High schools: Stevens, Cormier lead Laconia girls’ hoops past Belmont

Monitor staff
Friday, January 19, 2018

The Laconia girls’ basketball team was aiming to find some consistency to its season on Thursday. Upperclassmen Sydney Stevens and Delia Cormier were happy to help.

Stevens owned the paint, scoring nine of her 11 points in the first half, and Cormier took over from there for the Sachems, who beat Division III’s Belmont, 55-40, to win consecutive games for the first time this year.

“We struggled coming out of halftime but did a great job of finishing down the stretch,” Laconia coach Jeff Greeley said after moving to 4-3 on the season in D-II.

Stevens was a major factor for the Sachems early on, leading Laconia to a four-point lead after the first quarter and a 32-23 advantage at halftime before Cormier (12 points) took control in the final 16 minutes.

“Cormier was too much in the full court, creating turnovers for us, which led to easy buckets,” Greeley said.

Despite an explosive performance from Belmont guard Julianna Estremera (24 points, 3 3-pointers, 5 of 6 from the foul line) and a stingy defensive effort in the third quarter, the Raiders (3-6) could never get the game back to even.

“We were able to hold them to seven points in the third and make a little bit of a run at it,” Belmont coach Mark Dawalga said. “We got ourselves in foul trouble, which changed the game in the fourth, but it was a good effort.”

Both teams return to action on Tuesday. Laconia begins a four-game road trip against Manchester West, while Belmont visits Sanborn.


Nashua South 48, Concord 33

Key players: Concord – Quinn Daniels (8 points), Caitlyn Kelley (defense)

Highlights/key moments: It was a slow start for both teams as Nashua South led, 18-15, at halftime before taking control with a run in the third quarter that continued into the final frame.

Coach’s quote: “We struggled to score tonight. We needed to handle their pressure and play aggressively, but we played passive against it and it led to turnovers and got us out of rhythm. We didn’t seem to play comfortable all night.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 1-7; Nashua South 4-4

Inter-Lakes 33, Moultonborough 26

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Emma Wheeler (10 points), Taylor Ambrose (11 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers shook of Monday’s loss – their first since Dec. 15 – and bounced back to top the Panthers for the second time this season.

Records: Inter-Lakes 8-2; Moultonborough 7-3


White Mountains 57, John Stark 3

Key players: Stark – Dawson Ruoff (3-0 win at 160)

Highlights/key moments: Ruoff was the lone winner on the night for the Generals, who also had Thomas Johnston come close at 170 before losing, 11-6, to Luke Beaulieu.

Coach’s quote: “I was very impressed with our team’s effort even though it was not reflected on the scoreboard. I’m very excited to see these guys again at the Division III championships.” – Stark’s Tim Capen


Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 2,
Somersworth-Coe-Brown 1

Key players: Moultonborough-I-L – Brett Burns (goal, assist), Andrew Spicuzza (goal), Patrick Mohan (assist), Hunter Sanders (27 saves); Somersworth-Coe-Brown – Cam Frank (goal), Brett Dodier (assist), Cal Welch (24 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Renegades used two power-play goals – including Spicuzza’s first career goal – in the first period to lock up the win. Somersworth-Coe-Brown netted a goal with 2:59 left in the game to narrow the deficit, and had a 5-on-3 power play in the final minute, but could not find the equalizer.

Coach’s quote: “Andrew Spicuzza scored the first goal of his high school career and his power-play goal turned out to be the game-winner.” – Moultonborough-I-L’s Chuck Yaeger

Records: Moultonborough-I-L 4-3; Somersworth-Coe-Brown 3-4


Kearsarge second, Belmont sixth

Key players: Belmont – Zach Ennis (first overall); Kearsarge – Trevor Pauling (fourth); Ben Boulton (sixth)

Highlights/key moments: With two skiers placing in the top 10, the Cougars finished second overall with a score of 368 – a few points behind first-place Moultonborough Academy (372). Tom Lick (11th) and Hunter Burns (15th) were the other scorers for the Cougars.

Coach’s quote: “Really proud of the kids today. It’s a long ride up to White Mountains and they all did really, really well.” – Kearsarge’s Kevin Lee


Kearsarge first

Key players: Kearsarge – Marliese Baer (second overall), Lili Baer (third), Jenna Bears (fifth)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars put together a first-place performance with a team score of 381 at White Mountains Regional High School. Other scorers for Kearsarge included Marlia Richer (14th), while Jenna Cook (15th) and Mya Dube (16th) both placed inside the top 20.

Coach’s quote: “Leah Dutkewych had a great race on her home course, but the Baer sisters skied really well today and did a great job on a tight course. ... Molli Mayo finished in 23rd place and she has just continued to improve all season by working super hard in practice and it’s great to see it pay off for her.” – Kearsarge’s Kevin Lee