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High schools: Hopkinton girls’ basketball doubles up Mascoma to improve to 7-2

Monitor staff reports
Published: 1/13/2020 11:14:12 PM
Modified: 1/13/2020 11:13:25 PM

The Hawks had another strong outing from Maurgan McGrath (16 points) and another double-double from Katie Meserve (11 points, 10 rebounds) as the Hopkinton girls’ basketball team improved to 7-2 with a commanding 44-21 victory over the Mascoma Valley Royals (2-5).

McGrath and Meserve fueled an 18-5 second-quarter blitz by the Hawks that gave them a comfortable cushion early on.

Hopkinton’s defense – which has looked solid all season, allowing an average of 31.7 points per game – was sharp thanks to Meserve’s performance on the boards and Ellie Owen’s three steals.

The defense bounced back after a 59-31 loss to Fall Mountain (6-1) on Friday. Hopkinton entered that contest allowing no more than 38 points in a single game.

Owen also contributed offensively with seven points, which saw contributions from several players up and down the lineup.

“Great help off the bench,” Hopkinton head coach Pat Roye said. “All 12 players contributed. It was great to get a road win.”

Boys’ Basketball

Lebanon 61, John Stark 31

Key players: John Stark – Ben McKean (15 points), Christian Barr (9 points, 8 rebounds)

Highlights: The Generals showed flashes of excellent play in the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough of an effort to top the Raiders, which is consistently one of Division II’s best programs.

Coach’s quote: “Give Lebanon all the credit. They came in here and punched us in the teeth. They are a very sound defensive team. Hard to think that’s not a final four group.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: Lebanon 3-1; John Stark 1-4

Pittsfield 76, Farmington 47

Key players: Pittsfield – Quinn Bissonnette (23 points, 11 rebounds), Devin Bedell (16 points, 5 steals, 5 assists), Gavin Bedell (8 points); Farmington – Brian Weeks (18 points)

Highlights: A strong first quarter (24-7) followed by a solid second quarter (22-13) put the Panthers up 46-20 at halftime and gave Pittsfield the second half to work on things and get different guys on the floor.

Coach’s quote: “We wanted to come out and set the tone early and play at our pace and we did just that. Devin did a nice job of facilitating a quick pace in transition, but also got the ball to the correct spots to feed Quinn in the post.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 6-2; Farmington 1-5

Girls’ Indoor Track

Concord, Merrimack Valley at Dartmouth Relays

Key players: Concord – Katherine Kennedy (7th 2 mile), Morgane Orcutt (14th 2 mile), Nydia Lane (14th 300); MV – Sophia Reynolds (4th 2 mile), distance medley relay (2nd)

Highlights: Reynolds finished fourth in the two mile run and the DMR of Reynolds, Emma York, Cassidy Considine and Samantha Kimball finished second at the Dartmouth Relays over the weekend, competing against over 50 teams from around New England, New York and Quebec. The Pride tied for 17th with 12 points. Kennedy had the best finish for the Tide at the two-day event.

Merrimack Valley 4th, Pembroke 5th at Plymouth

Key players: MV – Emma York (1st 1,000), Samantha Kimball (2nd 1,500), Madisyn Garrity (3rd 55 hurdles), Addie Hodge (4th 55 hurdles, 4th long jump); Pembroke – Cassidy Rondeau (3rd long jump, 4th high jump), Liv McCarty (3rd shot put), Isobella Gill (4th 600)

Highlights: With some of its best athletes competing in its second meet of the weekend, the Pride still finished fourth at a 12-team meet on Sunday. York won the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:16 and ran on the winning 4x400 with Madisyn Garrity, Sophia Reynolds and Cassidy Considine. Coe-Brown (51 points), Gilford (46.5) and Campbell (45) were the top three teams, while MV was fourth with (39). Gill set a school record in the 600 for Pembroke (31).

Bow 3rd, Bishop Brady 10th at UNH

Key players: Bow – Emily Kiah (1st 1,000), Maya Brochu (1st 3,000), Kristina Pizzi (2nd 300), Delia Brochu (2nd 3,000), Susanna Zahn (4th 1,500), Amy Eweka (4th shot put), 4x400 (1st); Bishop Brady – Abby Shagena (1st 600)

Highlights: Going up against mostly Division I schools, the Falcons held their own, finishing third with 41 points, behind Alvirne (59) and Winnacunnet (46). Kiah won the 1,000 in 3:38 and ran on the winning 4x400 with Pizzi, Emma Van Ham and Kelly Harris. Shagena won the 600 in 1:50 to account for all six of Bishop Brady’s points.

Wildcat Relays

Highlights: In Thursday’s relay meet at UNH, the Merrimack Valley quartet of Sophia Reynolds, Emma York, Cassidy Considine and Samantha Kimball finished second in the distance medley relay and third in the 4x800. Bow’s 4x400 of Kelly Harris, Emily Kiah, Emma Van Ham and Kristina Pizzi finished fifth.

Boys’ Indoor Track

Concord at Dartmouth Relays

Key players: Concord – Vose O’Sullivan (4th 800), Brayden Kearns (9th 1 mile), Manny Feliz (9th 55 hurdles), Sam Hilts (10th 800), 4x800 (9th)

Highlights: Concord finished 40th out of over 50 teams at the two-day Dartmouth Relays. The Tide had several top 10 finishes, but O’Sullivan’s fourth-place finish in the 800 provided Concord’s scoring. O’Sullivan, Kearns, Hilts and Rovanee Nickson formed the 4x800.

Pembroke 3rd, Merrimack Valley 4th at Plymouth

Key players: Pembroke – James Dupuis (1st high jump, 2nd 55 hurdles, 3rd shot put), Jacob Marden (3rd 600, 4th 55 hurdles), Harry Army (3rd long jump, 6th 300), Tyler May (4th 55, 4th shot put, 6th long jump), Nicholas Kafkoulas (5th 55), Peter Landry (5th shot put); MV – Seth Baylus (2nd 55, 2nd 300, 2nd long jump), Isaac Linscott (2nd 600), Cam Butt (3rd 600), Ethan Dodenhoff (5th 3,000, 6th 600), Mark Mercier (5th 1,000), 4x400 (3rd)

Highlights: The Spartans had a great day from Dupuis, who won the high jump at 5-8 and also had top-three finishes in his other events to lead Pembroke to third place out of 13 teams at UNH. Coe-Brown (53 points) and Hollis Brookline (50) were the top two teams. Pembroke scored 44 points and MV scored 38

Bow 4th, Bishop Brady 7th at UNH

Key players: Bow – Gabe Neff (1st 1,000), Ben Neff (1st 1,500), Colin Lessard (1st 3,000, Adem Aricanli (3rd 1,000), 4x400 (1st); Bishop Brady – Mark Galvin (2nd 55 hurdles, 5th long jump, 5th high jump)

Highlights: The Falcons were paced by their strong distance runners with Gabe Neff winning the 1,000 (2:53), Ben Neff winning the 1,500 (4:35) and Lessard winning the 3,000 (9:33). That trio joined Aricanli to win the 4x400. Division I Alvirne (78 points), Winnacunnet (58) and Spaulding (54) were the top three teams, while Bow scored 34 to finish fourth out of 10 teams. Galvin scored all nine of Brady’s points.

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