High Schools: Bishop Brady loses in quarterfinals of D-II girls’ basketball tournament

  • Bishop Brady’s Sarah Doherty (10) drives to the basket during Friday’s girls’ basketball quarterfinal game in Concord. Doherty had 21 points, but the No. 3 Green Giants lost to No. 6 Hollis-Brookline, 66-62. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady’s Sofia Riccio (5) reaches for a rebound during Friday’s Division II girls’ basketball quarterfinal. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

  • Bishop Brady's Caitlin Mallahan (23) shoots the ball during Friday's girls' basketball quarterfinal game at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, March 3, 2017. Bishop Brady lost to Hollis-Brookline, 66-62. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's Lauren Roy (15) goes up for a shot during Friday's girls' basketball quarterfinal game at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, March 3, 2017. Bishop Brady lost to Hollis-Brookline, 66-62. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's Sofia Riccio (5) goes up for a shot during Friday's girls' basketball quarterfinal game at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, March 3, 2017. Bishop Brady lost to Hollis-Brookline, 66-62. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's Caitlin Mallahan (23) shoots the ball during Friday's girls' basketball quarterfinal game at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, March 3, 2017. Bishop Brady lost to Hollis-Brookline, 66-62. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's Lily Rivera (32) shoots the ball during Friday's girls' basketball quarterfinal game at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, March 3, 2017. Bishop Brady lost to Hollis-Brookline, 66-62. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Monitor staff
Published: 3/4/2017 12:10:41 AM

It’s been the motto for the Green Giants all season long. In fact, the words “Our Story” are even embroidered on their yellow warm-up jerseys. But on Friday night, the Bishop Brady girls’ basketball team’s fairytale run came to an end.

In a fast-paced contest at home against No. 6 Hollis-Brookline in the Division II quarterfinals, the two sides played down to the wire before Cavaliers senior captain Kenzie Day buried a 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of Sam Will with under two minutes to play – giving Hollis-Brookline (15-5) a lead it would not relinquish in a narrow 66-62 win over Brady.

“The playoffs were our epilogue,” Brady Coach Annie Alosa said after leading the Giants to a 17-3 record in her first season. “Today we talked about doing things that people often think you can’t do. That was the message at our shootaround and that was the message I just gave them. Although we didn’t maybe get to the end goal that we wanted, our book was complete because this team came together.”

Under Alosa’s guidance, the players on the team bought into a system that generated success almost immediately. The Green Giants won 10 of their first 11 games to kick off the season, ran the table in the annual Capital Area Holiday Tournament and notched a victory over No. 14 Pembroke in the opening round of the playoffs.

Unfortunately for the four seniors on the roster, this was their best – and last – chance at fulfilling their championship dreams.

“The emotions were definitely running high, we just couldn’t get the job done,” Brady senior Riley Bennett said. “I don’t really know if it was one certain thing ... I don’t really know if we can pinpoint it on one thing. It just wasn’t our night and it’s kind of a bad night to have that happen.”

“I don’t think there were any nerves tonight, it was just a matter of wanting to get something done for our school,” Bennett added. “For me, that’s something that I wanted to get done before I left. It’s definitely not the way I wanted to end my last game in my gym. ... We just had one goal we saw together.”

The loss didn’t come from a lack of scoring. Sarah Doherty (21 points), Sam Will (17 points), Lily Rivera (eight) and Bennett (seven) were all major parts to an offense that had the Green Giants scorching from the floor early on. Doherty alone converted on three 3-pointers in the first quarter and Brady was off and running with a 20-17 lead after one.

The two high-octane teams continued to run the floor in the second quarter, trading buckets before Hollis-Brookline’s Cassandra Stapelfeld (18 points) buried a 3-pointer in the final minute to lead the Cavaliers into the locker room trailing by just one.

“In the first quarter I don’t think they missed a 3 and that was kind of scary,” Hollis-Brookline Coach Bob Murphy said. “I thought if we didn’t keep up with them, then you got a 10-point lead and at that point in the game, all of a sudden things start going downhill for you.”

Despite Brady’s best efforts to build on a slim lead in the second half, the Cavaliers refused to go away. A few quick makes to start the third quarter gave Hollis-Brookline its first lead since going up 12-10 in the first frame and the two sides continued to battle to a 56-all tie in the late portions of the fourth.

That’s when Day delivered the shot of the game on a well-contested 3-pointer from the right wing.

“Just a miscommunication on one play,” Alosa said. “(Day) hit a deep shot and you don’t predict that necessarily. It was contested and it was just a miscommunication. But a great shot by her. We were covered and she hit it.”

Hollis-Brookline survived and will take on No. 2 Portsmouth in the first of two semifinals slated for Tuesday (6 p.m.) at Southern New Hampshire University.

For Brady, it’s a bitter end to one of Division II’s best stories.

“I’m really proud of what we did overall, just paving a path for the teams to follow,” Bennett said. “It’s something that we could do for our school. Brady has always been good, but never expected to take a championship. So just something that we’ve been able to lay a foundation for other teams to build on.”

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

D-II GIRLS’ BASKETBALLquarterfinals

No. 2 Portsmouth 70,
No. 10 Coe-Brown 27

Key players: Coe-Brown – Kerry Riley (10 points), Chelsea McCallion

Highlights/key moments: Portsmouth jumped out to a commanding 22-10 lead in the first quarter and only built on that advantage as the game progressed. The Bears had no answer for the Clippers inside as they fell in the quarterfinals.

Coach’s quote: “Portsmouth jumped on us early and we just couldn’t get anything to fall on offense. They played tough ‘D’ and dominated the boards. I’m very proud of our girls’ season.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Coe-Brown 11-9; Portsmouth 18-2

D-I GIRLS’ HOCKEY

No. 5 Concord 3,
No. 4 Oyster River-Portsmouth 2

Key players: Concord – Emily Forward (2 goals), Olivia Branch (goal), Delana Erickson (assist), Maddy Audet (30 saves)

Highlights/key moments: After scoring early, Concord was forced to respond after surrendering a pair of scores and falling behind. Forward netted the eventual game-winner off a feed from Erickson to lead Concord into the semifinals against No. 1 Exeter.

Records: Concord 13-6; Oyster River-Portsmouth 12-6

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Coe-Brown 64, Timberlane 59, OT

Key players: Coe-Brown – Sam Lupinacci (24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists), Scott Spenard (22 points, 4 rebounds), Brody Ashley (6 points, 5 assists), Dylan Andrews (6 points, 8 rebounds), Sean Spenard (2 points, 6 rebounds), Mike Mulligan (2 points, 7 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears trailed by four on the road going into the fourth quarter, but they scored 17 in the frame to force overtime. Scott Spenard scored the first five points of overtime for Coe-Brown while Lupinacci and Ashley each hit a pair of free throws to seal the regular-season finale win.

Coach’s quote: “This was a great high school game. Friday night, away, it felt like a tournament atmosphere.” – Coe-Brown’s Dave Smith

Records: Coe-Brown 15-3; Timberlane 10-8

Pembroke 68, Bow 50

Key players: Pembroke – Jake Sherman (30 points), Sean Menard (20 points); Bow – Nate Alford (20 points, 8 rebounds), Brendan Winch (6 points, 5 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans ended their regular season on a high note after losing four of their last five games.

Coach’s quote: “It wasn’t the way we wanted our season to end, but the kids battled all season long and I’m proud of that.

“A special thank you to this group of seniors. They left their mark and they will be missed.” – Bow’s Chris Gaudreau

Records: Pembroke 8-10; Bow 5-13




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