High schools: Fast-paced Brady girls upend Kingswood, 54-22

  • Bishop Brady’s Sam Will (right) keeps Kingswood guard Liz McLaughlin (left) from driving into the lane during a Division II contest in Concord on Friday. The Green Giants won, 54-22. JAY MCAREE / Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady freshman Sofia Riccio (right) defends Kingswood’s Meghan Lapar (left) during a Division II matchup Friday in Concord. JAY MCAREEMonitor staff

  • Bishop Brady senior Sam Will (center) takes the ball up the court during the first half of Friday’s Division II contest against Kingswood. Will and the Green Giants defeated the Knights, 54-22. JAY MCAREE / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton’s Liam Flanagan goes for a block on Conant’s Peyton Springfield during the Hawks’ 41-37 win over the Orioles in Jaffrey on Friday night. The Hawks (8-0) were led by a 12-point night from Cam Cyr and a nine-point, nine-block evening for freshman Kevin Newton-Delgado. BEN CONANT / Monadnock-Ledger Transcript

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Published: 1/13/2017 11:51:48 PM

Three minutes into the game and all the points on the scoreboard belonged to her. By the break, she was responsible for more than half of her team’s production. And when the final horn sounded, Bishop Brady High School’s Riley Bennett couldn’t help but crack a smile.

On a Green Giants team that glorifies the fast-paced, hot-hand approach, Friday was Bennett’s night.

“I think as a team, we moved the ball really well tonight,” Bennett said after pouring in a game-high 20 points in a 54-22 victory over Kingswood. “Tonight, I just happened to be the one who got the passes. It was just a really good flow that we caught on offense as a team.”

The senior shooting guard was on point from the opening whistle. Bennett scored Brady’s first seven points of the game, registered 12 of the team’s 22 points by halftime and continued to deliver buckets during a critical third-quarter stretch in which the Green Giants outscored Kingswood, 17-6, to take complete control.

“I think that’s the beauty of our team. That any given night, any player can kind of catch fire and the beautiful part of how we flow is that we work to identify that early and Riley had the hot hand (tonight),” Brady Coach Annie Alosa said. “It doesn’t really matter to them who does what and so Riley had the hot hand and her teammates supported her throughout and it obviously is wonderful to see.”

After losing their opener to Lebanon, the Green Giants (6-1) have now strung together six wins in a row – and even more than that if you count their championship run at the Capital Area Holiday Tournament. With a first-year head coach and a group of girls who believe in the system, the confidence is starting to bubble up.

“I think over the past few years, we’ve had some people that we all have a goal of winning a championship because it hasn’t been done here,” Bennett said. “But I think this year, we finally got everybody to jump on the bandwagon, and with Coach Alosa coming in, she’s gotten everybody to believe that it is possible, it’s not just a goal, but it’s something that can be reached.”

Bennett, along with teammates Sam Will (11 points) and Sarah Doherty (11 points, three 3’s) helped fuel Brady through the first half as the team carved out an eight-point lead at the break. The Giants, who pride themselves on playing fast and piling up shots, did a decent job of sticking to their game plan through the first 16 minutes, but really didn’t hit their stride until the second half.

Kingswood (5-3) managed to slow the tempo down near the end of the second quarter to hang around – a theme that’s been all too common for the Giants so far this season.

“The last couple games, we’ve been looking for the flow and we’ve been stopped recently because other teams we’ve played have a slower tempo so we’ve been struggling with the whistles. But tonight, we kind of found our groove and it let us move the ball,” Bennett said.

The third quarter is where the Giants won the game as they efficiently picked the Knights apart and scored the first seven points of the frame en route to a huge, lopsided run that had Brady up 19 by the time it ended. That carried over into the fourth quarter, where Kingswood only managed to generate one made field goal.

In total, Brady edged Kingswood, 32-8, in the second half. So what was the secret?

“Communication,” Alosa said. “I think we drill that as a team and as a program to talk and use our voices and have each others’ backs. It’s something in the last 72 hours that we talked about a lot and how important that is and the game became easy because we talked and that makes a big difference.”

