High schools: Bow girls’ hoop snaps losing streak with big win vs. Brady

  • Brady guard Ami Rivera has no where to go as Bow forward Jess Chaimberlin is ready to defend during the first half at Bow High School on Thursday, February 25, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow guard Lindsey LaPerlo keeps the dribble while diving for the ball as Brady sisters, Ami and Isabella Rivera can only watch at Bow High School on Thursday, Februrary 25, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Brady guard Jaiden Bergeron (left) battles Bow freshman Juliette Tarsa for a rebound in the second half at Bow High School on Thursday, February 25, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 2/26/2021 9:52:16 AM

After winning 10 straight to start the season, the Bow girls’ basketball team had lost three in a row going into Thursday night’s game against Bishop Brady, one of the best teams in Division II. And Bow scored just one point in the opening four minutes of that game, but the Falcons didn’t let any of their struggles get to them.

“A great trait this team has is that if they are having an off night scoring they continue to give great effort and compete on the defensive end,” Bow coach Phil Davis said. “They don’t hang their heads, they keep attacking and they just grind it out.”

That’s what happened during Thursday’s regular-season finale as the Falcons (11-3) erased a two-point halftime deficit and emphatically snapped their losing streak with a 53-30 win against the Giants (12-2) in Bow. That’s a significant turnaround from Brady’s 68-62 win against the Falcons on Tuesday in Concord.

“I feel like Brady didn’t have as many clean shots as they did in that first game, and that was something we really wanted to work on,” Davis said. “We know how good they are and we know they are going to get some open looks, so the other thing we really tried to focus on tonight was not letting them get second and third looks in the same possession and really focus on rebounding and boxing out, and I think we did a really good job with that.”

The Giants held a 22-20 lead at halftime, but the Falcons won the rebounding battle 24-10 in the first half, so Davis was feeling good about the second half. Those feelings proved to be right.

Bow showed off its quickness and athleticism on the defensive end by contesting every Brady shot and pass in the second half and holding the Giants to just four points in both the third and fourth quarters. On the other end, Bow showed its depth as seven different Falcons scored in the third and they took a 34-26 lead into the final quarter. That grew to 40-28 with 5:25 left in the game after 6-2 run from Bow that was keyed by two layups from Lindsey LaPerle (five points).

Bella LaPerle led the Falcons with 12 points. Freshman Juliette Tarsa finished with 11 points and showed flashes of some impressive offensive abilities with her playmaking, handling and scoring.

“She’s a special freshman,” Davis said of Tarsa. “She’s had to fight for her spot on the team and that’s just what she’s done, she’s fought for it and earned it. And tonight I think she came out of her shell a little on the offensive end and we started to see what she can really do.”

Madison Speckman and Jessica Chamberlin both had eight points for Bow and Alex Larrabee added six.

Bishop Brady was led by eight points each from Ami Rivera and Libby Hicks, who scored all eight of hers in the second quarter, and four points from Isabella Rivera.

Next up for Bow is a D-II Region Three first round playoff game at John Stark (3-7) on Tuesday, while Brady will host Sanborn (5-6) on Tuesday.

Girls' Basketball

Merrimack Valley 42, Coe-Brown 29

Key players: Merrimack Valley — Macy Gordan (14 points, 4 steals), Mackenzie McDonald (11 points, 7 Rebounds), Rhiley Tanguay (9 points, 4 steals), Haley Kenney (6 points, 4 steals); Coe-Brown — Jennifer Bettencourt (8 points), Ellie Wolthuis (8 points), Valentina White (6 points)

Highlights:  After a tight, low-scoring first half in Penacook, the Pride increased its defensive pressure in the second half and started finishing around the rim to take control. MV will now host Kingswood in a D-II Region Four first round playoff game on Tuesday.

