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Girls’ high schools: Belmont’s Estremera joins 1,000-point club

  • Belmont’s Julianna Estremera (3) gains control of a rebound during the girls’ basketball game at Belmont High School on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Now a senior, Estremera scored her 1,000th career point on Friday night. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file

  • Belmont’s Julianna Estremera drives past a Newfound defender in 2017. She scored the 1,000th point of her career on Friday against Laconia. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file

Monitor staff
Published: 2/9/2019 12:20:14 AM

For four years she dedicated herself to her school and her teammates, but after scoring a layup with 4:30 remaining in the third quarter, Julianna Estremera’s teammates dedicated the moment to her.

Estremera, a senior who has been a staple of the Belmont girls’ basketball, soccer and softball teams, scored her 1,000th career point on Belmont’s senior night, giving the Division III Raiders plenty to celebrate despite a 38-30 loss to Division II Laconia.

“Tonight was a special moment,” Belmont head coach Mark Dawalga said. “Looking at her career and how hard she works and how much her teammates were pulling for her ... she’s a great example of what a student-athlete should be.”

Scoring the necessary 12 points to reach 1,000 was going to be a challenge for Estremera against a strong Sachems team (11-4) that is currently in seventh place in D-II, but Belmont (8-8) held its own, getting a big bucket from senior Kat McClure to help the Raiders trail by just three, 11-8, after the first quarter.

Estremera scored six points in the first half, keeping Belmont within striking distance, 20-12, at halftime and herself within six points of 1,000.

Estremera hit a 3 to open the second half and reached her milestone with a layup midway through the third quarter to cut Laconia’s lead to five points.

“I was excited for her,” Dawalga said. “I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Estremera’s teammates had the same reaction, and were energized by her milestone, trimming Laconia’s lead to 27-24 at the end of the third quarter.

Sophomore Morgan Hall scored the first of her six points with a little over four minutes to go in the game to slice Laconia’s lead to 27-26, but the Raiders had a couple turnovers too many and Laconia hit a big 3 down the stretch to expand the Sachems’ lead.

It was enough to secure an eight-point victory for Laconia, but not nearly enough to diminish the accomplishments of Estremera and her fellow seniors.

Estremera finished with 16 points, giving her 1,004 in her career, while seniors Hall, Katie Galambos (six points, 11 rebounds), McClure, Lizzie Fleming and Mackenzie Donovan (strong defense) had solid outings in what was likely their final game on Belmont’s home floor.

“Laconia made a couple more shots than us in the second half,” Dawalga said. “Laconia is a good team. They’re well-balanced. But they’re one of the top teams in Division II. I was really proud of our seniors.”

It took a solid team effort to give Belmont a chance to compete against one of D-II’s best, and Estremera’s performance stood out. And based on the reaction from the Belmont bench and fans when she scored her 1,000th, that’s okay with them.

“She’s a great kid,” Dawalga said. “She will be missed.”

Girls’ Basketball

Nashua South 55, Concord 47

Key players: Concord – Quinn Daniels (20 points), Elli Cox, Ky Buchholz, Elizabeth Blinn

Highlights: The Purple Panthers turned a one-point halftime deficit (23-22) into a seven-point lead in the third quarter. The Tide battled back to make it a three-point game with two minutes to go, but Nashua South connected on enough free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

Coach’s quote: “It was a physical game, and earlier in the year we would have backed down. Now we battle back. It is great to see the growth of this young team. We are competing and putting ourselves in positions to win games. While the record may not be what we want it to be, we feel like there is still a lot to play for. There is one more spot for the playoffs and we are going to do all that we can to make sure we get that opportunity.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Nashua South 6-9; Concord 4-11

John Stark 55, Pelham 33

Key players: John Stark – Chelsea Woodsum (25 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals), Autumn Nelson (9 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds), Anna Stenger (9 points)

Highlights: The Generals played well defensively to build a 15-6 first-quarter lead and an 30-15 lead at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “Pelham averages in the 50s in points per game, so our execution on defense was excellent. (Woodsum) was very happy with her teammates. The team executed set plays for her and she put the ball in the basket. Lots of good things from our team in this win.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 12-3; Pelham 9-7

Bishop Brady 70, Manchester West 25

Key players: Bishop Brady – Kaylee Smith (16 points), Ami Rivera (14 points), Marissa Payne (8 points, 8 rebounds), Isabella Payne (7 points), Ariel Bergeron (7 points)

Highlights: The Giants used a well-rounded team effort in a decisive victory over the Blue Knights.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight we played our style and every girl contributed offensively. Every player caught low and ready which contributed to great ball movement. Looking forward to the final weeks of season as we prep for postseason.” – Bishop Brady’s Annie Alosa

Records: Bishop Brady 12-3; Man. West 2-12

Merrimack Valley 48, Coe-Brown 38

Key players: MV – Aislinn McDonald (17 points, 14 rebounds), Carly Huckins (11 points); Coe Brown – Lauren Curtin (13 points), Val White (8 points), Meski Wallace (6 points, 5 rebounds), Kirin Asselin (4 points)

Highlights: The Bears couldn’t get their shots to fall and the Pride held a six- or seven-point lead for most of the night.

Coach’s quote: “Good team win. I thought we played well on both ends of the floor. We came out strong in the first quarter and held off Coe-Brown’s runs throughout the game. We need to continue to get better with three games to go.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

“We played hard. That is a tough team. We got to get better. Even though we lost I feel we did (get better).” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: MV 8-7; Coe-Brown 6-7

Oyster River 59, Kearsarge 54, OT

Key players: Kearsarge – Tori Andrewski (18 points), Livi Hernon (17 points), Caroline Camp (10 points)

Highlights: A short-handed Cougars squad outscored the Bobcats, 14-7, in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but Oyster River won the extra frame, 12-7, in the extra frame to secure the triumph.

Coach’s quote: “We just didn’t have enough tonight. The girls we had healthy tonight played man defense for 36 minutes. I thought our man defense tonight was really good. We had some really key stops when we needed it and I am really proud of the girls. All six that played tonight worked so hard and as coaches we are very proud of them.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: Oyster River 8-6; Kearsarge 6-8

Bow 36, Milford 11

Key players: Bow – Taylor Burham (6 rebounds, 5 assists), Lauren Goyette (6 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals)

Highlights: The entire Bow lineup saw plenty of minutes in a comfortable win over the Spartans.

Coach’s quote: “Bow stayed steady on offense and defense the entire game and kept their energy throughout the game.” – Bow assistant Al Douglas

Records: Bow 7-8; Milford3-8

Hopkinton 43, Prospect Mountain 30

Key players: Hopkinton – Katie Meserve (11 points, 10 rebounds), Amelia Thomas (11 points, 11 rebounds), Maurgan McGrath (7 points)

Highlights: The Hawks jumped out early and led 23-7 at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “We played outstanding team defense in the first half and had great play off the bench tonight. We continue to get contributions from the whole roster.” – Hopkinton’s Pat Roye

Records: Hopkinton 11-5; Prospect Mtn. 8-9

St. Thomas 58, Franklin 31

Key players: Franklin – Fayth Kaspszak (12 points, 11 rebounds)

Coach’s quote: “The girls continue to play hard, but we had one bad quarter tonight and it really hurt us.” – Franklin’s JJ Winters

Records: St. Thomas 5-11; Franklin 4-13

Conant 68, Hillsboro-Deering 34

Key players: H-D – Halie Hurd (11 points), Morgan Racine (11 points), Fayth Grimes (5 points)

Records: Conant 14-2; H-D 2-15

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