The two programs will return to action on Tuesday with Brady attempting to extend its win streak to seven games when it hosts Goffstown. Kingswood entertains Coe-Brown.

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3340 or at jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @jaymcaree.)

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Merrimack 58, Concord 35

Key players: Concord – Brighid Weeden (7 points), Gabby Evans (11 rebounds, 4 assists), Kasie Maloney (2 blocks, 3 steals)

Highlights/key moments: Concord trailed by three at the half, 20-17, but Merrimack built a double-digit lead early in the third and led by 13 going into the fourth.

Coach’s quote: “I liked our effort to get back in the game in the third, but we let it get away from us in fourth quarter.” – Concord’s Mike Achilles

Records: Merrimack 4-4; Concord 2-5

John Stark 48, Kennett 34

Key players: Stark – Jillian Douzanis (14 points), Laura Martin (9 points), Autumn Nelson (8 points), Chelsea Woodsum (7 points, 5 steals)

Highlights/key moments: Woodsum’s effort on the defensive end was a major factor for the Generals in the victory as they limited the Eagles to just 19 points through the first three quarters.

Coach’s quote: “The team continues to imrpove and has the potential for more wins on the horizon.” – Stark’s Don Poitras

Records: Stark 2-5; Kennett 1-6

Belmont 40, St. Thomas 31

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (20 points), Sarah Chase (9 points), Nicole Antonucci (4 points), Chloe Sottak (3 points), Mariah Watson (first varsity points), Jordan Sargent (defense), Taylor Yelle (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders trailed by a point after the first quarter, 7-6, but they turned up the defensive pressure and increased the game’s tempo in the second quarter and took a 22-16 lead into halftime.

Coach’s quote: “We’ve changed some stuff since the Christmas break and I’m pleased with it. We’re getting there.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 4-4; St. Thomas 1-7

Gilford 42, Berlin 29

Key players: Gilford – Stevie Orton (16 points, 7 rebounds), Olivia Harris (6 steals)

Highlights/key moments: Behind a solid all-around team effort, the Golden Eagles managed to pull off the upset at home. The Golden Eagles outscored the Mountaineers 15-7 in the final frame and knocked down six straight free throws in the contest’s final two minutes.

Records: Gilford 3-5; Berlin 6-3

Goffstown 45, Laconia 37

Key players: Laconia – Helen Tautkus (13 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Sachems fought back from a seven-point deficit at halftime to take a one-point lead in the fourth but hit a scoring drought that spanned four minutes and allowed Goffstown to take the lead and the victory.

Coach’s quote: “Record doesn’t always reflect effort. I continue to be proud of the hustle, unselfishness and drive of this group to continue to grow. Good things happen to those who work hard and I know our time will come.” – Laconia’s Jeff Greeley

Records: Laconia 1-7; Goffstown 5-2

Hillsboro-Deering 37, Raymond 32

Key players: H-D – Morgan Racine (13 points), Hannah Grimes (8 points, 7 rebounds), Kiersten Clough (5 points), Fayth Grimes (7 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Racine had 11 of the Hillcats’ 22 points at halftime, carrying H-D to its first win on the season. H-D led by nine entering the second quarter and held a 15-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

Coach’s quote: “Things finally fell in place for us tonight coming away with our first win of the season ... I am very proud of how the girls played tonight because they have been working all season for this.” – H-D’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: H-D 1-8; Raymond 0-9

Portsmouth 51, Pembroke 39

Key players: Pembroke – Olivia Langevin (11 points), Brooklyn Zanis (12 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans couldn’t turn things around in dropping their fourth straight game.

Records: Pembroke 2-6; Portsmouth 6-1

Kearsarge 43, Fall Mountain 40

Key players: Kearsarge – Meg Roy (14 points), Madi Brayshaw (14 points)

Highlights/key moments: After a back-and-forth first quarter, the Cougars finally managed to gain some separation in the second half. Keararge went up by 11 early in the third and weathered a 7-4 run by Fall Mountain in the fourth.