Coach's quote: “Really good defensive effort tonight. It was a very nice end to our year with three quality wins against good teams (Bow and twice against C0e-Brown) to finish above .500. Now on to playoffs where we hope to feed off our defense and make a run.” — MV’s Chris Irving

“The regular season is over and now the games now count. We have to be ready and that’s what we plan to be.” — Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Merrimack Valley 8-7; Coe Brown 4-11

Laconia 55, Pembroke 44

Key players: Laconia — Mekhia Burton (13 points); Pembroke — Ashley Stephens (16 points), Annelise Dexter (13 points, 13 rebounds, 6 blocks)

Highlights: This was a back-and-forth affair in Laconia with the two teams trading runs all night long. The Spartans went on a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to pull within four points, 47-43, and several chances to get close, but just couldn’t get over the hump against the Sachems. Next up for PA is a D-II Region One first round game on Tuesday at Oyster River (8-6).

Coach's quote: “These two games with Laconia were great for us heading into the tourney. We had a nice win in the first one (46-36 in Pembroke on Tuesday) and showed resiliency in the second game, fighting back from three big deficits.” — Pembroke’s Steve Langevin

Records: Laconia 11-2; Pembroke 5-8

John Stark 59, Hillsboro-Deering 19

Key players: John Stark — Abigail Duclos (17 points), Izabel Korbet (10 points), Emma Dobbins (11 rebounds, 3 steals); Hillsboro-Deering — Emily Howell (14 points)

Highlights: H-D jumped out to a 12-3 lead on the road, before Stark’s young players, led by freshmen Duclos and Korbet and sophomore Dobbins, went on a 16-0 run and the Generals held a 19-12 lead by the end of the first quarter to take control of the game.

Coach's quote: “Seems like the season is just starting, but tonight was our last regular season game. It was great to see everyone score and play very unselfish ball. Now it’s time to prepare for the tourney.” — Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 3-7; Hillsboro-Deering 0-9

Boys' Basketball

Merrimack Valley 50, Coe-Brown 33

Key players: Merrimack Valley — Eli Gove (18 points), Griffin Wheeler (15 points), Patrick Starkey (6 points)

Highlights: After losing to Coe-Brown in Northwood on Tuesday, 43-32, the Pride bounced back with this win at home to close out the regular season for both teams. MV will travel to Plymouth (3-7) for a Region Four first round game on Monday, while Coe-Brown will host Pembroke Academy (8-5) in a second round game on Thursday.

Records: Merrimack Valley 5-10; Coe-Brown 6-8

Bow 46, Bishop Brady 27

Key players: Bow — Alex Boisvert (14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals), Cooper Larrabee (10 points, 6 rebounds); Bishop Brady — Gabe Arnott

Highlights: Defense led the way for the Falcons yet again as they held Brady scoreless in the first quarter to establish early control. Bow will travel to Hanover (7-3) for a Region Three second round D-II tournament game on Thursday, while Brady will host Oyster River (6-6) in a first round game on Monday.

Coach's quote: “We are very excited to hit the road for playoffs as underdogs.” — Bow’s Tim Lee

Records: Bow 13-1; Bishop Brady 0-14

John Stark 60, Hillsboro-Deering 36

Key players: John Stark — Ben McKean 18 points 6 rebounds 6 steals, Chad Martin 12 points 4 assists, Gabe Lacasse 10 points, Mason Kerr 6 points 6 rebounds 6 blocks, Dylan Grivois 8 points 7 rebounds, Cam Bergeron great defensive play off the bench; H-D – Zack Coombs, 13 points, Thomas Doyle 6 poionts

Highlights: John Stark’s pressure defense held H-D to 12 first half points to set the tempo for the game as the Generals got some pay back after losing to H-D on a last-second shot earlier this week. Stark will now travel to ConVal for a D-II Region Three first round game on Monday. H-D will host Mascenic on Wednesday in a D-III Region Three second round game.

