High schools: Gilford girls’ hoops comes back to beat Belmont, 52-50.

Monitor staff
Monday, December 11, 2017

Following Monday’s narrow three-point loss Newfound, the Gilford High girls’ basketball team earned its first win of the season in comeback fashion over Belmont, 52-50.

The Golden Eagles (1-2) trailed by six entering the fourth quarter, 44-38. Gilford flipped its deficit into a six-point lead with 2:30 to play.

The Eagles were led by Shelby Cole with 22 points.

Belmont (1-2) had a chance to tie it at the buzzer but a six-foot jump shot bounced off the back of the rim.

“It’s always frustrating (to lose a close game), but we learned a lot from this,” seventh-year Belmont coach Mark Dawalga said. “We played well.”

Makenzie Donovan led Belmont with 15 points, including three from 3-point range. Julianna Estremera and Morgan Hall also reached double figures with 12 points apiece. Senior guard Chloe Sottak turned in six points and Elaina Hoey scored four. Lizzie Fleming was strong on defense for the Raiders.


Newport 76, Hillsboro-Deering 30

Key players: H-D – Fayth Grimes (13 points, 9 rebounds), Halie Hurd (8 points, 6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Grimes played a strong game to lead the Hillcats but Newport’s firepower was too much to handle.

Coach’s quote: “The girls continue to work hard and never give up. We played in a tough environment tonight and the girls rose above and continue to push for the entire 32 minutes of basketball.” – H-D’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: Newport 1-1; H-D 0-3


White Mountains 40, Winnisquam 30

Key players: Winnisquam – Michael Mitchell (win by pinfall at 113), Mark Sotherden (win at 138), Cameron Roberts (win by pinfall at 145), Connor Corey (win at 152), TJ Robinson (win by pinfall at 285)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears wrestled a good match against a talented and experienced opponent, but narrowly missed the win as a team in its first match of the season. Tristan White (132 pounds), Kevin Curnane (182) and Paul Kleinschrodt (195) earned key wins to seal the match for White Mountains.

Coach’s quote: “(White Mountains) had a great season last year, and look like they could be contenders in Division III again this year. It is a long season, and (last night’s) effort was a good first step in the right direction. We spent a majority of the time attacking and trying to get to our moves, and anytime we wrestle like that I'll be happy.” – Winnisquam’s Tom Osmer

Records: White Mountains 1-0; Winnisquam 0-1