half points to help the Panthers build a 15-7 halftime lead. Concord Christian closed the gap to 15-13 halfway through the third before Pittsfield pulled away.

Coach’s quote: “We did a good job of controlling the tempo of the game. We were strong on the boards and besides the lull we had in the beginning of the third we were able to put together a team earned win.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Pittsfield 2-7; Concord Christian 2-7

Girls’ Alpine skiing

Kearsarge 1st, Concord 2nd

Key players: Kearsarge – Brie Von Beren (1st), Isabella Greason (5th), Elizabeth Greason (7th), Ellie Madigan (9th); Concord – Savanah Shannon (3rd), Grace Devanny (8th), Sophia Shea (12th), Emma Burbank (15th)

Highlights: Von Beren had the best combined time of two slalom runs to lead the D-III Cougars to a win in a six-team meet at Mount Sunapee against D-I schools.

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