Girls’ tournaments: Brady sets up rematch with Stark in D-II girls’ basketball

  • Bishop Brady’s Isabella Rivera tries to slip past Sanborn’s Nicole Castelero (left) on Tuesday night during Bishop Brady’s D-II first-round victory in Concord. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady's Ami Rivera lays in a bucket on Tuesday during Bishop Brady's first-round victory in the Division II girls' basketball tournament in Concord. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady's Kaylee Smith (left) drives to the hoop on Tuesday during Bishop Brady's first-round victory in the Division II girls' basketball tournament in Concord. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady's Libby Hicks (20) smiles at teammate Isabella Rivera after a whistle on Tuesday during Bishop Brady's first-round victory in the Division II girls' basketball tournament in Concord. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 2/27/2019 12:21:45 AM

If the Bishop Brady girls’ basketball team is going to reach the Division II semifinals for a second straight season, the Green Giants will have to beat the team that stopped them a step short of the championship game last year.

Kaylee Smith poured in a game-high 25 points to lead the No. 4 Giants to an 84-52 victory over No. 13 Sanborn in the first round of the D-II tournament on Tuesday night at Bishop Brady High School.

“Playoffs are always a fun environment to play every game,” Brady coach Annie Alosa said. “We look forward to getting back to practice tomorrow.”

The Giants will take on No. 5 John Stark – a 53-26 winner over No. 12 Oyster River – on Friday at Bishop Brady starting at 7 p.m.

Each team sits at 16-3 on the season, and Brady will be out for a bit of revenge after the Generals ousted the Giants, 47-44, in last season’s semifinals. Stark was eventually defeated by Hollis Brookline in the championship, 54-43.

The Giants and Generals will meet under much different circumstances than a year ago. Last year, John Stark was the 13 seed and Brady was ranked No. 9. Now, each team has evolved from D-II Cinderella stories to bona fide contenders.

Brady had little trouble setting up the rematch.

Smith scored 15 of her 25 in the opening two quarters, helping Brady to a 47-29 cushion by halftime. Ami Rivera added 17 points – nine in the first quarter – and five assists, while Marissa Payne tallied 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and provided lock-down defense. Halle Laramie (nine points) and Isabella Rivera (seven points) were solid contributors to the win, as well.

“Proud of our girls’ commitment to our style and confidence with the ball,” Alosa said. “Fifteen voices talked through the game tonight and we worked hard in our half-court defense. We kept the tempo.”

Maddy Haughton led Sanborn (9-10) with 18 points, and Sophie Merry Carrairo had 14.

Division II Girls’ Basketball Tournament

No. 3 Kennett 59, No. 14 Coe-Brown 36

Key players: Coe-Brown – Shayla Ashley (10 points), Lauren Curtin (9 points)

Highlights: Kennett took control early, going up 12-2 after the first quarter. The Eagles stretched that lead to 13 points by halftime and the Bears could never get any closer, falling in the opening round of the tournament.

Coach’s quote: “We fought hard. Everytime it looked like we were going to get into the game, Kennett made a play. I’m proud of our girls.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Coe-Brown 9-10

No. 5 John Stark 53,
No. 12 Oyster River 26

Key players: John Stark – Chelsea Woodsum (23 points, 13 rebounds), Anna Stenger (11 points); Oyster River – Abby Craig (8 points)

Highlights: Stark jumped out to an 18-6 first-quarter lead behind nine points from Woodsum and increased that advantage to 31-11 at halftime. Woodsum and Stenger led Stark’s scoring attack, while the defense was in total command all night long in the opening round. Stark will visit No. 4 Bishop Brady in Friday’s quarterfinal.

Coach’s quote: “We came out and shot the ball very well and played some excellent full-court defense. It was a great way to open up the tournament.” – Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 16-3; Oyster River 9-10

No. 8 Hollis Brookline 60,
No. 9 Merrimack Valley 36

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Mackenzie McDonald (14 points), Carly Huckins (10 points), Hailey Kenney (7 points)

Highlights: The Pride picked a bad night to go cold from the field as Hollis Brookline had a 22-17 lead at halftime and never looked back in pulling off the first-round win.

Coach’s quote: “I thought we played well early and had chances to build a lead with Atkinson out, but Hollis went zone and we just couldn’t get anything going. We didn’t shoot well in the second half and when you’re not knocking down shots it’s tough to press. We were one and done on a lot of possessions and Hollis took advantage by getting easy looks in transition. I was proud of the way we played this year and look forward to the future. ” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: Hollis Brookline 14-5; Merrimack Valley 11-8

No. 1 Hanover 42, No. 16 Kearsarge 36

Key players: Kearsarge – Meg Roy (18 points, 14 in second half), Jordan Busch (defense), Caroline Camp (defense)

Highlights: The Cougars certainly gave top-seeded Hanover a scare in their first-round matchup, keeping it close throughout before the Marauders took control in the final three minutes. Kearsarge trailed, 16-15, at halftime and by three after the third quarter before cutting that lead all the way down to one after a 3-pointer from Livi Hernon with 2:36 to play. But Hanover answered right back with a three of its own and scored another quick bucket to escape its home floor with the victory.

Coach’s quote: “We hung tough and gave them everything we had tonight. We just didn’t have enough at the end, and it wasn’t from a lack of effort.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: Kearsarge 8-11; Hanover 18-1

Division I Girls’ Hockey Tournament

No. 6 Brady-Trinity-West 5,
No. 11 Pinkerton 1

Key players: Brady-Trinity-West – Lauren Trippiedi (G, A), Courtney Ingham (2G), Rae Roberts (A), Chevy Irizarri (G, 2A), Emily Senko (goalie), Bella Payne (A), Anabelle Watson (A), Riley Hollenberg (G)

Highlights: BBTW and Pinkerton skated pretty evenly through the first period with each team notching one goal apiece. BBTW took the lead in the second as Senko held the Astros off the scoreboard and the offense did the rest, scoring three third-period goals to pull away. The victory sets up a quarterfinal matchup against Concord on Friday at Everett Arena.

Coach’s quote: “They gave us a fight but we outlasted them.” – BBTW’s Dan Earley

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