High schools: Bow girls’ basketball clamps down on Pythons

  • Bow’s Jessica Chamberlain (33) goes the length of the court for a layup during Friday night’s Division II girls’ basketball game against Pelham. After holding visiting Pelham to just three points in the first half, the Falcons went on to win 49-30 to improve to 2-0. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Madison Speckman (left) drives the baseline during Friday night’s Division II girls’ basketball game against Pelham. Speckman finished with nine points and Bow won 49-30 to improve to 2-0. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow High freshman Ellie Pingree (25) floats up a shot in the lane during Friday night’s Division II girls’ basketball game against Pelham. Pingree finsihed with a game-high 11 points and Bow won 49-30 to improve to 2-0. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Taylor Burnham (5) drives the lane for two of her five points during Friday night’s Division II girls’ basketball game against Pelham. After holding visiting Pelham to just three points in the first half, the Falcons went on to win 49-30 to improve to 2-0. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’S Olivia Crawford (rights) defends Exeter’s Sydney Taylor during Friday night's Division I girls’ basketball game in Exeter. Concord won 60-55 to improve to 2-0. RYAN O’LEARY / Seacoastonline

Monitor staff
Published: 12/20/2019 10:34:12 PM
Modified: 12/20/2019 10:33:58 PM

On most nights, Bow girls’ basketball coach Bill Vermette will be happy if his team gives up 30 points. On Friday against Pelham, Vermette wanted more.

“We had a defensive lull in the second half,” the coach said.

That’s true, but it was bound to happen after the Falcons allowed just three, that’s right three, points in the first half. Bow improved to 2-0 with a 49-30 win after suffocating the Pythons (0-2) in the first half by the tune of 28-3.

“It was a combination of things,” Vermette said of the first half. “They were missing their shots and they had to work for the shots they did get. Our defense is coming along just the way we want it to, and I think we’re just going to get better defensively, which is what we have to do when we play teams like Hanover, Lebanon, Brady.”

The Falcons won’t have to wait for long those games. They host Hanover on Monday, they could meet Brady in the Capital Area Holiday Tournament at NHTI next week and they travel to Lebanon on Jan. 3.

That doesn’t give Bow much time to improve, but this group is already ahead of the pace.

“We’ve given them a lot more defensively than we’ve given any other team previously, and that’s to their credit,” Vermette said. “We’re doing a fairly good job right now with most of the stuff we’ve put in, and now offensively we’ve got to catch up to that, but I think that will come also.”

All 12 Falcons who suited up on Friday played, and 10 of them scored. Freshman Ellie Pingree led the way with 11 points, Madison Speckman finished with nine points, Taylor Burnham had seven, Lindsay Burnham had six and Isabella LaPerle added five.

Bow shot 57% from the field (21-for-37), and went 4-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc. Pelham finished just 6-for-27 from the field, including 4-for-11 from 3.

“To their credit they stayed in the game,” Vermette said of the Pythons. “They pressed, their kids didn’t quit. And for us there are some lessons to be learned in those situations with that big of a spread.”

Girls’ Basketball

Concord 60
Exeter 55

Key players: Concord – Elizabeth Blinn (19 points, 13 rebounds), Ava Woodman (18 points, 8 rebounds), Elli Cox (13 points, 6 rebounds), Ky Buchholz (9 points)

Highlights: This one was tied at halftime, 24-24, but Concord exploded in the third quarter and opened up a 22-point lead. Exeter got it back to 14 going into the fourth and continued to chip away in the final frame, but the Crimson Tide held on.

Coach's quote: “It feels like it’s been a long time since Concord was 2-0. Exeter is a tough team. Their style of play is different than any other team, and they try to wear you down and finish you in the fourth quarter. You have to see it to believe it. Our kids showed heart, pride, and great composure down the stretch. We were aggressive early on and gave ourselves easy scoring chances. This is a complete team victory: 1-12 everyone was locked in and together. I’m very proud of our group.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 2-0; Exeter 1-1

Merrimack Valley 64
ConVal 29

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Mackenzie McDonald (11 points, 7 rebounds), Alyssa Woodman (9 points), Miah Boucher (8 points)

Highlights: MV jumped out to a 17-6 first quarter lead and extended it to 33-10 by halftime.

Coach’s quote: “Good team effort. Thought the girls played a solid game both offensively and defensively. We need to continue to work hard in practice and get better every day. We look forward to the Christmas tournament on Friday.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: Merrimack Valley 1-1; ConVal 1-1

John Stark 57
Oyster River 21

Key players: John Stark – Chelsea Woodsum (13 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists), Anna Stenger (13 points, 4 steals, 3 assists), Lilli Stogner (9 points, 5 rebounds)

Highlights: Stark jumped out to a 25-0 first quarter lead and then got plenty of playing experience for everyone.

Coach’s quote: “We still have a lot to work on but we starting to put the puzzle together.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 3-0; Oyster River 0-2

Boys’ Basketball

ConVal 36,
Merrimack Valley 30

Key players: MV – Griff Wheeler (17 points), Caleb Heath (eight points), Eli Gove (five points)

Records: Merrimack Valley 0-1; ConVal 1-0

Hanover 66
Brady 58

Key players: Brady – Ismael Rivera (19 points), Tommy Fraser (15 points); Hanover – Charlie Adams (15 points), Nolan Gantrish (18 points)

Records: Hanover 1-0; Brady 0-1

Derryfield 62
Pittsfield 61

Key players: Pittsfield – Quinn Bissonnette (31 points, 12 rebounds), Jesse MacGlashing (13 points, 13 rebounds); Derryfield – Max Bryron (27 points, 23 in second half)

Highlights: Pittsfield led for the entire game until the last 11 seconds when Bryron hit one of his six second-half 3-pointers to put Derryfield up 62-61. Pittsfield had led by 11 three times during the game.

Coach’s quote: “We followed and executed the game plan well in the first half. Second half we struggled to score and it affected our focus on the defensive end. We have to do a better job valuing the ball in key situations if we want to be relevant in February.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Derryfield 1-1; Pittsfield 1-1




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