High schools: MV girls’ basketball team continues its playoff push

Monitor staff
Published: 2/14/2020 10:20:27 PM
Modified: 2/14/2020 10:20:14 PM

The Merrimack Valley girls’ basketball team is making a serious playoff push.

After beating Bishop Brady on Tuesday, the Pride knocked off another team ahead of it in the Division II standings on Friday with a 51-49 home win against Coe-Brown. MV improved to 9-7 with the result and has now won three straight and four of its last five. The Bears dropped to 9-5.

“We came out to start the game with a lot of energy and I was glad to see that. I thought after the Brady win we could be a little flat but we weren’t,” MV coach Bob McNutt said. “We made the extra pass, knocked down shots and played well defensively.”

The energy was reflected on the scoreboard as the Pride built a 19-5 lead in the first quarter and pushed it to 35-18 by halftime. The third quarter, however, was a different story.

“Coe-Brown made a few nice adjustments at the half and we struggled to get it going again,” McNutt said.

The Pride scored just four points in the third and the lead was down to 39-30 going into the fourth. The Bears kept attacking in that final quarter and put up more points (19) than they did in the entire first half (18), but MV held on for the critical win.

Mackenzie McDonald finished with a game-high 16 points for the Pride. Hayley Kenney added eight points and Miah Boucher had six. Lauren Curtin led Coe-Brown with 15 points.

“Proud of the girls for competing, but we need to find a way to battle through some adversity, which seems to get to us in the second half,” McNutt said. “And I need to do a better job of coaching the girls in those late-game situations.”

MV finishes off the regular season with a home game on Monday (senior night) against Kingswood (1-12) and then has more than a week before wrapping things up at John Stark (10-4) on Feb. 25.

Girls’ Basketball

John Stark 47, Pelham 28

Key players: John Stark – Brady Johnson (16 points,10 rebounds), Chelsea Woodsum (13 points, 4 steals), Anna Stenger (11 points, 10 rebounds)

Highlights: Stark took control early with some good defense, holding Pelham to nine points in the first half while scoring 34. This was an impressive road win for the Generals against a top-tier D-II team.

Coach’s quote: “We are playing better especially defensively. Once we cut down on the self-inflicted turnovers, we will become a pretty good team. Looking forward to the last few games.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 10-4; Pelham 10-5

Bow 65, Milford 10

Key players: Bow – Brooke Biehl (5 rebounds), Lindsey Burnham (4 rebounds), Taylor Burnham (11 points), Alex Larrabee (9 points), Madison Speckman (8 points)

Highlights: Every player scored for Bow as it rolled to the easy win at home.

Records: Bow 9-6; Milford0-17

Hopkinton 38,
Prospect Mountain 30

Key players: Hopkinton – Kally Murdough (8 points, 4 steals), Brooke Carlson (7 points, 5 rebounds), Maurgan McGrath (7 points, defense) Prospect Mountain – Hannah Capsalis (9 points)

Highlights: Murdough had a key steal and basket in the fourth quarter and Fiona Beane salted the game away at the foul line as the Hawks held off Prospect Mountain for their 13th win of the season.

Coach’s quote: “We made some key plays down the stretch in the fourth quarter and had a solid defensive effort. Balanced scoring and a spark off the bench were the keys for us. Kudos to Prospect on a great effort.” – Hopkinton’s Pat Roye

Records: Hopkinton 13-3; Prospect Mountain 9-7

Boys’ Basketball

Pelham 55, John Stark 49

Key players: John Stark – Christian Barr (35 points), Kayden Easter (6 points, 9 rebounds), Jacob Greene (season-high 6 assists)

Highlights: John Stark led by a point at halftime and was tied with the Pythons going into the fourth quarter. It was a fantastic team effort from the Generals, but Pelham executed down the stretch to pull out the win.

Coach’s quote: “I was very proud of our team’s effort and composure tonight. This is the effort and consistent play that we will need moving forward if we are going to get into the tournament. I think tonight was a strong step in that direction for us. ” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: Pelham 12-2; John Stark 3-10

Pittsfield 70, Epping 51

Key players: Pittsfield – Devin Bedell (17 points, 6 rebounds), Tyler Prentice (16 points, 7 rebounds), Quinn Bissonnette (15 points, 10 rebounds); Epping – Owen Finkelstein (19 points), Payton Rivers (13 points)

Highlights: After an evenly played first quarter, Pittsfield went on a 14-2 run in the second quarter to take a 33-19 lead. The Panthers continued their play in the second half and finished strong.

Coach’s quote: “The boys adjusted well to the changes we made going in to the second quarter. They forced Epping into some difficult shots and rebounded well.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 12-4; Epping 4-11

Boys’ Hockey

John Stark-Hopkinton 4, Goffstown 3, OT

Key players: John Stark-Hopkinton – Caysen Allard (40 saves), Ethan Molnar (2 goals, assist), Brett Patnode (2 goals, assist), Benny Madden (2 assists)

Highlights: Division III JSH jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period on Wednesday against D-II Goffstown with two goals from Patnode and one from Molnar. The Grizzlies responded in the second with two power-play goals to narrow the lead to 3-2 going into the third. Goffstown tied the score with 3:30 left in the game, but Molnar netted the game-winner on a penalty shot with 1:46 left in overtime.

Coach’s quote: “Solid first period by the whole team to jump out to an early 3-0 lead. Caysen was unbelievable tonight between the pipes. If it wasn’t for Caysen this game would’ve been a lopsided loss. ” – JSH’s Denis Kolehmainen

Records: John Stark-Hopkinton 10-3-0; Goffstown 10-3-0

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