Coach’s quote: “It was a great team effort tonight. We played our hearts out tonight and so did Fall Mountain.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: Kearsarge 9-0; Fall Mountain 6-2

Newfound 48, White Mountains 42

Key players: Newfound – Ashlee Dukette (26 points, 17 rebounds), Amanda Johnston (14 points, 11 rebounds), Savanna Bony (7 assists), Gracie Schilling (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: In a loud and tough environment, Newfound was able to come out with the win.

Coach’s quote: “I am proud of the way the girls withstood the 32 minutes of constant, full-court pressure. We were in a lot of foul trouble and had a couple (of) injuries but the girls stayed composed and finished strong outscoring them by eight over the last two quarters.” – Newfound’s Karri Patterson

Records: Newfound 9-0; White Mountains 7-3

Franklin 49, Mascoma 47

Key players: Franklin – Brianna Judkins (11 points), Zoe Kaplan (8 points), Ryley Haskins (6 points), Mackenzie Weatherbee (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Tornadoes finally snapped their seven-game losing streak with a much-needed victory.

Coach’s quote: “This was a needed win for us as we were coming off a very poor showing last game and the girls really brought energy at the beginning of the game.” – Franklin’s J.J. Winters

Records: Franklin 3-7; Mascoma 2-7

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Merrimack 61, Concord 52

Key players: Concord – Matt Giroux (13 points), Teddy Blodgett (11 points, 5 rebounds), Tyler Blodgett (10 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide played well in spurts but had to claw back the entire contest. Concord trailed by seven at halftime and as much as 12 in the third quarter, but it cut down to eight before falling short.

Coach’s quote: “We just got to find a way to rebound better.” – Concord’s Dave Chase

Records: Concord 1-5; Merrimack 5-1

Bishop Brady 53, Kingswood 38

Key players: Brady – Josh LeClaire (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Green Giants won by double digits for their second straight victory.

Coach’s quote: “We learned a lot this week. We need to keep moving forawrd as a team.” – Brady’s Cole Etten

Records: Brady 3-1; Kingswood 3-3

Mascoma 44, Franklin 38

Key players: Franklin – Jayden Torres (14 points), T.J. Laramie (8 points), Bryan Sweet (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: Mascoma’s All-State guard Alex Schwartz scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half to bury the Golden Tornadoes.

Coach’s quote: “We were up by two going into the fourth but couldn’t stop Schwarz. It’s a game that we let slip away because of a lack of patience and discipline.” – Franklin’s Michael Donnell

Records: Franklin 3-4; Mascoma 2-5

Pembroke 57, Oyster River 54

Key players: Pembroke – Jake Sherman (29 points), Noah Cummings

Highlights/key moments: Sherman went nuts from beyond the arc in the second half, connecting on six 3-pointers to rally the Spartans back from an 11-point deficit.

Coach’s quote: “I’m proud of the way this team continues to fight. We have a long way to go but everyone has bought into the game plan night in and night out.” – Pembroke’s Shannon Sciria

Records: Pembroke 3-3; Oyster River 1-4

Belmont 51, St. Thomas Aquinas 50

Key players: Belmont – Matt Pluskis (20 points, 4 steals), Trevor Hunt (10 points, 13 rebounds), Doug Price (11 points, 10 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders led by 10 with 45 seconds left and nearly gave it away. St. Thomas hit on back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to pull within one, but Belmont came up with a clutch stop on the defensive end to hang on.

Coach’s quote: “We almost let them steal one from us tonight. We turned what could of been a bad loss into a really good win.” – Belmont’s Jim Cilley

Records: Belmont 6-1; St. Thomas 2-4

Kearsarge 60, Fall Mountain 21

Key players: Kearsarge – Tommy Johnson (18 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Tayler Mattos (21 points, 9 rebounds), Kyle Hernon (2 points, 16 rebounds), Joe Storozuk (8 points, 6 rebounds), Jordan Bryk (6 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds), Ray Critch (5 points)

Highlights/key moments: Fall Mountain hit three 3-pointers late in the first half to cut Kearsarge’s lead to 31-19 going into halftime. That late surge inspired an impressive defensive effort from the Cougars in the second half as they allowed just two points in the game’s final 16 minutes.

