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Preview capsules for Friday’s high school tournament action

Monitor staff
Published: 2/28/2019 9:09:43 PM

The following is preview capsules for Friday’s capital area high school tournament games:


Division I quarterfinals

No. 6 Bishop Brady-Trinity-West (12-7-0) at No. 3 Concord (13-5-0), 7:30 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: Concord beat the Giant Pioneers, 4-2, on Dec. 17.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: BBTW took care of No. 11 Pinkerton Academy, 5-1. Concord had a first-round bye.

NOTES: The first meeting between these two came in just the second game of the regular season. Concord used two goals from freshman Kaitlyn McKinnon and one each from Joanna Dustin and Erin Doherty to earn the win, which was part of the Crimson Tide’s season-opening, 10-game winning streak. The schedule got tougher at the end of the year for Concord and the Tide lost four of its last five. Brady also dropped four of its last five regular-season games, although the Giant Pioneers rebounded with the first-round playoff win against Pinkerton. Courtney Ingham scored twice for BBTW in the first round, Chevy Irizarri had two assists and a goal, and Lauren Trippiedi had a goal and an assist. Both of these teams also have good goalies, Abby Corbett for Concord and Emily Senko for BBTW. Add it all up and mix in the Brady/Concord hockey rivalry, and this one figures to be good Friday night entertainment.


Division II quarterfinals

No. 5 John Stark (16-3) at No. 4 Bishop Brady (16-3)

HEAD TO HEAD: The two teams did not meet during the regular season, but Brady beat Stark in the championship game of the Capital Area Holiday Tournament, 71-66.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Stark put the clamps on No. 12 Oyster River, 53-26. Brady ran away from No. 13 Sanborn, 84-52.

NOTES: These two teams met in the semifinals a year ago and Stark, then the No. 13 seed, ousted No. 9 Brady, 47-44. The Giants had a measure of revenge when they beat Stark for the Cap Area title in December. Brady sophomore Ami Rivera had 26 points in that one as she clinched the tournament MVP and junior Kaylee Smith had 21 points on 5-of-10 3-point shooting. Those two were at it again in Brady’s first-round win with Smith scoring 25 and Rivera finishing with 17 points and five assists. The Generals got a big game from Chelsea Woodsum (23 points, 13 rebounds) in their first-round win and defensively suffocated Oyster River, just like they’ve been doing to teams all season. Stark is allowing just 29.2 points per game, but Brady is scoring 68.9 points per contest. The team that can impose its strength, and pace, on the other will likely be headed back to the semifinals.


Division III quarterfinals

No. 12 Winnisquam (11-8) at No. 4 Campbell (15-4)

HEAD TO HEAD: The Bears lost to Campbell, 64-46, on Dec. 14 in the second game of the season for both teams.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Winnisquam upset No. 5 Mascenic, 61-59. The Cougars beat No. 13 Mascoma, 60-38.

NOTES: After starting the season 2-4, the Bears have now won six of their last eight and are one win away from a trip to the semifinals. Getting that win against a tough Campbell team won’t be easy, especially considering the Cougars beat Winnisquam by 18 in Tilton earlier this season. But the Bears lost to Mascenic by 24 points in the regular season before pulling off the playoff upset. Winnisquam shot the ball well over Mascenic’s zone in that one as Gunnar Horman led the way with a game-high 21 points while Phil Nichols and Kyle Mann had 17 points each.

No. 6 Hopkinton (13-6) at No. 3 St. Thomas (15-4)

HEAD TO HEAD: The Hawks beat St. Thomas in Dover, 65-56, on Dec. 14

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Hopkinton beat No. 11 Belmont, 49-41. The Saints rolled over Fall Mountain, 82-31.

NOTES: It’s been a strange season for the Hawks, who won their first seven games, then went through a 1-5 stretch, but are now riding a five-game winning streak after taking care of Belmont in the first round. Hopkinton played tight defense to beat the Raiders and got 23 points from Kevin Newton-Delgado, who had 26 points in the regular-season game against St. Thomas. Caleb Yianakopolos added 15 points against the Saints, and Hopkinton will need productive nights from both of those players in order to beat St. Thomas on its home floor for a second time this season.

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