Coach's quote: “I was very proud of our bounce back effort defensively and on the glass. It was a great team effort.” — Stark’s Mike Smith

“I think the guys had the jitters on their Senior Night, the first game of the year with fans. We turned the ball over early and struggled to knock down our open shots. We missed 10 free throws and just made some mental mistakes today that we will have to work on before the tournament starts.” — H-D’s Joe Lincoln

Records: John Stark 3-7; Hillsboro-Deering 1-9

Hopkinton 41, Kearsarge 36

Key players: Hopkinton — Brendan Elrick (15 points), Owen Milchick (11 points), Quinn Whitehead (10 points), John Jacobsen (great defense); Kearsarge — George Jallah (10 points), Sam Carl (9 points)

Highlights: The game was knotted at 7-7 after the first before Hopkinton edged in front, 23-18, by halftime. The Hawks kept that lead throughout the second half to pull out the win at home after losing to the Cougars twice this year in North Sutton – 54-44 on Jan. 29 and 50-46 on Feb. 22. Next up for Kearsarge is a D-III Region Two first round home game against Newport on Monday. Hopkinton will host a D-III Region Three second round game on Wednesday.

Coach's quote: “What a tough physical battle tonight between two warrior teams. It felt like a playoff atmosphere for sure. (Kearsarge) coach (Nate) Camp really knows how to get his team energized and ready to play. They will be a tough matchup for anyone in the playoffs. I have seen tremendous growth from both teams compared to how we played earlier this year. Proud of my guys for their ability to pull out a win in a close, low-scoring defensive battle.” — Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 8-5; Kearsarge 9-4

Pittsfield 54, Mount Royal Academy 50

Key players: Pittsfield — Jordan Roode (20 points, 3 steals), Jesse MacGlashing (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists), Jah Gordon (12 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assist, 4 steals); Mount Royal Academy — Jordan McDonnel (21 points)

Highlights: Pittsfield went on a 10-0 run to start the third quarter and open up a 36-19 lead. Mount Royal chipped away at the deficit and eventually tied the game at 47-47 with two minutes left on the clock. Roode hit a corner 3 to give the Panthers a 50-47 edge with 1:20 remaining, MacGlashing and Gordon combined to go 4-for-4 from the line in the final minute and Pittsfield hung on for the win at home. The Panthers will open their postseason with a D-IV Region One second round game on Wednesday at home.

Coach's quote: “We played really well at times tonight. We got the stops when they mattered and knocked down shots when we needed to. We’re still working on putting a full 32 minute effort together.” — Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 10-3; Mount Royal Academy 2-7

Girls' Hockey

Concord 5, Pinkerton Academy 4

Key players: Concord — Kaitlyn McKinnon (goal, 4 assists), Leah Beauregard (3 goals), Maria Armaganian (3 assists), Jaelyn Kelleher (goal, assist), Sophia Branch (assist), Taylor Lamb (20 saves);  Pinkerton Academy — Madison Gibeault (2 goals, assist), Riley Dunn (goal, assist), Jordyn Wasiejko (goal), Molly Fahey (assist)

Highlights: A flurry of action and opportunities for both teams late in the second period ended with a goal from Kelleher that tied things at 4-4. Concord carried the momentum from that goal into the third, where Beauregard completed her hat trick with the game-winning goal.

Coach's quote: “It was a fast and competive game. The Concord girls stayed disciplined and focused. Their hard work paid off.” — Concord’s Tim Herbert

Records: Concord 8-4-0; Pinkerton Academy 4-2-0

JV results

The Coe-Brown JV boys’ basketball team finished its season 14-1 after a 45-26 win against Merrimack Valley. Jamie Lano (14 points), Connor Bagnell (12 points), James Coelho (7 points) and Matthew Corriveau (5 points) led the Bears in scoring while Nolan Beck (10 points) and Liliam Luwati (6 points) paced MV, which finished its season at 12-3.

■ The Hopkinton JV Girls team played Kearsarge and Hopkinton came away with a victory. The Hawks were led by Hannah Pecce, who scored 15 points. Sierra Stone (10 points), Sammi Goldblatt (eight points) and Ellie Sintros (eight points) also played well for the Hawks. Tessa Marinello (13 points) and Adara Boucher (nine points) led the way for Kearsarge.

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