Records: Kearsarge 6-2; Fall Mountain 3-4

Hopkinton 41, Conant 37

Key players: Hopkinton – Cam Cyr (12 points), Hentry Yianakopolos (9 points), Kevin Newton-Delgado (9 points, 9 blocks)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks kicked things off with a 13-4 run before Conant stormed back. Hopkinton, though, stretch its lead to seven after three quarters and limited the Orioles to just four points in the frame.

Coach’s quote: “The boys handled the pressure of playing in Conant with a tough atmosphere. They were very unselfish on offense played extremley tough defense.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 8-0; Conant 3-3

Raymond 76, Hillsboro-Deering 50

Key players: H-D – Elijah Winters (15 points), Zach Rowell (12 points)

Highlights/key moments: Both teams played a tough game, which resulted in a healthy amount of foul calls. The Hillcats able to close a 10-point halftime gap.

Coach’s quote: “Tough loss tonight. That’s one we could have gotten if not for a bad defensive second half.” – H-D’s Kevin Fowler

Records: H-D 0-6; Raymond 1-4

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

Concord fourth

Key players: Concord – Grace Devanny (14th), Lily Desgroseilli (16th), Sophia Shea (18th), Fabi McLeod (26th)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide totaled 341 points to finish fourth in this eight-team meet at Gunstock. Pinkerton finished first with 390 points and was followed by Exeter (367), St. Thomas (357) and Concord. Desgroseilli and McLeod were first-time point scorers for the Tide.

Belmont first, Gilford fourth

Key players: Belmont – Katie Gagnon (1st slalom, 2nd GS), Becca Camire (6th slalom, 6th GS), Abby Camire (4th slalom, 10th GS); Gilford – Bailey Hildreth (2nd slalom, 4th GS), Hannah Lord (3rd slalom, 7th GS), Jenny Hancock (1st GS); Newfound – Victoria Roman (20th slalom, 22nd GS), Shanley Camara (20th GS, 24th slalom); Laconia – Rinnie Randall (8th slalom, 9th GS); Nicole Turpin (5th GS, 21st slalom)

Highlights/key moments: Belmont was 22 points better than second-palce White Mountains in the slalom and finished with a 761 total to take first in this six-team event at Bretton Woods on Thursday. Gilford had the highest point total in the giant slalom portion (378), but one of their four skiers didn’t finish in the slalom and the Golden Eagles wound up fourth with 662 points. Newfound (643) took fifth and Laconia (527) was sixth.

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

Concord second

Key players: Concord – Shane Hyland (3rd), Sean McDonough (4th), Aidan MacWhinnie (7th), Liam Devanny (13th)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide finished with 377, just two points behind first-place Portsmouth (379) in this nine-team race at Gunstock. Pinkerton was third with 356 points. It was a nice result for Hyland, who had missed time with illness. And Devanny was a first-time point scorer for the Tide.

Belmont first, Gilford second

Key players: Belmont – Nolan Gagnon (2nd GS, 3rd slalom), Jake Deware (5th slalom, 8th GS), Nick Galambos (5th GS), Adam Sojka (6th slalom); Gilford – Christian Workman (1st GS, 4th slalom), Tyler Hanf (4th GS, 15th slalom); Newfound – Elliot Economides (2nd slalom, 11th GS), Trevor Robie (21st GS); Laconia – Thomas Turpin (1st slalom, 3rd GS), Brad Weeks (13th GS, 33 slalom)

Highlights/key moments: Belmont finished top the standings in both the giant slalom (383 points) and the slalom (379 points) to take first place overall in this six-team race at Bretton Woods on Thursday. Gilford took second with 740 points, Newfound was fourth with 678 and Laconia was sixth (602).




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