First win of the season for Coe-Brown girls’ basketball team

Monitor staff
Published: 1/19/2021 10:55:21 AM

After losing its first two games of the season, the Coe-Brown girls’ basketball team bounced back on Monday night with a 62-40 win in Northwood against rival Oyster River.

“Our experience showed itself tonight,” Coe-Brown coach Joe Vachon said.

It showed itself mainly through the Bears’ two most experienced players, Valentia White and Jenny Bettencourt. White finished with an eye-catching 34 points and eight assists and Bettencourt added eight points and six assists.

“Both Valentina and Jenny took on pushing the ball for some easy baskets,” Vachon said. “Valentina had a great night shooting, but she set up a lot of her teammates, as well.”

Those started pushing the ball early and helped the Bears (1-2) build a 35-15 lead by halftime against the Bobcats (1-2). Vachon was also pleased with the interior play from Olivia Noni (10 rebounds), Molly Ewing and Natalie Riley.

That was the first of the three games this week for Coe-Brown, which has a home-and-home series with Sanborn on Wednesday and Friday. After that, it’s all games against the Capital-region cohort for the Bears – Bishop Brady (the same team that already beat Coe-Brown twice to start the season), Bow, Hopkinton, Kearsarge and Merrimack Valley.

Boys' Basketball

Coe-Brown 43, Oyster River 31

Key players: Coe-Brown — Keegan Paradis (14 points, 8 rebounds), Tommy Flanagan (12 points, 8 rebounds), Cole Smith (10 points, 4 assists), Tyler Bistany (11 rebounds) 

Highlights: Paradis led Coe-Brown in scoring for the third straight game to open the season and the Bears won yet again, this time against their rivals from Durham.

Coach's quote: “Grinding rivalry encounter with intense defense throughout!” — Coe-Brown’s David Smith

Records: Coe-Brown 3-0; Oyster River 0-2

Boys' Hockey

Concord 4, Hanover 0

Key players: Concord — Brooks Craigue (2 goals), Noah Drew (goal), AJ Dow (goal), 1st career goal, Ryan Philbrick (2 assists), Tyler Coskren (assist), Dawson Fancher (assist), Parker Frederickson (assist), AJ Fennelly (assist), Joey Ala (assist), Will Pegnam (16 saves)

Highlights: After just nine preseason practices, the Crimson Tide played its second game in three days on Monday to open the season. The shortened prep time and quick turnaround didn’t seem to bother Concord, which jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period and tacked on single goals in the second and third periods for the win at home. The goal for Dow, a freshman, was the first of his varsity career. 

Coach's quote: “We played well at times but need to be more consistent. We need to be better with the puck and make better decisions. We just need to practice and get better and we will.” — Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Concord 2-0-0; Hanover 0-1-0

JV results

The Merrimack Valley JV boys’ basketball team made 25 of 36 free throw attempts in a 49-40 win against Concord to improve to 3-0. Brandon Dukette led the Pride with 18 points and and Liliam Lawati added five points.

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