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D-II girls’ basketball: Will scores 27 to help Bishop Brady top Bow and advance to quarterfinals

  • Bow's Erin Boldwin (11) goes up for a shot during Tuesday's first round girls' basketball playoff game at Bishop Brady High School in Concord on Feb. 27, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Bow's Lauren Goyette (10) dribbles the ball during Tuesday's first round girls' basketball playoff game at Bishop Brady High School in Concord on Feb. 27, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady’s Sam Will (4) goes up for a 3-pointer during the first round of the Division II girls’ basketball tournament Tuesday night at Bishop Brady High School. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady’s Sarah Doherty (10) drives to the basket past two Bow defenders during Tuesday’s Division II playoff game at Bishop Brady High School. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady's Halle Laramie (5) goes up for a shot during Tuesday's first round girls' basketball playoff game at Bishop Brady High School in Concord on Feb. 27, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady’s Halle Laramie drives to the basket during Tuesday’s playoff game against Bow at Bishop Brady High School. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady's Sarah Doherty (10) goes up for a shot during Tuesday's first round girls' basketball playoff game at Bishop Brady High School in Concord on Feb. 27, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Bishop Brady girls’ basketball team is at its best when the Green Giants stay true to themselves.

From the opening tip, the Giants played with energy, enthusiasm and hardly showed any signs of playoff jitters as Sam Will scored 27 points and No. 8 Bishop Brady topped the No. 9 Bow Falcons, 58-41, in the first round of the Division II tournament Tuesday night in Concord.

The Giants (13-6) advanced to Friday’s quarterfinal, where they will face top-ranked and undefeated Portsmouth (18-0).

Bow’s season ends with an 11-8 mark.

“The playoffs are really exciting for us,” Brady head coach Annie Alosa said. “We have a lot of girls who haven’t been here before.”

The Giants have battled their share of injuries and illness in recent weeks, but their usual lineup – a mixture of senior leadership and young talent – took the floor at fullstrength. The tournament atmosphere didn’t faze freshmen Ami Rivera (nine points) and Halle Laramie (seven points), who both hit some key shots early and the Giants played great team defense led by senior Lauren Roy to propel Brady to an 18-7 first-quarter lead.

“They (freshmen) answered the call. The girls were really energetic,” Alosa said. “Everyone is back in full swing and healthy. They were getting themselves excited and communicated well on the floor. We played our style. We ran the ball really well and pushed the pace. Defensively, as a team we came out ready to play.”

The Giants extended its lead in the second quarter and ended the first half with a 33-19 lead, thanks to offensive production from seniors Will and Sarah Doherty (seven points).

“(Brady) shot the ball very, very well,” Bow head coach Bill Vermette said. “Sam Will was a little too much for us tonight. Sarah Doherty is a tough player. Between those two, they’re tough, we knew it was not a good matchup for us. They’ve got potential to do some damage against Portsmouth. It should be an interesting game.”

Bow was able to close the gap a little bit in the third quarter with the efforts of seniors Patti Nordin (11 points), Lea Crompton (8 points) and Erin Boldwin (seven points, seven rebounds), but the Giants still held a 44-32 lead heading into the final frame.

Brady picked things back up in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points and holding the Falcons to nine, to complete the 17-point victory.

“It’s just a matter of continuing to shoot with confidence,” Alosa said. “Part of our offense is the idea that everyone can shoot.”

Alosa praised the balance between her senior leaders and her younger players, especially the freshman.

“They just needed to get their feet wet and I thought they did a really great job just competing from start to finish,” Alosa said.

Although Brady will travel to play the No. 1 Clippers on Friday, the Giants did not get a chance to put a blemish on Portsmouth’s perfect record in the regular season.

Coach Alosa’s game plan is simple.

“Stay true to who we are on offense and defense,” said Alosa, adding that, “they shine in great moments and I hope they continue to do that. We also may have some tricks up our sleeve.”

D-II GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

No. 3 Hollis-Brookline 45, No. 14 Merrimack Valley 29

Key players:MV – Abby Grandmaison (16 points), Sara Osborne, Aislinn McDonald

Highlights/key moments: Trailing by eight at halftime, Merrimack Valley managed to cut the deficit down to four points in the third quarter, but couldn’t rally all the way back in this first-round playoff matchup.

Coach’s quote: “The girls battled hard for 32 minutes. We struggled to score offensively tonight but worked hard defensively. The score didn’t indicate how hard we played.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: MV 9-10; Hollis-Brookline 17-2

No. 13 John Stark 43, No. 4 Pelham 41

Key players:Stark – Laura Martin (11 points, 5 rebounds), Chelsea Woodsum (11 points, 7 rebounds), Emily Patten (9 points), Autumn Nelson (9 points, 8 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals completed the biggest upset of the first round, taking the lead on a late 3-pointer from Emily Patten and holding on for the win to move into the quarterfinals where they will face No. 5 Kennett.

Coach’s quote: “It’s been a few days of great team practice. Tonight that hard work paid off and we had very balanced scoring and played at our tempo.” – Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: Stark 10-9; Pelham 15-3

No. 11 Pembroke 42, No. 6 Goffstown 38

Key players:Pembroke – Olivia Langevin (13 points, 6 rebounds), Savannah Youngman (11 points, 5 rebounds), Morgan Allen (8 points, 8 rebounds), Maddie Gaskell (5 points, 10 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans took to the road for their first-round matchup and came away with the upset win to advance.

Coach’s quote: “Goffstown is a talented team and it was tight the whole game. We’re just excited to keep on playing.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Pembroke 11-8; Goffstown 13-6

No. 7 Hanover 54, No. 10 Laconia 34

Highlights/key moments: Hanover got past the Sachems and will take on No. 2 Lebanon in the quarterfinals.

Records: Hanover 14-5; Laconia 10-9

No. 1 Portsmouth 56, No. 16 Coe-Brown 26

Highlights/key moments: The top seed looked the part in the first round, cruising past the Bears to set up a quarterfinal contest against No. 8 Bishop Brady.

Records: Portsmouth 19-0; Coe-Brown 7-12

D-I GIRLS’ HOCKEY

No. 8 Concord 5,
No. 9 Lebanon-Stevens 1

Key players: Concord – Jaelyn Kelleher (2 goals, assist), Lilly Vezina (goal, 2 assists), Maria Armaganian (goal), Nicole Jones (goal), Maggie Connolly (2 assists), Sarah Morin (assist), Jaden Morin (assist), Abby Corbett (11 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide won its first round playoff game to advance to the quarterfinals against No. 1 Exeter. Concord will play the Blue Hawks at Phillips Exeter Academy on Friday at 2 p.m.

Coach’s quote: “Great win for the Tide. We wanted to come out and play hard for our seniors, as this was their final home game at Everett, and I’m glad we could do so. Great job by Abby (Corbett) stopping the pucks she needed too and great work from the five in front of her, limiting opportunities.” – Concord’s Patrick McDonough

Records: Concord 10-9; Lebanon-Stevens 8-11