Girls’ basketball: Bishop Brady, Bow open their seasons with wins

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  • Bishop Brady forward Hallie Laramie goes up for a rebound during the first half on Monday evening, January 12, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • As much as Megan Brieger and her Coe-Brown teammates tried to stop Bishop Brady guard Ami Rivera, it was to no avail as she scored 27 points on Monday night, January 12, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady teammates Jaison Bergeron (left) and Ami Rivera box in Coe-Brown center Molly Ewing during the first half on Monday evening, January 12, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady guard Meg Pellerin goes up for a layup while being chased by Coe-Brown defender Olivia Noni on Monday evening, January 12, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady forward Hallie Laramie fights for a rebound against Coe-Brown defenders Molly Ewing (left) and Ellie Wolthuis on Monday evening, January 12, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

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Published: 1/12/2021 11:45:54 AM

After a delayed start and with safety guidelines, and face coverings, firmly in place, the high school basketball season finally tipped off on Monday night.

“It was good to see another color in our gym and get to play against another school,” Bishop Brady girls’ basketball coach Sal Alosa said after his team’s 61-58 season-opening win against Coe-Brown on Monday in Concord.

Senior Ami Rivera, a four-year starter for Brady and a two-time Division II First Team selection, hit the court running and finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead the way for the Giants. Isabella Rivera, Ami’s younger sister, had 13 points and played bigger than her size as she grabbed 10 rebounds. Halle Laramie added nine points for Brady.

“We played well and saw some things that we need to improve on, as well,” said Alosa, who is in first year as the team’s head coach after serving as an assistant for the last four years. “It’s good to get the first one over.”

While Brady returned four of its five starters, and nine of its 10 varsity players, from last year’s team that reached the D-II semifinals, it’s a very different story at Coe-Brown.

“I wasn’t sure how this was going to go,” Coe-Brown coach Joe Vachon said. “We have two really experienced girls (Jennifer Bettencourt and Valentia White), and two girls who are seniors that came off the bench last year (Molly Ewing and Olivia Noni), and the rest are on varsity for the first year. Brady is a seasoned team, and well coached. What I saw was Coe-Brown girls fighting to win. They were down over twenty points at one point, but they kept fighting to cut the lead to only two with a minute left.”

Those two experienced players led Coe-Brown’s offensive output as Bettencourt finished with 19 points and White had 18 points.

The two teams will meet again on Thursday in Northwood to complete the home-and-home series that is a staple of the localized schedules meant to limit the possible spread of coronavirus, and simply any potential tracing measures that need to be taken.

“We had a lot of missed opportunities along the way tonight, but if we played like this in game one then I like what we have,” Vachon said. “Very proud of the team tonight.”

Girls' Basketball

Bow 59, Hopkinton 33

Key players: Bow – Alex Larrabee (24 points, 12 rebounds), Bella LaPerle (8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), Lyndsey LaPerle (six points, eight steals); Hopkinton – Kally Murdough (9 points), Brooke Carlson (seven points), Maurgan McGrath (six points)

Highlights: Bow played suffocating defense to open the season, holding the Hawks to just five shot attempts and one bucket in the first quarter to take a commanding 17-2 lead after one. Hopkinton regained some footing in the second quarter, but the Falcons still took a 31-11 lead into halftime. Larrabee contributed to Bow's fast start on the other end of the floor as she scored nine of her game-high 24 points in the first quarter.

Records: Bow 1-0; Hopkinton 0-1


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