High schools: Concord boys’ basketball wins on senior night, Franklin falls short in D-IV playoffs

Concord's Alain Twite throws down a dunk during a game against Salem at Concord High School on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. Twite scored 21 points to lead Concord to an 84-58 victory. CHIP GRIFFIN / Photos By Chip

Concord's Alain Twite throws down a dunk during a game against Salem at Concord High School on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. Twite scored 21 points to lead Concord to an 84-58 victory. CHIP GRIFFIN / Photos By Chip Chip Griffin—Chip Griffin

Published: 02-21-2024 12:02 AM

Boys’ Basketball

Concord 84, Salem 58

Key players: Concord – Alain Twite (21 points), Japhet Nduwayo (20 points), Derek Ramos (9 points)

Highlights: Concord opened its senior night with a 22-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, extending the lead extended to 41-17 at halftime. The Tide continued to defend and create scoring opportunities to lead 67-36 going into the fourth.

Coach’s quote: “Everything just clicked tonight. Defensively, offensive efficiency, and effort and focus, it all came together. In such a tough year, it was great to be able to honor our seniors with this kind of effort. I am proud of our guys for sticking with it.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 3-14; Salem 6-11

D-IV Girls’ Basketball

No. 6 Wilton-Lyndeborough 55, No. 11 Franklin 45

Key players: Franklin – Kourtney Kaplan (17 points), Lily Cornell (14 points), Savaughna Slocum (7 points)

Highlights:  The Tornadoes kept it close early, trailing 14-12 at the end of the first quarter, 25-23 at halftime and 37-34 heading into the fourth, but Cornell fouled out with five minutes left and Franklin’s short bench couldn’t keep up with the host Warriors in the D-IV prelims.

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Coach’s quote:  “It was a back-and-forth game right up until the end. Lack of playoff experience and a short bench ending up being the difference. I’m extremely proud of how far the girls have come and for how far they have brought the program in two years together.” – Franklin’s Mark Dionne

Records: Wilton 14-5; Franklin 11-8

Girls’ Basketball

Salem 66, Concord 60

Key players: Salem – Lillian George (27 points); Concord – Delaney Duford (25 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists), Sofia Payne (14 points, 11 rebounds)

Highlights: The Tide stayed with Salem the entire way, but fell just short to a top-10 team for the second game in a row.

Coach’s quote: “We put ourselves into a must-win (situation) in our last game of the season versus another top-10 team to have a chance to get into the playoffs. I know our girls are up for it for it.” – Concord’s Rob Darrell

Records: Salem 13-4; Concord 7-10

Bow 52, Sanborn 45

Key players: Bow – Juliette Tarsa (20 points, 4 rebounds), Ella Trefethen (13 points), Kate Labrecque (7 points), Kendall Murray (6 points), Lauren Longley (6 points, 6 rebounds), Gabby Tarsa (4 rebounds)

Highlights:  The Falcons ended the regular season with a victory on the road. Bow will likely have the No. 6 seed for the Division II tournament that starts next week.

Records: Bow 13-5; Sanborn 5-13

Merrimack Valley 59, Kingswood 30

Key players: MV – Kayla Smith (18 points), Izzy Navoy (13 points), Syd Bailey (10 points)

Highlights: MV took a 19-10 lead after the first quarter and had a 27-20 lead at halftime, but exploded for a 47-21 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Pride will enter next week’s D-II postseason tournament as the No. 11, 12 or 13 seed.

Coach’s quote: “Nice way to finish the regular season. Everyone got minutes. We came out real well in the second half and won the (third) quarter 20-4 to open up the game. Playoffs next week and the goal is to practice hard and be ready to go against whoever we face.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: MV 9-9; Kingswood 1-16