High schools: Concord girls’ basketball snaps 4-game losing streak

Monitor staff
Published: 2/20/2021 5:28:00 PM

The Concord girls’ basketball team had already started to turn things around a little in the second half of its previous game. On Friday night, the Tide kept up that momentum, but this time, it led to a victory.

Concord (4-6) came out full of energy and executed its game plan offensively – the opposite of the squad’s start two nights earlier – in Friday night’s 53-41 victory over Manchester Central (5-6), snapping the Tide’s four-game losing streak.

Junior forward Elizabeth Blinn (21 points) and sophomore guard Ava Woodman (18 points) “probably played their best offensive games,” according to coach Tim LaTorra, helping Concord open the game with a 9-0 run on the Little Green’s floor and a 19-7 lead through the first quarter.

The Tide missed easy shots in the opening frame of Wednesday night’s contest in Concord, allowing Central to take a 10-4 first quarter lead, but the improvement the Tide showed on Friday night was a lot more than just putting more points on the board.

“It was also in the flow of the offense,” LaTorra said. “All of our girls were committed to moving the ball, making the extra pass and playing unselfish.”

Central – led by Emily Hobausz (17 points) and Erin Flurey (14 points) – tightened the game in the second quarter, but Concord still held a 34-29 halftime lead.

Concord senior forward Jordyn Lengle and freshmen guards Delaney Duford and Whitney Vaillant led a strong defensive effort in the second half, and the Tide scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Concord went 9-for-11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, and the offense built a big enough lead that not even three consecutive 3s from Central were enough to overcome.

“We got back to moving the ball to find open looks and easier finishes,” LaTorra said. “This is a huge step forward for us. A huge step. Everything we’ve been battling has been a challenge, but the girls committed to working towards the common goal. We need this to be a confidence booster and a way to build momentum as we move into the last week before the playoffs.”

The Tide have two regular season games remaining. Concord will host Trinity (2-5) on Tuesday and then play at Trinity on Friday.

Concord will open the playoffs on March 5 against the winner of Trinity vs. Goffstown. Bedford, Central and Manchester Memorial are the other teams in Region One of the Division I basketball tournament bracket.

Boys’ Basketball

Manchester Central 65, Concord 45

Highlights: The Tide kept it close early, trailing just 12-7 after one quarter and 32-20 at halftime, but the Little Green dominated the third quarter, taking a 50-28 lead.

Records: Central 5-5; Concord 2-7.

Hopkinton 55,
Hillsboro-Deering 43

Key players: Hopkinton – Brendan Elrick (17 points), Owen Milchick (9 points), Mike Oberheim (8 points), Quinn Whitehead (8 points).

Highlights: The Hawks jumped out to a 9-0 lead and finished with a 33-11 halftime edge. The Hillcats outscored Hopkinton by 10 points in the second half thanks to sharp 3-point shooting but couldn’t overcome the Hawks’ lead.

Coach’s quote: “I was very pleased with our efforts in the first half as we closed well on their shooters and only allowed one-shot opportunities. I have to give credit to H-D as they never quit and kept fighting until the last whistle. Zach Coombs is a special player. He is so hard to guard, and he has the Steph Curry-like trigger on the ball and hit some big shots in the second half.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor.

Records: Hopkinton 8-4; Hillsboro-Deering 0-8.

Girls’ Hockey

Concord 4,
Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge 1

Key players: Concord – Mariah Armaganian (2 goals), Sophia Branch (goal, assist), Leah Beauregard (goal), Greta Norton (assist), Kaitlyn McKinnon (assist), Taylor Lamb (goaltender); L-S-K – Mikayla Maccioli (goal), Page Hoegler (41 saves).

Highlights: Beauregard scored on a breakway in the first period and Armaganian and Branch scored goals 10 seconds apart in the third to give Concord a 3-0 lead. L-S-K scored later in third, and Armaganian netted an empty-net goal to cap the scoring. Lamb turned aside several shots to preserve the win.

Coach’s quote: “This was a competitive game. The Tide girls worked hard all three periods to get the puck past netminder Paige Hoegler, who was on her game for (L-S-K).” – Concord’s Tim Herbert.

Records: Concord 6-4; L-K-S 3-5.

JV result

The Concord JV girls’ basketball team lost its last game of the season to Manchester Central, 48-43. Kennedy Ramos led the Tide with 15 points while Jaylyn Jefferson had 13 points and Lilly Boulton scored six. Lily Hackett played well defensively.

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